Inheritance Cycle

10 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 66,380 ratings

Eragon Publisher's Summary

Don’t miss the latest book from the author of Eragon: The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia, coming December 31, 2018! 

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times best-selling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold more than 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire.

“An authentic work of great talent.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.” (People

“Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid.” (Booklist, starred)

“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.” (Publishers Weekly)

A New York Times best-seller.

A USA Today best-seller.

A Wall Street Journal best-seller.

A Book Sense best-seller.

©2003 Christopher Paolini (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • Eragon

    • Inheritance, Book 1
    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23,773
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17,509
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17,590

    Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful and Enjoyable

    • By Mary S. Murray on 02-23-04

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerrard Doyle
    • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 123

    When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself. Overnight, his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inspired by those who came before.

    • By Bradley on 03-12-12

    Regular price: $25.58

  • Book 2

    • Eldest

    • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2
    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16,004
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,954
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13,005

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • You see growth in the Author

    • By Theodore on 01-09-13

    Regular price: $43.93

    • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerrard Doyle
    • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesméra, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordsmanship, the vital skills of the Dragon Rider. It is the journey of a lifetime, filled with awe-inspiring new places and people, each day a fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and Eragon isn't sure whom he can trust.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Poor narrating

    • By Megs on 12-12-12

    Regular price: $28.35

  • Book 3

    • Brisingr

    • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3
    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 29 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,136
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,210

    Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Saphira sounds like Grover after puberty

    • By John on 07-18-10

    Regular price: $47.93

    • Brisingr: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3

    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerrard Doyle
    • Length: 29 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 32

    Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors, Eragon and Saphira narrowly escaped with their lives. But more awaits the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by promises he may not be able to keep, including his oath to cousin Roran to help rescue his beloved Katrina. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes, Eragon must make choices that take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Love it love it

    • By michael on 04-17-12

    Regular price: $29.84

  • Book 4

    • Inheritance

    • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4
    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 31 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12,523
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,286
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11,359

    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. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • All the reviews had me worried for nothing!

    • By Robert on 05-10-12

    Regular price: $46.20

    • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerrard Doyle
    • Length: 31 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Could Have Been Better

    • By teves09 on 11-28-11

    Regular price: $31.97

  • Book 4.5

    • The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm

    • Tales from Alagaësia, Volume 1: Eragon
    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439

    It's been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now, he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs, and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. Then a vision from the Eldunarí, unexpected visitors, and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective. This volume features three original stories set in Alagaësia, interspersed with scenes from Eragon's own unfolding adventure.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • TOO short

    • By Mejora on 01-01-19

    Regular price: $21.00

    • The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm

    • Tales from Alagaësia Volume 1: Eragon
    • By: Christopher Paolini, Angela Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm by Christopher Paolini. A wanderer and a cursed child. Spells and magic. And dragons, of course. Welcome back to the world of Alagaësia. It's been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A very good hold over until another book is made

    • By Seif on 01-03-19

    Regular price: $17.45