Announcing the Inheritance Book Club Podcast: A Fan-Driven Read-Through of the Entire Inheritance Cycle!

Over a decade ago, Christopher Paolini wrote the first book which exploded into a best-selling fantasy phenomenon. Time has flown by — it’s been nearly three years since the release of Brisingr and the launch of Inheritance – the final novel in the series – is closing in. Fans are clamoring for a refresher and revisited journey through Alagaesia — and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be doing just that!

Our desire to combat dusty memories and introduce new fans to the Cycle has led to The Inheritance Book Club, a fan-driven read-through of the entire Inheritance Cycle! Development for this has been in the works for months and we’re truly excited to finally share it with our visitors as well as new readers who will be joining us for their first journey through Alagaesia. The Inheritance Book Club will be an interactive and collaborative read through of Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr — timed at a pace that will allow every reader to follow along with the show.

Shur’tugal will release a free weekly book club podcast featuring an engaging discussion of the previous week’s reading pages — once a week for twenty weeks, ending the week before Inheritance releases. Fans will be encouraged to participate by reading before the episode, listening, and submitting emails and voice mails to be read/played and discussed throughout the show. The show will largely focus on discussion of events occurring in the previous week’s reading pages, as well as how these events came about and how the events will affect the future. Theories arising from the week’s reading will also be central to the show’s discussions. Fan opinions, expressed through comments, emails, and voicemails, will heavily influence and shape the show!

The show will occasionally feature special guest hosts — from Christopher Paolini himself to winners of our Book Club Guest Host contests (more on this later). We’ll also be doing giveaways throughout the show’s run, including a major sweepstakes which will task fans at collecting one word per episode for the show’s twenty episode run. We’ll be announcing sweepstakes prizes during the first few episodes of the show, but as a “sneak peek”, we’ll tell you this: you won’t want to miss out on entering this sweepstakes!

The first of our twenty episodes will begin airing next week here on Shur’tugal. The first episode will be discussing the first portion of Eragon — to keep up with us, read “Prologue: Shade of Fear” through “A Rider’s Blade” before Thursday (stop when you hit “Saddlemaking”!). Trust us — you won’t want to miss out on this podcast series!

  • Adlehyde85

    what time today will the podcast be available?

  • Ayra Vanyali

    When???? How do we get to it???

  • FYI: Episode 1 is 1 hour and 16 minutes in length!

  • Anonymous

    I was hoping the new podcast would be release by now, but I see most people are saying Thursday, so I guess i can wait two more days

  • Adlehyde85

    with the podcast be available for me to get on my iphone?

    • Here’s what mike said down below:

      It will be available through iTunes, but possibly not in the first week. Apple often takes a week or two to approve a feed before adding it. I’ll try my hardest to get it approved in time!

  • Adlehyde85

    When is the first pod cast due to be released?

  • holy crap.  well i will Definitely contribute in any way i can.  Love the idea!

  • Brendans Mommy87

    Well…I just started reading Eregon again a while ago. I’m already a good ways through the book lol so I’m just gonna stop until the podcast catches up to where I am which shouldnt be long. (I’m at the part where Eregon rashly uses magic to throw some urgals into next Tuesday) Can’t wait til Thursday! 

  • We’re recording right now 😉

    • We’re done recording!

      Well, we’ve been done recording for a while, actually. The episode is a bit longer than I had hoped — around an hour — because there was a lot to explain show-wise and the first 100 pages of Eragon are pretty jam-packed, so it was hard to keep our discussion short. We think you’ll enjoy it!

      Episode 1 releases on Thursday.

      • i’ll make sure to go through your episode and vlog about it! i’m so glad there’s all this discussion leading up to book 4.  it’s gonna be awesome.

  • I was hoping for something like this 🙂 I’m going to be tracking this podcast through my whole summer break and beginning of eighth grade. I already post tons of Inheritance fan videos on my YouTube channel (click on my name) and I might post a video on this sometime if I find something interesting. This is gonna be good….

  • Crystal

    I. Can’t. Wait. Expect an E-mail… I’ll be stalking this show!! (And I’ll probably re-re-read Eragon before the first episode… scratch that, all the books. 😀 ) Great idea, Mike!

    • Crystal

      P.S. Thanks again, Mike, you’ve finally given me something interesting to do this summer!

  • Anonymous

    This will be such a good way for everyone to familiarize themselves with everything right before the new book comes out. Great idea Mike, ill definitely read along with it!!!

  • Dama Lunnaris

    This is the best idea EVER!!!
    Mike, you could put chat rooms, i would be so cool
    Can’t wait!!! 😀

  • Hotdog

    wow that is almost the best thing Shur’tugal has ever done!  i can’t wait to start reading! can you find it on iTunes?

  • Amanda

    This is fantastic! Way to go, Mike!

  • Bookworm

    WOW! Now I have something to do while I wait for Inheritance. Do you think that people without facebooks, twitter…can do this?

    • I don’t think the podcast will be exclusive to social networking, so that everyone can enjoy it! It’s going to be so much fun, I’m hoping everyone checks it out!

  • SO ANXIOUS! Seriously, I’m so excited about this… These were the best ideas ever ya guys brought up since I started to visit this site. I’m sure I’m not gonna miss it. It smells surprises HAHA 

  • SO ANXIOUS! Seriously, I’m so excited about this… These were the best ideas ever ya guys brought up since I started to visit this site. I’m sure I’m not gonna miss it. It smells surprises HAHA 

  • fl

    Last summer you promised us a new podcast episode “toward the end of the week”. Hopefully you’ll have less problems with deadlines this time.

  • Laurelleaf9

    I have no idea what a podcast is, and my friends arn’t very clear… please help fix this! Thank!

    • Denmark111

      Podcast is like a combination of listening to a song and reading a blog. You listen to a blog. It’s like listening to the radio, just on the internet and you can listen to it at will.

      • Laurelleaf9

        Thank you both!

    • Best way to describe a podcast is like a radio talk show.

  • Danicaxgrace

    Do you know how long the podcasts will be?

    • We’re aiming to keep them under 45 minutes. The first episode might be a little longer, and episodes with certain special guests may run a bit longer as well.

  • Michaelfan13

    Man this sounds like fun!

  • Blu_jean_girl

    Sounds awesome! Is there a link to subscribe to the podcast yet?

  • Anonymous

    AWESOME!!! I can’t wait to hear the first one!
    Will the podcast be available through iTunes?
    Will the sweepstakes be open to anyone (worldwide) or limited to US citizens?
    Who will host the show?

    • Good questions!

      It will be available through iTunes, but possibly not in the first week. Apple often takes a week or two to approve a feed before adding it. I’ll try my hardest to get it approved in time!

      The sweepstakes rules aren’t finalized yet. However, I’m going to try to make at least the grand prize open to non-US residents. I can’t say any more — sorry.

      Hosts: Me, Chris Addison, and Lauren Zurchin (Lauren is Managing Editor at Lytherus). We’ll have guest hosts as well, but I won’t be revealing those just yet. 😉

      • Anonymous

        That is so EXCITING!! I can’t wait to hear what the grand prize will be!
        Thanks for doing this Mike!

      • Denmark111

        Are you finaly doing it to non-US residents!?! I’ve been waiting for this for I don’t know how many years!

        • We’ve had contests open to everyone before. 😛

  • Jeriah

    Awesome. I just started on Eragon again. I’ll def. reach Saddlemaking before Thursday, unless I get a job that makes me work like crazy.

  • Needless to say, I’m VERY excited about this! This, as well as The Big Twenty, have been brewing for months now. I’ve been working very hard to ensure that these two weekly campaigns are the best they can be. I’ve also been working with Random House to ensure that we have some awesome prizes to give away… as well as some incredible guest hosts (who we won’t share yet, sorry!).

    These podcasts are going to be a blast. Reading through the series in podcast form is something I’ve always wanted to do.

    To answer a question I know will pop up: No, we won’t be reading the actual book “on air”. We’ll be reading the set pages before the episode — as we hope our fans will do too — and then discussing those pages, theories, etc. during the episode.

  • Needless to say, I’m VERY excited about this! This, as well as The Big Twenty, have been brewing for months now. I’ve been working very hard to ensure that these two weekly campaigns are the best they can be. I’ve also been working with Random House to ensure that we have some awesome prizes to give away… as well as some incredible guest hosts (who we won’t share yet, sorry!).

    These podcasts are going to be a blast. Reading through the series in podcast form is something I’ve always wanted to do.

    To answer a question I know will pop up: No, we won’t be reading the actual book “on air”. We’ll be reading the set pages before the episode — as we hope our fans will do too — and then discussing those pages, theories, etc. during the episode.