Inheritance Book Four by Christopher Paolini

Inheritance Book Four

Written by Christopher Paolini
Part of the The Inheritance Cycle Series

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Not so very long ago, Eragon 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 civilisation rests on their shoulders in this stunning book which brings the bestselling Inheritance cycle to a breathtaking conclusion. Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. Featuring spectacular artwork by cult artist John Jude Palencar.

Click here to see a video of Christopher Paolini delivering the Inheritance manuscript to his publisher.


Inheritance Book Four by Christopher Paolini

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?


Random House Children's Books MD Philippa Dickinson: "We are extremely proud and excited to be publishing Inheritance. Christopher Paolini's books are an incredible worldwide phenomenon and readers have been eagerly awaiting the final instalment in the cycle."

When Christopher Paolini began writing the Inheritance Cycle series, he was just 15 years old. A lot has changed in the 13 years since. The biggest change, of course, is that Eragon, the first book in the series, became a worldwide bestseller, not to mention a blockbuster film. Not to be outdone, Paolini went on to write Eldest, the second in the series, and Brisingr, the third. They also became bestsellers around the world, and on 8th November Inheritance, the fourth and final book in the series, will be released to much fanfare.

About the Author

Christopher Paolini

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 will be released before Christmas 2011.

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:

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880 pages
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Doubleday Children's Books an imprint of Random House Children's Publishers UK

Publication date

20th August 2011




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