Encyclopedia Alagaësia: Menoa Tree

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Before Du Fyrn Skulblaka and before the Fair Folk were effectively immortal, the Menoa tree was created when the master plant singer Linnëa melded herself with the oldest tree in Du Weldenvarden. It was an unusual reaction to an age old problem: she had fallen in love with a much younger man, but over time he lost interest. Linnëa eventually discovered her lover cheating with a younger woman and stabbed him to death in a fit of rage. Knowing that she hadn’t done the right thing, and that she could never return to her normal life, Linnëa rushed to the Menoa tree, where she sang for three days and nights until her body/consciousness were one with the plant.

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Goodreads Giveaway: Autographed Hardcover Copy of Inheritance!

Enter our Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win an autographed hardcover copy of Inheritance! It begins today, February 13th, and runs until February 27th, 2017. For more details and to enter click below:

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Video Q&As with Christopher: Writing Tips, Life’s Mysteries, and Striving to Achieve

We’re freshening things up with a video Q&As gallery! Join Christopher as he discusses topics ranging from tips on writing to what he’s learned since he became a successful author—and what he still strives for.

Special thanks to Alex Vivaut of Eragons.com (Spain) and Cara of Fletcher High School for providing some of the footage and questions.


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Encyclopedia Alagaësia: Arya


Born in 7899 AC, one year before the Fall of the Riders, Arya grew up in Ellesméra, residing in Tialdarí Hall with her mother Queen Islanzadí. Her father, Evandar, had been killed while trying to defend Ilirea from Galbatorix and the Forsworn, so she likely didn’t have many memories of their time together. Some of her favorite pastimes included writing poetry, singing, and caring for bonsai.

Arya’s childhood and early adulthood were saturated with troubling times—Galbatorix’s influence was felt throughout Alagaësia. Arya made the decision to become an ambassador for the elf nation in 7929 AC. Nine months into her assignment, Arya traveled from Tronjheim to Aberon with Weldon (who would succeed Brom as the Varden’s leader) and a number of others. En route the group encountered Urgals who wanted to prove themselves, and in the resulting confrontation, Arya killed someone for the first time.* Her actions bothered her for weeks until she finally realized that the only choice was to go crazy or stop dwelling on it. The importance of her mission was vital enough that it was necessary to continue despite the deaths. Visualizations—such as being in the gardens at Tialdarí Hall—and breathing exercises helped remove the intensity of her memories. [Read more…]

The Flexible Chef: Christopher and Nealy Fischer Make No-Bake Energy Bites

The Flexible Chef: No-Bake Energy Bites

Join The Flexible Chef creator Nealy Fischer and Christopher as she demonstrates how to make her No-Bake Energy Bites, a perfect snack for the hungry author. Oats, coconut, almond butter, flax, hemp, and maple syrup are a few of the ingredients of this surprisingly tasty (and healthy!) treat.

Visit Nealy’s website to find the full recipe and get a host of useful tips for everyday life! You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube.

Q&As with Christopher: Navigating Themes, Comparison, Plots, & More!

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These Q&As are drawn from Christopher’s recent AMA on Reddit. We’re reposting them here for folks who haven’t seen them yet.


SupersuMC: Based on the description of the werecats’ shifting later on in Eldest, was the she-wolf Eragon encountered in Ellesméra “werewolf,” or is it a wolf or woman affected by the forest’s magic in such a way? If the former, how rare are they in comparison to humans (and werecats)? If the latter, which was it before the magic affected it?

The she-wolf is an elf who has modified her body to appear more lupine. So, different than the werecats.

ThornBigRedDragon: Oh, I love Thorn sooo much. Can you tell me some new facts about him? What was his first word?

Hmm. Not sure what his first word was, but I can tell you he loves lighting dandelion puffballs on fire and watching them burn.

owen_bower: Hey Christopher! I saw on your Twitter that you intend to write a fifth novel. Would it be about Eragon, Murtagh and Thorn, a new Rider, or maybe about Brom’s earlier life?

All I’ll say about Book Five is that many of the characters you’re familiar with will return, but you’ll also get to meet a bunch of new characters as well.

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Announcing Our January Giveaway Winner!

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The Flexible Chef: Christopher’s Guest Appearance with Nealy Fischer!

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Christopher joins his friend Nealy Fischer, The Flexible Chef lifestyle coach and creator, to share his favorite way to kickstart his morning: Rocket Fuel. Together they make his recipe for cartwheel-inducing coffee that will have you meeting your word-count goal for the day in no time.

Visit Nealy’s website to find the recipe’s exact ingredient measurements and get a host of useful tips for everyday life! You can also follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Youtube.

January Giveaway!

We’re starting off 2017 with a giveaway! Enter for your chance to win this autographed, 10.75″ x 6.75″ glossy print of Christopher’s drawing of Aren, Brom’s ring.

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The Giveaway Details:

It is open to both fans who reside in the United States as well as those from around the world. One winner will be randomly selected on January 18th, 2017 and notified via email within forty-eight hours after the event ends.* The prize will be shipped to the recipient within one week of email notification.

* Please note, if a winner is randomly selected and has not provided a full mailing address in their original entry, they will be disqualified and another winner will be randomly chosen.

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Q&As with Christopher: The Most Popular Questions of 2016

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In collaboration with Alex Vivaut of Eragons.com in Spain, we asked Christopher the most popular questions of 2016! Curious about if there will be another movie? Want to know the current status of Book Five and the new science fiction novel? Will your favorite Inheritance Cycle love affairs end with a happily ever after? Find out below (Christopher’s answers are in italic).

Is there going to be a new Eragon movie?

I hope so! Hollywood is a strange and unpredictable place, which means it’s hard to know for certain what projects may actually see the light of day, but I’m pushing hard for a remake of Eragon. It would be wonderful to see a faithful adaptation of the story up on the big screen.

Are you going to write any other book based in Alagaësia?

Of course! I’ve plotted out a whole bunch of new stories set in Alagaësia, including Book Five! First, though, I have to finish my current novel (a big science-fiction epic). I’m writing as fast as possible.

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