After a fast-paced Elven Prologue, our conveniently orphaned farmboy-hero finds a dragon egg while out hunting for his uncle. But it turns out that there is an Evil Emperor who wishes to kill him or something!!!11! And then after much hullabulloo, he goes on a quest, learns to read, falls in love with Arwen, and finally wins the day. BUT THE WAR HAS JUST BEGUN.
Chris Paolini is a talented fellow, no doubt, and boy can he write an exciting tale. But if you're looking for something that isn't Star Wars on the Ground, this is not your book. I would recommend this to ten year olds and people who haven't seen/read Star Wars or Lord of the Rings.