The Inheritance Cycle is a young adult tetralogy of epic fantasy novels written by American author Christopher Paolini. The novels focus on the adventures of a teenage boy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, as they struggle to overthrow an evil king named Galbatorix. The series was originally intended to be a trilogy (named the 'Inheritance Trilogy') until Paolini announced, on October 30, 2007, while working on the third novel, that he believed the story was too complex to conclude in just three.The first book in the series, Eragon, was published in 2002 and subsequently re-published in 2003; it was followed by Eldest in 2005. Both were New York Times bestsellers.
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