Christopher Paolini

Updated Saturday, 24 November, 2012

Christopher Paolini was only 15 when he wrote the first draft of Eragon. Yes, 15. He took a second year revising the book and then he and his family proceded to self-publish the book over the following year. The book came to the attention of Alfred A. Knopf Books For Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, in 2003, and Knopf published the book in 2003. And thus was a career begun. There are two websites you can visit to get the latest information on the Inheritance cycle. First is, the official website. Second is, the official destination fan website named by Random House when they closed their Eragon fan website.

Books I've Read by Christopher Paolini


  1. Eragon (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)

    What was once your life is now your legend.

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor parm boy. 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 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. (book description)

    Personal note: I enjoyed the book better than the movie based on the book. The movie left so much out and didn’t do the book justice.

  2. Eldest (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)

    Darkness falls . . . .

    Swords clash . . . .

    Evil reigns.

    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.

    Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle back home in Carvahall—one that puts Eragon in even graver danger.

    Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life . . . . (book description)

    Personal note: This second book of the Inheritance series was even better than the first, Eragon. I really enjoyed reading it and it left me eager to read book 3 (Brisingr).

  3. Brisingr (Paperback Edition) or (Hardcover Edition) or (Amazon Kindle Edition)

    Oaths sworn . . .

    loyalties tested . . .

    forces collide.

    It’s been only months since Eragon first uttered "brisingr," an ancient language term for fire. Since then, he’s not only learned to create magic with words—he’s been challenged to his very core. 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 adventure 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.

    First is Eragon’s oath to his cousin, Roran: to help rescue Roran’s beloved from King Galbatorix’s clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strength—as are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices—choices that will take him across the Empire and beyond, choices that may lead to unimagined sacrifice.

    Eragon is the greatest hope to rid the land of tyranny. Can this once simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the king? (book description)

    Personal note: This series gets better with each book. Mr. Paolini has managed to create a complex world with interesting characters. I look forward to reading more of his work.

  4. Book 4 (no title currently available)
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