Paolini’s BEA Event: Lots of New Book 4 Information, Facts, and Answers!

Inheritance has had quite the presence at this year’s Book Expo America! Christopher was featured in the Random House fall catalogue, offered signed posters to BEA attendees, and most importantly, held a public event at Apple SoHo where he conducted a moderated Q&A, read an exclusive excerpt from Book 4, and autographed books for fans.

We were on hand to cover every aspect of Christopher’s exclusive event and have brought back a summary on his never-before-revealed Book 4 facts, interesting questions and answers, as well as our thoughts on the second excerpt released from Inheritance! Keep reading for all of these exclusives and more.

Book Expo America – Today was the second day of Book Expo America and Christopher’s first on the show floor. The emerald green cover of Inheritance was featured on the back of Random House Children’s Books’ 2011 fall release catalogue, promoting the final addition to the beloved series in an epic way.

On top of that promotion, Christopher showed up at the Random House booth to sign BEA-exclusive posters for fans of the Cycle in attendance. The posters featured each of the book covers – including Palencar’s brilliant artwork – and enchanting gold embossed spines and print. The posters went quick, as the line for Christopher’s signing was insane. Fans are clearly clamoring for the final novel!

Apple SoHo event – Most exciting to die-hard Inheritance fans was Christopher’s open-to-the-public Apple SoHo event, where our favorite author hosted a moderated discussion with his editor, Michelle Frey, did a question and answer session with attending fans, and signed books.

Christopher’s moderated chat was extraordinarily interesting. The chemistry between Christopher and his long-time editor Michelle was evident from the start. Michelle, being the individual who works most closely with Christopher on the creation of Alagaesia, was extraordinarily knowlegable in all things Inheritance. The conversation was smooth and interesting, revealing an awesome amount of new facts about Book 4 and Inheritance in general.

We’ve compiled a list of the most interesting facts from the discussion:

  • “I never wanted to be a writer – I wanted to be doing what my characters were doing. I wanted to be fighting stuff!”
  • Christopher originally wanted to make a movie out of the story of Eragon. It was only after he realized that creating a movie at 15 was nearly impossible that he decided to take to pen and paper to tell his tale.
  • The personalities for each of the Cycle’s dragons are largely pulled from the family pets Christopher grew up with.
  • Christopher counts Wizard of Earth Sea, Ender’s Game, Dune, Tad Williams, Lord of the Rings, and Mossflower as being among the authors and books to have influenced him the most at an early age.
  • We’re going to see a LOT more of Murtagh in Book 4, and fans “will be happy”!
  • Christopher loves writing villains! “What I’m writing always affects my own mood, and vice versa. With villains – sometimes that can have a negative impact on me.”
  • Eragon was originally named “Kevin” in the first draft of the book. “I like Kevin! Kevin’s a good name! A horrible name for the book, but a good name!”
  • The name “Eragon” was a play on words with “dragon” and “era-gone-by”
  • Angela the herbalist has “taken over” several scenes in Book 4 and will be featured in one “very awesome” scene.
  • Angela was originally included as a joke character during a second pass on the Eragon manuscript. Her success with fans came as a surprise because of that.
  • “So much changes for the characters in this book. There’s a lot of fun stuff, a lot of intense stuff!”
  • Michelle, Christopher’s editor: “It’s the best one yet, you brought me to tears!” CP: “I killed a couple of characters – sorry!”
  • The first chapter of book four is called “Into the Breach”
  • The two mysterious women blessed by Eragon in Brisingr will re-appear in Book 4, however they are also intended to be a part of a much larger story in the future… a possible Book 5. Christopher hopes to tell this story in the future.
  • “I have carefully laid the groundwork in this series for at least two other [Inheritance] books.” – Start searching for clues, fans!
  • Christopher confirmed that Tenga will be addressed or make an appearance in Book 4.
  • “My next book is probably going to be science fiction and I’ll go right back to fantasy after that.”
  • “Nasuada plays a very important and prominent role in the fourth book. Her choices, both personal and political, carry a lot of weight.”
  • “The Kull definitely play a role in the fourth book. They have an axe to grind with Galbatorix and they’re out for blood.”
  • Glaedr’s Eldunari will play a role in the fourth book. “He’s not a happy dragon at the moment. Unhappy dragons – be careful of them!”
  • Nasuada’s decision regarding what to do with magic users will be addressed in the book.

It’s difficult to summarize all of the fun, quirky, and amusing portions during the event. Christopher told the story of the time he was bit by a fan’s sugar-glider after having asked to pet it (and had been told, “They don’t bite!”). Christopher loves to tell the story as bragging rights – “I’ve been gnawed on by a marsupial!” Christopher also revealed that immediately after finishing everything Inheritance-related, he’ll begin to finish forging chainmail armor for himself to sit alongside his enormous sword and knife collection. On top of this, the author mentioned that should the time come for his sister to write a book, she’ll include Christopher as an arms dealer (a nod to his extensive sword collection, perhaps).

Christopher also presented fans with readings of the elven and dwarven languages from the book. The dwarf language is a “hoot” to hear as it requires the reader to go extraordinarily low, roll their Rs, and speak with a raspy voice. Christopher pulled it off well and fans enjoyed being able to hear the language as it was intended to be read. Soon after, Christopher told fans that he’d one day love to write a dwarven opera!

Fans in attendance were most excited to read an exclusive never-before-heard excerpt from Inheritance. The excerpt is the first few pages of Book 4, taken from the chapter “Into the Breach”. It was incredible to hear the words directly from Christopher’s mouth after a three year wait to read the book. The scene was chilling, revealing a possible death for a beloved character and instantly created a number of questions and theories in the minds of attending fans. Shur’tugal exclusively posted the entire chapter earlier today – check it out!

Overall the event was a brilliant start to what will end up being an incredible year for book fans. The event isn’t over – tomorrow Christopher will be honored with a Guinness Book of World Records award for best selling youngest author of all time! We’ll be there to cover the event for Shur’tugal.

Be sure to also check out our extensive coverage of the convention – nearly every fantasy, scifi, and horror author in attendance – on Lytherus.com!

  • :p

    i went back and read eragon and in his dream a man and a woman went on the boat together,that would mean the next dragon rider is a girl,and a man was left on the shore,this could be roran or possibly murtagh,or a very small chance galbatorix is bgging for mercy or something crazy like that

  • Setbrewer22395

    i think a movie would b good but only if cp elps co-direct…
     

  • LALALA

    Like this comment if you heard the word muffins today.

  • Werewolf4ever

    I just thought about this one night!!! Okay. This sounds really stupid but I don’t care. 🙂 When
    Eragon is looking for help and goes to the Vault of Souls, I think
    he’ll ask for the first Rider which is Eragon of course! I just think
    that’ll be amazing! Yes, we heard a lot of stories about him, but we
    don’t know the other stuff he did. What do y’all think?
     

  • D

    Here’s a brain teaser for all of you: What if, at the end of the 4th book, Eragon and Arya got together (if you know  what I mean) and Arya bears Eragon’s son (Don’t give me a lesson on biology about chromosomes, etc. it’s a fantasy novel)? Then, 16 years later, the green egg hatches for him and inherits Eragon’s position :O

  • Catmatsat

    i think the next book is gonna bee SUPA WIKED ASOME

  • DiggyDiggyHole!

    I know the movie wasn’t as good as the books, but I would like to see them finished, The movie actually got me hooked on the books. Any news on more movies?

    • IceColdChilla

      No more movies, apparently Fox dropped the series.

  • Lewis

    Jgicjdjdjgdjdjdjdjxjx

  • ***^

    Ha! He has an iPad!!

  • Guest

    You should get Simon from Yogscast to talk in the dwarven voice.

    • Yogscast

      Diggy Diggy Hole!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Lewis

        This was lewis…

  • SHaDeSLaYeR91

    it will end like lord of the rings: the elves leave cause its no longer their ”place”, all dragon riders (frodo) will leave and the dragons (the rings) too.  Leaving Alageasia for men and dwarves.

    • Anonymous

      so Frodo represents dragon riders, and the rings represent dragons… Funny, I don’t recall Eragon trying to destroy Saphira….

  • Lgconsultants
    • Kylan

      november 8th this year

  • Phonix

    Ok this is just throwing this out. what if Galbitorix is banished from alegasiea for ever. you know how there are two dragons in the boat well one could be galbitorixs dragon after he is released from his spell.

  • Jd_the_man_nfw

    whats this about another possible two more books i wonder wat that is about anyone else?

    • im right there with ya. I was hoping this would be the last book and not have to wait another 3 or even 6 years to finish the series…

      • IceColdChilla

        I think what he meant was that the books would be set in Alagaesia but follow a different story, perhaps in the distant future with new main characters.

  • Ktangren

    I think Islanzadi is gonna die. I don’t care about whatever is in Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia. The series is called Inheritance for a reason. Eragon, Roran, Nasuada, and Orik have all taken on the responsibilities of their parents. Arya is the only main character of the younger generation who hasn’t. And we know we will see an elven death in book 4. But then I think about the “vision” Eragon had in the first book and if Arya is the one in the dream and is the next Dragon rider then she’d have a lot on her plate with the responsibilities of being a Rider and being Queen of the Elves. And if she leaves Alagaesia with Eragon then who will be the elven king/queen? Ahh. I’m stuck. I’d love to hear other people’s opinions!

    • Rblax

      What if the vision was just a dream?

      • Ktangren

        Well then maybe it means nothing but I personally want Eragon and Arya to get together and that is one of the key pieces that hints to them getting together and leaving Alagaesia forever.

      • Kaylee

        If it was just a dream, why did CP include it in the story?

        • Guest

          So he could keep us guessing

    • Kaylalynn 10

      Arya said she didn’t want to be queen, and if she didn’t want to be queen, then the elves’ council will choose a leader who is fit to rule. She doesn’t have to be queen if she doesn’t want to.

      • Ktangren

        Yeah, that’s what I thought. But I mean who do you think will be the elf that dies? Obviously they elves have gone into battle so there will be casualties and if we are going to see the how ever the elves funeral services are the elf will probably be pretty important.

        • IceColdChilla

          I think Blodhgarm might die, because he’s powerful but not very prominent.

    • Thiennguyen14

      I forget, but was her father a rider? If he was then theres you answer.

      • inheragon

        no

  • Phillip07

    i think releasing the date the book will come out was probably a mistake because i bet the site will lose a lot of people since they dont need to check for the date anymore

  • ASH

    CANT WAIT I JUST LOVE MURTAGH

  • Restrained Freedom

    Reading this makes me want to go out and buy a copy now

  • Guest

     I preordered it the moment I even heard of a rumor of it being able to. I love the Inheritance series. CP inspired myself to write and I sadly am not going to publish with Random House. If I get It published, it will be with Author House. Surey of best publisher to use. Christopher Paolini  is I think one of the best fitcion writer, bested only by Tolkin. He was an expert in lanuages and Christopher Paolini almost topped him. He is my favorate author. I know I am babbling but he is awsome. He…… I owe him my 300 page book. I am 14. 🙂

    • Rblax

      what is your book about, and i also want to start writing.

    • Jwalla83

      Paolini is good, I like his books, but he’s got nothin’ on Patrick Rothfuss

  • thaen

    where can i go to a recording of him speaking dwarven?

  • damselfly

    Technically, you don’t forge chainmail, you weave it. Only nitpicking because I work with mail myself. Good article though, thanks.

  • Laurelleaf9

    I wish i could have a sugar-glider, but i have four problems… 3 cats and a golden lab.

  • Kotte

    ohhh, I can’t wait anymore… but I have to 🙁 Inheritance is probably the one on my Top List for future books to read jeje so, now I have more quuestions than answers, mhmm, especially about Murtagh and Galbatorix, and the Crypt of Souls… unfortunately, all I can do right now is wait for the arrive here in Chile. Thanks for article! Quite interesting!

  • Doortje-d

    When will the book be available in Europe? The english paperbackversion, all three my books are paperbacks, I like for books from a serie to have the same look.

  • Ktcjh

    Skyboards36, first of all, if you read the books which r lik 700 pgs each five times, u clearly hav no life. Plus, wat u rote is practically the declaration of independence, seriously wat r u andy roony u make no sense, come at me bro!

    • Rblax

      that doesnt mean he has no life, all it means is that when he has the chance to read a book it means he reads eragon

      • Ktcjh

        I’m pretty sure thats the definition of no life

        • Rblax

          i think you got your definition wrong.

        • Stella

          ktcjh, look at how many people agree with skyboards36, look at how many people agree with you. did u know for a fact that reading increases your vocabulary? did you know for a fact that you learn new things from books, and some will probably help you throughout the rest of your life? for example, i found a quote saying something like ‘if u tell a secret, its not a secret anymore’ (i dont really remember the exact quote) but after that i never tell secrets anymore. thats why we read books. and plus, if u hate reading books so much, why are u on this site? YOU definetly have no life. piss the hell off and go do something you enjoy, at least.

      • Skyboards36

        dude…i dont read “only” Eragon when i have time, but i create time to read books..!! thats the difference…!!

        • Rblax

          i know dude, im on your side haha, i read eragon and the series 4 times each

          • Skyboards36

            thank you dude…:)

            thanks for the support..!!

          • Rblax

            🙂

        • Kinzy

          yeah dude reading rocks.

      • Skyboards36

        dude…i dont read “only” Eragon when i have time, but i create time to read books..!! thats the difference…!!

      • Guest

        good choice

    • Anonymous

      Are you really too lazy to write out ARE and YOU?  Obviously it’s you that has no life if you think ‘text’ speak is acceptable in a forum discussing literature.

    • Skyboards36

      err… gentlemen….thanks for your support…but  think i have a word to say..!!

      and Mr.Ktcjh….whats your problem in me reading a book 3 times??are you paying me anywhere in anyway so that it hurts you when i read a book more than once?? why are u self centered and living in a bubble and thinking that what u see is the world??
      first of all..you know nothing of me…!! my name,what do i do, where do i have free time and all and all and all..!! so how can you say that i have no life??
      so u better watch your mouth before saying anything..!!

      and if what i wrote makes no sense…then dont read it..!! i hope it made some sense to “people” who can read and WRITE English well…!!
      not for your life forms…!!

    • Skyboards36

      err… gentlemen….thanks for your support…but  think i have a word to say..!!

      and Mr.Ktcjh….whats your problem in me reading a book 3 times??are you paying me anywhere in anyway so that it hurts you when i read a book more than once?? why are u self centered and living in a bubble and thinking that what u see is the world??
      first of all..you know nothing of me…!! my name,what do i do, where do i have free time and all and all and all..!! so how can you say that i have no life??
      so u better watch your mouth before saying anything..!!

      and if what i wrote makes no sense…then dont read it..!! i hope it made some sense to “people” who can read and WRITE English well…!!
      not for your life forms…!!

    • Stella

      ummm… whats the problem with reading all the books 5 times? okay i know this is a site for the inheritance cycle, but i read each book of the harry potter series more than 10 times, and im only 16. its really not that hard, u kno, all it took me was about 3 days to finish one 600 page book, when i only read it 30 minutes on the subway every morning and afternoon, and about an hour before i went to bed. its called u like to read books and its ur hobby… not that u hav no life… you should be more mature and respect different people with different hobbies and different abilities.

      • Skyboards36

        thanks stella for your support..!!

        i am delighted..! 😀

      • kinzy

        yes thank you stella you rock i am with you girl.

      • Guest

        Harry Potter, that is a good book. I finished the seventh book in a day. I woke up at fiveish and went to bed at eleven. Both Christopher Paolini and J.K.Rowling are good authors. I am only 14

    • Guest

      I read the series more than 5 times. I have a life. I am the star football player and capitan of the basketball and soccer teams. I have a life, I just love the series

    • Arya Drottingnu

      Well, Ktcjh, some people simply enjoy reading. People who read generally sound more knowledgeable too. Someday, perhaps you’ll learn how to type while making sense. It’s a skill that people with good educations acquire. 

  • Skyboards36

    1 min guys….has anyone ever said like…”i am confirming that the 3rd dragon egg is green” ?? any one like CP or any of his editors or his team or any where saying that the 3rd dragon (now an egg in galbatorix’s castle) is green?

    the reason why i am asking this is….i have read all three books like 3 to 5 times each and i have never seen any reference saying that the 3rd dragon is green as everyone is believing it..!!
    and i have read some where in interviews of CP that there are “no more dragon riders” but he said “no comment” when asked about wild dragons..!!

    so what i am saying is….is the 3rd dragon on the cover of “Inheritance” is actually a wild dragon?? i mean..it would be much too obvious if the 3rd dragon egg hatches which was supposedly green as everyone is thinking to someone in Arya, Elva, Roran etc etc & etc..!!
    its like CP is walking into something which is expected by entire Inheritance fans population and there is nothing new in it..!!
    and we all know that CP loves twists and dunno how he will change things around him..!!

    • Rachel

      It was me who asked if there are any draogns left disguised as mountains or hills because he said before that they could be mistaken for them && he said no comment 🙂

      But CP himself has confirmed that the dragon will be green… which means there is a possibility that there still may be other dragons beside the green one, but without riders.

      • Guest

        sweet!!

    • Doortje-d

      There is a mention of the third egg in book III, it says the egg is green and the dragon is male, of course, I don’t know if a dragon always has the colour of its egg.

      • Skyboards36

        dragon always is the color of egg…of that i am sure…but can you be more precise of where it was mentioned that third egg is green?? coz i want to see it myself..!!
        i know that the 3rd dragon egg in with Galbatorix is male..but i dont know if it is green..!!

      • inheritance cycle fan

        a dragon is always the same color as its egg

      • inheritance cycle fan

        a dragon is always the same color as its egg

    • Doortje-d

      There is a mention of the third egg in book III, it says the egg is green and the dragon is male, of course, I don’t know if a dragon always has the colour of its egg.

    • Guest

      thats what I am saying, that place where eragon and sappira pass whilst in the Harradic Desert. Where the wild dragons mated. My thoughts exactly

    • Stella

      that is soo true!!! i love how CP always adds these unexpected interesting twists to the stories! if saphira doesnt actually mate with the unhatched egg but mates with a wild one, well that would definitly be veryyyy interesting 🙂

    • Phonix

      but you know in the 2nd book when eragon is going to get saphira after she attacked Gladeri or what ever his name is. He sees a broken green dragon egg…. i think there is still a wild female dragon somewhere. 

      • Amanda :)

        Why would it be a female dragon though? Since Saphira is the last (known) female dragon, it  would make more sense if the green dragon was male so they could repopulate. however, Murtagh’s dragon (whos name i forget right now) is male. so the green dragon could be a girl.thats just my idea. CP always knows how to put a twist on things though, so i guess we just have to wait for the last book. 

        • Bill

          Why would it make more sense for it to be a male dragon?  To assist with the story line???  Surely, if the dragon were female, it would coincide with reality in proving that life isn’t ordered, it is chaotic and unpredictable.

  • Rachel

    Dwarven opera… now that would be something to hear

  • Rachel

    Dwarven opera… now that would be something to hear

  • ShurtugalMary

    Who were the two mysterious women blessed by Eragon in Brisingr? Does anyone remember them? If so, could you remind me what happened? Thanks!

    • Anonymous

      Eragon was walking to Nasuada’s pavillion and he saw angela had cast the dragon knuckle bones for two women. Angela called them Blade-singer and Wolf-eyes. Angela asked him to bless them, and so he did.

      • ShurtugalMary

        Thank you guys 🙂

    • eragon addict

      eragon sees angela casting the dragon knuckles for them and she asks him to bless them

    • Guest

      lol

  • Inheritancefan

    “Nasuada’s decision regarding what to do with magic users will be addressed in the book.”I get the feeling that this is why eragon has to leave alagaesia.

  • ellamalaka

    Does anyone know over how many years or how long the book is set for? Because I believe that will have a determine in the ‘final battle’ how powerful eragon and saphira have become and how quickly Greenie and his/her rider have progressed.

  • ellamalaka

    Does anyone know over how many years or how long the book is set for? Because I believe that will have a determine in the ‘final battle’ how powerful eragon and saphira have become and how quickly Greenie and his/her rider have progressed.

  • TsikiHikari Okami

    WHERE DA FLIPPIN’ CHEESE DO I FIND THE WHOLE CHAPTER!!!!!!??????????? Roran isn’t even my favorite character and I don’t wanna wait to see whhat happens to him!!!!!!

    • IrishGal

      I think its very safe to say that Roran survives…… at least, Eragon isn’t crippled by grief in the King Cat chapter!

    • IrishGal

      I think its very safe to say that Roran survives…… at least, Eragon isn’t crippled by grief in the King Cat chapter!

  • Skymon77

    Will CP be at the next BEA?

  • Gerard

    … And when the book will go on sale?? and that’s it. Thank you 😀

    • Tulkas Astaldo

      Inheritance, and sometime in November, I forget exactly when.

    • Rblax

      November 8th

  • Gerard

    Hi, I’m Gerard. And I have a question…

    How is going the fourth book to be called?
    that’s killing me!

    • Sgc1999

      it will be called “inheritance” and will have a green cover. should be out in november. cant wait!!!

    • Rblax

      the title?

      • Gerard

        Yes, please.

  • Sgc1999

    Hi,   My name is Simon. First of all i would like to say i am a huge fan and am looking forward to your next series. I have several copies of each of the three inheritance titles and thoroughly enjoyed them!     My question is this, I bought a first edition copy of Eragon many years ago and just recently pulled it off the shelf to see if it was in fact a true first edition since it is a hardcover. someone just told me that the true first edition of Eragon was a paperback. i will attach some pictures of the book. I hope this email is still valid. Any information would be greatly appreciated! i have all three first/first books signed. im just really confused about this one.  Thank you so much for your time! 🙂
    [email protected] 

    • Tulkas Astaldo

      Ok, well, CP initially had a printing run in paperback before the book was taken by Random House. So the true first edition is paperback.

      • Sgc1999

        So it appears that someone took an original paperback signed edition nad paid to have it leather hardbound. its in excellent condition and has all the right pages and markings to be a true 1st/1st. i wonder what it would be worth now that its been hardbound?

        • Tulkas Astaldo

          So, does this book have a picture of Saphira on a blue dust jacket? Because that’s the Random House first edition the true first edition I believe was more whitish…

        • Not A Fraud

          I’ll give you $10 right now!

      • Sgc1999

        So it appears that someone took an original paperback signed edition nad paid to have it leather hardbound. its in excellent condition and has all the right pages and markings to be a true 1st/1st. i wonder what it would be worth now that its been hardbound?

    • The true “first editions” of Eragon were the ones not published by Random House. These were paperback copies with white covers featuring a black/white/blue dragon eye. These were published by Paolini LLC, the family’s company.

      If you own a first edition hard cover of the books (blue, featuring the dragon art of Saphira), it’s a Random House first edition, but not a “true” first edition if you’re being technical.

    • The true “first editions” of Eragon were the ones not published by Random House. These were paperback copies with white covers featuring a black/white/blue dragon eye. These were published by Paolini LLC, the family’s company.

      If you own a first edition hard cover of the books (blue, featuring the dragon art of Saphira), it’s a Random House first edition, but not a “true” first edition if you’re being technical.

    • The true “first editions” of Eragon were the ones not published by Random House. These were paperback copies with white covers featuring a black/white/blue dragon eye. These were published by Paolini LLC, the family’s company.

      If you own a first edition hard cover of the books (blue, featuring the dragon art of Saphira), it’s a Random House first edition, but not a “true” first edition if you’re being technical.

  • Sounds very interesting. I already don’t like Nasuada. But if she try’s to outlaw magic then for me she will go down as my most hated character in any story I have every read or seen in a Movie or on a TV show.

    • bella ♥ vita

      Glad to see someone else distrusts her as much as I do! I’ve never liked her either. I never quite trusted her from the first page she appeared on and any trust I did have for her completely vanished after reading the chapters from her POV in Eldest. She has all of the makings of a true vigilante so I totally saw this one coming years ago! Her extremist views about magic and her control of the Varden make her a dangerous threat were she to be given enough power to do anything about those views. I always knew that as soon as the Varden won and she got what she wanted from Eragon and the other magic users that she would eventually turn on them all and attempt to do away with all magic in Alagaesia. Its only a matter of time. I’d much rather see Roran as king than her as queen because at least he would give magic users a fair shake instead of persecuting and banishing them just because of some unjustified personal bias and fear of them. Nasuada is an excellent leader for war, but Roran is a better leader overall and would make a great king. Nasuada is fine as long as they’re at war because she doesn’t have the time or power to focus on her anti-magic agenda yet, but when the war is over she will have plenty of time to focus and act on that agenda.

      •  Yeah & I think the thing will be is the Elves number will be dwindled because of the War & if anyone would try & fight her it would be them. But if this has been some kind of master plan of hers from the start than she is a Bitch pardon my french.

      • ilyemj

        you say that Nasuada can control the Varden but didn’t Roran pursuade Carvahall to follow him on what was almost a suicide journey with his main goal over Katrina instead of freeing the empire from Galbatorix he hunted the Ra’zac for revenge instead of ridding the land of their evil
        Nasuada unites the Varden and gives them courage.  even though she doesn’t like magic she realizes that it is necesary to overthrow Galbatorix and that magic can heal things that otherwise can’t be healed like the woman whom Eragon extracted the tumor from, otherwise she would have died
        I don’t like either character very much, they both have faults that can impair their leadership
        Eragon might not even leave the land because of a ban on using magic he could go in search of another land and just never make it back or not want to go back or get lost and can’t make it back
        I can’t wait until the last book comes out it should clear all the debate on what can happen

    • Guest

      I used to really like her. She seemed like a likeable Character in “Eragon”. She seemed strong and determined. Now, I’m not saying that she still isn’t that way, but… I don’t know. Just the way she handle’s herself and the way she reacts to things just makes me want to reach into the book and shake her!

      I know that CP said he is going to kill of a character and i wouldn’t be entirely surprised, or offended, if it was her.

      Sorry to all of the Nasuada likers!!

      • Phonix

        hello did you read the chapter exclusive chapter….a wall falls on roran!!! he’s the one thats gonna die!!!

    • ilyemj

      You don’t know if Nasuada is going to outlaw magic– she can’t because the LAND of Alagaesia already has magic defining it. the ancient language defines everything in Alagaesia ex:brisingr is fire
      she can outlaw magic USERS
      do you get my gist?

  • Rohit Singh

    The wait is too much. He should –

    1. Come up with the 4th book asap.
    2. End the story in the book 4, for god’s sake.
    3. Can continue with more books but different/new characters having independent stories

    • The story is ending in Book 4. Any future books (Book 5 or a prequel) will be stand-alones. A prequel would use characters we are familiar with but who died before Eragon began (hence “prequel”) and Christopher has made it rather clear through his comments that “Book 5” would be a standalone featuring it’s adventures.

  • Ravipandey

    i just cant wait i hope cp will ensure that the book is released soon in india else it will be judt dreadful for me to wait after the release date please cp look at this fact

    • Unfortunately Christopher doesn’t control when books are released. It’s up to your country and the publisher there. Translating a book can take a decent amount of time.

      • Pseudonymnoname

        Well i do not think we need the book to be translated before its released in India. English edition will do just fine for the readers in India. I checked Indian random house website but could not find any information or any option to pre-book. So i guess i should email them and hope that they reply.

        Thanks
        Subhashish

  • Archit

    Thank the gods its angela who’ll be a big part of book 4…..and the way cp said “Murtagh’s fans will be happy”, i am sure he is gonna join the Varden soon enough……hope all ends well…..But it is still too far…..november…can’t wait

  • The Grey Rider

    On the subject of characters killed, if you’ve seen the excerpt from “Into the Breach”, all I need say is:
    Oh. My. God.

    That is the most EVIL cliffhangar I have ever seen.
    And the way it’s written it’s slanted towards Roran dying. :O

    • Dark Lord of Darkness

      Don’t worry.  Roran’s in chapter 4… unless Chris retconned it… 

  • LMFAO how much more boring would my life be without Christopher Paolini! This man inspired many of my pieces of art.

  • Perseus

    That so-called multi-page excerpt is pretty short for a few pages, and doesn’t reveal much.  I mean, come on, “King Cat” in April 2010 was way better and revealing.  What was I expecting?  Probably an entire long chapter with lots of cool facts and information and story.  No offense to CP or Mike Macauley or anyone else, but this stuff was a bit disappointing.  Oh well, be happy with what you got, they say.  Probably right.

    • It’d be a bit silly to release any more of a book. Ruining a book’s plot by releasing it in huge chunks is lame. They released a teaser. This is essentially a trailer. Many large books don’t even go this far.

  • Rblax

    CP, have you every actually hung out with any of your fans for a day?  You should have like “fans get to hang out with CP for the day!” and have like 2 fans a weekend

    • He spent quite a long time talking to fans during BEA.

      • Rblax

        Well I live in SD, CA so my parents wouldn’t let me fly over there.

        • Christopher goes to Comic-Con nearly every year prior to his book releases. Check for him at this year’s — it’s in San Diego.

          • Anonymous

            what date??

          • MountainMan41

            Comic-Con 2011 is July 21 – 24 in San Diego with a preview night on July 20.  Go to this link for registration information:  http://www.comic-con.org/cci/

  • It has always been a theory of mine that the Spine will have a big role in what eventually wins the war. Galbatorix lost halve his army in it, that is a huge amount. Something very powerful  lays in the Spine, no doubt about it. 
    I think that the vault of Souls will be in the Spine, Eragon has always been going to go back to his home, when he gets there he will find the vault of Souls and have the man power to finally win the war. 

    • Aladora

      What if the spine is the body of an ancient dragon? Perhaps the dragon had found and managed to cast a spell to make him/herself invisible to the prodding minds of elves and dragon riders? That’d be cool.

      • IrishGal

        Makes sense…… would be just the sort of twist CP would like…

        • Phonix

          plus remember in the first they say galbitorix takes his army into the spine and none of them survive :p….so it could be a dragon that would make sense. but it would be so huge!!! Maybe the dragon gives his heart of hearts to eragon and beats the crap out of Galbitorix in the end.

  • Rblax

    Christopher, you in spired me to become an author! I really want to write a good fantasy book/series, have loyal fans, and an imagination, if I ever become one, I’m going to thank you.

  • Anonymous

    Shouldn’t it say “Redwall” instead of “Mossflower”? Or was he only inspired by that one book in the series? I will admit, it was one of the better books from Redwall, but I would have thought he would have read more

    • I simply quoted what Christopher said during his presentation. He specifically said Mossflower, not Redwall.

      • Anonymous

        Ok, just checking
         

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  • Carol

    I attended the event at Apple and was very excited to be there to hear it all, and to meet the nice young man with a very intellent mind!  He was very generous and patient with his fans, especially me.  I am 53 and he was very interested in the fact that I just acquired a newborn kitten 2 weeks ago and named her, that’s right, Saphira.  I was lucky enough to have my camera with her picture in it and was able to show him.  I look forward to seeing him again to have the fourth book signed.  Thank you Christopher, it was a wonderful experience for me.

  • Thats a lot of things to address all in one book!

  • Ah, I can’t wait.  Obviously Angela is going to do very great things.  And Murtagh will probably sacrifice himself to save Eragon.  Just my two cents. 😛

  • can nasuada, on becoming the king (will she?), give the decision that all magic users must leave algaesia and hence the dragon riders and all elves and magic users may have to leave algaesia and that is the vision which eragon sees (about the ships and the dragons and the screaming person). Is that why eragon never comes back to algaesia? The weeping person may be roran (if he is still alive till then) and he may be sad because of losing his brother? Just a theory ppl.

    • Eastwrestling2k9

      Nasuada does not nor will ever have the power to banish dragon riders and especially the evles from alaegasia.

      • Anonymous

        Might they comply though, just to keep the peace? Elves have always been peace loving, so they might leave just so that there would not be a war between the humans and elves. Of course, if the elves were banished, Eragon would leave just so he could be with Arya

        • Mr. Anonymous

          The elves are too proud of their forest and sanctuary to just leave it on a whim.

          • Anonymous

            The question becomes, though, is peace a whim?
             

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    • Anonymous

      First, Nasuada would become queen, not king. Second, Murtaugh would be banished to, since he can now use magic.

      • Sorry about the king-queen error. was preoccupied that time. Also, the elves may egree to leave algaesia because they miss their homeland, alea or something, and would want to go back to their own . If Arya becomes the next elven queen (based on the theory that her mother dies), it may even be more possible that they leave algaesia because Arya has experienced the uneasiness which other people feel around elves.

      • Phonix

        Why would Murtaugh be banished? once Galbitorix dies he would be free from him.You got to remember he is actually good.

  • Emeric

    CP: “I killed a couple of characters – sorry!”

    That dude sounds exactly like me! Kill your darlings!

  • Anonymous

    Writing 2 more books set in the same general land could be the best thing Paolini couls ever do. That same principal is why I enjoy Tamora Pierce’s books. And if any author would do a bunch of prequels it would be Paolini. He is such an inspiration

  • Dpaiee4u

    Way to go Christopher can’t wait even another day :/

  • Dpaiee4u

    Way to go Christopher can’t wait even another day :/

  • Dpaiee4u

    Way to go Christopher can’t wait even another day :/

  • Raksha

    Can’t wait for the book!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • IrishGal

    Yeah that was just a wee bit small for me. I doubt it was even two pages long! Unless it was just a prologue………..
    As its called “Into the Breach” presumably Roran and Eragon enter that huge crack in the ground……..

    • It isn’t the full chapter, it is an excerpt from the chapter.

    • Phonix

      but CP says he kills some people. and a wall falls a roran. isnt it clear that he would most likely die?

  • Guest

    And Mike says : ” Shur’tugal exclusively posted the entire chapter earlier today – check it out.” Either that’s Mike deliberately misleading us, or it truly is the shortest chapter ever written.Thanks anyway Mike! I’m appreciative of your efforts, I know you work hard and that’s probably all the material CP gave you. But I’m more resentful towards CP than grateful, as this barely qualifies as a teaser, certainly not an excerpt. Ha. All this does is stir the fire, and when the book is released the fans, in their frenzy, will fly through the book, speed reading it in 45 seconds. Your awesome CP, I’m positive your intention was to deliver a short but detailed, intense and exciting sample of the book we’ve all waited 3 years for. But alas, you failed. Not bashing you in anyway Mike Macauley, the rest of the update was good and the Q&A was satisfying. Like I said, I know you grind to get us as much of what we want as you can.

    • Yeah, this was a typo of mine. I had meant to write “excerpt from the first chapter” or something along those lines. It was a VERY long week and most of my posting was done at the Apple store, at a bar with WiFi, or in the hotel lobby — all very late at night after being on my feet for 12 hours each day at the convention.

      • bella ♥ vita

        Poor Mike. People just can’t seem to cut you a break on anything! Its always something! They just constantly nitpick and complain about everything on here. Almost every other comment on every post is something negative. I’ve never seen such an ungrateful lot in my life. My sympathies that you have to spend so much time responding to people giving you crap about your choice of words, the way you run YOUR site, and general complaints about things that are completely out of your control and that you have nothing to do with in the first place. Anyway just wanted to make sure that you knew that most of us DO truly love and appreciate what you do so don’t let all the whiners get to you!

  • Azura

    Oh my goodness!  He is holding an iPad!
    Well, I guess that makes sense outside of an Apple Store.

  • YumiUchiha95

    I’m confused… where is the WHOLE chapter that they said they posted?? I only saw the half-page excerpt. I want the whole thing!

    • Gum Jacket

      I think it was more like a prologue sort of thing, if that is the whole chapter. Otherwise, Mike probably made a mistake and said ‘the entire chapter’ instead of ‘part of the chapter’

      • Anonymous

        Or he could have ment the entire excerpt…

    • It’s an excerpt from the chapter.

  • Poco the asian rhino!

    Amazing! I can’t wait for the book even more now! (if that’s even possible!) I’ve already read the exert and its really enticing! I’ve got so many theories now, but I’ll just have to way to see if any are true… Again can’t wait!

  • Michaelfan13

    Man he mite make 2 more books of eragon! thats freaking  awsome!

  • Anonymous

    LOVE