The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

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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.

This is really really famous, but I’m still surprised by how many people haven’t read this.

First of all, can you believe that Christopher Paolini was only 15 years old when he wrote this? You have to admit that these books are pretty good, considering. And even otherwise.

The story has all kinds of fantasy creatures, but the focus is mainly on dragons. And even though there isn’t anything terribly special about it, I love the dramatic descriptions. I also love all the innovative uses of magic, like the Fairth. No spoilers.

This is another example of a pretty good epic fantasy that I just couldn’t help but love. I fell in love with every single character, and I thought the story was so heartwarming, skillful, and amazing. It just made me so happy – I cried and laughed and just felt like the characters were an extension of me. When the series ended, I felt like a part of me died.

Okay, enough with the dramatics. Also there might be a book 5 standalone.

SPOILERS ALERT

What do I want to happen?

I want Eragon and Arya to get together. I want to know more about Saphira and Fírnen. I want to know what happens to the Eldunarí and the dragon eggs. I want them to find the belt of Beloth the Wise and Elva to lose the chip on her shoulder. I want to know why Urgals call Angela Uluthrek or “Moon Eater”. I want to know more about Murtagh and whether he and Nasuada get together. Ugh!

I am so patiently looking forward to it… SOOOOO EXCITED OMG!!!

Oops, I tried.

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