The Inheritance Almanac Hits Stores Today!

We are overjoyed to announce that after years of hard work, The Inheritance Almanac – a comprehensive A to Z guide to the world of Alagaesia – is now available in stores in the United States, Canada, Australia, and United Kingdom, with more countries coming soon. The Inheritance Almanac is the only A to Z guide to all things Inheritance currently available, and is officially sanctioned and approved by Christopher Paolini (and published by Random House).

Christopher Paolini’s world of Alagaësia is a magical land, full of mysterious people, objects, and places-one that has captivated millions of fans across the globe. Now, with the Inheritance Fan Book, those fans have a resource in the form of an A-to-Z almanac, where they can find everything they ever wanted to know about this fascinating world. From Arya to Zar’roc, this is an exhaustive encyclopedia about the land of the Inheritance cycle that also offers little-known facts gleaned from dozens of interviews with Christopher Paolini.

Did you know . . .
-that Helgrind, the den of the Raz’ac, is based on a real rock formation?
-that Saphira’s blue-tinted vision was inspired by Paolini’s own color blindness?
-that the Broddrings are the original humans who traveled to Alagaësia with King Palancar?
A must-have book for every Inheritance fan!

We highly recommend visiting our Inheritance Almanac mini-site located at Shurtugal.com/Almanac for more information!

Join us after the break for more information on The Inheritance Cycle, including a sneak peek at the massive amount of exciting promotions, activities, events, and interviews (including a spin on our upcoming Q&A with Christopher Paolini)!

Mike Macauley’s introduction to The Inheritance Almanac truly sets the tone for what readers — both new and old — can expect from the Almanac:

The Inheritance Almanac is a compendium of knowledge and information, from the known to the unknown, the serious to the absurd, detailing the expansive history of Alagaësia. This tome enables Inheritance adventurers to refresh their memories while exploring such topics as Murtagh and the battalions of soldiers who cannot feel pain. Readers will uncover the mysteries of the Eldunarí, the heavily guarded secret of the dragon race; journey through the ruins of Edur Ithindra, one of Alagaësia’s most ancient elf outposts; conquer the treacherous Spine mountain range; and roam the harsh and unforgiving Hadarac Desert. The Almanac will answer many readers’ questions, rekindle distant memories, and inspire new ways of interpreting the cycle’s contents.

Fantasy sleuths and Inheritance fanatics will immediately recognize Christopher’s homages to fantasy and science-fiction works that have inspired and entertained him scattered throughout the Almanac. These hidden gems have provided dedicated fans with a “mini-game” of hunting down Christopher’s latest references, from the obvious, such as the dwarf king Hrothgar, a direct allusion to Hrothgar, ruler of Denmark in the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowolf, to trickier references, including the “lonely god,” a modern-day reference to the British sciencefiction television show Doctor Who. And there are real-world character and location inspirations, such as Christopher’s sister, Angela, whose personality provided the basis for Angela the herbalist, and his home amid the picturesque Montana landscape, which inspired much of Palancar Valley’s beauty.

Whether you are a fan of many years or a new reader just beginning your journey through the Inheritance cycle, the Almanac will serve as a trusty companion while you experience Alagaësia in its full measure of glory.

Over the next several weeks, Shur’tugal will be rolling out a series of promotions tied to The Inheritance Almanac. We’re excited to share a sneak peek of what you should expect in the future:

  • A “round-table” podcast interview featuring Mike Macauley, author of The Inheritance Almanac, and Christopher Paolini (recorded at Comic-Con 2010)
  • A “live” surprise twist to our next Q&A with Christopher Paolini. Stay tuned!
  • Our new Companion to the Companion guide, a free online companion guide to The Inheritance Almanac featuring in-depth looks at some of the most controversial and obscure theories in the Inheritance universe. Fans will be given the opportunity to chime in, debate, and theorize with the staff, in addition to participating in polls revolving around each theory.
  • “Making of The Inheritance Almanac” – a two part series looking at the founding of Shur’tugal and the long journey the Almanac took before finally reaching book shelves. This column will also offer aspiring authors a chance to ask burning questions!
  • A huge book giveaway!
  • More coming that we can’t yet discuss. Stay tuned!

The Almanac represents a collection of the vast amount of knowledge, information, and “insider scoops” amassed throughout the past six years, all compiled to give Inheritance fans an inside look at some of the hidden secrets and back-doors to the Inheritance cycle. This book is a guide for the fans, by the fans, and is the perfect item to have at your side whether you’re beginning your journey through Alagaesia for the first or fiftieth time.

You can purchase a copy of The Inheritance Almanac in any book store starting today, as well as ordering the book online through Random House, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and more!