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 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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Announcing the Official Eragon Coloring Book!

Kvetha Fricaya. Greetings Friends!

Exciting news! I’m delighted to announce the upcoming publication of The Official Eragon Coloring Book! It’s a project I’ve been working on in secret for the past six months (in addition to polishing up the second draft of my science fiction novel).

The Official Eragon Coloring BookThe coloring book is illustrated by Ciruelo, a friend and one of my favorite dragon artists. He’s done an amazing job with Saphira, Thorn, Fírnen, and all the other dragons of the Inheritance Cycle! I love how he’s brought Alagaësia to life through his drawings of scenes, characters, and locations from the entire series. After so many years spent thinking about the world and the story, it’s really gratifying to share these images with you. [Read more…]

Christopher Paolini Interviews Fran Wilde

Are you a fan of flying adventures? Christopher Paolini interviews Fran Wilde in the latest addition to our guest articles and interview series. Join the two writers as they discuss the inspiration behind Fran’s debut novel, Updraft, and her upcoming book, Cloudbound. Explore how community and cultural value can uplift or suppress characters within a fictional setting, learn to embrace your weirdness as an author, and update your “To Read” list.



If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Fran’s latest releases! And don’t forget to stay up to date with Fran on her website, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pintrest, and Tumblr!

Updraft by Fran Wilde The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde Cloudbound by Fran Wilde

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Q&As with Christopher: Writing Advice, Eragon Controlling Spirits, & Tenga

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


figgen: How many times did you go through in your mind how the final battle scenes in Inheritance would pan out? Is this something you knew from the get go, or did you approach it as soon as you started Book 4?

I probably ran through the final battles several thousand times while I was writing the series. Most of them I had a pretty good idea of how they would play out. Some of them, though, I had to actually write to figure out how they would work (Roran’s confrontation with Lord Barst, for example).

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Christopher Interviews Tamora Pierce

Join Christopher in an inspiring interview with veteran author Tamora Pierce as they discuss her career from its beginning all the way up to current projects, and offer advice for writers that are just starting out. Discover how her first novel Alanna was written while reading new sections to a group of troubled teens, how often Tamora has to rewrite her work, and why Weird Al Yankovic‘s quote “Dare to be stupid,” is a favorite in the Pierce household.

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of one of Tamora’s many excellent stories!

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Encyclopedia Alagaësia: Durza

Durza, born as Carsaib, spent the early part of his life with a nomadic tribe on the plains. His father committed some act that earned him the title of “oathbreaker,” and as a result, the tribe left the family to survive alone. Eventually a group of men murdered Carsaib’s parents, leaving the boy to fend for himself. He tried to commit suicide by wandering into the desert, but the elderly sorcerer Haeg found him close to death and nursed him back to health. Carsaib, who Haeg called “Desert Rat,” eventually convinced the old man to teach him how to control spirits. They practiced magic for weeks, hunting lizards for sustenance. One day a spell malfunctioned, injuring Haeg, and Carsaib spent over a fortnight nursing Haeg back to health, only to watch bandits kill his mentor a short time later. He thought he could summon spirits to wreak vengeance on the attackers but was possessed by the spirits instead. The Shade Durza was “born.”


Nothing is known of the time before Durza encountered Galbatorix somewhere in the wilds following the death of Jarnunvösk. The Shade taught him many dark secrets (such as the spell Forsworn Kialandí later used to disrupt Oromis’s ability to access magic) and helped Galbatorix bend the first captured Eldunarí to his will. This skill was key to destroying the Dragon Rider order. [Read more…]

Get Your Brisingr Prints! The Map of Alagaësia Has Sold Out!

A big thank you to everyone for the enthusiastic response to the Map of Alagaësia prints! Christopher could never have imagined that they would sell out so quickly. For those of you that haven’t had a chance to check out his Etsy store, don’t worry, there are still Brisingr prints available. Check it out!



New Inheritance Cycle Prints: Brisingr and the Map of Alagaësia!

We’re delighted to introduce a new set of Christopher’s limited edition Inheritance Cycle art prints: Brisingr and Alagaësia! Made with archival paper and inks, these autographed giclées are a lasting gift we hope you and your loved ones will enjoy for a long time to come. Don’t wait too long to get one from our Etsy store—there are only fifty of each available!