Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini is an American writer of fantasy fiction. Having been home schooled and something of a prodigy, Christopher graduated high school by the time he was 15 and began to write his first novel, Eragon set in the mythical world of Alaga?sia. The first draft of this novel was completed while christopher was still just 15 years old.

Eragon was originally published in November 2001 (with Christopher at the tender age of 18) by his parents company Paolini International LLC. Christopher then toured 135 schools in the USA to promote his book, aimed at the young adult market.

By the summer of 2002 the novel was brought to the attention of the publisher Alfred A. Knopf who made an offer to publish this book and any further books in the Inheritance Cycle. This second edition was published in August 2003 and by 19 years old, Christopher became a New York Times bestselling author.

Eragon was followed by Eldest in 2005 and Brisingr in 2008, with a fourth and yet untitled novel to follow and possibly complete the series.

Eragon has since been made into a successful film of the same name, which stars Jeremy Irons, Robert Carlyle, John Malkovich, Joss Stone and Rachel Weisz. The film has the distinction of being the 31st highest grossing film of 2006 in the USA while being the 10th worst reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes.

Christopher is a fan of the fantasy genre and his influences include JRR Tolkien, ER Eddison, Anne McCaffrey and Raymond E Feist. Also a fan of Doctor Who he is currently working on the fourth novel in the Inheritance Cycle.


    The Inheritance Cycle
    • Volume 1: Eragon
    • Volume 2: Eldest
    • Volume 3: Brisingr
    • Volume 4: To be announced