Eragon is back!
Today, Christopher Paolini has announced his return to Alagaësia! The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm – Tales from Alagaësia (Volume 1: Eragon) is the author’s first foray into the world of Alagaësia since the release of Inheritance in 2011. And boy is it one heck of a return!
The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm is a collection of three short stories interspersed with scenes from Eragon’s own adventures set to be released on December 31st, 2018:
A wanderer and a cursed child. Spells and magic. And dragons, of course. Welcome back to the world of Alagaësia.
It’s been a year since Eragon departed Alagaësia in search of the perfect home to train a new generation of Dragon Riders. Now he is struggling with an endless sea of tasks: constructing a vast dragonhold, wrangling with suppliers, guarding dragon eggs, and dealing with belligerent Urgals and haughty elves. Then a vision from the Eldunarí, unexpected visitors, and an exciting Urgal legend offer a much-needed distraction and a new perspective.
This volume features three original stories set in Alagaësia, interspersed with scenes from Eragon’s own unfolding adventure. Included is an excerpt from the memoir of the unforgettable witch and fortune-teller Angela the herbalist… penned by Angela Paolini, the inspiration for the character, herself!
This is no small book – available in hardcover, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm is 288 pages long, a little over half the length of Eragon.
The back of the book contains a cryptic-but-revealing hint at what’s found inside the new book:
In addition to the short stories and narration from Eragon, Christopher has created four incredible pieces of original artwork found within the book – an illustration to accompany each story as well as a new map! John Jude Palencar, the longtime Inheritance Cycle cover illustrator, returned to create the stunning cover artwork.