Eragon is a boy who lives a rather unremarkable life until he comes into the possession of a large rock that turns out be one of the last dragon eggs in existence. He becomes a dragon rider and begins his journey to defeat the evil king and bring peace to the land. I am sure the first thing you are saying to yourself is that you've heard all of this before.
The plot isn't unlike many other dragon books on the market, but Paolini's first book has an excitement about it that many other lack. You can feel his youthful energy as you read and know how excited he was when he wrote it. Eragon is filled with action, magic and all the other elements that a young person finds fun and exciting. His other books are good, but they lack the excitement that Eragon did. It was turned into a movie and video game, but was not very successful. Don't expect to see a sequel coming anytime soon.
It took me a long time to get around to reading Eragon mostly because I didn't think a child could write a book that was any good. It takes years to perfect your craft, but Paolini is the product of successful writer parents and I am sure they had a hand in editing and formatting their young prodigy's first work.