eragon series

by Christopher Paolini

3.6 avg rating
Book 435 of 444 in the Best Fantasy Books
1021 votes 18 comments
Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation. With newly updated interlocking art across the spines of all four books!


Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.

Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.

The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.


Praise for The Inheritance Cycle:
"An authentic work of great talent." --New York Times Book Review
"Paolini is a spellbinding fantasy writer." --The Boston Globe
"A breathtaking and unheard of success." --USA Today
"Christopher Paolini is a true rarity." --The Washington Post
“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic.” –People
“The new ‘It’ book of children’s lit.” –U.S. News & World Report

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A #1 USA Today Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller

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18 comments
Anonymous | 2012-11-29 07:49:00
Derivative drivel that adds no originality or innovation to the fantasy genre. At best a Star Wars ripoff at worst a wet dream of a teenage with a dragon fetish.
Anonymous | 2012-12-03 05:40:29
Eragon is really thrilling ;)
tasha | 2012-12-04 09:13:45
Can't agree with you, I liked the characters (especially the fact that the dragon is a She) and the story, although it was getting "weaker" and more long-winding in the last two books.
Anonymous | 2012-12-17 05:03:47
this was a great book series. i enjoyed every bit of it. i am 30 now and started reading it @ 29. regardless of what age bracket it was meant for the books are entertaining.
Anonymous | 2013-01-17 08:35:51
I have read worse. It is just bog standard and rather derivative. What narks me about it is Paolini. When this kid starts comparing himself to 'Tolkien at his best' you know he needs a slap!
Anonymous | 2013-01-23 12:40:40
Four words: Total Star Wars Ripoff!
Anonymous | 2013-02-23 10:10:17
5 Stars if you avoid reading the final 100 pages of last book! The way this series ended will keep me from even considering anything else Paolini will write.
Anonymous | 2013-02-25 02:13:24
I know the fact that one of the main character is a she helps play out the story line
Anonymous | 2013-05-31 10:40:55
I liked this series a lot. I don't think it's a direct rip-off, but if you know how the sub-conscience works it isn't direct. I love this series.
Anonymous | 2013-09-18 09:00:53
If you have actually read this series then I am not sure how people can say it is that terrible. Sapheria is one of my favorite characters, along with rohen. I can understand if people feel it might have ripped off star wars but if you actually read the whole series through then I find it hard to believe that it can be classified as one of the worst books. I have seen many books on these lists that I would classify as the worst books I have ever read...but I guess to each is own.
Anonymous | 2014-08-18 03:03:11
Sapheria is actually a decent character if I remember correctly. Everything else about the novels is horrible. This was one of the only times I've ever started a series and had no desire to finish it (I read the first two books and couldn't be bothered after that). Usually, if it's bad I'll push through just to see how it ends.
Anonymous | 2015-03-11 02:03:08
Best books ever!!!!!! Ive read them about 6 times now and im 14 love love lovee!!!!
Anonymous | 2015-03-17 02:00:39
Never read beyond the first book as the plot was too predictable (i.e a medieval Star Wars). On the plus side, it was a good read as the story moved along quickly and did draw you in. I dislike the fact that Paolini was so highly rated when he didn't really add anything new or original to the genre.
Anonymous | 2015-04-22 12:50:54
I loved it when it was released.But over the the time as the books, and me, were becoming older I realized what a horrible rip-off this series is.And don't get me started on the writing. A 16-Year old Author might compose a book that's good enough for a 12-Year old boy, who likes the idea of an average teenager, like him, becoming a sword-swinging, spell-casting, dragon-riding-super-badass who saves the world from the evil king but by the time you reach the age of 16 yourself, you should have come to the realisation that you except more from a fantasy book than some boyish dreams. And if that's all you are into... there are a lot off authors out there that can deliver that stereotype with at least a little bit of writing skill and if you're lucky a minimum of new ideas.
Anonymous | 2015-07-27 04:01:23
If you ignore the derivative nature of the plot, then this series was quite good. That said, I really did not enjoy the last book and felt like it didn't really click with the rest of the plot. Too much new stuff happened and it didn't seem too necessary. Also add the fact that the plot is heavily based on Star Wars and LOTR, and I would say that although it was interesting to read it wasn't that great.
Anonymous | 2016-06-29 02:16:20
i liked it
Anonymous | 2016-12-13 09:48:52
The rest of the books are not a Star Wars ripoff, however, the first and 4th(last) are the best books.
Anonymous | 2017-06-17 02:58:39
Loved the series and looking for another similar series. Any suggestions?
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