It is hard to believe that the original book of the Inheritance Cycle was first published by Knopf in the fall of 2003. This book - still popular eight years and a movie later - is called Eragon. Actually, on a side note, author Christopher Paolini first began writing this series when he was 15 years old and initially self-published the book before Knopf picked it up. Needless to say, the series has been an enormous success. (And if you haven't read it, please do and if you saw the movie, please forget it. There is no comparison.)
This series has sold 25 million copies worldwide and Random House announced that the fourth and final book will be released November 8th, 2011, with 2.5 million copies in the first printing.
Here is the order of the books for those of you unfamiliar with the series:
1. Eragon (2003)
2. Eldest (2005)
3. Brisingr (2008)
And the fourth book will appropriately be called Inheritance.
The story is about a boy named Eragon who finds what he thinks is a blue stone in the forest. He discovers that it is much more than a stone when it hatches and he meets his dragon - Saphira. Secretly, he raises her and they build a telepathic bond. Suddenly, Eragon finds himself a dragon rider - perhaps the last dragon rider, as the only remains of the dragons and their riders in the Empire have been the stories passed down through the years.
Young Eragon and Saphira find their lives in danger as the Empire seeks to destroy them. In fact, while away, Eragon's home is destroyed and his uncle killed by the evil king's minions. With limited advice and guidance given by the storyteller, Brom, they set off for revenge, also hoping to draw the king's wicked servants away from his hometown. This leaves his cousin, Roran, behind to fight for the village's safety. Roran, known for his strength and bravery, eventually plays a central role in the quest for freedom under the king's tyranny. While many other characters are introduced, the books mostly follow Eragon, Saphira, and Roran.
If you haven't noticed, I am something of a science fiction/fantasy nerd. (It's genetic. I grew up watching Star Trek: The Next Generation with my family on Saturday nights!) I love most genres, but this one tends to be my favorite as it captures my imagination and allows me to truly escape from the world for a while. I loved reading Eragon. I was completely sucked in from the beginning of it. The other two books were good as well, but became - understandably - more complex. I really look forward to the final installment as it will surely answer all questions and bring to a close this exciting adventure.
I highly recommend reading Eragon and if you like it, continue with the series. They make for great entertainment! Besides, how cool is it that such a young man wrote a series of books that made millions of dollars?!
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