In the same vein as such great fantasy writers as C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien, Christopher Paolini creates an enticing and captivating world full of wonder and excitement in the audiobook of his debut novel Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1, narrated by Gerard Doyle. The story, set in a magical realm, follows a young boy named Eragon. Living in a rural farm with his uncle and cousin, fifteen year old Eragon leads a nondescript life. One day while hunting in a nearby mountain range, however, he stumbles upon a magic blue stone that, unbeknownst to him, will change his life forever.
This stone, Eragon later discovers, is in fact the egg of a Dragon. He witnesses its hatching and immediately grows attached, naming the dragon Saphira. The dragon, however, is keenly sought by the corrupt King Galbatorix, and soon his servants have raided the farm in search of the egg, killing Eragon's uncle in the process.
This grave injustice begins Eragon's journey away from home, ultimately searching for a way to take vengeance on those responsible for his uncle's death. Along the way, he encounters much magic, adventure, and danger, and learns new things about his dragon and himself. For the fantasy fans of all ages, this is a modern day classic not to be missed.
Chris Paolini was born in Montana, the mountainous landscape of which he credits for the inspiration to write the Inheritance Cycle series. This novel, his first, was published in 2002 when Paolini was only 18. It has gone on to sell more than 33 million copies. He is considered by many to be one of the great contemporary fantasy writers.
One boy. One dragon. A world of adventure.
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. Download and start listening now!