“The Inheritance Cycle Book Club, Episode Nine” Has Officially Arrived! Listen Now!

The Inheritance Cycle Book Club is a podcast-styled read-through of Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr aimed at refreshing fans and entertaining new readers as we venture toward the release of Inheritance. Each of the twenty episodes will discuss set portions of the books, in order, and will tackle the events of each reading, theories arising from the reading, and more. Join us for our adventure through the series!

Episode nine of Shurtugal.com’s Inheritance Cycle Book Club Podcast has finally arrived! Our ninth episode tackles the fourth set of chapters from Eldest, discussing the important events of this week’s set of reading. In our third longest episode, debate centers around Nasuada (as always) and her intentions! Join us as we discuss how everybody loves Vanir(!), Oromis is teaching Eragon faster than a normal rider, and Eragon’s BACK-ATTACKS are getting worse, Rhunon is old, and more! Plus we tackle a few theories related to this section in our spoiler section at the end of the podcast. Be sure to read along as we read through all three books over the next twenty weeks!

Don’t forget that we’ve “hidden” a secret word in each episode of the Book Club. Collect all twenty words for a shot at an incredible grand prize, as well as many more runners-up prizes to be revealed in the coming weeks! Additionally, this week’s episode contains a way for fans to win a set of Eragon, Eldest, and Brisingr signed by Christopher Paolini!

Shurtugal.com Presents: The Inheritance Cycle Book Club, Episode Nine:

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Brief Outline for “Shurtugal.com Presents: The Inheritance Cycle Book Club, Episode Nine”:

  • Introduction! Your hosts are Mike Macauley (Shur’tugal, Lytherus, The Inheritance Almanac), Lauren Zurchin (Lytherus.com), and Chris Addison
  • Only one single Doctor Who mention this week. Don’t be too disappointed, folks!
  • A bit of some insider advertising never hurts: Lytherus.com and The Inheritance Almanac yet again
  • We jump into the book, discussing this section’s key events, including: meeting Rhunon, we “meet” the Menoa Tree, BACK-ATTACKS[!], Eragon’s formal training continues, Blood-oath Celebration coming soon, Nasuada’s point of view, Elva is…odd, and more
  • Hosts discuss their favorite parts of this week’s reading!
  • Hosts discuss some observations from this reading — facts to keep in mind going forward
  • Elva is odd. Really odd. Creepy, even.
  • We reveal this week’s “sweepstakes word”… you’ll have to listen to hear it!
  • Another episode this week (Sunday)!
  • We want your feedback!
  • The spoiler-free portion of the show ends with a spoiler warning as we begin to discuss our spoiler-ridden theories!
  • End of episode nine!

Episode Ten of the Inheritance Book Club will release on August 28th (barring any Hurricane issues)! This week’s reading is “The Obliterator” through “Teirm”! Stop when you reach “Jeod Longshanks”!

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  • XxxX

    Did you ever consider trying to get Michelle (christopher’s editor on the show) mike..her perspectove would be interesting

  • XxxX

    So what are these personal stories, eh, Lauren

  • Guest123

    I’m glad you guys explained the editing process a little.  I was kinda surprised last week when Lauren found that reference in the book and Chris found that interview so fast.  Good to know you aren’t ninjas in disguise. 

    • I really did find the interview extremely quickly.  I usually pick the questions for them, and kinda remember when they were asked, so it was pretty easy. 😛

  • Irock13198

    I WANT 10!

  • kdawg

    where is the paulini interview from comic con? It was held weeks ago

  • EternalShade

    I actually like it when you guys leave out the Doctor Who bits. I just skip them anyways.

    • Irock13198

      docter who is awesome!

    • I want to dislike this comment 😉

  • Matt127

    I think alot of times, Nasuada acts like King Theoden of Rohan in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, where he, like Nasuada is a good leader, but he has issues with pride and is ignorant sometimes.

  • EternalShade

    Where’s Chris? And also where is the interview? Sorry i dont know where im supposed to ask this, i just have to know.

    • Coasterking

      its a fair set of questions cause it was supose to be last week but then nothing and they keep saying soon but whats soon? I think it does not even exist

    • Coasterking

      its a fair set of questions cause it was supose to be last week but then nothing and they keep saying soon but whats soon? I think it does not even exist

  • hoke

    Is it possible that Galbatorix’s home Inzelbeth, the “lost province” that Brom speaks of, is the burning plains? The burning pains were created after a great battle between the forsworn and the riders, so that would expain why they are “no more”. It also seems fitting that the battle would be fought on Galbys former home. I think that he had relatives near the present day surda and that is why he let surda escape his cutches. he could even be related to their royalty like King Orrin

  • Coasterking

    anyone know where u can find the original publication of eragon?
     

  • Anonymous

    not to be rude, but i thought the interview was supposed to come “early this week”

    • Coasterking

      there is 2 this week one tonight

  • AvaAnnaZ

    I hope that the background noise doesn’t become a permanent substitute for Chris!

  • Yelloafads

    isnt the guardian to ellesmera older than rhunon?

    • Matt

      Think so

      • Emily Sasaki

        Well, remember, she’s made every rider sword, staff and spear since their beginning. So I would think they are roughly the same age.

  • Chris P.

    galbatorix is a shade and the new galby made shruikan into a shade..

    • newbie :P

      I have been thinking the same thing, maybe when his dragon died he went mad with revenge like Durza, summoned the spirits, got possessed and has been doing evil things ever since 

  • Anonymous

    BTW Lauren, I agree with YOU. Nasuada’s fears are completely valid. If I knew someone I don’t like could kill me with a word, I would be terrified and would think magic would be something to fight against. Also, I don’t agree with all of Nasuada’s decisions, but I don’t quite hate her as much as you do, Mike, because she is such a good leader and usually makes the best decisions possible in the situations she is presented with. Keep in mind she is 19 years old and running an army, and successfully!

  • Anonymous

    This will sound weird, but King Orrin is EXACTLY like the Earth King in Avatar: The Last Airbender!

  • Anonymous

    This will sound weird, but King Orrin is EXACTLY like the Earth King in Avatar: The Last Airbender!

    • Dengar

      I don’t really think so, the earth king is kinda more foolish.  He was a puppet and didn’t even realize it.  Hes got his weird bear and all, but i don’t think hes Exactly like King Orrin.

    • Wyattstensland

      If only King Orrin had a pet bear…

    • BlueBiscuit

      I’ve noticed slot of avatar similarities.

      I’m waiting for the end fight galby to break his own magic with the use of the true name of the AL

      kinda similar to the final fight between Aang and king fire dude. But with enough of a twist that it’s kinda like Orrin and the earth kings similarities

  • DragonsAreAwesome

    Did I miss something or did they never mention a way to win a set of the books in this episode as it says in the introduction paragraph?

    • Olivia

      They were going to, but I think they said they were running low on time…

    • Olivia

      They were going to, but I think they said they were running low on time…

    • Olivia

      They were going to, but I think they said they were running low on time…

    • Olivia

      They were going to, but I think they said they were running low on time…

  • Theorizing that The Vault of Souls MAYBE a place where the souls of the *unslaved* dead , i.e. spirits not in control by Shades or Galby, go for enternal peace or whatever, it might be possible that we get to meet the spirit of Fäolin (and others) and hopefully bring some closure for Arya and then in turn allow her to open up and admit her feelings for Eragon. I personally do believe that Arya has feelings for him, because for a character who is so rigid, for a lack of a better term, she quite often does show a very ‘loving’ side with Eragon that she doesn’t really show to anyone else. (basically, I just want Arya and Eragon to get together!) So if The Vault of Souls is an actual place/realm of existence then maybe that could also be the place where Eragon is prophesied to leave to and never return. *theory not likely, but kinda, sorta possible….?? eh, no*
     
    Peace and Gravy,
     
    ~V

  • Michaelfan13

    Chris, when are you guys going to have christopher on here????????

  • I guess if Roran is the next rider, his weapon will be a hammer?! Probably named Smasher or Bloody Bludger or something… %~)

  • guest

    idk about you guys but i’ve kinda given up on that interview with christopher..

    • Well…we have it….I’ve read it…it’s good…yeeeah

      • Cool! Can’t wait to be able to read it for myself!

        • EternalShade

          lol nice account picture

        • EternalShade

          lol nice account picture

        • EternalShade

          lol nice account picture

        • EternalShade

          lol nice account picture

    • Well…we have it….I’ve read it…it’s good…yeeeah

  • Sara Francis

    Whattime zone are you in?

    • Well, they all are on the east coast, so I would assume that they are in the eastern time zone

  • Sara Francis

    Arya may be a kick butt Elf, but she’s a lady, too. Girls don’t constantly think about how other people are going to respond to their actions. And when Eragon reacts like that, it may make her angry at herself too. And you know when your angry at anything it usually lashes out at anyone your around.

  • War Rider

    You guys want good theories yet you want it to go to previous chapters or what is currently being discussed? I honestly didn’t really find anything to theorize while Eragon was in Ellesmera in Eldest. I really don’t expect many theories until later on. Just saying, understand completely why you want theories on things that are currently being read or have been read, keep at it. Just don’t be surprised.

  • My advice would be to record the podcast in a soundproof room 😛

    • We all have one of those

      • Macs_bunch

        Sure you do, just don’t flush while you’re in there.

      • Macs_bunch

        Sure you do, just don’t flush while you’re in there.

    • Emily Sasaki

      They are doing this over the web, like skype because they all live in different parts of the country. So they would ALL have to have a soundproof room which is illogical.

  • Jordantrogers

    hey has anyone seen that video of that girl critisising christopher and saying that he plagerized everything?

  • Nylorac2009

    This is really kind of a question rather then a theory, but I was wondering. The book Eragon takes place over about 6 months and Brisingr is about a month roughly. But what amount of time does the book Eldest take place over? Because Galby has meddled with the growth of Thorn I cannot guess that he is 6 months old.

    • Matt

      By the time Eragon is journeying to Ellesmerea Saphira is just over 8 months old (Eragon says so). Trianna also make the comment at the end of Eldest that Eragon has been using magic for less than two years. I don’t think C.P. would have written it saying “less than two years” if it wasn’t just under. I think by the end of Brisingr it’s probably been about a year and a half to two years since Saphira hatched.

      • Nylorac2009

        Thank you very much. When rereading Eldest I never caught how much time had passed.

      • Nylorac2009

        Thank you very much. When rereading Eldest I never caught how much time had passed.

  • Jubiegal320

    you used my comments! yay!:)

    • Dengar (Ben F.)

      They used mine too!!! XD

  • Fairth

    Something else I wanted to mention.

    Waking up at the right time might not be as hard as you think.  I know that if there’s something must be up for the next day, and I’m thinking about when I go to sleep, I usually end-up waking up about twenty minutes before my alarm clock goes off.

    Also, the elves don’t exactly sleep, so waking up at the right time isn’t exactly a problem for them.

  • Ethiwen

    About the basket-thingy and Eragons blushing.
     I think he is just embarrased by the situation. Just before, after a moment of silence, he comments that she seems feel good about being home again and she just gives him an quite short simple answer, just when it becomes silent again. Guess he was just a little unsecure what to do and say next and felt kinda stupid and embarrased.

    You know, the way you feel when you try to break the silence and the other person just doesn’t seem to care less. XD

  • Anonymous

    Is anyone else angry that no limits didn’t win?

    • Anonymous

      I like how I randomly know what you’re talking about.

    • Supremeboes

      yes, they were so awesome and inspirational but I would rather the gypsies win than fab 3

  • Anonymous

    Where do you guys do the podcast?

    • We record via Skype. Each of us are from different areas — I’m from MA, Lauren is from PA, and Chris is from some hick state.

      • Anonymous

        Really? You guys must have great connection cus the sound is great. What state does Chris live in?

        • Some hick state. Don’t you read? 😉

          • Anonymous

            Yes i read but i want to knw which because i live in a hick state, but im not a hick cus i was rasied in NY.

        • Scruffs

          Arkansas

          • Anonymous

            And that is not south at all.

      • Anonymous

        Really? You guys must have great connection cus the sound is great. What state does Chris live in?

      • Anonymous

        Really? You guys must have great connection cus the sound is great. What state does Chris live in?

      • Supremeboes

        Hey I am proud to be a hick and y’all are just jealous!

  • Guest

    I’m surprised that they didn’t have more Dr. Who without Chris to protect the Inheritance fans

  • Guest

    I’m surprised that they didn’t have more Dr. Who without Chris to protect the Inheritance fans

  • Guest

    I’m surprised that they didn’t have more Dr. Who without Chris to protect the Inheritance fans

    • Even with Chris on, does that really stop us?

      • Guest

        No not really.

  • Penguin

    Probably my favourite thing about this part of the book is when Eragon tries to hit Oromis with the water sphere, but Ormis makes it hit Eragon instead, knocking him over. I like it because of the way that Oromis acted all innocent and asked Eragon what he was doing lying on the floor when there was work to be done, because it showed that Oromis had a sense of humor.

    I also liked the lace thing, but I thought that it was stupid of the Varden to sell the lace within Surda as well as the Empire, because as Orrin points out, the lace is actually damaging the Surdan economy, and damaging your allies’ economy in a war is not a good idea.

    I also think that the other characters treat Orrin in a very condescending manner, especially Nasuada, even though Orrin often does make good points. It doesn’t really make sense that she can treat him like this, because even though the book portrays them as “equals”, I wouldn’t normally think that Kings and rebel leaders are of equal rank, especially when the King in question is sponsoring the rebel leader’s war effort. I guess Nasuada gets away with it because she has a much more assertive personality than Orrin does.

  • Mhasson45

    UpDate the rss feed!!!!

  • ItsEminem

    We should drop an atom bomb, or 2, on Ellesméra to give the elves a challenge. Lol

    • Anonymous

      Elves would win.

      • ItsEminem

        For some reason I highly doubt that. One bomb and they are all dead. Do you know what an Atom Bomb is?

        • Fairth

          The only problem with that is that the bomb first must hit before its power is unleashed.  Ellesmera is protected by countless wards and an ancient elf is actively protecting it.  I highly doubt that any bomb would make it to the ground.
          Although, assuming that it did, I imagine that the Menoa tree could protect much of the forest, and any elves not caught in the initial explosion could protect themselves from the radiation long enough to get safely away.  After that, the effect would similar to smashing a beehive.

          • ItsEminem

            Not with todays tech. The only Atom bombs used in history were the WW2 ones, I am sure you have seen how big the explosion is from them. The bombs of today are thousands of times stronger, the elves wards would never hold against the explosion. Also the elves cannot ward against radiation for two reasons: one they do not know what it is, they only have basic knowledge of the atom, also the radation would kill instantly within a 2 mile radius, the trees would be flat lined aswell. Anyway we have guns to mop up after words, not to mention laser guided bombs and artillery. Come on man stand up for your own race! Lol. An attack would sure bring the elves arrogance down a few notches, if they were real that is…

          • Fairth

            OK, I’ll give you that.  If we could take down the entire race in less than a week, we would win; but elves are smart, if we gave them more than that, we might be out of luck.

          • ItsEminem

            Good we are agreed, it should be easy to kill them within a week because the elven population is small. Ok now that the planning is done we just need to find some elves… You look under that petal and I’ll look over here. Lol. 

          • ItsEminem

            Not with todays tech. The only Atom bombs used in history were the WW2 ones, I am sure you have seen how big the explosion is from them. The bombs of today are thousands of times stronger, the elves wards would never hold against the explosion. Also the elves cannot ward against radiation for two reasons: one they do not know what it is, they only have basic knowledge of the atom, also the radation would kill instantly within a 2 mile radius, the trees would be flat lined aswell. Anyway we have guns to mop up after words, not to mention laser guided bombs and artillery. Come on man stand up for your own race! Lol. An attack would sure bring the elves arrogance down a few notches, if they were real that is…

  • ItsEminem

    Yeah I have always seen the elves as very lazy and pretty much useless outside of a straight fight. Too arrogant, kinda, sorta. 

  • Fairth

    I admit that I do understand the fear Nasuada has over magic users.  Honestly, if I were Eragon and knew what he knew about magic, the thought that the world might be better-off without magic would have crossed my mind.  Think about it.  In war, if you can kill one magic user that’s protecting part of the army, then you can kill more people in a few seconds than a catapult (one of the more devastating weapons of the day).

    On the other hand, one only needs watch the tv series Merlin (a series on the sifi channel) to see what an honest fear of magic users can do.

    I will say that I like Nasuada as a character, but I also dislike (and disagree with) a lot of that she does; so the scene where King Orrin puts her in her place and gives her sound advice is one of my favorites.  Orrin is one of my favorite minor character.

    As for Vanir, I do like him as a character.  I still dislike him as I read through that part and am happy when he gets put in has place eventually, But I love what he brings out in Eragon.  When nobody, and none of his values, can keep him (Eragon) fighting through his back attacks; it’s Vanir and the desire to “prove that scum wrong” (my thought, not sure if Eragon thinks it) that keeps Eragon going strong.
    Another reason I like Vanir is that his motivation is his feelings of hurt that someone who (at the time was) utterly unable to be the dragon rider that they needed.  His misguided actions ultimately came from a very understandable emotion, you just have to put yourself in his shoes.

    • Ethiwen

      I also started to think of Merlin when they talked about Nasuada and her dislike towards magic. 🙂

  • I believe it’s pronounced “VAN-ur” (according to the audio book). For once Mike I’ve found a character who we both hate. And I’m NOT defending him, but you have to admit he’s young and the most known human to him is probably Galbatorix. With an example like that he may just be acting out of fear.

    But he’s still an arrogant jerk that no one likes -.-

  • Anonymous

    …basket weaving IS hot.  Or isn’t it…? Perhaps Eragon has a basket fetish?

  • Anonymous

    …basket weaving IS hot.  Or isn’t it…? Perhaps Eragon has a basket fetish?

    • Anonymous

      Seriously….the mind of a 16 (17?) year old boy. EVERYTHING is errotic, particularly when he is sitting next to an attractive woman he has an insane crush on. Logic does not enter into it XD

      • Haha exactly, seeing a sexy elf princess weaving a basket would set me on fire =)

    • LOL. I feel like I’m the only one who doesn’t think it’s weird how Eragon gets randomly attracted to her. I mean it’s a very normal reaction for a teenage boy, I never get why everyone is so… disturbed(?) by it.

    • ItsEminem

      I don’t think Eragon found the basket-weaving hot, I think it was something to do with the moonlight shining onto her face.

    • Mmm…baskets…

  • firesword

    i would like to mention that nasuada shows that she is smart by the lace thing so that proves that she is intelligent. The only reason that they are in this war is that they have a leader that has abused magic. so from her point of view i am with her on her oppinion thatmagic needs to be controled. and i sould like to mention that she said controll not destroy magic users.

  • firesword

    i would like to mention that nasuada shows that she is smart by the lace thing so that proves that she is intelligent. The only reason that they are in this war is that they have a leader that has abused magic. so from her point of view i am with her on her oppinion thatmagic needs to be controled. and i sould like to mention that she said controll not destroy magic users.

  • firesword

    i would like to mention that nasuada shows that she is smart by the lace thing so that proves that she is intelligent. The only reason that they are in this war is that they have a leader that has abused magic. so from her point of view i am with her on her oppinion thatmagic needs to be controled. and i sould like to mention that she said controll not destroy magic users.

  • firesword

    i would like to mention that nasuada shows that she is smart by the lace thing so that proves that she is intelligent. The only reason that they are in this war is that they have a leader that has abused magic. so from her point of view i am with her on her oppinion thatmagic needs to be controled. and i sould like to mention that she said controll not destroy magic users.

  • Irock13198

    i wanted to be first 🙁

  • Worst episode by far…