Exclusive Clarification on Rumored Page Count

The announcement of Book 4 officially kicks off the next round of the “rumor mill”, where rumors and misinformation are likely to fly. The first round of rumors focuses around the supposed page count of Book 4, which has not been officially announced by Christopher or Random House. Book sellers have begun listing placeholder page counts for Inheritance, as many of their book listing systems require the inclusion of a page count to list the book for pre-order or sale. Because of this, Inheritance has been listed alongside “estimate” page counts — none of which are official or a confirmation of the book’s final length.

The Paolini family has asked us offer clarification for fans on these rumors:

The length of the fourth book is not set yet. The 704 pages length listed on Amazon and other sites is not the true length. It’s a placeholder number. The real page count will come in time, after editing.

Now is a great time to consider your pre-order options for Inheritance! Don’t miss the recent article we published featuring helpful information on how to do just that!

P.S. Be sure to check out our new Ultimate Guide to Inheritance (Book 4), which features the only complete list of known facts surrounding Inheritance as well as a comprehensive list of unfinished plot threads, interviews with Christopher, and more!

  • Michaelfan13

    make it as long as the harry potter books =D

  • Anonymous

    Make it 1000 😀 I wanna make this read one to remember! 😀

  • Christopher Paolini

    It’s gonna be longer than Brisingr? Why? He has so many plot holes to tie in. The egg, the battle, Angela, they have to defeat three or four more cities. They only fought twice in Brisingr and it was that long. There will be different point of view, new stuff to the plot, etc.. So in my mind, I see it at approximately 800 words.

    • Bob

      800 words? of course it’ll be longer than that!

  • bob bobbenheimer

    who’s with me that they should have an Eragon theme park??

  • bob bobbenheimer

    He may in my opinion cuz wasn’t he in all 3 books with angela was he not?? And maybe just maybe thats why hes one of the more secretive werecats in my opinion.

  • bob bobbenheimer

    I think it would be cool for solembum to be the last dragon rider because it would be a sick twist of events and b4 u shoot me down weren’t the werecats neutral toward the varden b4 they joined them and cuz of their neutrality maybe they are unknowingly added to the pact between the elves humans and dragons not to mention that it has been confirmed that the last rider is a boy unless selena had a third child with one of the other dragon riders behind both brom and morzan’s back so that could possibly be the case cuz didn’t he say 3 brothers fighting side by side well maybe their half brothers all fostered by the same mother but different fathers who’s 2 say??

    • Dwarfman

      The last dragon is male, confirmed by CP, but the rider can be either male or female.

    • Catherine6635

      god i hope that doesn’t hapen…..i hate werecats with a passion that could kill the devil where he stands.

  • Guest

    I believe in an interview, Paolini said that while he enjoys long books, once they get over 900-1000 pages, they just get too long. So I wouldn’t expect it to be too much longer than the 704 estimate.

  • HEYITSKHAIGUYY

    if only…
    ITS OVER NINE THOUSAND!!!

    • FlowerPup

      if only Goku popped outa nowhere and defeated the evil in Alagaesia

      • Catherine6635

        haha yeah….or if eragon wtched arya or saphira die, and his anger took over and he went super saiyan and killed galby with one punch

    • FlowerPup

      if only Goku popped outa nowhere and defeated the evil in Alagaesia

  • Heq073198

    it needs to be longer than brisingr. it would just be sad if it was only around 700 pgs. not good enough to wait 3 years for such a short book. but it’ll probably be longer (at least i think). and to whoever said the Harry Potter finale was bad, NO ONE expected what happened!

  • Heq073198

    it needs to be longer than brisingr. it would just be sad if it was only around 700 pgs. not good enough to wait 3 years for such a short book. but it’ll probably be longer (at least i think). and to whoever said the Harry Potter finale was bad, NO ONE expected what happened!

    • Anonymous

      agreed. I don’t see how so much could be explained in 700 pages, but who knows. Besides I like large books so book size does not bother me, I would prefer that the book be descriptive and dense than short and disappointing.

    • Anonymous

      agreed. I don’t see how so much could be explained in 700 pages, but who knows. Besides I like large books so book size does not bother me, I would prefer that the book be descriptive and dense than short and disappointing.

  • Fearmybeer

    are you saying we waited 7 years for 700 pages or less, come on CP now that is lame, even in the near 3 years you took to write the book you could have at least made it close to 1000.

    and sirsimon the final battle im sure is going to be weak as, its going to be a stupid ending like the last battle in harry potter were harry finds a wand that cant be bested and voldy kills himself. Obviously Eragon will find a spell Galby cant beat and he will get his head ripped of by a dragon.

    thank you for reading my rant.

    • Guest

      Books take ages to write – trying to write 200 pages for my debut novel took me a year and then another 6 months for editing. Most fantasy books don’t even touch 100,000 words or 400 normal spaces pages. It is extremely impressive CP has managed to write nearly 200,000 words or 700 pages in 3 years.

    • sirsimon

      Way out of line mate.. /:{

      It is difficult to write a book, and I have faith in christopher that the finale will be unforgetabble.

      • Anonymous

        you and me both!! i think it will be absolutly gripping( i will possibly passout :s) jokes but you are so right!!

    • Anonymous

      mate, you are totally wrong: the day you successfully write and publish a bestseller book, let me know and ill say sorry, but that is so… not right. cp writes quite quickley for an author and is very talented too. books take dedication and time and if you want a good book, you’ll be happy to wait like the rest of us.

    • Anonymous

      mate, you are totally wrong: the day you successfully write and publish a bestseller book, let me know and ill say sorry, but that is so… not right. cp writes quite quickley for an author and is very talented too. books take dedication and time and if you want a good book, you’ll be happy to wait like the rest of us.

    • DuSundavarFreohr

      Why read the books and post on the discussions if you obviously don’t like them? CP wrote 3 of the best books ever made, and is finally releasing the fourth, I don’t care if it’s 20 pages, get a life. The final battle will be so much more than that, Eldunaria will come into play, as well as a sword fight, magic, and probably another Rider.

    • Gladrien

      Clearly you’ve never heard of George R.R. Martin? What’s it… 6 years since his last book? Books don’t write themselves, nor do authors live their lives writing. The ignorance of some folks, like yourself, is atrocious.

      A rant for a rant.

    • Gladrien

      I would also like to point out that book three, Brisingr, is just the first part of book three. You recall that he split the last book? Making the trilogy a cycle, so the “last book” is two books really, and if book 4 is 700 pages, and Brisingr is 600+ then you should be grateful for 1300+ pages work for a final book.

      • Anonymous

        Brisingr is actually 750 pages, so if Inheritance is right around the place holder page count, that would make the full book 3 almost *fifteen hundred pages*! I think that number is a serious return on time investment.

        • Anne

          And as you might recall the splitting was not actually splitting. He just stopped writing and started editing or something.

          Anyways, do not complain about the size. I am sure we all will love a good book of 700 pages over a terrible book of 1300. o.o

  • sirsimon

    My personal favourite moments I will be looking forward to will be the final fight between Eragon and Galbatorix, the first apperance of the green dragon, the ending and the true identity behind Angela.

    • Anonymous

      I think that Angela is actually a long lost child of Islanzadi, and she will become the new queen of the elves, after Islanzadi dies at the gates of Uru Baen.

  • Erik

    It may be called Kuthian. However I doubt it because that name is made out to be very old i.e. before that dragon was even born into an egg. It may well be called that, it’s very difficult to tell.

  • Kithsahan

    sri lanka lost the world cup final dammit.

  • Kithsahan

    sri lanka lost the world cup final dammit.

  • sirsimon

    Could it be possible that the green dragon will be named kuthien

    • Anonymous

      I dont think so because he didnt have a name for the dragon for a really long time but the rock of kuthian has been around since the first book so i dont think so

      • Catherine6635

        i bet kuthian is the green dragons name and he dies and the rock of kuthian is the green dragons eldunari

  • SMILEY

    i think it would be great if it was re-written in angela or murtaghs view aswell. that would be simply AWESOME! ;]

  • Erik

    I believe that a sequel should be done. For example some time in the future when the riders are threatened by a sort of Galbatorix kind of villain. THat would be a suitable sequel.
    =) for back to the future.

  • sirsimon

    I think if book 5 is going to be a prequel showing Brom’s time as dragon rider, his relationship with Morzan and the rise of galbatorix, then the book should be purple, with Jarnunvosk on the cover, with the title either Brom or Empire.

  • sirsimon

    I think if book 5 is going to be a prequel showing Brom’s time as dragon rider, his relationship with Morzan and the rise of galbatorix, then the book should be purple, with Jarnunvosk on the cover, with the title either Brom or Empire.

  • sirsimon

    I think if book 5 is going to be a prequel showing Brom’s time as dragon rider, his relationship with Morzan and the rise of galbatorix, then the book should be purple, with Jarnunvosk on the cover, with the title either Brom or Empire.

    • Anonymous

      If its going to be about Brom, surely it should have HIS Saphira on the front cover?

    • Anonymous

      hmmm, i, in my point of view, would love to see a book in angela’s perspective. i mean, who doesnt want to know all of her secrets? ;] good thing curiosity kills cats, not me. i still think tthat tenga could be angela’s father…hmmm ;] there i go again with that curiosity thing.

      • Anonymous

        But revealing Angela’s secrets would not really be effective in terms of storyline, her main characteristic is her secrecy, and if that cloud of mystery is gone then she will not be anywhere near as significant :/.

    • People are already talking about Book 5 when Book 4 isn’t even released.

  • sirsimon

    i care more for the quality of Inheritance than quantity. It could be 704 pages, it could be 1012 pages, I want a sastisfying conclusion to a truly wonderful series rather than a manky and weakily constructed clump that is thousands of pages long, but there is no flow, no consistency of characters.

    Eragon had a brilliant page count, not too long or short, Eldest responded in kind, longer, as a sequel should be, but the right number of pages.
    Brisingr’s word count, I am a bit divided, while i loved the book, there were many parts of the book that were boring and were intended merely for filler. Brisingr just made it and suceeded with 700 pages, 50 pages less and it would have been much better.

    I want Inheritance to be the best in the series, but thinking on it, It will be a long book since there is much content to expect. My own estimate would be around 700 – 750 pages. But drawing back on the beginning, I want the final book to make me cry, laugh, gasp in shock, horror and amazement and make me put down the book after the final page and say to myself,

    ‘It was worth the wait…’

    I will then go into mourning since the series has ended and probably be admitted to hospital since I overindulgenced on vienetta ice cream.

    Just kidding 😉

    • Anonymous

      Oooo vienetta is lushh 😀

      • sirsimon

        Yep nom nom nom

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you sirsimon, it is not the number of pages but what is written on them.

      I too will be very sad when the series ends.

      • Anonymous

        Yees quality, not quantity.;)

      • Anonymous

        Don’t worry everyone, I’m sure that CP has another story set in Alagaesia already planned out in his head, or even on paper

        • Anonymous

          but it’s not the same :/, unless Eragon is still the protagonist and the series retains its characters which would be very anti-climactic IMHO.

    • SMILEY

      ah, who doesnt over-indulge in ice-cream sometimes? i mean, im pretty sure that there will be an international day of mourning/celebrating for the release dateof the fourth book. we will all buy it, read it, be really happy, then we becomes depressed and obese from all the ice-cream.

    • Anonymous

      Well said! Is vienetta ice-cream nice? I’ve never tried it, but from what you said it’s probably best I don’t. I never did like hospitals 😉

  • Biddaum Jr.

    I think that Inheritance will be the longest of all, if you consider that that there are some many things that has to been told 😉

  • handytimelord

    I want the book to be over a thousand pages 😀 2000, if possible!! *crosses fingers, and prays for an extra 1000 pages* 😀

    Although as long as it’s good, I don’t care too much . . .

    • KingEragon

      I would wish for about 2000 pages also but sadly only a little over a thousand is possible. That’s why the last book was split into 2. It was going to be too many pages to fit into 1 book.

  • Anonymous

    ahahaha yees. i would be extremely happy if this book was a very very long one. the longer the better in my view and exclusive opinion ; ] jokes…but i still love long book, and i dont care how long the booktakes, cause i know it’ll be good. nah it’ll be magnificent.

  • Elf Knight

    It’s kind of funny whe they said ‘the Paolini family’ and not Paolini himself. Guess he doesn’t mind a bit of gossip about his work, huh? Anyhow, thanks a ton for clearing this up Mike! Personally, I prefer long novels so if it’s 704 pages that would be freaking awesome since, if I remember correctly, the last one was only 400-and-something pages. I reckon this book will be the longest yet, though, since it’s the last one so I have that much to look forward to.

    I can’t wait!! 🙂

    • Dwarfman

      Brisingr is actually about 745 pages long.

  • Dwarfman

    Thank you, Mike, for clearing up that misconception of mine. If you wouldn’t have posted this, I would have told about 100 people the wrong information.

  • Joelitos

    i was expecting to get rick rolled when i hit the link, or something like over 9000 pages

    • No time for an April Fools joke this year, sadly. Next year maybe. 😉

      Also, with Book 4’s announcement still fresh, I didn’t want to worry about people taking things I say which were intended to be jokes as official information. Have to be careful with stuff like that.

      • Catherine6635

        But what would be the point of an April Fools joke if nobody fell for it and took it seriously.

    • FlowerPup

      does that “over 9000” have anything to do with a saiyen power level ?! (or is your scouter upsidown?) =D

  • guest

    if they would of relesed the book date today i dont think i wouldve belived it i would think it was an april fools joke hahaha

  • Guest

    Oh, you mean the exact same “estimate” page count that’s listed on Random House’s Official Product Page for the book?

    http://www.randomhouse.com/book/126446/inheritance-by-christopher-paolini

    • Guest

      Now, that’s not to say it’s not a placeholder. But hardly a “rumor” when it’s coming from a specifically official source.

      • When the Paolini family directly tells us that something is false, it is 100% false. That is an estimate page count, nothing more. The Paolini family is a definitive and 100% official source on Inheritance information for very obvious reasons.

        • Anonymous

          Does that mean that it is actually going to be 703 pages? 😉

    • Darren Bell

      Just because they use the same “estimate” doesn’t mean that the “estimate” is right.

  • DuEldheillNuanen

    Who cares about the actual page count? As long is it’s a substantial length and finishes off the key plots.. it doesn’t really matter.

    • I_heart_yoda

      Amen, brother! 😉

      • DuEldheillNuanen

        x.x I’m a girl. 😛

        • Tjieren

          Preach it, sister?

      • DuEldheillNuanen

        x.x I’m a girl. 😛

    • We report news. Some people enjoy it, some people don’t care.

      Page count was a big thing for fans prior to Eldest and Brisingr, so I wanted to make sure we report on this. I also like to do my best to cut rumors off where I can.

      • DuEldheillNuanen

        I appreciate the work you do to cut down on rumors, I just feel that page count is somewhat…unimportant. However I’m sure that others find it useful to know that it’s a rumor, so thank you Mike. I’ll just be happy if Inheritance lives up to the previous 3, and answers all my questions (or at least most of them). Oh and thank you for everything you’ve done for us, the fans. We definitely appreciate all your hard work. ♥

      • Anonymous

        Mike, it is also on the inheriwiki site i dont know if you govern that site or anything but ya’know…

        • The Inheriwiki website is not owned, operated, or affiliated with me or my websites.