Christopher Brings Fans Up to Speed in Latest Newsletter Detailing Tours, Signings, and Happenings!

It’s been a while since we last heard from Christopher in long-form on his newsletter (Alagaesia News). Sure, we’ve heard lots of updates for new announcements and tour stops, but it’s been a while since Christopher has had the time to sit down and update us on the latest happenings in the world of Inheritance. Judging from the length and content of his newsletter, we’d say he’s been busy!

Christopher’s latest newsletter discusses finishing Inheritance, books after Inheritance, Book Expo America, meeting Tyra Banks, and his UK book tour! We’ve also included a video of Christopher addressing fans from the London Eye, which he mentions in the newsletter. You can read the newsletter in full after the jump!

Christopher Paolini’s latest Alagaesia News newsletter:

Kvetha Fricaya. Greetings, Friends.

Wow! A lot has happened this year! Most importantly, the book—and the Inheritance cycle—is finished. I couldn’t be happier. And in a few short weeks, you’ll get to read the conclusion for yourselves.

I can’t tell you what finishing this project means to me. It would take a book as long as Inheritance itself in order to sum up my feelings with regard to the series—and Inheritance is no small book. As many of you know, I’ve been working on this series since 1998, and the initial idea even goes back to the year before. I’ve spent nearly every single day of my life since either writing on, thinking about, or discussing these books. And now they’re done. Over. Finished. Finito. No more.

The actual writing of Inheritance was every bit as scary, exciting, and soul wrenching as I expected. Despite the fact that I’ve already published three books (four if you count Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia), I’ve never actually ended a story before. Not properly. Doing so was a unique experience. When I wrote the last scene, I felt this wave of heat rush through me, and I found myself shaking as if with a fever. I didn’t cry. I didn’t wail. The moment was beyond that. Thirteen years of work and emotion brought to a head. And saying goodbye to the world and the characters wasn’t easy. I still find myself thinking about Eragon and Saphira and the other characters and wondering, What if . . . Funnily enough, it seemed as if nature itself was bound up in the completion of the book. I was in New York City for the last week of editing, and during that time, the city experienced both an earthquake and a hurricane.

As my editor, Michelle, said, “You have to finish this book, before any more natural disasters occur.”

So finish it I did.

Is it good? I think so, but then I’m biased. It’s certainly intense. And as I said above, long. I thought for sure that Inheritance was going to end up somewhere between Brisingr and Eldest with regard to length. Shows what I know. Overall, though, I’m very proud of the book, and I can’t wait for readers to get a crack at it. My greatest hope is that fans will feel that I did justice to the world and the characters, and that I sent them off in a proper fashion. (Make sure to look in the acknowledgments, by the way, for a few extra words on Angela the Herbalist.)

The completion of the Inheritance cycle is a huge shift for me, both personally and professionally. Even if I live to be a hundred or more, I won’t get too many thirteen-year chunks. And I doubt I’ll spend another of them working on just one story. It’s possible that I will return to Alagaësia at some time in the future (I’ve laid the groundwork for that in both Brisingr and Inheritance), but it won’t be for some time to come. First, I want to try my hand at many of the different stories that have been bouncing around in my head for the past ten years.

Aside from the writing, I’ve had a few other notable experiences this year. I got to attend BookExpo America in New York City, which was especially awesome because Random House hosted an event for their authors on the Intrepid, a retired aircraft carrier. Very cool. I also went to the San Diego Comic-Con again, which as always, is geek paradise. There I was fortunate enough to be on a panel with George R. R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Kevin J. Anderson, Peter Orullian, and K. J. Taylor. I thought I wrote big books, but Martin, Sanderson, and Rothfuss make me feel like a piker. I also got to ride on a mechanical bull during a Random House party that evening. (Yes, there’s footage. No, I won’t be sharing it with you.)

On the flight to Comic-Con, my sister and I bumped into the crew from American Chopper, the Discovery channel show. (We were also on the same flight with Peter Dinklage, which was cool.) American Chopper made an Eragon bike based on the movie, but I’d never gotten a chance to meet the guys from the show before, so it was nice to shake their hands and chat for a few minutes. They were very polite and much quieter than you’d expect.

Let me see, what else? I bumped into Tyra Banks a few times in New York, once at BookExpo and once at the Random House building. She had a young adult book, Modelland, come out this September. She was very charming, very tall, and she signed a book to me with one of the funniest dedications I’ve ever seen. The word auteur was used somewhere. I’ve yet to read the book myself, but my mom did, and she compared it to a cross between Roald Dahl and The Wizard of Oz. I don’t know whether to be encouraged or frightened by the prospect, but I’m certainly intrigued.

More recently, I met with Jake, the young man who won the Inheritance cycle video contest way back in December of 2010. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to meet with him until the book was finished, but when he was finally able to come out to Montana, we had a great time hanging out together by the base of the Beartooth Mountains. I was impressed; he had a list of detailed questions written up for me, questions that would have stumped anyone other than the author, I think. Congratulations again to Jake on winning the contest!

A few weeks ago, I returned from England where I went on a weeklong pre-release book tour. I hadn’t been to England or the U.K. since 2007 (when the movie version of Eragon premiered at the Odeon theater in London), so this was a real treat for me.

One of my events was at the Forbidden Planet bookstore in London. Among the people who attended was a young man who had flown all the way from the Canary Islands to get his books signed. He also gave me a rather impressive origami dragon that I now have atop a bookcase in my office.

Two different fans gave me paintings of Arya, both of which I really like. It’s fun for me to see the different ways that readers view my characters.

The following morning, I got to film some material for Random House while in the London Eye (the huge Ferris wheel). Fortunately, the weather was warm and clear, and I had an awesome view over the whole of the city! It was definitely a highlight (ha!) of my time there.

From London, I went to Manchester (fun train ride) where I did another presentation at Waterstone’s Deangate. Then back to London, and from London to Bath, which was surprisingly hot. Now, when I do my presentations, I often tell the story of how I once—while promoting the self-published edition of Eragon—arm-wrestled a man in order to convince him to buy a copy. Well . . . during my signing at Bath, a young man (maybe in his early twenties) came up and challenged me to arm-wrestle him as well. Even though it was in the middle of a signing, I cleared off the table, and he and I squared off with each other. I was a bit worried about the outcome, as he was taller than me and fairly well built. Fortunately though, I managed to get the upper hand—literally. I believe the exact phrase he used was “freakishly strong for an author,” which left me feeling rather smug. However, dear readers, please don’t take this as an invitation to challenge me to arm-wrestle at every one of my signings. The events will take far too long otherwise.

After Bath, it was off to my last event, which was FantasyCon in Brighton. There, I got to meet several fellow authors (including Joe Abercrombie, whose books I’ve been reading for a while now), and I had a lovely panel event, followed by a signing.

Overall, I had a wonderful trip. It was fun to be able to visit England, meet with some of my fans, and for the first time, to read an excerpt from the finished version of Inheritance. Hopefully, it won’t be another four years before I’ll be able to hop back over the pond to visit.

And now, it’s almost time for the book tour. It’s going to be an amazing experience, I’m sure, and I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible and hearing what you think of the end of the series.

Atra esterní ono thelduin,

Christopher Paolini

Check out the above-mentioned video of Christopher riding the London Eye during his recent UK book tour:

  • Charleslmcc

    I just got back from Philladelphia from the book signing. I challenged christopher to an arm wrestleing match and lost. it was fun tho.

  • Melissa

    Which Canadian cities is Christopher going to be visiting?

  • Sallystar6of7

    i wonder if the paintings were on slate, like eragon’s fairth, that would be rad.

  • The Doctor

    Disappointed he’s coming to Bozeman last in his trip. We live like… 40 minutes away! Seems like he should pay a visit to his neighboring towns first instead of the huge cities. :’C

  • Trees_dont_bark

    Did he say something about another excerpt?????

    • Trees_dont_bark

      don’t worry about it, hehe, just read the comments below 🙂

  • Allison H.

    He is either gay or fucking his sister. Probably both.

  • Allison H.


  • Krystalklear0018


  • This man is SO similar to Eragon, I think this is the closest we’re gonna come to meet the Dragon Rider. Reading his letters still feels like reading Eragon’s perspective.

  • Arrétay

    This is what allways happens to me when an author ends an awesome book series:
    First: I want them to have someone draw, or them draw, the characters the way the see them. That would be cool. Sure it’s fun to see them the way be picture them, but I’d like to see them the way the author does.Second: I want them to right one more book that tells what’s happened to the characters, or something like that.Anyway, I’m so excited for this new book! Only ten more days! And it’ll only get closer. This rocks!

    • Elena Shadeslayer

      yes, i really want him to draw those pictures….. 

      • Arrétay

        It’d be an interesting thing to suggest to him when I see him on tour.

  • Razorshadeslayer

    this is the first book i have ever pre ordered and i was wondering about how long will it take to reach my house ounce it comes out

    • Colonel Graff

      Depends on where you pre-order it from. They usually come on the same day the book is released (occasionally they even come the day before)

      • Arya<3

        REALLY? Don’t they come after the book is out? Aren’s they shipped on the day it comes out? So it would be there maybe two days after.. Idk I’ve never bought a book, but if thats the case I will ship it

        • Blackthornrose

          i think it depends on the company you buy it from. i’ve never pre-ordered before though. I didn’t have a chance to pre-order Inheritance, so I will either be ordering it in a few days when it comes out, or I will be heading to my nearest book store (which at the moment is almost an hour away, until that new one opens where Borders closed). Either way, SO cannot wait  to read Inheritance!!

  • Arya Dröttningu

    hahaha, I think this well build guy was pretty good surprised when Christopher won the arm wrestle…
    I really expect Paolini to come to South America… I have lots of friends that want to meet him… and I want to meet him too

  • cheeeeeese

    Waterstones Deansgate* haha

  • Aaag

    Was it a new excerpt???????

  • Harrygray7

    Brill newsletter, i saw the arm wrestle, was soooo funny lol, that guy was well shocked hahaha!!!

  • Arya<3

    Wheres his excerpt?

    • Matt S

      I was just thinking that too…

    • He’s referencing the same excerpt he released in May (featuring the wall falling on Roran).

      • Anonymous

        Where’s part 2 of the inteview? Last I heard you promised it would be out by the end of last week, is Random house saving it for closer to release? Also, has part 19 been recorded yet?

        • The Green dragon

          actually i think that the interview is going to be released along with the book, either in print or here on the website.

  • The Green dragon

    Soooooo close to first! But oh well. It so cool to see what he has been through and what he got to do from just writing a book when he was 15.

  • Belgarion

    I’m not afraid, not afraid
    to make my stand, to make my stand
    everybody, everybody
    defend this land, defend your land
    We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
    whatever happens, we’ll go to war
    I’ll be with you in the battle

    (a geek spoof of Eminem’s “Not Afraid”)

    • That is awesome! Someone who is more musically inclined than I should acutally write the whole song and then post it on YouTube

    • D

      I’m not a Shade, not a Shade,
      so take my hand, take my hand,
      Dragon riders, Dragon riders,
      will roam this land, roam this land,
      through the day, through the night,
      we are never out of sight,
      I’ll put my sword, my flaming sword,
      through Galbatorix, the Dark Lord!

      (MY geek spoof of Eminem’s ” Not Afraid)

  • Guest

    Can’t wait!