I love The Inheritance Cycle. They are my absolute favorite books! I've read the Cycle 23 times!
I'm always impressed when someone, such as yourself, refers to it as such. Most people call it the "Eragon" series.
My favorite characters are Eragon, Saphira, Brom (I cry every time I get to the part where he dies :'( ) Arya, and Roran.