I read the first two Eragon books recently, the third and final is currently being written. My timing seems to have been quite good because as I was reading the second book, I found out that there was a film being made… and then there are the inevitable video games. Now on the company I work at are running ads for Eragon on our website. It’s everywhere!
The youth of Christopher Paolini, the author, and the success it has achieved are astounding. Christopher was 15 when he graduated from school and started the first book, and 18 when he started the second. The book was self published by his parents, and is now being turned into a movie (released next week) and video games for pretty much every game format.
The first of the series, Eragon, has been criticised as being a little formulaic and derivative but I think, especially considering the author was only 15 when he started, that the book is incredibly good. The second, Eldest, is even better, showing much less (none?) of the derivative nature of the first. If you like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or pretty much any of the more adult fantasy books, then Eragon is likely to be something you will enjoy.
You can read more on the official Eragon series website Alagaesia.com.