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book-5-ideasOne thing is for certain: some day, we’ll see Book 5. This fifth book, the first in a standalone series Christopher has had planned for years, will feature old and new characters and will take place after the events of Inheritance.

Christopher let us know that he’s woven multiple plot threads throughout the Inheritance Cycle that will lead to and potentially be resolved in Book 5. It’s also highly likely that the mysterious characters Wolf-Eyes and Bladesinger will be a focal point of the book after their appearance in Brisingr and Inheritance. We have even more great information about Book 5 available on our “Book 5 and Beyond” page.

Christopher has also expressed interest in telling the story of the Rider’s Fall, a prequel to the Inheritance Cycle, possibly from Brom’s point of view. While it’s something he may write in the future, it won’t be the next Alagaësia book – that will be Book 5.

In a recent Twitter interview, Christopher revealed an exciting fact:

@Studdlylxuis: Are you going to write one or more books in the Inheritance Cycle?
Christopher: Heh. I have sooo many stories planned. *evil grin*

This begs the question: what other stories could the author have in store for us?!

Here’s an exciting idea to get you started:

@VZsuzska: Are you planning to write books about wild dragons?
Christopher: Not at the moment, but maybe someday!

We want to hear your theories and ideas! What books would you like to see? What characters do you want these books to focus on? What questions do you want answered? Let us know in the comments. And who knows, maybe Christopher is watching!

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shurtugal-shirts-bannerOur Inheritance Cycle and Shurtugal.com merchandise sale is almost over! We’re offering free shipping on items of two or more, plus discounts on many of our items to celebrate spring! If you’ve ever wanted to rep your favorite book series with a new piece of merchandise, now’s your chance to do so!

Our sale ends on May 5th, so be sure to check out our store soon!

Here’s a preview of what we have on our store:

  • Shur’tugal logo shirts! Whether old school (representing all four Cycle dragons) or a bit more modern (grungy, dark dragons!), you can represent Shur’tugal!
  • Quotes from your favorite characters! Avoid roasted cabbage, beware of ferrets, and more with these epic Inheritance Cycle quotes!
  • Show the world that you’re an elf friend by wearing a Yawë – on fire, in the trees, or on its own!
  • Which “Team” are you on? Team Saphira, Thorn, or Firnen? Show off your pride!

Most importantly, purchasing items from the Shur’tugal store allows us to continue doing what we do here on Shur’tugal! Running a website with hundreds of thousands of visitors per month isn’t cheap, and the money earned from merchandise sales goes right back in to keeping the site running and pumping out even more great content!

Check out all of our merchandise, including much more than we’ve listed above, on our store! 

 

What is your favorite Angela the Herbalist quote?

angela-page-headerAngela the Herbalist: Greyfolk? Time Lord? Werecat Rider? Carmen Sandiego?

Angela’s endless source of power, mystery, and hilarity has won over the hearts of thousands of Inheritance Cycle readers. She has a knack for appearing at the most random of times throughout the series, seemingly always aware of Alagaësia’s most important events. Who could have predicted during our first encounter with the herbalist in Eragon that the character would grow to be one of our favorites? (If you say “I did,” we might accuse you of fibbing!)

To celebrate one of our favorite characters (and not just us – you guys voted her as one of your favorites in our recent “favorite main characters” poll!), we’ve compiled some of her best quotes from the Inheritance Cycle and want you to choose your favorite! Despite her quirky ways, Angela’s advice is often poignant, even if disguised by riddles and jokes. Which quote made you laugh or left a lasting impact as you read through the series?

 

We’ll share the results as soon as the poll closes!

 

It can be hard to believe that our community is stronger than ever five years after the release of Inheritance – and yet our petition campaign resulted in traffic that we haven’t experienced since then. That’s impressive!

Not only did we deliver your 48,000 signatures to Fox, but we also gave them a whole gambit of statistics we believe further illustrate the community’s overwhelming support of a franchise reboot. To help get the point across and bring our community up to speed, we put together a comprehensive infographic.

We owe the success of this campaign to the drive and passion of our community. Together we can do great things. Let’s hope we see some encouraging results!

eragon-movie-petition-infographic

You can read all of our Eragon movie articles, including the ones listed in the infographic, on our Eragon and Inheritance Cycle movies page! We answer when we’ll see the next movie, how they can get it right, and more.

Now we ask: Were you one of those who added your signature? (If not, it isn’t too late!) Are you excited by the potential of an Inheritance Cycle film franchise reboot? Let us know in the comments!

 

eragon-deleted-scenes-1-headerDid you know that there’s a significant amount of content that didn’t make it into the Eragon movie? Surprisingly, a good amount of this content introduced key characters we never saw in the film, and in some cases, built on important character relationships (Eragon and Roran, Eragon and Murtagh).

We’ll never fully understand the decisions that went into creating the first Eragon movie, but it’s still interesting to look at those scenes they cut. In the first of our two part deleted scenes series, we show you scenes introducing Katrina, revealing Roran and Katrina’s relationship (before Roran departs Carvahall), Eragon and Roran playfully fighting/wrestling, and Eragon milking a cow. You won’t want to miss these! Continue reading this article…

 

recommended booksAs readers, we’re constantly on the hunt for new worlds to adventure through! With no new Cycle books on the immediate horizon (but Book 5 coming some day!), Inheritance fans are left hungering for new reads.

What better of a way to discover new books than through fellow fans? Over the next week, we’re asking you to share your favorite books and series that you think other Inheritance Cycle fans will enjoy! Providing us with a book, series, or even multiple books/series, along with a brief explanation as to why you think your fellow readers will enjoy them, will earn you a chance to win a signed copy of Inheritance! Continue reading this article…

 

Shur’tugal and Inheritance merchandise is on sale!

shurtugal-shirts-bannerHave you ever wanted to rep your favorite book series with a new piece of merchandise? We’ve got you covered! Our store is now offering free shipping for orders of two items or more! Plus, to help usher in spring, we’ve temporarily lowered the price on a number of items throughout our store!

may shirt sale

Here’s a preview of what we have on our store:

  • Shur’tugal logo shirts! Whether old school (representing all four Cycle dragons) or a bit more modern (grungy, dark dragons!), you can represent Shur’tugal!
  • Quotes from your favorite characters! Avoid roasted cabbage, beware of ferrets, and more with these epic Inheritance Cycle quotes!
  • Show the world that you’re an elf friend by wearing a Yawë – on fire, in the trees, or on its own!
  • Which “Team” are you on? Team Saphira, Thorn, or Firnen? Show off your pride!

Most importantly, purchasing items from the Shur’tugal store allows us to continue doing what we do here on Shur’tugal! Running a website with hundreds of thousands of visitors per month isn’t cheap, and the money earned from merchandise sales goes right back in to keeping the site running and pumping out even more great content!

Check out all of our merchandise, including much more than we’ve listed above, on our store! You can even customize your shirt colors before checkout! 

 

Haven’t signed the petition yet? Over 40,000 other fans have. Add your voice to the conversation here!

From successful fantasy/dragon television shows such as Game of Thrones to anime such as Avatar: The Last Airbender to the rise of comics and graphic novels, we think there’s a lot of potential for Eragon to work in other media. Our first article discussed television shows, miniseries, and animated films. In our second article, we explore anime, comics/graphic novels, and a video game!

eragon-in-other-media-animeAnime

Anime has enjoyed tremendous popularity in Japan for decades and spread to the United States thanks to popular shows such as Naruto and Bleach, and critically acclaimed Studio Ghibli films like Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle. Series such as Full Metal AlchemistDeathnote, and Attack on Titan continue to grow in popularity even beyond the traditional American crowd and closer to the mainstream.

Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and its sequel series, The Legend of Korra, brought millions into the wonderful world of anime-inspired shows, art style, and immersive storytelling. Avatar utilizes an fantastical magic system (“Bending” the elements), features many fantastical beasts, and manages to maintain compelling, involved story lines that pull the reader in and avoid the cheesiness occasionally seen in traditional anime. The shows manage to successfully incorporate tremendous character depth and development, rich and always-advancing plots, and relatable stories, captivating audiences for the better part of a decade.

Eragon and the world of Alagaësia may be a perfect fit for an anime series. Its rich world, endless adventures, detailed magic system, and a host of fantastical creatures could play well in the medium. Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Fairy Tale (both highly recommended and available on Netflix) manage their rich magic systems incredibly well, as do our Avatar and Korra examples from above. The exaggerated animation style popular in anime would allow for the inclusion of incredible magic effects found throughout the Cycle and may even offer an easier time funding the regular inclusion of dragons, magic, and epic battles. Additionally, things that simply wouldn’t be possible in live-action films or shows can be done within anime, and while we saw them attempt Eragon and Saphira’s telepathic relationship in the Eragon movie, we think that experience would better translated in an animated show.

Many would argue that Eragon’s universe isn’t suited for the anime style. Can an anime series manage to capture the gritty, dark, and real aspects of the universe? We think so! Detractors may claim that anime doesn’t have a wide enough appeal, or can be too goofy for a story such as the Inheritance Cycle, but exploring the anime examples from above may help ease those fears. Continue reading this article…

 

Who is your favorite secondary character?

secondary-character-headerLast week we asked fans to decide the community’s favorite main character. The results were surprising! The poll is still open, so if you haven’t already voted, be sure to defend your favorite main character after participating in this week’s poll.

With main characters out of the way, it’s time to determine the community’s favorite secondary character! This may be an even tougher race, with lots of interesting players in the mix, from the grotesque Ra’zac to Solembum, the mysterious and elusive werecat!

 

Defend your favorite secondary character’s honor: vote and spread the word! We’ll post a summary of the results once we close the poll!

 

Master the Dwarf Language with our new quiz!

dwarf-headerThe Inheritance Cycle’s dwarves speak a rough, hearty language drawing from their earthen nature and an ancient culture. Their words come from the gut and are full of uvula-wiggling phrases and a whole bunch of rolling r’s.

For the first time ever, readers can determine the extent of their dwarf language chops with our new quiz…

Head on over to our “Master the Dwarf Language” page to test your knowledge!

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