Inheritance Cycle

8 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 55,140 ratings

Eragon Publisher's Summary

One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue 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 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, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

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

    • Eragon

    • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1
    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20,173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,207
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14,295

    When Eragon finds a polished blue 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 realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    • 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 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102

    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 13,160
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,348
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,399

    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 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 82
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 60

    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: $27.71

  • Book 3

    • Brisingr

    • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3
    • By: Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 29 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10,568
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,696
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7,770

    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 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 29

    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 10,884
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,750
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9,820

    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 106
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    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