New Alagaesia Newsletter: Announcing the Almanac, Sweepstakes

Christopher Paolini has sent out his latest edition of the Alagaesia News, his periodic newsletter used to connect the author to his fans. It’s been a while since we last heard from Christopher, which means we were in for quite the long letter! Christopher used the opportunity to discuss a number of recent happenings, including the recently-launched sweepstakes to meet the author for dinner in Montana, the now-released Inheritance Almanac,Comic-Con, Patrick Rothfuss, progress on Book 4, and much more! Check out the full newsletter after the jump.

The full October 2010 newsletter is available below:

Alagaesia Newsletter: October 2010

Kvetha Fricaya. Greetings Friends!

I have very exciting news… how would you like to win a trip to visit me, here, in Montana? The folks at Random House have put together a contest for all Inheritance Super Fans that will run through November, with the grand prize being a visit to my hometown in Montana, the place that inspired ERAGON! We’ll have lunch and chat at a local restaurant, and you’ll get to ask me your burning questions. It’s easy to enter. All you have to do is send my team at Random House a video explaining why the Inheritance cycle is one of your must reads! And you have a second chance to win, as the runner-up will win a party via Skype from yours truly. Click here to enter and read the official rules and regulations.

And I have even more great news . . .there’s a NEW book in the Inheritance universe: THE INHERITANCE ALMANAC: an A-to-Z Guide to the World of Eragon, on sale today!

Mike Macauley, in collaboration with Mike Vaz, has produced a comprehensive guide to all the creatures, places, and things in Eragon’s world. It’s an amazing compendium of information that will answer many of your questions and help you keep track of the arcana of Alagaësia. As many of you know, Mike is the webmaster of Shurtugal.com and has supported my work since Eragon was first published by Random House. For years he has provided breaking news updates for his readers, traveling to book launches, the Eragon movie premier, and Comic-Con to report the latest news on all-things Inheritance. I’m pleased, therefore, to recommend you visit Mike’s redesigned shurtugal.com website and check out THE INHERITANCE ALMANAC. It will make a great addition to your Inheritance collection.

And now for updates on writing and my recent travels.

Every novel presents opportunities for me to grow as a writer. And the fourth book in the cycle is no exception. I am finally–after more than a decade spent working on this series–getting to write a proper ending to the story. And it’s a challenge! But one I enjoy, and one that I’m learning a great deal from. Endings are just as important as beginnings (and middles, for that matter), and I want to do this one justice. It’s funny. Even though I’ve had three novels published, this is the first time I’ve had the chance to wrap up a story once-and-for-all. Finito…no more…the end.

Thank you all for your patience and support. I know you are looking forward to seeing what happens to your favorite characters.

In addition to writing, I’ve been doing some traveling over the past several months. In August, I attended the science-fiction/fantasy extravaganza that is San Diego Comic-Con.

I met Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Name of the Wind, which I highly recommend. It’s one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in a long time, and Patrick is a really nice guy in person. Here’s a link to an interview I did with him: http://sf-fantasy.suvudu.com/2010/07/cc-aftermath-christopher-paolini-interviews-patrick-rothfuss.html

Among the artists I met were a number whose work inspired parts of my writing, most notably Brom. Yes that Brom. I named the character after him ages ago, when I started the Inheritance cycle, but this past Comic-Con was the first time that we ever crossed paths in real life. It was quite an honor to be able to shake his hand and get some pictures with him. Awesome artist, great guy, and a real hero of mine. Here he is:


Directly after Comic-Con I flew to the Boy Scout Jamboree in Virginia. The event celebrated their 100th anniversary. It was held on an enormous military base, and tens of thousands of people attended. The boys were incredible and very enthusiastic. Many walked miles through the hot, muggy afternoon to get their books signed. Dozens of boys gave me badges, and one of the troops even made me an honorary member, which I thought was pretty cool.

In September it was my great honor to attend the 175th anniversary celebration of Bertelsmann, which was held in Berlin, Germany. Random House, my publisher, is a subsidiary of Bertelsmann. I attended along with three other Random House authors (John Stephens, Markus Zusak, and Lauren Kate)–to represent Random House at their international business meeting and gala. Wow! I had no idea what a grand event it was going to be. The business meeting was held in an enormous high-tech auditorium, while the gala was held in a multi-story concert room reminiscent of a Viennese ballroom, with carved and painted walls and ceilings and a huge wall screen at the front to project our images. The head of the European Union Commission was at the gala, as was the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel. Talk about intimidating! Overall, it was an amazing experience that felt like something out of a movie, and I’m very glad I was able to participate.

But that’s not all!

This week I am visiting South Carolina to speak with thousands of high school and middle school students. I’ll be talking about life as an author and the craft of writing, and trying to inspire a new generation to become inveterate readers and writers. This will be my final trip until the manuscript for book four is finished. Once I return I’ll be focused on getting out the final chapters, so you can have the book in your hands as soon as possible.

I will be viewing the entries to the Super Fan contest, and look forward to seeing what you create.

May your swords stay sharp!

Christopher Paolini

Be sure to check your local stores (and online too!) to pick up your copy of The Inheritance Almanac!

  • Andreas

    They should stop milking out profits from the cycle and instead get the last novel published!

  • Erik

    So this means he is nearing completion right?

  • tineen khudhr

    I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for a book release date ever since i finished Brisinger. The books weave an amazing tale can’t wait to see how it ends.

    May your pencil stay sharp!

  • Anonymous

    I hope Christopher releases the book relatively soon, even though Im only in the midst of reading Eragon… Just so my friends can stop moaning about how long its took! hehe 😀

  • Anonymous

    Hmm …. i PARTICULARLY noted the “end” rhetoric that was use by CP there …. BOOYAH!!! ;D

  • Lcollins7

    OMG! First John Granger is in SC, now Christopher himself! Got to find out if he’s coming near me soon!

  • sirsimon

    sooooo….paolini should have it completed by mid november

  • XEldest7

    Well I am no starting to get inpatient on how long this is taking. He may be very close to finishing but the publishing will take foreverrrrrrrrrrrr. I just hope this book will be long and not disapointing, as this is my favorite series.

  • Sahiti

    so sad that the story abt to end!! but finally chris is getting on with the book!! wonder if we could have a spring 2011 release.

    • Christopher would have to be done with the book now for a Spring 2011 release.

  • Curious is all

    I know… Its cool and all.. But it seems like he is taking a really long time wrapping this up… He divided Brisingr in two right? So he should’ve had some of the fourth book done right? I wonder how long this one will be… We’ll see…

    • Not necessarily. He divided it into two based off of how long the third book already was. He never had to write anything from the last book to make the change to book 3.

      • garzhov

        true dat true dat

    • I see this come up a lot and never understand where people find this information (it’s false). Yes, Christopher did say that he divided the storyline of the third book into two books. However, this does not mean that he had both books written before dividing the two books. It means that as he was approaching the end of what is now Brisingr, Christopher realized that continuing the story in one novel would be far too long for one book. He wrapped the story up where it ended in Brisingr and began the editing process.

      • Yeah, the only thing he specifically said we he added something in to the end of Brisingr to make a stopping point. He didn’t say he had like 300 more pages already.

  • JARH

    I never liked his letters to the fans; all he said we already knew, so why writing letters? :S

    • Jahooty

      cause not all fans visit shurtugal 😛

      • Anonymous

        poor excuse for fans than. lol who wouldnt frequent this site? Its amazing!

  • Mem

    I just hope the book gets released. It seems like an eternity. Was wondering if it’d ever come at this rate.

    • I heard Book 4 was actually published last year under the codename “An Orange Toad: The Epic Struggle of Dingo Blacksox, Toad Warrior Extraordinaire”. Have you not read it??

      • Isn’t that the one where Eragon dies????

      • Mem

        isn’t it called

        Endless Wait? :oP

  • Abrum Sarsfield

    This is really exciting! I’m sorry to see the story ending. But I am thrilled to know it’s developing nicely! I’ve deeply appreciated all the books so far. Many, many congrats Mr. Paolini!

    • Stories never end! Fans continue them in theories and fan fiction, and authors continue them in short stories/novellas, spinoffs, and more. Characters never die as long as fans never forget them.

      • Forget who?

        • garzhov

          true dat true dat

  • Bandnerd23

    not necessarily he just said he is going to be able to write an ending to the series not the book himself. He could just mean that he is excited to be done with all of them in general. Just sayin lol

  • Master Brom

    It is great to hear from Christopher. I, for one, am happy he is getting to do many exciting things and see new places and meet his favorite authors. It will help enrich his imagination and the ending should be even better. Being holed up in a room to just write would leave the story flat and unimaginative. Since he says he has only the final chapters left to write – it means the book should be out probably next September.

    • Protege

      Possibly sooner. It sounds like he is locking himself inside his room after this next trip. My money would be on US Summer next year. Maybe April-June if we’re lucky.

      • Trust me when I say that while Christopher is not on his rare business-related trips, he’s invisibly chaining himself to his desk to get the book done. Christopher is very aware of how many people are eagerly waiting the next book and wants to do his best to write his best book yet. I have no doubt that Book 4 will exceed all of our expectations!

        • Jahooty

          His hard work is paying off i am practically salivating in anticipation for his book

          • BrisingrBlue

            lol Jahooty, it will be the best book of 2011 without a doubt. i am indeed hoping that it does exceed all expectations. and that he doesnt leave anything unfinished, which im sure he will take great care in making sure everything is finished. Here’s hoping that aafter this book is released. the inheritance cycle shall be brought to the big screen 😉 this time with eragon film making sense and relating to the books lol