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Christopher Paolini - Author

About the Author

Christopher Paolini was born in 1983 in California where he still lives.  Home schooled for the duration of his education, Paolini graduated from high school at the age of 15 through a set of accredited correspondence courses from the American School in Chicago, Illinois. Following graduation, he started his work on what would become the novel Eragon and its sequel Eldest, both set in the kingdom of Alagaësia.


In 2002, Eragon was published in a small way by Paolini International LLC, Paolini's parents' company. However, his big break was to come in Summer 2002, when the stepson of author Carl Hiaasen found Eragon in a bookstore and loved it, and Hiaasen brought it to the attention of his publisher, who subsequently made an offer to publish Eragon and the rest of the Inheritance Cycle. The second edition of Eragon was published in August 2003. At the age of nineteen, Paolini became a New York Times bestselling author.   Eragon has since been adapted into a film of the same name.


Eldest, the sequel to Eragon, was published in 2005. The third book in the cycle, Brisingr, was released in autumn 2008.  The fourth and final title in the series has yet to be given a date for publication.


Paolini's literary inspirations include the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, E. R. Eddison and the epic poem Beowulf.  Other literary influences include David Eddings, Brian Jacques, Anne McCaffrey, Raymond E. Feist, Ursula K. Le Guin. Other favourite authors include Philip Pullman and Garth Nix.   Paolini notes that in his writing he ‘strives for a lyrical beauty somewhere between Tolkien at his best and Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf.’

 

 

In this video, Christopher delivers the manuscript for the very last book in the Inheritance sequence to his publisher. Press play to watch:

Featured books by Christopher Paolini

Inheritance Book Four

Inheritance Book Four

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2011

Still the real battle lies ahead: Eragon and Saphira must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances. The Rider and his dragon have come farther than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaesia? And if so, at what cost?

Other books by Christopher Paolini

Brisingr Book Three

Brisingr Book Three

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/10/2018

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. Conflict, action, adventure and one devastating death await readers as Eragon battles on behalf of the Varden while Galbatorix ruthlessly attempts to crush and twist him to his own purposes. Can he become a leader who can unite the rebel forces and defeat the King?

Eragon Book One

Eragon Book One

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2018

One boy . . . One dragon . . . A world of adventure. 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, 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...

The Official Eragon Coloring Book

The Official Eragon Coloring Book

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2017

Inheritance Cycle Complete Collection

Inheritance Cycle Complete Collection

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: eBook Release Date: 09/12/2014

The #1 New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation. For the first time, here are all four books in one ebook collection.Praise for Christopher Paolini and the Inheritance cycle:"e;An authentic work of great talent."e; --The New York Times Book Review"e;A breathtaking and unheard-of success."e; --USA Today"e;Christopher Paolini is a true rarity."e; --The Washington PostThe #1 New York Times BestsellerThe #1 USA Today BestsellerThe #1 Publishers Weekly BestsellerThe Wall Street Journal BestsellerThe IndieBound Bestseller

Inheritance Book Four

Inheritance Book Four

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/10/2012

It began with Eragon . . . It ends with Inheritance. 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. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances. The Rider and his dragon have come farther than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaesia? And if so, at what cost? Featuring spectacular artwork by cult artist John Jude Palencar, this stunning book brings the bestselling Inheritance cycle to a breathtaking conclusion.

Inheritance Cycle 4 Book Boxed Set

Inheritance Cycle 4 Book Boxed Set

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 08/11/2011

At last, Christopher Paolini's epic and bestselling Inheritance cycle is complete. This deluxe hardback collection tells the complete saga of the Rider Eragon, his dragon Saphira, and their epic struggle against Galbatorix. Re-experience the magical tale from its very beginning, and discover the thrilling conclusion in the long-anticipated final volume. This box set comprises of hardback editions of Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance, and together they form the ultimate collection of one of the most spectacularly successful and beloved fantasy stories of our time.

Inheritance

Inheritance

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2011

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, theNew York Timesbestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragonhas sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.Not so very long ago, EragonShadeslayer, Dragon Riderwas 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. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances. The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagasia? And if so, at what cost?This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.From the Hardcover edition.

Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr Omnibus

Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr Omnibus

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

ERAGONWhen 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, his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders?ELDESTEragon and his dragon, Saphira, must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in magic and swordmanship. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and as his cousin Roran fights a new battle in Carvahall, Eragon is put in even graver danger . . .BRISINGREragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives after the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains. Now Eragon finds himself bound by promises he may not be able to keep. Can this once simple farm boy unite the rebel forces and defeat the King?

Eragon

Eragon

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: eBook Release Date: 13/04/2009

One boy . . . One dragon . . . A world of adventure.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, 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...

Brisingr

Brisingr

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: eBook Release Date: 20/09/2008

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, theNew York Timesbestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragonhas sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.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. First is Eragon's oath to his cousin Roran: to help rescue Roran's beloved, Katrina, from King Galbatorix's clutches. But Eragon owes his loyalty to others, too. The Varden are in desperate need of his talents and strengthas are the elves and dwarves. When unrest claims the rebels and danger strikes from every corner, Eragon must make choices choices that 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?From the Hardcover edition.

Eldest (Inheritance Book 2)

Eldest (Inheritance Book 2)

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

Darkness falls . . . Despair abounds . . . 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 Ellesmera, 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 . . .

Eragon Book One

Eragon Book One

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2007

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, 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...

Eldest

Eldest

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: eBook Release Date: 17/10/2006

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, theNew York Timesbestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragonhas sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.Darkness fallsdespair aboundsevil 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 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-inspring 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. Before long, Eragon doesn't know whom he can trust. Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battleone that might put Eragon in even graver danger. Will the king's dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . . Praise for Eragon: ';Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that's sure to flourish.' Booklist, Starred ';Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.' People ';The new ';It' book of children's lit.' U.S. News & World Report ';An auspicious beginning to both career and series.' Publishers Weekly A #1 New York Times Bestseller A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller A Wall Street Journal Bestseller A Book Sense Book of the Year A #1 Book Sense SelectionFrom the Hardcover edition.

Eldest Book Two

Eldest Book Two

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/09/2006

Darkness falls . . . Despair abounds . . . 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 Ellesmera, 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 . . .

Eragon

Eragon

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: eBook Release Date: 07/09/2006

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, 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...Kerry Shale's reading turns this magnificent adventure into a thrilling audiobook for fans of all ages.

Eragon

Eragon

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: eBook Release Date: 27/06/2006

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, theNew York Timesbestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragonhas sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boyuntil his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. 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 saveor destroythe Empire.';An authentic work of great talent.'The New York Times Book Review';Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.'People ';Unusual, powerful, fresh, and fluid.'Booklist, Starred';An auspicious beginning to both career and series.' Publishers WeeklyA New York Times BestsellerA USA Today BestsellerA Wall Street Journal BestsellerA Book Sense Bestseller

Eragon Book One

Eragon Book One

Author: Christopher Paolini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2005

One boy . . . One dragon . . . A world of adventure. 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, 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...

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