“Big Twenty” – Let’s Talk Book Five: Everything We Know About a Potential Fifth Book

Christopher Paolini has confirmed that he will, one day, re-visit Alagaesia. This means that we can expect a “fifth book”, but one that is a standalone book to the series. This is a topic we discuss on our “Book 5 and Beyond – Prequels, Stand-alones, and More” page — but it’s one we need to dive into with greater depth. Who would the story follow? When will the story take place? Who is the bad guy (or bad guys)? Christopher has admitted to leaving us clues throughout the current books — and we’ve picked apart those clues to assemble a pretty good look at what we can expect from a potential fifth book!

Christopher Paolini Confirmed a Fifth Book?

Now before you get all excited – the Inheritance Cycle ends with Inheritance (Book 4). That’s it. The series is over. With that said… yes, Christopher has confirmed a potential Book 5, but any additional books will function as stand-alone novels in the Inheritance universe. Think of them as you think of Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia: it’s a book within Alagaesia, but it isn’t part of the main series. (Note: Book 5 won’t be a picture book.)

Christopher makes no secret of his desire to revisit the world of Alagaesia in the future. In fact, the author has revealed to fans that he’s laid the groundwork for future novels within the current books – most likely Brisingr and Inheritance – and that fans who look hard enough may discover clues revealing what we should expect from Book 5 and beyond.

As we mentioned in a past Big Twenty article, fans reading through Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia may also find a cache of sweet treats detailing “life after Book 4” for our favorite characters. But Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia reveals a bit more than that: it tells us that yes, there will be another Rider after Book 4… and yes, there will be another (or an altered) bad guy.

Take Heed: Disclaimers and Warnings

Before we jump into the meat of things, it’s fair to clarify a few key points. First: this article is pure speculation, working off of the confirmed facts and book information we know and combining this information with theories, ideas, and a douse of insanity. Nothing in this article which speculates about Book 5 should be construed as fact. In fact (get it?), unless we specifically state that “Christopher has said” or “Christopher has confirmed”, you should assume it’s hypothetical discussion.

Second, and perhaps even more important: Christopher will be taking a break from Alagaesia before returning. Whenever Christopher mentions or discusses potential future Alagaesia-based novels, it’s with a caveat: this is not one-hundred-percent set-in-stone, and these will not be written right away. Christopher has said that he has several non-Inheritance stories he would like to tell, and after spending over a decade writing stories in the same universe… well, we can’t blame Christopher for wanting a break!

Let’s Break This Down: Things to Consider

When attempting to wrap our heads around Book 5 and beyond, we asked ourselves several major questions:

  • Storyline – Who will a fifth book follow?
  • Timeline – When does the fifth book take place?
  • Bad guy – Who happens to be messin’ stuff up?
  • Clues – What clues?

We feel that the above questions will offer us a relatively sound understanding – or at least, fleeting idea – of how Book 5 will play out. Let’s break each one down, exploring all possibilities, theories, and more. Plus, true to our nature – we’re going to include some outlandish and humorous possibilities, if not for any reason other than fun!

Storyline – Who will a fifth book follow?

A book needs main characters, of course! It’s safe to say that we have a few decent contenders here, but in the end we’re pretty sure who the book will follow.

Your first thought may be: Eragon and Saphira, of course! But we feel that thought would be wrong. Eragon and Saphira are fantastic characters who we have had the pleasure of adventuring with for many years now, but no one can deny that they’ve had their run. Once their work in Book 4 is complete, they’ll want to retire. Now, we’re not saying they’ll actually retire, but the characters as main protagonists will need a rest. Readers love them, yes, but readers will also want to see new characters, new stories, new emotions, new conflicts. Because of this we feel that Eragon and Saphira’s days of being main characters in a story will end with Inheritance (Book 4).

Tenga, Angela, Solebum, or a combination of the three – now here’s a possibility for you! It’s highly unlikely but also incredibly fun to consider. Christopher has teased that readers will have some great face time with Angela in Book 4. Could this face time set the stage for a potential appearance as a main character in Book 5? Christopher has also hinted that he has inserted plot threads for a potential Book 5 within the story… Tenga made a mysterious and brief appearance in Brisingr, one which could be construed as being a lead-in to a larger role in a future novel. This role certainly could play out in Book 4, but it’s worth considering that this role may very well be a prominent role in Book 5 as well. As for Solembum… well, we know he follows Angela around, so if she’s a main character, so too is he. Verdict: possible, but unlikely.

Elva – fans enjoy pondering Elva as her own story. It’d be interesting, no doubt, but we’re not sure the character of Elva has enough depth or established story in the books to warrant her own tale. There’s no denying that Elva is a fun, unique, exciting, and interesting plot device in Eldest, Brisingr, and hopefully Book 4. But her role is constantly limited to “assistant of whomever”. The character always seems dependent on others, like a plot leech (though the good kind, not the bad)… and we can’t see her parting from the characters she relies on to be the main act in her own adventure. Verdict: not happening.

Mysterious wandering women – This is almost too easy. Of course it’s them! Well, obviously it isn’t confirmed, but it just seems very obvious. We learn that they are important… important enough for them to get some face time with some of Alagaesia’s most powerful people before leaving, destined for greatness. We learn that they are one of few who Angela has ever deemed worthy of casting dragon bones for. Come on, if that isn’t a dead giveaway, we aren’t sure what is!

Just who are these two women we’re discussing? Take a look at these excerpts from Brisingr:

Opposite Angela sat a tall woman with broad shoulders; tanned, weather- beaten skin; black hair braided in a long, thick rope down her back; and a face that was still handsome despite the hard lines that the years had carved around her mouth. She wore a russet dress that had been made for a shorter woman; her wrists stuck out several inches from the ends of her sleeves. She had tied a strip of dark cloth around each wrist, but the strip on the left had loosened and slipped toward her elbow. Eragon saw thick layers of scars where it had been. They were the sort of scars one could only get from the constant chafing of manacles. At some point, he realized, she had been captured by her enemies, and she had fought—fought until she had torn open her wrists to the bone, if her scars were anything to judge by. He wondered whether she had been a criminal or a slave, and he felt his countenance darken as he considered the thought of someone being so cruel as to allow such harm to befall a prisoner under his control, even if it was self- inflicted.

Next to the woman was a serious- looking teenage girl just entering into the full bloom of her adult beauty. The muscles of her forearms were unusually large, as if she had been an apprentice to a smith or a swordsman, which was highly improbable for a girl, no matter how strong she might be.

With a single motion, Angela gathered up the knucklebones in the leather square and tucked them under the yellow sash at her waist. Standing, she flashed Eragon and Saphira a brilliant smile. “My, you both have the most impeccable sense of timing. You always seem to turn up whenever the drop spindle of fate begins to spin.”

Verdict: very likely.

New Dragon Rider – We feel this option has very little possibility as the entire premise of the Inheritance Cycle was readers following Eragon and Saphira, new and inexperienced dragon and Rider, as they learn, mature, and fight bad guys. We’ve experienced that story now. Following a new dragon and Rider down the same path would be interesting, but it’d also feel a bit as though we are reading the same story. Verdict: unlikely.

Timeline – When does the fifth book take place?

It’s safe to say that Book 5 won’t pick up exactly where Inheritance (Book 4) leaves off. By separating the fifth book from the series and making it a stand-alone novel, Christopher will want to pull the two apart. The easiest way for a storyteller to do this is to allow some time to pass in between books. Christopher will want to show how Alagaesia has progressed; how have the characters, races, and Alagaesia as a whole recovered and bettered themselves since the events at the end of Book 4? What’s different? What’s new? The only way to answer these questions without writing the book in question and answer form would be to allow the story to naturally answer these question on its own by setting the book in the future. As we experience the book through the eyes of its protagonist(s), questions will be answered.

Verdict: there will be time between the end of Book 4 and the start of Book 5.

Alternatively, if the story follows the mysterious women, we may find Book 5 picking up where we left them in Brisingr – meaning that the stories would intertwine, all revolving around the same time period as Book 4 (and potentially running beyond, depending on the length of Book 5). This scenario seems a bit less likely due what we interpret as a desire to tell a new story – and the lack of “bad guys” we’ve heard of during Brisingr/Book 4 which the women would tackle. It’s safe to assume they won’t be responsible for Galbatorix’s death if they are the focal point of Book 5, as they would then be major characters in Book 4.

Bad guy – Who happens to be messin’ stuff up?

There’s always a bad guy in a fantasy adventure story, right? Well, almost always… often enough that it’s a safe bet that we’ll see a new bad guy in Book 5. Oh, that and the confirmation of a new bad guy in Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia.

We have a few options here, the first being the most obvious: Galbatorix. We have no idea what will happen to Galbatorix in Book 4, but the most likely (and our personal favorite) scenario is that he dies, hopefully painfully. However it is possible that Galbatorix could flee or survive on in another form. This means that Galbatorix could be a future bad guy, either after having fled or in a new form. Verdict: unlikely.

The second obvious answer would be a Shade, however it’s almost safe to say that we’ve graduated beyond Shades being the big bad guys – especially if our heroes were able to defeat Galbatorix. Yes, Shades are powerful. Yes, Shades are one of the most feared beings on Alagaesia. But… we’ve killed two now. We’re over that.

However, imagine a Shade Rider. Or a Shade dragon. Or a Shade rabbit. All are possible, but very unlikely – and unlikely is our favorite verdict so far!

Most plausible is the “unnamed shadow” mentioned in Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia. We know that this being is scary and powerful – strong enough to have Eragon leaving Glaedr’s Eldunari behind to watch over and protect the young Rider and dragon.

We also need to consider that Christopher took story time in Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia to mention this “unnamed shadow”, and to stress to the reader that it is feared, it is strong, and we are to remain vigilant for it. Christopher’s inclusion of this new baddie seems too deliberate to ignore its role as the bad guy in a potential Book 5. After all, Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia takes place after the events in Book 4 (which we explored previously), which would mean this unnamed shadow is stalking Alagaesia during the same timeframe that we anticipate Book 5 to take place in. Coincidence? We think not! Verdict: very likely.

Clues – What clues?

We think the strongest set of clues this far are:

  • Tenga – We hardly met him, yet he was instantly established as powerful and potentially important
  • Wandering women – We hardly met them as well, but Angela, Solembum, Eragon and Saphira all instantly recognize their importance now and in the future
  • More Dragon Riders – As we explored in last week’s article, we know there will be at least one new Dragon Rider
  • An unnamed shadow – Also from last week, Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia names a new bad guy

We also asked Shur’tugal fans on Facebook which clues they think are hidden in the Cycle and how Book 5 will play out. Here are some of our favorite answers:

  • Brittany B: “I think there could possibly be a ‘sequel’ of sorts focusing on the two mysterious women from Brisingr who Eragon blessed. Of course, that is if they don’t play a larger role in the fourth book…”
  • Brandi S: “I’m leaning toward a story for Angela. She is always were something interesting is happening so it could also include the 2 she read the bones for, the predictions made by the werecat and the future raising and training Elva.”
  • Amber W: “I think it will follow Roran…”
  • Luke M: “If there’s going to be a fifth and separate book after the events of ‘Inheritance’, it’s not going to follow Eragon. Characters like Tenga or the two Eragon blessed are far more likely”
  • Cam M: “If there is a Book 5, it could simply be where Eragon has left Alagaesia as predicted and him settling into the new place.”

Our Favorite Scenarios

New heroes and new bad guys – We’re almost positive that Galbatorix will be defeated, freeing Alagaesia from oppression. We think Eragon and Saphira will have a large role to play, but when we hit the words “THE END” at the end of Book 4, we’ll be leaving Eragon and Saphira as main characters for good.

We believe that Book 5 will take place in the future, leaving a good time gap between Book 4 and Book 5, allowing Alagaesia to re-grow and progress from where it was at the end of Book 4. We believe that Book 5 will introduce us to new main characters, though we’re sure we’ve met them before. Our belief is that the two wandering women will play a large role in this book, perhaps even as main characters.

Lastly, we believe that Galbatorix’s defeat means that he is gone for good as the bad guy. Our best guess for new bad guy is the “unnamed shadow”, for reasons we explored above. We believe the new Dragon and Rider mentioned in Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia will play a role in Book 5, though their exact role will not be as a main character.

Murtagh: Life After Galbatorix – Unlikely, but fun to ponder. What if Murtagh survives Galbatorix’s defeat? The Varden, realizing Murtagh’s role in Galbatorix’s regime was not entirely voluntary, spares his life but exiles him from the new nation they are forming. The story could explore the fan-favorite character as he starts a new life, finds new adventures, and rebuilds all that was personally destroyed by Galbatorix. Interesting… but unlikely.

The Adventures of Angela and Solembum – Mushrooms! Riddles! Poisons! Trickery! There’s no denying that these two would make quite the unique story. Full of humor, half-truths, constant questioning… there’s no doubt it’d be fun – and bizarre – to read a Book 5 featuring these two at the helm. Unlikely, yes – but you know you’d read it!

Questions to Ponder

  • How do you believe Book 5 will play out? What is your ultimate scenario?
  • What clues do you think Christopher has hidden in the books pointing to Book 5?
  • Would you prefer the story be left alone after Book 4, or are you glad Christopher may one day revisit Alagaesia?

  • jonesk2

    I’m desperately hoping for a Brom prequel with Morzan as the main villain.

  • Williemota

    Does anybody else think that maybe it could go into the past and explain the founding of the Varden and follow Brom throught he deaths of the Forsworn.  This would help give some background and help explain Galbatorix more as a antagonist.

  • Guest

    I am thinking that Book 5 could involve Eragon’s decedents returning to Alagaesia; if enough time passes.

  • Reid Thack

    I really want to hear about the original eragon! That would make a great book! to have the war between the elves and the dragons and eragon and his white dragon and the magical pact between the races. that would make for a fantastic story!

  • MD FF/EMT

    It will be before the entire Inheritance Series, about the downfall of the previous age of Riders, or more exciting, before that even.
    This option leaves the most room for Paolini to play with.

  • Tw45

    I’m hoping it will be a prequel, either the fall of the riders, from oromise and glaedr’s point of view, or from (can’t remember his name) the leader of the riders at the time, including final battle against galby, or maybe even the war from Brom’s point of view, including; creating the Varden, events with eragons mother, then settling down in carvahall… i hope, as i think the story’s would be much better taking that route.

  • Guest

    The book could follow Roran and Katrina’s kid. Just a thought…

  • Guest

    I belie that Eragon, Arya, and Murtag will begin to rebuild the riders with more restrictions and search the new riders minds before hand blah blah, time will pass and a new rider is who we will follow as he rises threw the rider ranks and finaly has a part in destroying this shadow. He will be stronger then most and many other riders will die and/or turn on him and his dragon and the new shadow will have to do with the razaks decendants.

  • Guest

    I belie that Eragon, Arya, and Murtag will begin to rebuild the riders with more restrictions and search the new riders minds before hand blah blah, time will pass and a new rider is who we will follow as he rises threw the rider ranks and finaly has a part in destroying this shadow. He will be stronger then most and many other riders will die and/or turn on him and his dragon and the new shadow will have to do with the razaks decendants.

    • Nickolas Gagliardi

      Haha this was me. 🙂

    • Nickolas Gagliardi

      I mean there Ancestors, the Ra’zaks ancestors.

  • Why did you leave out the fact that it may be Brom, he was the first person that sprung to my mind when i heard about a fifth book, he has an interesting story, i think it will be about him. 

  • Tyler McCauley

    I think that it will focus around Brom. Brom’s childhood, the city of Illeria and dragon rider training, saphira 1, and then the fall of the riders, Brom meeting Joed, and then the search for Saphira 2’s egg. That would be awesome. and at the end, Brom reaches Carvahall to find Eragon with Garrow. Brom is awesome.

  • Ing Gerund

    Consider
    the magic awry amongst the elves’ forest. I’m thinking Sloan, not having
    repented, will be bitten by a sock puppet filled with discarded Dominos pizza
    crust. From this, he will acquire prehensile arm cellulite which will allow him
    to take flight (think Dumbo ears only flapping from Sloan’s arms). Meeting up
    with the ship Arya fashioned in Brisingr, Sloan will then start his romantic
    adventure. From then on it will mostly involve people shouting at him and his
    ship for crapping all over the place. Of course, Eragon and Saphira catch wind
    of a new shadow plaguing Alagaesia. But when they arrive, they discover the
    wind wafting from the heaps left behind by Sloan and Ship. It’s then, Saphira –
    in true Arnold Schwarzenegger fashion – lights up a cigar, without considering
    the dangerous levels of methane and… THE END.

    There will obviously be a book 6.

  • Ipreferpi8

    Maybe book five will go back in time focusing on the two woman before they meet Eragon…

    Or…. Maybe it could focus on Roran and Katrina’s child

  • xhin

    Brom’s story. We all wanna know more about that powerful and misterious rider. His raising and training. I wanna know the original Saphira and his fights agaisnt the Frosworns. So I would say that instead of goinf forward Christopher will go back.

  • someone

    He could also be the “unnamed shadow”.

  • someone

    He could also be the “unnamed shadow”.

  • someone

    The beggar Angela told the fortune for, he was mentioned in the 1st book. Don’t know if he is part of book 4, he could play a role there.

  • someone

    The beggar Angela told the fortune for, he was mentioned in the 1st book. Don’t know if he is part of book 4, he could play a role there.

  • Mbb98

    I don’t know if someone has already said this, but what if the fifth book followed a dragon? It’s a wierd idea, but the more I think about it, the more I like it.

  • Dezzick_israndom

    I think the protagonist will be Brom, and the timeline will be his past. Therefore, Galby is still the bad guy, but the main focus will be Morzan.

  • Brucec1

    I think a Prequel about the fall would be awesome. It could be from the point of view of Vrael. Thats my favourite theory.
    But remember Arya said that not all spirits are evil. I’d also like a story about a good Shade, it would defintiely be different to any other protagonist.

  • JSU

    eragon sucks u all haVE NO LIFE

    • Andrewvaldez31

      then why are u fucking on get out of here

    • detour

      FAG

    • bella ♥ vita

      Hark who’s talking

  • JSU

    eragon sucks u all haVE NO LIFE

  • JSU

    eragon sucks u all haVE NO LIFE

  • Levi

    So it looks like a lot of you are pulling for a prequel, but, a prequel to me just doesn’t seem as appealing to me as a sequel set in the future. In a prequel, there would be no suspense because we know many of the events that have taken place. Sure we dont know the details, but we have the gist of what happened. Also, a prequel would possibly leave a lot of loose ends from Inheritance. So, in my eyes, a prequel is highly unlikely and seems rather unnappealing.

  • Hiradors soul Partner

    I love the idea of a shade rabbit, but i think that Eragon could somehow be turned shade and, through the mental link, Saphira.

  • Guest

    I am really hoping that Brom is the main character in the potential book 5. While CP has said that Brom will never give away all of his secrets, i think that it would make a fabuolous read to bring Brom into a prequal, and have his life up until Eragon was born and left with Garrow and his wife

  • Ffejman

    I think that if there even is a “Book 5” it would be fun to have a different viewpoint of the same series. like, it would star a different character Arya, Elva, Angela, etc. he could start it where the first book started and continue with that chosen character’s viewpoint. or he could make a new series BEFORE eragon, during the time when galbatorix was a young rider. make the book in his viewpoint and show how he felt during the fall of the riders.

  • Ffejman

    I think that if there even is a “Book 5” it would be fun to have a different viewpoint of the same series. like, it would star a different character Arya, Elva, Angela, etc. he could start it where the first book started and continue with that chosen character’s viewpoint. or he could make a new series BEFORE eragon, during the time when galbatorix was a young rider. make the book in his viewpoint and show how he felt during the fall of the riders.

  • Wyattstensland

    Maybe it will be a prequel following Brom in his younger days as a rider. I doubt it, but I’m a pretty big Brom fan so I think that would be neat!

  • Saigra

    AND FINALLY:I close my many ideas and long paragraphs by saying that on the slight chance
    that Roran doesn’t save himself, Katrina will become a main character
    (Palomino mentions some characters have larger roles). And this theory is
    supported by the fact that Nasuada said that she has no doubt that
    Katrina would do the same feat as Roran if something happened to him. Reread the books everybody and look for hidden messages that comes into play later, Palomino has hidden messages throughout his books leading to events later on in the book and in the following books. In Eldest, part way through Eragons training Oromis mentions that the energy to sustain magic doesn’t need to come through the spellcasters body. So reread the books and try to find out where he mentions this. 😀 

  • Saigra

    Oh yes, Maybe the main characters death will be Nasuada? Nasuada definitely would be one of the main characters, she has multiple chapters supporting this. Before you write this off as “Stupid” remember that Nasuada plans on “Solving the problem of magic users” I also know that if you would reread all of the released books there are multiple cases supporting my theory.

    • bella ♥ vita

      Honestly, I’d be more than happy to see Nasuada’s death happen in Inheritance so I’m certainly not going to argue. Like you pointed out, I REALLY don’t like her stance on “solving the problem of magic users”. They’re not a problem, they’re human beings just like she is and shouldn’t be defined solely by their ability to use magic. Her whole attitude about it frankly frightens me and I don’t find her trustworthy. I’ve always gotten the feeling that as soon as Eragon and Saphira have served their purpose she would turn on them along with all of the other “magic users”. Her extreme views on magic and its users have all the makings of a vigilante. I view her as a major threat to peace in Alagaesia after Galbatorix is gone. Whether it would be immediately after she took over or years down the road, at some point she would go after the magic users like Hilter did the jews so in my mind she needs to die before she can take power. Even leaving all of that aside, I still think she needs to go because Roran would make a far superior leader than she would. Nasuada is perhaps the better leader during a time of war (even that’s debatable though), but Roran strikes me as the one best suited to lead Alagaesia after the war. Roran would make a great king and I can see his reign being a very peaceful and prosperous one whereas were Nasuada to rule we already know that at some point she would go after magic users and I’d much rather see everyone finally have some peace so I hope you’re right and she’s the main character that dies. That would actually work quite well if she were to somehow die before defeating Galbatorix and Roran has to take her place as leader of the Varden. His adapting to that role would certainly make for some great character development.

  • Saigra

      The 5th book most likely will be right after the 4th book, and the evil
    was released from something that Eragon, Gallbatorix, or the new rider
    has done. Maybe a Shade Rider? Throughout the Inheritance Series, hints
    have been left. If you remember, Eragon asks Oromis how to conjure spirits, Oromis
    mentions that a Shade Rider would be an unnatural blight, worse than Gallbatorix.

  • Grainne

    I think that since CP has been setting up Book 5 previously, most likely in Brisingr, the ‘unnamed shadow’ is the Dread Lord mentioned by the High Priest in the first chapter of Brisingr. There is alot of narrative time given to the priests of Helgrind throughout the series.

  • SSW

    What makes you think Book 5 will take place in the future?  It could just as well be in the past. 

    • Saigra

      Except the past is pretty much laid out. The elves are very educated, which means past terrors would pretty much be known. I do not, however, believe it will be in the future.

  • Tom

    I don’t know if Book 5 is supposed to be a sequel or a prequel, but personally I could see the 5th book following Brom through his days as a rider, leading up to his disappearance and settling in Carvahall. It would lay out a lot of information we have, but haven’t had elaborated.

  • Aaron Jones

    I think it may be a prequel that may follow brom or the forsworn

  • I think Brom could be the focus of the story, as a prequel to the original, and how he stole the egg from Galbatorix and the formation of the Varden.

  • miya

    You know, while I was reading this article, my mind was screaming prequel! I was thinking maybe Brom and Morzan or something, personnelly, itd be nice reading that. We could also read from Oromis’s POV from when Galbatorix took over. Think of it, he was Morzan AND Brom’s teacher. It could also follow someone we never met but turns out had some type of role with getting one of the charectors where they are now. Or maybe something to do with the first Eragon, the first Rider.
    Then there’s the chance of a sequel (though personnely i do want a prequel). I think what’s most likely is either it follows the two unknown women, or someone we don’t know at all but these people come into contact or know someone from the Inheritance Cycle. For a villian, shades, Galabatorix in his current form, or Murtagh and Thorn are very unlikely. I think the shadow, who may or may not be some type of evil spirit or is what remains of Galbatorix, would be the bad guy. Or it could be some other unknown entity/person.
    There is a WORLD of possobilities for prequels and sequels to the series. But really, it does depend on what’s explained in the 4th book, and what CP feels would be the best story.

  • miya

    You know, while I was reading this article, my mind was screaming prequel! I was thinking maybe Brom and Morzan or something, personnelly, itd be nice reading that. We could also read from Oromis’s POV from when Galbatorix took over. Think of it, he was Morzan AND Brom’s teacher. It could also follow someone we never met but turns out had some type of role with getting one of the charectors where they are now. Or maybe something to do with the first Eragon, the first Rider.
    Then there’s the chance of a sequel (though personnely i do want a prequel). I think what’s most likely is either it follows the two unknown women, or someone we don’t know at all but these people come into contact or know someone from the Inheritance Cycle. For a villian, shades, Galabatorix in his current form, or Murtagh and Thorn are very unlikely. I think the shadow, who may or may not be some type of evil spirit or is what remains of Galbatorix, would be the bad guy. Or it could be some other unknown entity/person.
    There is a WORLD of possobilities for prequels and sequels to the series. But really, it does depend on what’s explained in the 4th book, and what CP feels would be the best story.

  • lunoxis

    murtagh as a shade rider

  • Arya<3

    I think the unnamed shadow will be the “god” that Gannel summoned in Brisingr. Saphira said that it could have been a “shade from a long forgotten past that is waiting for the return of its power”.

    • Carvahallian

      Interesting theory.

  • Adam

    I’m really curious to see who is going to rule over Alagaesia after all is said and done and what kind of role Roran would be given. I could see him being made Captain of the Guard for whoever leads since he’s such a great fighter. He and his wife and children would live good lives that way as would the rest of the people from Carvahall.

  • Jason Moore

    Christopher mentioned that he wanted to do a prequel. It could be none of what you say it could be Galbatorix and his followers as the enemy, and we follow the path of a Rider (or any person who faught) my theroy is the GREEN dragon rider from book 3. (I do not recall the name) but the original rider who had the green sword that Eragon was supposed to take, but didn’t.  Also, you say that Guide To Alegasia declares a new villian. It just mentions a shadow. It could be Galbatorix even if this book turns out to be a sequel.  Its very unlikely that Eragon will kill Murtagh and/or Galbatorix, I believe that he will defeat him and rid him of the Eldunari so he is no longer as much of a threat, and go venture off to new lands as it says in the prophecies.

  • Jason Moore

    Christopher mentioned that he wanted to do a prequel. It could be none of what you say it could be Galbatorix and his followers as the enemy, and we follow the path of a Rider (or any person who faught) my theroy is the GREEN dragon rider from book 3. (I do not recall the name) but the original rider who had the green sword that Eragon was supposed to take, but didn’t.  Also, you say that Guide To Alegasia declares a new villian. It just mentions a shadow. It could be Galbatorix even if this book turns out to be a sequel.  Its very unlikely that Eragon will kill Murtagh and/or Galbatorix, I believe that he will defeat him and rid him of the Eldunari so he is no longer as much of a threat, and go venture off to new lands as it says in the prophecies.

  • Jason Moore

    Christopher mentioned that he wanted to do a prequel. It could be none of what you say it could be Galbatorix and his followers as the enemy, and we follow the path of a Rider (or any person who faught) my theroy is the GREEN dragon rider from book 3. (I do not recall the name) but the original rider who had the green sword that Eragon was supposed to take, but didn’t.  Also, you say that Guide To Alegasia declares a new villian. It just mentions a shadow. It could be Galbatorix even if this book turns out to be a sequel.  Its very unlikely that Eragon will kill Murtagh and/or Galbatorix, I believe that he will defeat him and rid him of the Eldunari so he is no longer as much of a threat, and go venture off to new lands as it says in the prophecies.

  • Michael

    I also think Eragon will find the first Eragon or his unnameable dragons Eldunari. This would potentially be the oldest strongest Eldunari with compatability with a rider.

  • Michael

    I also think Eragon will find the first Eragon or his unnameable dragons Eldunari. This would potentially be the oldest strongest Eldunari with compatability with a rider.

    • Lil Uhura

      Bid’Daum was Eragon1’s dragon, not the unnameable one who first agreed to the pact with the elves.

    • Lil Uhura

      Bid’Daum was Eragon1’s dragon, not the unnameable one who first agreed to the pact with the elves.

  • Michael

    I think it may follow Roran and Katrina’s baby and that the dangerous shadow could be either Shruikan with his twisted mind OR a remnant of Galbatorix

  • Dark-Gold

    It could be fun to read about the first Dragonrider epic!!

  • fatynmx

    I think that it will be following brom and morzan (prequel)

  • oh…yeah…

    I agree with you Loic!  I would love to read a book all about Murtagh!  He was my favourite in the whole book!  I really don’t think he would be the bad guy in the new books…

  • Loic Jordan

    I’d love it to be something else : a prequel, where we follow Brom or Murtagh !

  • SKADOOSHHH

    Although it’d be interesting…  I don’t see the story following Angela and Solembum. Mainly because they are fun characters because it is often difficult to understand how they think and what drives them to act… and if it were about one of them or both of them, then the first person aspect of the storyline which has been present in the Inheritance Cycle would make it all obvious and not as fun to read about them as characters. Anyone else have any thoughts about that?

  • Daniel Eccles

    i think it could very well be about Brom and Morzan and the birth of Eragon , a prequel as such! the basic storyline between them was mentioned in the cycle . I believe this could lead to Morzan being the main bad guy because it is seen through Brom’s eyes .

  • Isaac S.

    You guys Keep talking about how it will happen some time in the future but how do we not know that it couldn’t be about the past in Alegasia. I mean it could be the storry of many of the characters in the books but before Eragons time. What about a Story about “The Fall” or even earlier. I personally would find it interesting to go back to the time when the elves first arrived, or the humans, or the elf and dragon war.

  • Isaac S.

    You guys Keep talking about how it will happen some time in the future but how do we not know that it couldn’t be about the past in Alegasia. I mean it could be the storry of many of the characters in the books but before Eragons time. What about a Story about “The Fall” or even earlier. I personally would find it interesting to go back to the time when the elves first arrived, or the humans, or the elf and dragon war.

  • Isaac S.

    You guys Keep talking about how it will happen some time in the future but how do we not know that it couldn’t be about the past in Alegasia. I mean it could be the storry of many of the characters in the books but before Eragons time. What about a Story about “The Fall” or even earlier. I personally would find it interesting to go back to the time when the elves first arrived, or the humans, or the elf and dragon war.

  • Isaac S.

    You guys Keep talking about how it will happen some time in the future but how do we not know that it couldn’t be about the past in Alegasia. I mean it could be the storry of many of the characters in the books but before Eragons time. What about a Story about “The Fall” or even earlier. I personally would find it interesting to go back to the time when the elves first arrived, or the humans, or the elf and dragon war.

  • Antigone

    I think that it is likely that at least one of the mysterious women was a likely a slave. It also seems that they had a powerful enemy since they were doing so much to hide in plane sight. While this man may not seem like a threat to Alageasia now it is likely that he will pose a big problem later.

  • guest

    it could be about the land where the humans came from and the ra’zac cause didn’t oromis say that the ra’zac came from wherever palancar came from and he was the king of the humans in Eldest, so it could be about wherever the humans came from.

  • Kvnliss

    Book 5 is probably about Brom and his past as a rider training under oromis and losing saphira, then creating the varden

  • Bluebell408

    Book 5 could go into detail about how and why the Elves and or Humans fled their lands to Alagaesia.

  • Kyl_wllrd

    there are too many stories for CP to write just one stand alone book. theres broms past, during the fall and galbatorixs rise to power. thats too good to pass up. maybe the grey folk and that past could be a good story. and of course the story in the future involving this shadow. i personally would like to see broms story

  • Tara

    I want to know more about the story of Brom, Morzan and Selena.  He’s laid the groundwork for so much of the history of Alagaesia.  I think it’d be amazing if he went back and told it in detail from the perspectives of those living during the time of the rise and fall of the riders etc.

  • Baseballjc99

    the 5th book will be about saphira’s parents

  • AvaAnnaZ

    Didn’t CP say that he wanted to write a story about Brom and Jeod? I think that it’s a strong possibility that he would want to return to a timeline before Eragon II – maybe the time of the Fall or the formation of the Varden? I personally would love to read more about Brom!

  • Tsquared429

    Ever think killing Galby might be a bad thing? What if this unnamed shadow is more powerful then any dragon and rider? What if Galby would be the only one strong enough to defeat it and if/when he dies the shadow becomes confident enough to come out of hiding? Just something interesting i thought of

  • Tsquared429

    Ever think killing Galby might be a bad thing? What if this unnamed shadow is more powerful then any dragon and rider? What if Galby would be the only one strong enough to defeat it and if/when he dies the shadow becomes confident enough to come out of hiding? Just something interesting i thought of

  • Tsquared429

    Ever think killing Galby might be a bad thing? What if this unnamed shadow is more powerful then any dragon and rider? What if Galby would be the only one strong enough to defeat it and if/when he dies the shadow becomes confident enough to come out of hiding? Just something interesting i thought of

    • Fairth

      The only problem with this theory is that if the Galby is stronger than the unnamed shadow and Galby can be defeated (we already know that he will be, just not how), then the unnamed shadow should be easier to defeat than Galby.

      Sure, Galby could be defeated by an incredible stroke of luck, but that wouldn’t make for a good story.

  • Michael P.

    I think Book 5 might have something do with the Grey Folk and discovering what happened to them. Maybe (hopefully), it’ll also show us the parts of Alageasia we have yet to see like the Isles, Vroengard, and possibly even what lies west beyond the ocean or east beyond the Hadarac Desert. Just a thought

  • Michael P.

    I think Book 5 might have something do with the Grey Folk and discovering what happened to them. Maybe (hopefully), it’ll also show us the parts of Alageasia we have yet to see like the Isles, Vroengard, and possibly even what lies west beyond the ocean or east beyond the Hadarac Desert. Just a thought

  • Tim G.

    Personally, I hope that ‘Book 5’ is the story of Brom. I would love to see the bits and pieces of his story that we learn through the IC fleshed out.

  • Toddyboy1

    I think that it could be in the past and not in the future. We know about the Forsworn but what about the characters themselves like the rise of Galbatorix and Broms tales. I reckon that no matter what happens we shall see Angela again as she makes a hint that she is much older than she looks.

  • A Guest

    What about a story set before the series? Paolini once considered an interview question to write a book about Brom’s story.

  • Matt

    Really hope you guys post the interview tomorrow, gonna be gone for two weeks starting saturday morning and i’m definetely not going to have internet access.

  • Csarosi6

    I think book 5 will follow Roran and Katrina’s child. It kind of makes sence. in the time it would take for the child to grow up Algestalia could grow and change

  • Vrael_shurtugal

    It would be great if he wrote a book from Vrael’s POV durin the fall

  • Guest

    I’m fairly certain it would follow the two mysterious women as they steal the third dragon egg and set out to bring it back to the Varden. That could potentially be a very fulfilling book since Christopher would then spend more time writing “bad guys” 

  • SweetyHeaven

    I think it might follow Eragon the first dragon rider. Would be cool to read his story.

  • Mr. Anonymous

    I can’t believe brom wasn’t mentioned. He is so wise and experienced and there is STILL much we don’t know about him. His character makes for a great adventure story I think.

  • BROM

    I want a book about Brom and Morzan…

  • TheHeirofRavenclaw12

    If they do a fifth book, it’s probably gonna be after the cycle, so it could be second generation. So…. in other words, it’s kinda like HP, cuz J.K Rowling kinda did a sencond generationg thing at the end of Deathly Hallows. Idk, it’s just a theory.

  • guest

    what about BROM!!

  • Aplussoccerkid

    I would love to see a book about the war between dragons and elves, or it would be cool to see a book through Oromis and Glader’s eyes.

  • Aplussoccerkid

    I would love to see a book about the war between dragons and elves, or it would be cool to see a book through Oromis and Glader’s eyes.

  • Jack2737

    I think that book five (if there is a book five) will follow the 2 young elf children (can’t remember there names) who have to grow up in alagasia alone because the elves left with eragon leaving alagasia forever

  • Jack2737

    Who is bladesinger???

    • Macs_bunch

      Bladesinger is what Angela the witch calls one of the two woman who we meet in Brisngr.  Pg 257 american hard cover.  There are two.  A mother, and what appears to be a daughter.  Angela casts her dragon bones for them the same as she did with Eragon, then she asks Eragon to bless them, and they leave on a journey while Angela and Eragon head to the tent where Eragon tries to remove his curse from Elva.

      Hope that helps.

      • HHFA

        Yup I remember the two mysterious women I just couldn’t remember one being called bladesinger

  • Guest

    I would enjoy a book following the life of Galbatorix, or Brom. A book covering the backhistory of Oromis and how he and Glaedr were crippled would also be interesting.

  • Guest

    We get told about ‘Du Fyrn Skulblaka’ in the books; but it’s never really explained in detail. It could be really interesting if Christopher Paolini delved deeper into the history of Alagaesia and the background of Palancar Valley, maybe even saying how the first Eragon and his dragon were bonded. It wouldn’t be another guide to Alagaesia, but rather like ‘The Hobbit’ is to ‘The Lord Of The Rings’. Just saying, it could be a very interesting novel; or series. It would qualify as a prequel.
     

  • I know this is far-fetched, and I have no proof, but I made a theory that either Murtagh or Eragon gets a kid and he/she will be the main character.

  • I know this is far-fetched, and I have no proof, but I made a theory that either Murtagh or Eragon gets a kid and he/she will be the main character.

  • I know this is far-fetched, and I have no proof, but I made a theory that either Murtagh or Eragon gets a kid and he/she will be the main character.

  • Lorents_

    I think Eragon and Saphira will leave Alagaesia, I think CP planned that as a way of getting them out of the picture before a fifth book (well fourth at the time Angela read the bones for him). Also I think Tenga is looking for the same thing that Galbatorix is, so he will be playing a small, but important role in book four (the last Ra’Zac: “He has almost found the name”).
    I don’t know about Solembum, but I think the appearance of the rest of his race will diminish his importance in the story. Angela is a possibility, but I would wager on a new and unknown character, perhaps the “green dragon rider”. However, CP has shown us a world where the hero are always fighting to defend his position, to see a dragon rider arise in the new world would be like re-reading the past books, and the new rider would be more powerful than most of her/his enemies, since shades are out of the picture, and so will Galbatorix.

    Conclusion: New, unknown character, that is the beauty of CP’s books, you never know what to expect 🙂

    My point of view so far.

  • Anonymous

    I think that CP has not even come up with all the details. Sure, he uses the term ‘unnamed shadow’ cuz still does not know what it’ll be.

  • Srkjmetcalfe

    It might be the story of when humans first came to analgesia and fought the elves, or the war between the dragons and elves, with the main character being…. Eragon I (the first), or Broms story, or one with something to do with the grey folk…. there fall i like this one the best 😀 

  • Srkjmetcalfe

    It might be the story of when humans first came to analgesia and fought the elves, or the war between the dragons and elves, with the main character being…. Eragon I (the first), or Broms story, or one with something to do with the grey folk…. there fall i like this one the best 😀 

  • brosio5

    Unnamed shadow?  Grey Folks?  They became SHADOWS of their former selfs.  Connection?  Maybe they turn evil because of how their ancient language has become abused and seek revenge on the races of Alagaesia.  Eragon could open the vault of souls in book 4 and they are realeased into the world.  Prehaps Eragon has to go over seas to were they oraginaly came from to stop them.  The story may take place in Alagaesia following an unnamed hero (or an already know one, Anglea, 🙂 as they hold down the fort from the wrath of the grey folk waiting for Eragon’s return.  Just my idea.  Randomly came to me as I was reading this article.

  • brosio5

    Unnamed shadow?  Grey Folks?  They became SHADOWS of their former selfs.  Connection?  Maybe they turn evil because of how their ancient language has become abused and seek revenge on the races of Alagaesia.  Eragon could open the vault of souls in book 4 and they are realeased into the world.  Prehaps Eragon has to go over seas to were they oraginaly came from to stop them.  The story may take place in Alagaesia following an unnamed hero (or an already know one, Anglea, 🙂 as they hold down the fort from the wrath of the grey folk waiting for Eragon’s return.  Just my idea.  Randomly came to me as I was reading this article.

  • brosio5

    Unnamed shadow?  Grey Folks?  They became SHADOWS of their former selfs.  Connection?  Maybe they turn evil because of how their ancient language has become abused and seek revenge on the races of Alagaesia.  Eragon could open the vault of souls in book 4 and they are realeased into the world.  Prehaps Eragon has to go over seas to were they oraginaly came from to stop them.  The story may take place in Alagaesia following an unnamed hero (or an already know one, Anglea, 🙂 as they hold down the fort from the wrath of the grey folk waiting for Eragon’s return.  Just my idea.  Randomly came to me as I was reading this article.

  • brosio5

    Unnamed shadow?  Grey Folks?  They became SHADOWS of their former selfs.  Connection?  Maybe they turn evil because of how their ancient language has become abused and seek revenge on the races of Alagaesia.  Eragon could open the vault of souls in book 4 and they are realeased into the world.  Prehaps Eragon has to go over seas to were they oraginaly came from to stop them.  The story may take place in Alagaesia following an unnamed hero (or an already know one, Anglea, 🙂 as they hold down the fort from the wrath of the grey folk waiting for Eragon’s return.  Just my idea.  Randomly came to me as I was reading this article.

    • arya_drottningu

      good idea but somehow i dont thing that they would get that angry over language even if it is magical if that was true the english would have attacked the americans long ago for misuse of the english language the greyfolk bit however would be quite cool
       

  • PrometheusLKR

    CP also mentioned a possible prequel that follows Brom, but I don’t think that counts as a ‘book 5’

  • Jon C

    I would prefer to hear about the rise of the original riders and read about them in their heyday.

  • Whose to say it wont tell of Brom’s story of meeting Selina, the fall of the riders, and the rise of Galby? 
    I think that would be a wondrous read. 🙂
    Even if it was from Galby’s point of view. 
    Or Morzan’s.
    OR ALL OF THEM! 🙂

    • I stand by my speculations. 
      Whole heartily! 

    • Jeremy Wardle

      I think you are absolutely right, who says it has to go forward on a timeline, I personally would love to read further into the rise of the riders following characters such as Brom and the other Riders, Their dealings with the Forsworn and Galby

      • Mr. Anonymous

        Exactly! Backstories, histories, etc. are still interesting. Unless described in Inheritance, we know next to nothing about the rise of Galbatorix and events before and surrounding that time.

  • slywater

    Book 5 will be about Katrina and Roran’s son, That uncle Eragon have taught in the way’s of the riders. To fight a new foe.

  • slywater

    Book 5 will be about Katrina and Roran’s son, That uncle Eragon have taught in the way’s of the riders. To fight a new foe.

  • William Ford

    I thinck that it might follow a Rider after his/her training is finished trying to keep peace while fighting the “unnamed shadow”.  This is just my idea.

  • William Ford

    I thinck that it might follow a Rider after his/her training is finished trying to keep peace while fighting the “unnamed shadow”.  This is just my idea.

  • Bmg894

    Why wouldn’t it be a prequel? Didn’t Paolini say he would love to make a story during the high point of the riders or even as Brom just before the whole Galbi bullcrap.

  • Bmg894

    Why wouldn’t it be a prequel? Didn’t Paolini say he would love to make a story during the high point of the riders or even as Brom just before the whole Galbi bullcrap.

  • Superj189

    I think it’s entirely possible that the fifth book is told from the perspective of Eragon and Saphira from another land

  • guest

    I RRREAAAAALLLY would like to see a shade dragon and rider. THAT would be something to be feared.

    • PrometheusLKR

      Shade rabbit FTW!!

  • Geezer

    Imagine a prequel with eragon 1 and bid’daum being the main protagonists 🙂 I would love that 🙂

  • HideInSight

    Hmm…We have no idea how long after Inheritance Book five will take place.  We also have no idea what could have hapened to Eragon and Saphira during that time.  The unnamed shadow could be one or more of them.  They cast a spell that went horribly wrong.  It resulted in one of/both of them to become ‘spirits’, meaning they have no body and cannot speak directly with any truly living creature.  As a result, they have gone mad.

    • Jon C

      Since when does it have to be afterwards?

  • swindle

    why can’t the new dragon rider be the teenager who was part of the “mysterious women” duo? it says she was just coming into her adult beauty, and maybe her mother is a royal woman? maybe galby fathered a girl and her and the mother escaped, that could make her of royal blood. something to ponder

    • Srkjmetcalfe

      bleh already have one noble escape teen =Murtagh 

  • Nicole C.

    If the hero of book 5 will be fighting the bad guy, where would Eragon and Saphira be? If we do have an exceptionally powerful bad guy then it makes sense the most powerful rider would be the one to take care of that. So another, different, villain would have to be set aside for the book 5 hero…or the “un-named shadow” has to be powerful enough to take the combined efforts of all three; Eragon, Saphira and the book 5 hero. Not that circumstances can’t change this scenario, but it’s what first came to mind.

  • Dunne37

    I know this is a just for fun kind of topic, but i really dont care about “Book5” right now
    I WANT BOOK 4

  • Dunne37

    I know this is a just for fun kind of topic, but i really dont care about “Book5” right now
    I WANT BOOK 4

  • Dunne37

    I know this is a just for fun kind of topic, but i really dont care about “Book5” right now
    I WANT BOOK 4

    • Mr. Anonymous

      Now, now… 🙂

  • UnknownGuy

    Now , seeing the blade singer story arc, I think this is much more unlikely, but maybe cp could make a prequel about brom?

  • UnknownGuy

    Now , seeing the blade singer story arc, I think this is much more unlikely, but maybe cp could make a prequel about brom?

    • Noodley

      Brom is just so interesting and we really didn’t learn very much about him, so exploring his adventures would be awesome!!!

  • Anonymous

    Roran and Katrina’s child. That is what book five should be about.

    • Mendodivers

      Maybe Roran and Katrina’s child will be the new rider…….

      • Guest

        Problem is, I think the 3rd rider will have to be, y’know, able to walk and talk. Unless it became like Elva, the only way Roran’s child will be able to BE a rider is if they become a rider after the end of book 4. Roran and Katrina’s child as a rider in book 5? Possible. Roran and Katrina’s child as a rider in book 4? Not a chance, unless book 4 spans 10 or so years…

  • Guest

    I think the story will follow Galbatorix in a new form as he tries to regain his power in a different land (perhaps the Elves’ ancestral homeland). maybe he must “Leave Alagaesia and never return as well as, or instead of, Eragon.

  • A book 5? How long must we dwell in Alagaesia? Oh well.
    As a writer myself, i hope Paolini gives book 5 a twist that no one has guessed yet. What if years passed and book 5 focuses on perhaps Eragon’s kid one day?
    I hope that either this is the case or that book 5 will focus on Brom and Selena before Eragon ever was born. I think this would explain alot and Brom and Selena are cool i think.

  • A book 5? How long must we dwell in Alagaesia? Oh well.
    As a writer myself, i hope Paolini gives book 5 a twist that no one has guessed yet. What if years passed and book 5 focuses on perhaps Eragon’s kid one day?
    I hope that either this is the case or that book 5 will focus on Brom and Selena before Eragon ever was born. I think this would explain alot and Brom and Selena are cool i think.

    • Noodley

      Eragon’s kid living in the shadow of his father and grandfather . . . hmm . . . 

      Could be epic, with a lot of drama because of the pressure on him.

      • Rubydragon

        …Or her.

    • PrometheusLKR

      I also am looking forward to seeing new, unexplored universes through Paolini’s pen more than I am to seeing another expansion of Alagaesia.

      • Mr. Anonymous

        Hard to follow the series with a new book! Imagine, everyone will remember him for his Inheritance Cycle and his new book may be under greater pressure to do well.

  • Matt

    OK this article completely skipped over the fact that it could be a prequal and follow somebody like Brom through the fall of the riders or the original Eragon. Also C.P. did say that he has ANOTHER story for Eragon/Saphira so why did you guys rule them out so quickly for book 5?

  • Matt

    OK this article completely skipped over the fact that it could be a prequal and follow somebody like Brom through the fall of the riders or the original Eragon. Also C.P. did say that he has ANOTHER story for Eragon/Saphira so why did you guys rule them out so quickly for book 5?

  • Matt

    OK this article completely skipped over the fact that it could be a prequal and follow somebody like Brom through the fall of the riders or the original Eragon. Also C.P. did say that he has ANOTHER story for Eragon/Saphira so why did you guys rule them out so quickly for book 5?

  • Matt

    OK this article completely skipped over the fact that it could be a prequal and follow somebody like Brom through the fall of the riders or the original Eragon. Also C.P. did say that he has ANOTHER story for Eragon/Saphira so why did you guys rule them out so quickly for book 5?

  • Alec venecia

    Unnamed Shadow. What if it were to be Murtagh and Thorn, their names banished for the crimes they have committed and what they may commit before all is said and done, who knows what Galby may drive them to, having control of them by the Ancient Language, he may use them for great terror towards the end. If they were to survive and be so hate, to be ‘unnamed’, I doubt they’d roll over and die, I could see Murtagh demanding the glory and praise given to Riders from Alagaesia. But, this is just a thought, depending on IF Murtagh and Thorn survived. Or perhaps just Murtagh.. hmm

  • Bubbette06

    Something to consider though, Paolini seems to have a strong influence by David Eddings. If we look to see that as an influence, then it is possible that it would still follow the afore mentioned characters (Eragon, Saphira, Angela, Solembum, Tenga, mysterious women, etc.) it would just involve a different set of historical events (i.e. YEARS after the events of the Cycle). Just a thought.

  • Ethiwen

    I also belive that it will be about the two mysterious women. Cause you know, it was like “teacher and student.” Or was it just me who were thinking of Brom and Eragon when I read about them in Brisingr, Brom and Eragon but women. ^^ Haven’t Paolini even said that it should be more women heroes in fantasy books?
    Anyway. I think it will begin during the events of Brisingr since they’ve already been through alot as it seems or it will, as you wrote, take place in the future Alagaësia. If that’s so I also think that this new dragonrider “Eragon writes too” will have some kind of appearance in book 5.
    Maybe as an love interest or something entirely different. And if he/she’s in the book, this “unknown shadow” will definitely be in it too… But who know! ^^

  • BAD GUYS:

    Daleks, no doubt…

    • Reid Thack

      i might seem dumb for asking this, but what are daleks?

  • Rbnguevara

    A pissed off shade dragon is my guess however unlikely it would still be awesome and could be called the un named shadow because it was a dragon of the foresworn gone mad turned shade and hidden by Galbatorix because he couldn’t control it. Then after his defeat whatever magic he was using to imprison it breaks and the un named shadow dragon gets released.

    • PotionWillow207

      Interesting. But if Galbatorix couldn’t control it then how did he manage to hide it for 100+ years?

      • Rbnguevara

        I’m not saying that the dragon was more powerful than galbatorix. He could have caged it easily if he couldn’t make a name slave out of it. Think of this enemy as weaker than galby but still dangerously formidable to anyone

        • PrometheusLKR

          But if eragon and saphira already defeated galbatorix and rescued all the Eldunari you’d think they’d be easily kicking the shadow-dragon’s butt before a new protagonist could get involved.

        • Srkjmetcalfe

          then what would be the point if its an easier bad guy..

  • Syro

    I really wish it could be Murtagh but that is quite improbable, therefore I say that it will be one of orboth of those two women starring in this book.

  • Syro

    I really wish it could be Murtagh but that is quite improbable, therefore I say that it will be one of orboth of those two women starring in this book.

  • lastrider

    Murtagh would be a good main character in book 5 

  • Sadhi

    i would rather see a prequel to eragon
    the complete story to how the Alagaesia we start off in came to be
    with galbatorixs rise to power and the enormous dragon battles

  • I think the fifth book will be about the unnamed shadow eragon was talking and Eragon and Saphira has to leave Alageasia. Then they come back to train the new rider

  • The Grey Rider

    This is what fanfiction was invented for!

    I spend a good portion of my time pondering loose ends for story ideas in term of how this or that might turn out.

    Personally, I don’t think it’s all that good an idea to right shades off.
    I’ve oftened considered a shade WITHOUT a heart, i.e. it made a ‘Dead Man’s chest’ (Pirates of the Carribean analogy) to become all but invincible to that form of destruction.

    As to characters, I do believe it likely we’ll be seeing a new viewpoint, and Bladesinger and her companion are prime candidates, but what about an exiled Rider or wild dragon?
    The second would probably be a good story, ’cause when has a novel ever been written completely from a dragon’s viewpoint?
    And an exiled Rider is another kind of interesting; they’d have been used to policing a large, mainly peaceful nation with major threats every now and then, and plenty of minor threats, and they’d be arriving in the aftermath of one of the most deserate wars ever fought in alagaesia with their friends and comrades dead.
    That’s a story right there.

    As for the shadow…
    Put ‘Lexicanum’ into google, go to the ‘Warhammer 40k Lexicanum’ link, then put ‘mandrake’ into the search bar and have a look at the art and miniature photo of.
    The one with the flaming arm is what I reckon the shadow looks like.
    Probably similar abilities as well.

  • Guoca

    The 5th book will be set before Eragon’s time, it will be regarding the war between the elves and dragons. 

  • Zeep

    I think we will indeed follow the story of these Women, but all the way to were it starts, they will cross Alagaesia during the war, probably meet Tenga and learn magic from him (or something like that), and maybe (if Murthagh is alive) the young girl will meet him and get they’ll together.. offcourse after they killed some bad guy.

    • AvaAnnaZ

      I really was enjoying your little plot until you mentioned the young girl getting together with Murtagh. I hope that Murtagh and Nasuada reconcile, instead! It would be a symbol of Galbatorix’s power leaving Alagaesia, for even his previous servants, i.e. Murtagh and Thorn, would then be shown to be so fully a part of the good side.

    • AvaAnnaZ

      I really was enjoying your little plot until you mentioned the young girl getting together with Murtagh. I hope that Murtagh and Nasuada reconcile, instead! It would be a symbol of Galbatorix’s power leaving Alagaesia, for even his previous servants, i.e. Murtagh and Thorn, would then be shown to be so fully a part of the good side.

  • Ben98lalonde

    It should be a prequel, like about Brom’s life, or Vrael’s.

  • Denmark111

    Days? Don’t you mean more like years? ;). Is it just me, or is this not a reply to a comment, but a comment? Please tell me, cause I think my computer is playing tricks on me…

  • Denmark111

    Days? Don’t you mean more like years? ;). Is it just me, or is this not a reply to a comment, but a comment? Please tell me, cause I think my computer is playing tricks on me…

  • Denmark111

    Come on! Not a chance! 🙂

  • Denmark111

    Not a chance! 🙂

    • Sranjan 2007

      yeah it’s real cool and that’s the problem
      Now we will spend days wondering about it

      • JohnnyBravo

        This is a blog about “Book 5”!!!!!! Stop being so bloody pessimistic and also stop complaining that people are posting book five theories on a “Book 5” blog!!! Would you prefer we post on a thread about ‘Red Eyed Rabbits’ ???   

        • Sranjan 2007

          Sorry to sound pessimistic but yea I would rather prefer theorizing on red eyed rabbits and their role in the book. Sincerely.

      • Denmark111

        In fact, I understand your point. I would also prefer to wait with this ’till after book 4, it’s just… It’s seems wrong to say something negative about such a thing as theorizing about something about CP’s books, if you know what I mean 🙂

    • Sranjan 2007

      yeah it’s real cool and that’s the problem
      Now we will spend days wondering about it

    • Sranjan 2007

      yeah it’s real cool and that’s the problem
      Now we will spend days wondering about it

  • Svit-kona

    What if the new bad guy was a bad army instead?! Im saying that instead of spirits having to be traped ina body to creat a shade they were found through out the land enraged and reanimating dead warriors to fight the living! ZOMBIES!

    • AvaAnnaZ

      We already kind of had zombies, though, with the Empire soldiers who couldn’t feel pain.

  • Sranjan 2007

    Please let’s not discuss a fifth book. I mean I spent over a year googling “inheritance cycle book 4 release date” hoping that I may get some info and he had this one planned. What with breaks and writing something unrelated to all this(i.e alaegaesia) I doubt the next book is gonna come in 10 years.
    See first he will take  a break from writing and when he is done with that, that is after about an year and a half, he will plan and write some different book and then he will take a break of about 5-6 months and then he will begin to plot the fifth book which is one of the possibilities and then would the book will be released.
    1.5+2.5+0.5+2.5=7 that’s the earliest we gonna see that book.
    So no point discussing

    • Denmark111

      Well, I personally do think he already plotted out the fifth book. And anyway, we are at a blog about CP’s stories about Alagasia, so why wouldn’t we discuss his fifth book?

      • Sranjan 2007

        i am not saying we cannot, I am saying we must not just because then we will have too much anticipation and imagination the books set not to come soon. So, the waiting will kill us(atleast me)

        • Mr. Anonymous

          Mike said before that once Inheritance is finished Shurtugal or maybe another site close-by will cover Paolini’s books. It will be for any books he will publish in the future and a fan site for Paolini instead of the Inheritance Cycle.

        • Mr. Anonymous

          Mike said before that once Inheritance is finished Shurtugal or maybe another site close-by will cover Paolini’s books. It will be for any books he will publish in the future and a fan site for Paolini instead of the Inheritance Cycle.

      • Sranjan 2007

        i am not saying we cannot, I am saying we must not just because then we will have too much anticipation and imagination the books set not to come soon. So, the waiting will kill us(atleast me)

      • Sranjan 2007

        i am not saying we cannot, I am saying we must not just because then we will have too much anticipation and imagination the books set not to come soon. So, the waiting will kill us(atleast me)

  • Hater

    Chris taking a break…LOL he takes forever writing books his breaks have been long enough

    • Denmark111

      Come on! It takes a long time to write a long book! Not only have he to make sure it is realistic (the caracters choices and that kind of stuff), he also have to make sure it is interesting to read! I peronally don’t think he have had a break trying to figure out how to cuntinue the plot since he began.

  • What if the main character is Roran’s child? And this time a girl, just to change it up a little. The two women would come in, and the unnamed shadow might be hiding somewhere for years, growing stronger. And of course the new Rider and dragon would be there as well. And of course, Angela and Solembum! 😀 Can’t have a good Alagaësia book without that pair. Also, just maybe, if Eragon really has left and has married someone (Arya hopefully), the main character could go find him, and since he can’t come back and his wife might want to stay with him, their child could go and assist in the new war.

    By the way, I couldn’t help but realize how much the women reminded me of Eragon and Brom while they were traveling.

    • Brisingr

      What if Rorans daughter is the new rider?

  • What if the main character is Roran’s child? And this time a girl, just to change it up a little. The two women would come in, and the unnamed shadow might be hiding somewhere for years, growing stronger. And of course the new Rider and dragon would be there as well. And of course, Angela and Solembum! 😀 Can’t have a good Alagaësia book without that pair. Also, just maybe, if Eragon really has left and has married someone (Arya hopefully), the main character could go find him, and since he can’t come back and his wife might want to stay with him, their child could go and assist in the new war.

    By the way, I couldn’t help but realize how much the women reminded me of Eragon and Brom while they were traveling.

  • Willer Chiu

    I prefer the story of:
    1) the war between the Dragons and the Elves and the first Eragon
    2) the rise and fall of the Riders

  • Joshualoney

    More about Brom Pre I C Timeline perhaps?!

    • I thought of that. If the story is a prequel I really hope Brom is the main character. He’s absolutely amazing.

  • Hadji

    I’d like to see a brom or oromis pov book

    • Daniela

      I would love to read a book about Oromis! He’s my favourite character, along with Eragon and their dragons, of course 🙂

  • No one has mentioned this as a possibility for Book 5: The re-establishment of the Brooding Kingdom (the human kingdom for those who have forgotten) and how they deal with the unnamed shadow. I think that Nasuada will have passed away by this time and her kids or other form of successor will be ruling. I think that the mysterious women will have a large roll and Angela will be there with her quizzical prophecies.

    One thing that i can’t get out of my head is that Greenie and his rider will be large rolls as well with Eragon and Saphira being in a similar roll to Oromis and Glaedr.

    • Mr. Anonymous

      Cool idea. Btw its *role* 🙂

    • Mr. Anonymous

      Cool idea. Btw its *role* 🙂

  • Sean Coker

    i think it willl be a prequal, or more acuretly i think it should be a prequal, mabey about the rise of the riders and the war between dragons and elves? that or a story about brom

    • JohnnyBravo

      When you say ‘prequal’ don’t you mean “prequel”?

  • Scooter

    The “unamed shadow” could very well be someone from another land. Someone powerful who was afraid to show himself because of Galbatorix but with him dead he decides the time is right to show himself. What if this person knew the true name of the ancient language? That would make him a formidable opponent.

    • Syro

      Then why would he be afraid of GalbatorixÉ

    • Syro

      Then why would he be afraid of GalbatorixÉ

    • Syro

      Then why would he be afraid of GalbatorixÉ

    • Syro

      Then why would he be afraid of GalbatorixÉ

  • Revelation40

    I would LOVE to get to read a story about a rider before the fall. Many people are saying Brom, and while i agree that he would be a fun option it could be anybody. 

  • One thing not mentioned in the article is that he might also do a prequel featuring Brom, amd possibly telling the story of the fall of the Riders.

  • One thing not mentioned in the article is that he might also do a prequel featuring Brom, amd possibly telling the story of the fall of the Riders.

  • One thing not mentioned in the article is that he might also do a prequel featuring Brom, amd possibly telling the story of the fall of the Riders.

  • One thing not mentioned in the article is that he might also do a prequel featuring Brom, amd possibly telling the story of the fall of the Riders.

  • fan

    The other possibility is to be galbitorix.  That would follow the similarities in the plot line of star wars.  How the bad guy changed from rider to evil king.

  • fan

    The other possibility is to be galbitorix.  That would follow the similarities in the plot line of star wars.  How the bad guy changed from rider to evil king.

  • fan

    The other possibility is to be galbitorix.  That would follow the similarities in the plot line of star wars.  How the bad guy changed from rider to evil king.

  • fan

    I think it could be the story of Brom.  He is an enigma throughout the cycle and it would make for a fantastic story.  Another possibility would be the first Eragon, but I would throw my hand in with it being Brom

  • Anonymous

    Mike, whenever you mention Angela, the article turns into the most interesting thing ever (and i think it’s due to the fact that you love that character. nice article. commenting tomorrow cos i’ve got no time now lol)

  • Hopesy97

    I reckon… That it will be like a series 2, where Eragon and Saphira have to help create a new riders, train them, look after the lands, something to do with corruption in the new government and then important people from this new government will start disappearing… the new shadow fault you ask? Of course 😛

  • Greg

    I believe that it will be Murtagh and thorn as the new main characters

  • Skymon77

    brom!!!!!

  • Skymon77

    brom!!!!!

  • I think that the bad guy will be someone else, just not sure who or what.

  • I think that the bad guy will be someone else, just not sure who or what.

  • Swanix

    I’d like to see a prologue as well, but told from Eragon I’s perpective during the elven/dragon war. Better yet, see the war through Bid’Daum’s pov for the majority of things.

    • Denmark111

      Honestly I think it would confuse me. I don’t think it would be easy, knowing how eragon III (?) thought, to hear another with the name of Eragon think… The point is, I don’t think it will work out as well as one could imagine. I love the idea though 🙂

      • Swanix

        True now that I think about it. Still, to see the world from a dragon’s eyes seems so alluring; which was why I suggested it. (If suggested is the correct word.) The chapters told from Saphira’s perpective were may favorite.

        • Denmark111

          Yes, they were also some of my favorites. But I honestly think it will grow boring if you get enough of it.

      • Swanix

        True now that I think about it. Still, to see the world from a dragon’s eyes seems so alluring; which was why I suggested it. (If suggested is the correct word.) The chapters told from Saphira’s perpective were may favorite.

  • Swanix

    I’d like to see a prologue as well, but told from Eragon I’s perpective during the elven/dragon war. Better yet, see the war through Bid’Daum’s pov for the majority of things.

  • SS

    I think its possible that Book 5 may be a prologue; maybe about Broms adventures, how he lost his dragon, and how he met Selena or maybe a book from Gallbatorix’s point of view, and how he went from Rider to psycho king

    • PotionWillow207

      You mean a prequel?

      • SS

        Yeah, to put it briefly 😉

  • Some possible plots for ‘Biggie Book 5’ may be A) the history of Alagaesia – how the humans, elves and Urgals came to Alagaesia and the reasons. Maybe the ‘unamed shadow’ is what forced the Elves to flee their homeland, and just like the Urgals who hitched a ride with the Elves, this ‘shadow’ was a secret bunkmate and has now finally decided to reveal itself to the world and reek some havoc! And B) the book could be about the exploration of the gods. Maybe the gods were what ruled Alagaesia before (it would explain why the dwarves believe in them so fiercely), and seeing the dawn of new races (humans&elves) filtering into their lands, they decided to hightail it out of there, but now they want back in and what to reclaim their land! or C) and probably the most likely, the book will revolve around the epic question of whether a toad is a frog with warts or something else entirely?? Angela might believe she answered the riddle, but I’m still not so convinced!! Yeah, I’m banking on option C!! ~Valen

    • Denmark111

      I would love A, but I think B is unlikely. CP seems like the kind of guy who want to let us believe what we want to believe especially when it is religion that is the question. But again, I would love A 🙂

  • James Farel

    wouldnt it be cool to have the book as a prequel of Galbatorix’s rise to power, we would get to see his view on everything including how the riders were as he saw them. just thinking of how he goes from ambitious rider to the lord and master of Alagaesia is making me want to write it myself.

  • My favorite theory is one that was not disscussed above I hope the 5th book or a future book will be a prequel to the Inheritance Cycle and feature Brom as the main character, with that being said the villans would be Morzan and Galbatorix. I don’t think Broms given up all his secrets yet there is still alot of his history that we don’t know, also he is one of my favorite chacaters and the father of the main character in the Inheritance cycle.

  • My favorite theory is one that was not disscussed above I hope the 5th book or a future book will be a prequel to the Inheritance Cycle and feature Brom as the main character, with that being said the villans would be Morzan and Galbatorix. I don’t think Broms given up all his secrets yet there is still alot of his history that we don’t know, also he is one of my favorite chacaters and the father of the main character in the Inheritance cycle.

  • Some possible plots for ‘Biggie Book 5’ may be A) the history of Alagaesia – how the humans, elves and Urgals came to Alagaesia and the reasons. Maybe the ‘unamed shadow’ is what forced the Elves to flee their homeland, and just like the Urgals who hitched a ride with the Elves, this ‘shadow’ was a secret bunkmate and has now finally decided to reveal itself to the world and reek some havoc! And B) the book could be about the exploration of the gods. Maybe the gods were what ruled Alagaesia before (it would explain why the dwarves believe in them so fiercely), and seeing the dawn of new races (humans&elves) filtering into their lands, they decided to hightail it out of there, but now they want back in and what to reclaim their land! or C) and probably the most likely, the book will revolve around the epic question of whether a toad is a frog with warts or something else entirely?? Angela might believe she answered the riddle, but I’m still not so convinced!!
     
    Yeah, I’m banking on option C!!
     
    ~Valen

  • Evarinya

    I wonder if there’s a possibility that Roran and Katrina’s child is in Book 5.

  • JohnnyBravo

    I think that the main character will be Eragon’s son/daughter who has also become a rider. I think that the ‘Unnamed Shadow’ will be a shade rider, possibly Murtagh.

    • TheHeirofRavenclaw12

      That’s what I’m saying. Maybe it’s a second generation. Kinda cheesy, in my opiinion, but still kinda cool.

  • Guest

    I think it would be cool if he wrote a prequel of downfall of the riders but he would have to write galby as the main character and it might make him seem less evil so it won’t work

    • Denmark111

      Why wouldn’t it work when Galby seems less evil? Wouldn’t that make it more realistic? As Oromis said, is it unlikely that any person does anything he/she believes is evil. They find it good from their point of view.

      • Guest

        yeah but we only know him as evil and it would cause us too like him(maybe) which would be conflicting thoughts and doesn’t that make us geniuses?

        • Denmark111

          I’m not sure I follow. Isn’t conflicting thoughts one of the good parts of realistic literature? Like you can’t get good, without also getting something bad. Like liberalism contra socialism.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            I totally agree with you about your literary arguments – the best stories are able to effectively represent conflicitng points of view. However, I must admit to disagreeing with your interpretation of politics: liberalism contra socialism made me laugh – in my eyes, to be socialist is to be liberal. At least, that’s what recent British history seems to indicate.

          • AvaAnnaZ

            I totally agree with you about your literary arguments – the best stories are able to effectively represent conflicitng points of view. However, I must admit to disagreeing with your interpretation of politics: liberalism contra socialism made me laugh – in my eyes, to be socialist is to be liberal. At least, that’s what recent British history seems to indicate.

        • Mr. Anonymous

          ??

  • Cody

    I think he will write a prequel for us, and explain how the thief ______ who broke into Galbatorix’s treasury was only able to steal one egg instead of all three. 

    • Denmark111

      I do hope (please please please please!) that it is explained in book 4.

  • Cj1798

    i think that a book 5 would be a prequal to the cycle. It would follow  Brom, Morzan ,Oromis and other riders right before the foresworn were formed.

    • Kiera

      Me too! I was surprised it wasn’t mentioned! Though I guess the theory about following the two traveling women is good too, I still like Brom’s story.

    • Kiera

      Me too! I was surprised it wasn’t mentioned! Though I guess the theory about following the two traveling women is good too, I still like Brom’s story.

    • speedsk8

      I like the prequel idea as well, but how about a prequel with Angela in it? She’s a very mysterious character and a fan favorite. the book could be about her apprenticeship to Tenga, how she met Solembum, when she visited the varden first, how she managed to get to Ellesmera (and why she needed a diffrent name there) etc. other than the vault of souls, there is nothing in the Eragon universe we know less about. it would make a very interesting read.

      • Fairth

        I think that that would make a good (even great) story, but I’m not sure if I want to find out too much about Angela.  In my experience, the best stories don’t answer all the questions and resolve all the mysteries that the reader yearns to know because, if you did, it would take away everything that makes you keep thinking about the story and trying to figure it out.  Also, it’s kind of like something that you think is really cool (maybe playing an instrument or some other interesting skill) until you learn how to do it, and find that what was so cool is no longer worth your notice.
        In short, it takes away the magic of not knowing.

      • AvaAnnaZ

        I like the idea of an Angela prequel too but given that Angela only became a major character due to her popularity with fans, I have doubts as to whether CP has a proper history formed for her. Her story may not be as rich as, say, Brom’s.

  • Macs_bunch

    Book five would be great in it’s own regard.  We already know some major characters.  If Orik doesn’t die in book four, then he will probably still be king of the dwarves, and could potentially make an apperance.  The same could be said for Izlanzadi, but I expect it more likely she’ll die in the last book.  Angela….oh….oh….this could get exciting!!!

    Mike.  If you have any mega pull with Christopher the fans (me especially) would love a book on the life of Brom.  Even knowing his backstory, it would still be mega awsome to experience his feats firsthand.  Start with his journey to Morzan’s castle making him a mysterious character, and end the book just as he enters Carvahal and sets up to watch over Eragon as a baby leaving the hint that the story is unfinished.  That would be so…so awsome.  Can’t say enough of the awsomeness of Brom!

    • Guest

      I like the Brom idea would be awesome

    • Denmark111

      Honestly, I disagree with you. I don’t think it would be so exciting to hear about Brom, when we already knows so much about him. It would just be like… We already knows bits of the timeline (as you pointed out), and I… Welll… I just doubt it would be so interesting. I would love to get some more facts in book 4 hovever :).

      • Macs_bunch

        I agree that we know his story, but I’ve read dozens of books that had a worse plot, and we haven’t seen anything from Brom’s point of view.  I would like to see how Christopher would write Brom’s thought process, and how he views the world around him.  How much he lingers on his emotional hatred towards morzan, and how much he bleeds for his lost Saphira.  You’ve got some major emotional drama.  Selena adds the love aspect (another point of view that would be interesting).  You could even glimpse Murtagh as a young child since he is a couple of years older than Eragon.  Arya as a child,  Orik….and….Angela.  With the way that Christophers writing had matured it would be a stand alone book even for the readers who are intimate with the series.  I would read it with the same favor I do the inheritance cycle.

        • Denmark111

          I see your point, and I agree, but I would rather(with rather underlined and italic) have something about something we heard less about.

    • Denmark111

      Honestly, I disagree with you. I don’t think it would be so exciting to hear about Brom, when we already knows so much about him. It would just be like… We already knows bits of the timeline (as you pointed out), and I… Welll… I just doubt it would be so interesting. I would love to get some more facts in book 4 hovever :).

    • AvaAnnaZ

      I agree that a Brom prequel would be totally wicked. However, a small possible correction: Islanzadi doesn’t die in the fourth book and she is still alive in Eragon’s Guide to Alagaesia, I think.

  • weetniks

    what about a prequel? maybe about eragon 1 and the elves war with the dragons and how he found his dragon. 
    a whole book with Angela as a main character seems a bit to much for my taste, i doubt that will happen. Maybe a prequel with brom, when he got chosen to become a dragon rider up to the birth of eragon. 

  • Anonymous

    I would love to read about murtagh after galby, i think he is a complex character with a difficult past and future, i think it would make a great book. i would also love to see a prequel with brom and morzan growing up and the betrayal to the riders 

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