Book 5, Prequels, and Sequels

Christopher won’t be abandoning the world of Alagaësia any time soon!

It has been four years since the release of Inheritance, the final chapter in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, and fans are clamoring for information on Christopher’s next big project – be it set in the world of Alagaësia or in an entirely new universe.

Christopher has begun to speak about his future as a storyteller, including his intention to revisit Alagaësia and some of our favorite characters in future books, in addition to other stories the author will weave outside of the Cycle.

“I’ve given a lot of thought to what I want to write after having finished Inheritance. In fact, I have a number of books entirely plotted out that I’ve been waiting to write for several years now. Some are fantasy, some are science fiction, some romance, historical fiction, mystery, thriller, horror . . . you name it!”

His immediate plans include finishing his in-progress sci-fi novel, teased to be full of “aliens, spaceships, lasers, strange new planets, and explosions“! You can learn more about the new sci-fi novel below on our Christopher’s Sci-fi Project page.

“Book V” – A standalone novel in Alagaësia

The big question on every Inheritance fan’s mind: When will Christopher write the next Alagaësia book? The author has confirmed that his triumphant return will be in “Book V”, a standalone novel in the set in the world of Alagaësia, including familiar faces and entirely new characters.

“Book Five (as I think of it) would be set after the events of the Inheritance cycle, would be a single stand-alone book, and would feature both new and old characters.”

Inheritance, the fourth book in the Inheritance Cycle, ended the series with a definitive ending. Book V, the already-plotted standalone novel will take place after the events of Inheritance. According to Christopher, clues to future plot threads have been woven throughout the books, ready for astute sluthes to discover. Which threads could these be?

Christopher has offered some answers and information regarding Book V, offering fans an early glimpse into what to expect:

Have you started any work on Book V, such as planning?
Book V is completely plotted out. However, I’m writing something else at the moment.

Will we ever find out what happened to the belt of Beloth the Wise?

Will Murtagh ever join Eragon in establishing the new Riders?
Heh. No comment.

Will there ever be a book about or featuring Murtagh?
Let’s just say we haven’t seen the last of Murtagh. 😉

His cryptic answers leave plenty for fans to ponder. What characters will make a return? Who will be the main character? Which baddie will threaten Alagaësia next? How many years after Inheritance will the book take place?

It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing more news and updates about Book V!

A Prequel to the Inheritance Cycle

Christopher has expressed interest in writing a prequel to the current events in Alagaesia, taking readers on a journey back to the days where the Riders were at the height of their power, and may very well feature the character of Brom! It is unlikely that we will see a prequel written before “Book V”.

“I don’t have any immediate plans to write a prequel, but, if I ever do, it will probably be either the story of Brom’s life or a story set during the height of the Riders’ power. I will probably write Book V first.”

What we have heard of the Riders prior to their downfall at the hands of Galbatorix is only the beginning of the rich and detailed history of the Riders, who oversaw Alagaesia for many peaceful years. Their once mighty capital of Vroengard now lies deserted, but their detailed history still lingers. The Riders’ tale and the events which lead to the Inheritance Cycle would tickle the adventurous side of any Inheritance reader!

Alternatively, Brom’s exciting life – from childhood to Vroengard, from the death of his Saphira to the stealing of the dragon eggs and the defeat of Morzan – would make quite the tale!