If you were a fantasy-loving kid, you’d definitely have heard of the Eragon books, but maybe you haven’t read them yet. If not, let me introduce you!
The Inheritance Cycle was written by Christopher Paolini and was originally self-published using his family’s name, Paolini International LLC, before later being published by Alfred A. Knopf books.
Christopher Paolini originally started writing his debut fantasy novel when he was 15, which lead the Guinness Book of World Records to recognize him as the youngest author of a bestselling book series in 2011.
This popular series has everything you could want if you’re a fan of YA Fantasy novels as well as High Fantasy in general, there are ancient languages, dragon riders, and maybe my favorite part, fantasy maps!
I love that this book really starts with a discovery of a dragon egg, and you get to grow with all the characters in the book. It’s a super interesting way to track time in my opinion.
Eragon Book Summary
When fifteen-year-old Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm 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 his simple life is shattered, and, 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.
Eragon Books in Order
More Books in This Series Collection
Outside of the main four books, there are also a few companion novels to this best-selling series, including:
- Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia
- The Official Eragon Coloring Book
- The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm
Eragon also had a feature film adaptation in 2006 which was honestly not that good, so I would say skip out on that. If you want a dragon movie adaptation, watch How to Train Your Dragon, it’s much better.
If you’re looking for more YA novels, I highly recommend checking out Percy Jackson if you haven’t already. It’s urban fantasy, so it’s a bit of an easier read for most people, but it’s very good.
If you’re looking for adult fantasy books, I recommend checking out From Blood and Ash for the same high-fantasy feel.