Exclusive Sneak Peek at Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia!

Our friends at Random House have given us an exclusive look at two folds from Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia, a visual book written by Eragon himself for future Riders of Alagaesia. The book takes readers on a journey through Alagaesia to meet never-before-illustrated people, creatures, and places in the Inheritance cycle, as well as offering information on each narrated by Eragon himself. The book was written by Christopher Paolini and illustrated by a dedicated team of talented artists who made their best effort to stay as true to Christopher’s vision as possible and it certainly shows in these exclusive spreads! Continue reading for a look at two spreads from the book as well as details on our upcoming giveaways and how you can get your hands on a copy of this book!Each spread we’re offering is very large in size due to each being an entire scan of a folded-out book. By clicking the image, you may zoom in to read each spread’s narration.

Dragon Riders

The first spread contains a beautiful illustration of Eragon flying on Saphira and discusses Dragon Riders, the Rimgar, Rider swords, the bond between dragon and Rider, as well as the Gedwey Ignasia.

Click here to view the Dragon Riders spread.

Ellesmera

The second spread offers our first look at the forest of Ellesmera. The spread’s illustration contains several elven buildings grown out of tree trunks deep within the heart of Du Weldenvarden. The spread’s narration discusses the elven capital as well as Du Weldenvarden, elven architecture, elven celebrations, and elven clothing.

Click here to view the Ellesmera spread.

Looking to get your hands on a copy? Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia releases in the United States and Canada on November 3rd and can be pre-ordered through Amazon.com for only $16.49 (saving $8.50!).

  • Sean

    Fiction stories are meant to engage the reader’s imagination and if the author does a good job, that reader will put together a fantastic image of what the author wants them to see. Paolini did a good job of that. I don’t think I want to read a book that tells my mind that it didn’t imagine it correctly. It’s like watching the movie after reading the book – it’s never as good and you end up wishing you didn’t see it. I’ll end up passing on this and wait for the next book to release… one day….

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hey, AHEM, we answered you, mate. ;D

  • brisingr

    I would seriously buy it, but I’m saving up so I’ll get it at the library

  • brisingr

    Do guys know if any of the pictures were drawn by Christopher Paolini?

  • brisingr

    I think the whole idea of a book not directly affiliated with the series is super cool

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Um, yeah, the total of word count is 167, 617. ;D I use 12 font. ;D

  • Terminator

    I never felt like doing one. Mine is an average of 500 words per page, I currently have 129 pages.

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Padfoot, Sirsimon:

    Do either of you have an estimated word count? I always like to have the word counts of books, since page numbers can be deceptive if the pages are especially large or especially small.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Wow, mate, that’s alot! I am writing shorter stories, but I am putting them in one book like a book of tales, it is a little over 400 pages. There are four stories. ;D

  • sirsimon

    388 pages padfootunewraithslayer, the sequel is destined for 630 – 640 pages.

    The third make just kill me, with a targetted page count of 1000 pages.

  • Evarinya

    Okay!
    So back on subject then?

    Blue really is a nice color for that book.. So very interresting. Hey, can anyone tell me what the shape of the thing on the handprint is? I can’t tell!

  • kendy.kendy

    ok, we all like a character mora than other… can we just say each of us have an opinion? I don’t like Nasuada. I really like Roran… what’s the matter with that? We all have our opinion.. Don’t argue about this any more!

    (AHEM, yes I also like Murtagh, of course 😉 )

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Thank you, Jade&Ophelia, I like Roran, but I was just giving my opinions on the matter. I have neither any dislike nor have true affection for Roran, Brom is my favorite. ;D

  • PadfotUnewraithSlayer

    Haha, okay, thanks, Sirsimon! Sounds good. Hahaha, I started when I was eleven. ;D How long is your book?

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “I mean so what is didn’t obey the captain, he killed 197 men and when the captain came up he had barley any men and Roran had only lost a few.”

    It was actually 193 men, not 197.(Yes, I spotted that without checking online first.) Aside from that, I have to agree about what you said about Nasuada.

  • sirsimon

    Thank you for the compliments PadfootUnewraithSlayer, its fantastic that you are planning to become an author, I have written one book and is now just finishing the sequel. The book was inspired by, you guessed it, Christopher Paolini!

    My book is a fantasy known as the Realm: Dawning of a hero, it is about a welsh teenager named Alan Capricorn Malone, whom is given, by his best friend, a magical artifact, little does he know that the gem contains the soul of his murdered ancestor, he is then whisked away to a fantasy world known as the Realm, there, he learns of the tyrannical usurper and murdered of his trapped ancestor, the evil Lord Malus. With a group of freinds, Troy Kenzarus, Zelda Mydyre and Luna Druid, he must stop Malus and exact revenge for his ancestor.

    Its a very good read, but problems arose during publication and it isn’t avaliable in stores, but can be purchased on this website,

    ‘www.authorhouse.com or co.uk’

    Also, because it wasn’t proof read, it suffers from very minor spelling mistakes, but don’t let that bother you, I was also fifteen when I wrote it, so its a marvellous achievement.

    It gladdens me to know that my wisdom is going to another potentially great author.

  • Bob

    Alright so…back to the topic at hand….

    Nice looking book we’ve got here!

  • Terminator

    You know, I really miss Brom….

  • Jade&Ophelia

    I love the Spreads! I have to get this book!

    _________

    Okay, so I agree with Padfoot.

    Personally, I don’t like Roran.

    I thought Eldest was boring with all the Roran parts. In Brisingr he was like Bam Bam smashing people up. But, I don’t think he should die, ’cause then Katrina is left alone, and she’ll live, most likely. I think we can

    solve this by Roran & Katrina going to Surda and staying out of the fourth book. The don’t really matter, I mean this revolves around Eragon.

    Now, I was ready to throw the Eragon book at CP when he killed Brom off. I was like NO!

    He was my favorite character, save Saphria.

    I also don’t really like Nasuada that much, she was cool and all at first but, when it comes to punishment, she is terrible. WHY? Why did she whip Roran? I mean so what is didn’t obey the captain, he killed 197 men and when the captain came up he had barley any men and Roran had only lost a few.

    Ophelia ~ I agree, I dislike her and I think Roran is not important.

    Well said.

    Mor’ranr Life

    ~ Jade & Ophelia

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    AHEM, no offense taken, mate, but I am just telling it from my opinions. Sometimes leaders have to do things they don’t like, just think of some of the things Dumbledore does to Harry Potter.

  • brownie

    Ok I thought this page was for descusing the new book that’s cuming out not yet another place for ppl to argue over roran and nasuada yet again!!

    Now dus any1 have any interesting information on eragons guide to alagaesia?

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    “ok i can see why some of you have a “hatred” for nasuada, but i think you are speaking more out of your love for Roran. she is now the leader of the varden and she must keep everything in control, though the whipping post for Roran is debatable it is necessary to prevent insuborbination.”

    Ugh.

    It literally hurts for me to read this kind of thing. Reminds of the heaven-forsaken topics on the forum, when I saw these same ridiculous arguments over and over and freaking over again, and laid bare the stupidity of them so many times, just looking at them makes me sick.

    Now, I’m not trying to give offense, to Padfoot, Roranson, etc, but I really, really, really hate these illogical pro-Nasuada arguments. I hate them almost as much as I hate Nasuada, which is considerable.

    BTW, I’m not just sore about one of my favorite characters being the one on the receiving end of the whip. The reason I detest Nasuada is because she’s a manipulative, power-mad, authoritarian b#@&* Mary Sue scum bag maggotfarm who needs to get knocked off her throne before she fancies herself a living god or something.

    I better not continue. Just talking about Nasuada makes me so angry and blood-mad that I can barely think straight. I’m not as rational as I usually am on this subject.

    “Well. Elva is so disgusting! I don’t like her. Maybe she’s the only one who can tell Eragon what he had done with her without feelling bad.. (that’s okay, a mistake is a mistake) but she’s so disgusting!”

    Wth is up with this, y’all? Why all the hate for Elva? She really doesn’t deserve it. She’s actually one of my favorite characters, and probably my solid 1st favorite among the female characters. Not only is she a rare breath of neutral-aligned fresh air, but she’s one of the only characters so far that’s had the spine to actually talk back to Nasuada and Eragon, and actually throw their self-righteous nonsense back in their faces. You can’t get much more awesome than that, unless you’re Murtagh, of course. 😉

  • Evarinya

    Taslin:
    Yes, that is a word, and you also spelled it correctly ;]

  • ThatGuy

    I haven’t really hated any characters. Like sirsimon said, if there powerful, they have to have a weakness like roan. He can kill but doesn’t like to at all and rants on about it because he hates doing it.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Sirsimon, thank you, I do try to do as you have suggested, and the foremost is making my characters not perfect, ha ha, yes, none are perfect. ;D Have you published any books? If so, please tell me so I can look them up! ;D

  • Taslin

    I read the books as often as I can. I’ve lost count of how many times I read eragon. As for eldest and brisingr, 10 and 3 or 4 times respectively( spelling? I’m not sure if this word exists in english).

    And about the characters I still didn’t quite said what i wanted.

    What a meant with Eragon is that he is always complaining and he sometimes his quite stupid and I just wish he was better. About roran , i can understand your position, but i don’t like him ;P

  • kendy.kendy

    S4phir4,
    ‘@ Kendy
    have you checked the chapter?
    If Yes: how do you think about it?’

    Oh! yes… I really agree with you. It’s possible. You’re right. Unfornately we will have to wait for this answer 🙁 Book IV, when are you coming?!

    Taslin,
    ‘Ok, sorry about that, I guess I didn´t express myself in the best way. kendy you’re right I’m not american and sometimes it is difficult to relly say what I want.’

    Haha, I am not from the USA and had the same problem the first days here 😛 good luck! You’ll improve! (well, I think I improve my english here.. thank you guys!)

    ‘I don’t like Roran because he in the last book Cp goes on about he killed a lot of people and that he is a born leader, and it anoys me that he’s so perfect. ‘

    Well, that’s your opinion. I don’t agree with you. Roran is my favorite character! But with your point of view we have to accept what you think.. About the thing that he’s perfect.. well, I can’t agree with that.. He is so human! Maybe you can say elves are ‘so perfect’ but Roran? No, he is a simply human-

    ‘Nasuada – I agree with the others when they say she is to bossy and arrogant. ‘

    WELL SAID! 😉

    ‘Murtagh and Thorn – I don’t like them because I don´t think they are good. ok, it’s not their fault that they’re controlled by galbatorix but i just don’t like their personality, or at least what I can see of them’

    We will have to wait to know what REALLY happened with them (again, book IV: when are you coming??!!) But they’re both well made characters.. Very interesting. And you can’t say you don’t like them just because they are .. bad? evil? (sorry, that’s your opinion)
    ‘Eragon- when I say the strongest and such, i really ment that he should be better than the others, not better than galbatorix and the all army or even Oromis.’

    Ahhh! Now I undestand… But, why do you think that? The strongest characters tend to be poor people or simply people.. Do you often read books?

    ‘Ps: sorry for my english’

    Mine is not better than yours. No problems! 🙂

  • Taslin

    I’m not saying that what Roran did wasn’t good, i just think CP exagerated.

    As for Brom he is alson one of my favorites

  • Roranson

    ok i can see why some of you have a “hatred” for nasuada, but i think you are speaking more out of your love for Roran. she is now the leader of the varden and she must keep everything in control, though the whipping post for Roran is debatable it is necessary to prevent insuborbination. if he was not whipped peole would try to do similar action however they might not be quite so succesfull and cost unecessery lives. as for her being “bossy” she kinda has to she is the leader, she is in a war she has to give orders that are quick and concise. though she could be a bit more carefull about leaving her body guards behind. as well as being arrogant i can see how it can be interpreted that she is arrogant but she must be/ pretend to be confident, if she does not act confident and “superior”, for the lack of a better word, she would not have the respect of her army.

    but then again it’s open to interpretation. i’m just commenting how i see her actions.

  • Terminator

    Taslin,
    Roran it was one of my favorites. He goes on about how he kills so many people, because he kills so many people! I mean, he was like 20 feet up because of how many dead bodies (he had killed) he was standing on. Its only natural that he would be talking about it, he saves hundreds of peoples lives, and yet, get’s whipped for insubordination.

    Nasuada is okay, I hate her now that she had Roran whipped.

    Brom was definetly the best of all the characters, I was glad CP brought him back, sort of, for Brisingr.

  • Taslin

    Ok, sorry about that, I guess I didn´t express myself in the best way. kendy you’re right I’m not american and sometimes it is difficult to relly say what I want.

    Ok here it goes:

    I don’t like Roran because he in the last book Cp goes on about he killed a lot of people and that he is a born leader, and it anoys me that he’s so perfect.

    Nasuada – I agree with the others when they say she is to bossy and arrogant.

    Murtagh and Thorn – I don’t like them because I don´t think they are good. ok, it’s not their fault that they’re controlled by galbatorix but i just don’t like their personality, or at least what I can see of them

    Eragon- when I say the strongest and such, i really ment that he should be better than the others, not better than galbatorix and the all army or even Oromis.

    Did that made any sense to you?

    Ps: sorry for my english

  • sirsimon

    PadfootUnewraithSlayer, I am a fantasy author, (no joke mate!) and if you wish to be a good author, I recommend some advice, it is your opinion if you would like to use it,

    1) Make your characters realistic and interesting, for example, characters must have flaws in their personality and strenght, its what makes them believable.

    If they have a power, make it a curse, or make it powerful, but they have yet to realize its potential

    2) Be imaginative and smooth, you must make a book interesting to people and you must find a way to make your book enjoyable throughout and not making it drag near the end

    and finally,

    3) Add a twist into the plot, predictability can kill a story straight, if you add a plot detail that makes everyone gasp, you have struck gold,

    Use my advice, and good luck should you become an author!

    Also, the flogging of Roran is topically rich, I mean, it wasn’t harsh, but it proves that, like Galbatorix, the Varden punish those that defy it so, and whatever Roran did that deserved the punishment, he done it because he thought it was right.

  • sirsimon

    Thank you for agreeing with me Kendy, I agree with you on all points, my favourite character has to be either Saphira or Roran, Roran becase he is courageous, a born leader and the way he went all the way South with a village behind him, just to rescue Katrina, now that’s true love for you there! He’s a very fine character, if you ask me.

    and Saphira, well…she’s a dragon, what’s not to like about her, she may be a bit vain and a bit boastful of her beauty and power, but if I were a dragon, I would be too!

    Yes sir, with Eragon and Murtagh, Roran and Spahira make up the Inheritance cycle fantastic four!

  • S4phir4

    @ Kendy
    have you checked the chapter?
    If Yes: how do you think about it?

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Eka elrun ono, Evarinya. ;D

    Aye, Happy Belated All Hallows Eve!

  • Evarinya

    Very well said Padfoot.
    You explained it perfectly :]

    Happy belated Halloween everyone!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Also (sorry for posting twice in a row) I do not think Nasuada is bad and power-hungry. Yes, she has certainly rose up the position, but part of it was necessary. The matter of the flogging of Roran, now that is a topic! I do think that is was rather harsh, but just think, if she had not, people WOULD have thought that she was giving him favoritism and they also might also do insubordination because they would think. “Well, if he got out of flagellation so shall I” therefore, they would undermine Nasuada’s authority. It might have also been a test of loyal as well, such as she laid upon herself in the Trial of the Long Knives, if she was to give him command, she had to see his loyalty, bravery, and perseverance, also his willingness to obey her when it might cause him pain. So, there are different reasons for her to do as she did, she might have had more than one reason. It was a difficult necessity that even she went through to a certain extent, it was similar to his own Trial. Yes, I do believe that Eragon will not be pleased with her flogging his cousin, but he also might see the necessity in it as well. If she had been lenient towards Roran, the loyalty of the whole Varden might have been affected.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Taslin, ‘the strongest’, mate, haven’t you ever noticed that MOST main characters are not the strongest? It is like that because readers are suppose to be able to relate to the said character. One cannot do that if the character surpasses their opponents, if that was so, then in truth, there would be no good story because the antagonist would be too easy to beat. If you look at it, the books, such as this series, the main character is someone to whom the reader can relate in some way or other, the characters have to have weaknesses. They cannot be the strongest or whatever because they show that there is yet hope when you are up against something bigger than yourself. In order for a series to be good, in my opinion (And this is ONLY a opinion) that a main character has to have weaknesses and cannot be the strongest if they are to be a rounded and natural character that the reader can relate with. This is my opinion, but others may see it differently. Sorry, I want to be an author, so I could not resist giving my opinion on main characters.

  • nagol

    i think the person that is supposed to die is galby. we all now he has to and this is the last book in the cycle. I know it is obvious choice but that is what i think

  • kendy.kendy

    Taslin, I don’t get you. If you dislike almost every character, why do you want Nasuada, Roran, Murtagh and Thorn to die?

    And when you say: ‘for me the main caracter has to be the strongest and bla, bla, bla… ‘ you mean you only like Eragon because he’s the main character? or you mean you don’t like almost every character because the main characters are not strong enough? I don’t understand. (you are not from the USA, are you?)

  • Taslin

    To be honest, I deslike almost every caracter. Don’t get me wrong a like the story a lot, but for me the main caracter has to be the strongest and bla, bla, bla…

    That’s way I want murtagh, thorn, Nasuada and maybe even Roran, to die.

  • kendy.kendy

    S4phir4 , WOW, that could be! (I’m going to read it tonight that chapter… not enough time now) well, that would be fantastic..! oh, yes 🙂 well, thak you very much (nobody agree with me with this..) I really think Selena is alive… well, it isn’t said she’s dead. Oromis said that.. Has anybody seen her dead? Brom? No, he hasn’t..

    sirsimon:
    ‘Daniel, Taslin, in my opinion, I would want Murtagh and Thorn to live, they are interesting and complex characters that need more page time’

    Yees! they’re very very very very interesting characters. Murtagh is in my top ten haha..! They hate Galbatorix and, in my opinion, they will be VERY IMPORTANT in the next book. They deserve 500 pages!

    ‘i want Elva to die, I really don’t like her, also, I used to like Nasuada, but she’s becoming power hungry, you saw how she whipped poor Roran’

    Well. Elva is so disgusting! I don’t like her. Maybe she’s the only one who can tell Eragon what he had done with her without feelling bad.. (that’s okay, a mistake is a mistake) but she’s so disgusting!

    And Nasuada I REALLY HATE HER. In Eldest, Nasuada’s pages are so boring! and what she had done with Roran. OMG! I really hope Eragon to take revenge about this!!

    – waiting, yes yes… I think we all want to know when the interview is coming.. Not to hurry up shurtugal! No, no. Just to know…

  • steven

    I live in the uk and had pre ordered the book from the amazon uk site and for sum reason I got my hands on copy of eragons guide to alagaesia erly an its realy good to read and very interesting the way it is put together is great and wot a surprise on the very last page of the book I realy cudnt believe it at the time

  • S4phir4

    I was Talking about chapter: “intersecting sagas” pages 254-258

  • S4phir4

    @ Kendy:
    in almost every Book – exceot of Brisingr – à King of the races of alagaesia died. As you all Know Ajihad and Hrothgar already died; so i think its now Time for islandzadi to die–> that would just Close the Circle: if arya will becone quenn is another story…
    Also i agree with you that Selena is still allive. Yesterday i finished reading Brisingr once more and something Went into my mind: i don’t Know the exactly chapter but while eragon stayed in the Camp of the Varden He went to Angela and She told two women the future with her dragonbones.
    Noone of These Women wahres to Tell their names to eragon and i think the older Woman was selena…
    What do you think about this Theory??

  • waiting

    You might have realized that it is now november and we are still waiting on the interview that was supposed to come out in august.

    Now i am perfectly fine with waiting for the itnerview, but i it would be nice to have an estimate of when the interview comes out. The “monthly interviews w/ CP” is a very misleading name.

    Could we have an approximate date of when the interview comes out?

    P.S.

    I am not saying Mike should hurry up, i am perfectly fine with waiting. I would just like to know how long we will be waiting.

  • sirsimon

    Daniel, Taslin, in my opinion, I would want Murtagh and Thorn to live, they are interesting and complex characters that need more page time, i want Elva to die, I really don’t like her, also, I used to like Nasuada, but she’s becoming power hungry, you saw how she whipped poor Roran

  • Shadeslayer70

    Oh, WOW, everything looks awesome. I can’t wait to get the book!

  • Daniel

    I don’t want Thorn to die. He’s been enslaved. Murtagh, well I’m not so sure about at this point in time. He’s a real jerk. Sure, he doesn’t like serving under Galbatorix, but he does like what he’s doing according to what he said in Eldest and Brisingr.

  • Taslin

    I really hope that murtagh and thorn die.

  • kendy.kendy

    while we wait for the surprise, the interview and the ‘possible’ movie, I want to discuss a topic …

    Our fantasy writer, CP, has demonstrated in the previous books that not everything is ‘ color of rose ‘ (I do not know this expression in English, lol) CP has ‘killed’ many of the most dear prominent characters … such as Brom, Oromis, Ajihad, and more… The question is:

    Who do you think will die in the next book?

    My opinion is here:

    * Islanzadí: Maybe in a battle, as a good warrior and an excellent queen. This way, Arya will be the queen. (ok, if she wants.. as it was said in Eldest)

    * Galbatorix, Obviously.. Well, I think Murtagh deserves this ‘work’ so maybe with some help he could kill the evil king.

    * Selena: Oh, yes! Many of you don’t agree with be, but I think she is still alive..

    * Thorn: Well, I don’t want Thorn to die.. but if this dragon dies, then Murtagh would change his true name, and he won’t have to obey Galbatorix.

    Show your opinion please! 🙂

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Hey, Mike, when are we going to learn what this secret surprise it? I want to know so badly! I can’t wait! ;D

  • Taslin

    I agree with you kendy, I’d also prefer a new eragon movie,. But i would also like to see eldest in the screen

  • sirsimon

    I agree with you Daniel, though it was an ok film, the best thing in it was Saphira.

    But hey, If i were a film director, I would be casting right now, and all of you could be extras. lol, plus i would make it so similar to the novel, i would film ALL scenes and chapters.

  • Daniel

    There was no money problem with the Eragon movie, they spent three-quarters of the budget animating Saphira.

  • kendy.kendy

    ‘@Kendy:
    I went to the after-party at the Eragon premiere! It was 3000 miles away! And I was 16 😛 So many strangers!’

    Wow, haha… that sounds funny Robert!

    Taslin:
    ‘We should organise and ask for a new movie, or at least for an eldest movie’

    Yes, there are many groups on the Internet that want an Eldest movie. I’d like it if it is better than Eragon’s Movie! OMG that movie was really, really different from the book..! and there is also the ‘money problem’ the movie wasn’t as good as they liked it to be..

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN AGAIN, GUYS! 😉

  • Taslin

    We should organise and ask for a new movie, or at least for an eldest movie

  • Bob

    I just realized how long ago that movie was….

  • Daniel

    I never noticed you were so young Bob.

  • Bob

    @Kendy:
    I went to the after-party at the Eragon premiere! It was 3000 miles away! And I was 16 😛 So many strangers!

    Also, Happy Halloween!

  • kendy.kendy

    Yeah, happy halloween for you, too!

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    Happy belated Halloween!!!:)

  • kendy.kendy

    Davidlewing,
    ‘@Kendy:
    I actually have it fixed now. Thanks anyway.’

    You are welcome 🙂

    ‘About the surprise… I think that the monthly Q&A will be in the back of the Guide to Alagaesia.’

    I don’t think that. You see.. The only ones who know about the montly Q&A are the shurtugal.com visitors (a lot, but not EVERY Eragon’s fan) So, the ones who don’t know the shurtugal website and the thing about a monthly interview won’t undestand. And the ones who are not from the USA won’t be able to read the interview,

    ‘Where is it that they talk about the surprise though?’

    They talk about the surprise in the ‘Brisingr Deluxe Edition – REVIEW!’ link. Now the messages are in the second page.
    Here are a few messages, so that you cand find where they talk about it easily:

    “S4phir4 commented on October 23rd at 7:36 PM

    I Love suprises 😉 when will He Show us the finished project?

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Kendy commented on October 23rd at 7:25 PM

    A surprise??? =D

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Chris Addison commented on October 23rd at 6:41 PM

    Mike was working on another, as of now, secret project. You’ll understand why the interview is so delayed soon. 😉 “

  • Davidlewing

    @Kendy:
    I actually have it fixed now. Thanks anyway.

    About the surprise… I think that the monthly Q&A will be in the back of the Guide to Alagaesia. Where is it that they talk about the surprise though?

  • Daniel

    OMG! We’re all gonna get signed Brisingrs!

    (Sorry if I feel especially dumb today. IF has corrupted my mind with FTD)

  • kendy.kendy

    sorry, I mean : ‘so, the surpise might be RELATED to the interview!’

  • kendy.kendy

    Dan, I doubt it.. many people here are not from the USA. (including me, of couse) so, the surprise won’t be for everyone! 🙁

    Haha! and also, many people here are not old enough to go to a party.. they won’t be allowed to go and have fun with strangers!

    Don’t forget that when they said there was going to be a surprise the say: ‘Mike was working on another, as of now, secret project. You’ll understand why the interview is so delayed soon. 😉 ‘ so, the surpise might be realted to the interview!

    🙂 That’s my opinion.. But maybe you’re right

  • Daniel

    In all seriousness, maybe there will be a staff-Halloween party thingy and we’ll all be invited!

  • Daniel

    Um, maybe We’re getting dragonlicious avatarz!

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Alright, it is All Hallows Eve, can you tell us what the surprise is! I am dying to see! ;D hehehe

  • kendy.kendy

    Chris, ‘Yeah, try deleting your cache and cookies for this site and it might fix it. Someone else had this problem and had to make another account though.’

    Oh, yes! I was. And the new account was kendy.kendy (thank you for changing the name to ‘Kendy’ again!)

    So, Davidlewing, if you couln’t logged in, try making a new acount and maybe you can ask Chris to change your name, as in my case.

  • kendy.kendy

    Dan, ‘Maybe the surprise is that there isn’t a surprise’

    Nooo, I think the surprise will come here in a few days… but what is it about? the monthly Q&A ? that’s not a surprise… The Eragon’s guide to Alagaësia? As Daniel said, we knew that… So what do you think the surpise will be about?

  • Daniel

    We already knew that this was coming, Evarinya. I don’t think that something that we already knew would be a “surprise.” Maybe the surprise is that there isn’t a surprise.

  • kendy.kendy

    Evarinya, OH YES! I want to leave there too..! wow, Ellesmera is just amazing!

  • Sirsimon

    I agree with you guys, Ellesmera looks beautiful.

  • Evarinya

    I thought this WAS the surprise?
    Is it? If it is, its one HECK of a surprise!
    xD
    Wow.. thats completely amazinggggg.
    I so want to live in Ellesmera now.

  • kendy.kendy

    Ellesmera is amazing! wow, really wonderful..! I love it..!

    WOW I missed a lot here! I’ve been on a sort of vacation..

    And, Did the surprise come??
    EPI, From Spain??? wow, I’ve been learning spanish for about 5 years because I always wanted to go to Spain, Mexico and Argentina.. (where is better for a vacation?)

  • AlagaesiaEldunari

    Favorite book ever!!! Brisingr so rocks!!! (and Eldest and Eragon of course!)

  • sonia23

    ellesmera is prettier then i imagined. i love it!!!!!!!!

  • Silvia

    It’s out in Hollanf as well as I just received my copy today. I love it!

  • connrblackblade

    ZOMG I WANT IT!

  • Ruydragon

    Sweet!

  • Grehan

    does anyone know when its on sale in Ireland

  • stevenj

    Vegtam–
    thanks for the infomation. I looked but couldnt find it, yeah $50 is a bit much i might wait a bit too.

  • sirsimon

    I like the spreads, hey guys I haven’t told you yet, but I am, seriously, a fantasy author, the writer of ‘The Realm: Dawning of a Hero’

    Just thought you should know

  • Vegtam

    Stevenj–

    It’s actually already available in Australia, I flipped through it briefly the other day. If you don’t mind paying twice the RRP, you can get it from Angus & Robertsons’s

    http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/book/search/7009951/

    It actually looks really good, but I’m not willing to pay $50 for it. In a month or two the price will go down.

  • Mike

    Baboo – it flips open and there is actual material there.

  • stevenj

    I really like the look of the book, does anyone know when it will be released in Australia, as well as the release date of the deluxe edition in Australia.

  • Baboo

    A nice taste … especially the Ellesmera spread.

    It would have been nice for there to be some new information about the world a Alagaesia, even if it has nothing to do with the plot. Maybe the other spreads will have some.

    A question for the Shurtugal staff: Do you know if the Elven clothing (bottom right of Ellesmera) is actual material that is attached to the page or just a picture of the fabric? (I’m not sure if you were sent a hard copy or digital file.)

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    Oh, good, I won’t have to type up the next page about the elves for convenience, then.

  • Davidlewing

    Okay, if this works the problem was solved, I cleared my cache and enable cookies. Thanks.

  • PadfootUnewraithSlayer

    Mike, I am sorry people do that to you, mate. No matter how much you try to please some people, they are insatiable and will not be appeased. Just ignore them, mate, I know it is hard, but just think, it is they who are ignorant of what you are doing for them. ;D

  • MeghanSwiftSword

    It’s ok Mike! I appriciate all that you guys do on here!:)

    Seriously, though. Thanks so much for all that you do for us fellow fans.

    Great article!!! I can’t wait four more days!!:D

  • Cally

    Mike, you know we love you and the staff too, if you hadn’t started this site we would be in the dark. But yea people are going to complain no matter what it is. Don’t let that get you down, keep doing a good job.

  • Mike

    I wonder if I’ll ever get to read a news story where people aren’t complaining. I doubt it.

  • frustrated

    sounds great, but i really would rather have book four. whats the deal? actually finish the series before going off on other tracks. I LOVE the series, so quit making us wait.

  • Chris

    Yeah, try deleting your cache and cookies for this site and it might fix it. Someone else had this problem and had to make another account though.

  • Bob

    @Davidlewing:

    I checked your account, everything looks fine. Have you checked to see if cookies are enabled on your browser?

  • Bob

    For everyone having problems with the image viewer:

    I fixed it! Enjoy!

    I thought it was going to be a harder fix, but it wasn’t!

  • All.Hail.Emperor.Murtagh

    For anyone who’s having trouble reading the left side:

    On the Dragon Rider page, it says:

    “A Dragon Rider may never rest while there is injustice in the land. So said my father, Brom. We are intended to be keepers of the peace, not warriors; our responsibility is to stand between the light and the dark, and maintain the balance between the two. To that end, every Rider is put through a strict regime to improve their mental and physical strength. Below are some elements that assist Riders in fulfilling their destinies.”

    “A Rider’s training should begin as soon as possible after their dragon hatches, although a slight delay is unavoidable in your case. You will learn when and how to use magic, swordsmanship, and other skills, such as the craft of imbuing matter with energy. You will learn how to read and write the Ancient Language, and how to use it without thinking. You will meditate until you can sense all the living beings around you. And, once you have mastered these challenges, we will teach you the finer applications of magic: how to kill with no more energy than moving your finger, how to draw energy from your surroundings, and how to maximize your strength. Your dragon will be put through a course every bit as strenuous as yours, with lessons in endurance, dragon lore, and aerial combat, among other lessons.”

    “The Rimgar: A series of poses developed to prepare the elves for combat, although many of them now use it for health and fitness.”

    “When you finish your training, you will receive a blade that matches the hue of your dragon. Traditionally, the elf smith Rhunon would forge your sword out of brightsteel, an ore from a star that once fell to earth. Brightsteel is stronger, harder, and more flexibile than ordinary metal. Once you name your sword, it will be marked with the appropriate glyph in the Ancient Language.”

  • Grehan

    It should come out in other countries. if not you could buy it over the internet

  • EPI

    Hi,

    does anyone knows if the Guide to Alagaesia is coming up to Spain?

    Byes from Spain,
    EPI

  • JariV

    I like them, I hope they’ll be released in the Netherlands too.

  • Terminator

    That’s what just what I did.

  • davidewing

    Also, I am unable to post with my registered user name “Davidlewing” It says I am not logged in. I have logged in again and tried posting several times and I have received the same message.

  • davidewing

    With Firefox:
    Click the link, right click the picture and select “view image” at the top of the drop box. This re-opens the image allowing you to zoom correctly.

    With Explorer:
    Click the link, right click the picture and select “copy” near the bottom of the drop box. Paste in MS Paint and you can zoom and scroll correctly. (There is probably a better way to do it but this is the best way I know)

  • RthuEndra

    Yeah, I can’t see the left side of the first pic. I somehow reclicked the Ellesmera pic after it was expanded and when I clicked to reexpand it I could scroll over to the left and read what was there.

    Yeah, that Ellesmera pic is gorgeous! I love how they made the houses within the trunks of the trees. So elaborate! I want to live there!

  • Commentator

    These are the same pictures used for one of the games in Junior Riders. There are more pictures in that website

  • Bakito

    Yea, me i can not see the left side at all.

  • Bob

    Is anyone else having trouble with the image viewer zooming in and not being able to see the entire left side?

  • mufajir01

    this is really gr8 advertisement.
    im going to go buy it!! 🙂

  • Chris

    Looks good.

    And they release supplemental stuff like this before the last book because more people will buy it now as opposed to after the series is over.

  • Bakito

    i prefer the one with eragon and saphira…it was realy cool

  • adamtheant

    I still don’t get why this is coming out before book 4, they’re just going to release an updated version later. Looks amazing though.

  • sirsimon

    Awesome, but I still wish we had some news on book four.

  • HB

    i prefer the one of Ellesmera. it looks so prettyyy 🙂