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October 2008

Kvetha Fricaya. Greetings Friends.

I just returned home from book tour a few days ago. This was one of the most enjoyable tours I’ve been on. Everyone I met was excited about the Inheritance cycle, the booksellers were incredibly supportive, and the events themselves were lots of fun. A big thank you to everyone who made this possible!

So many interesting things happened on the tour, it’s hard to know where to start. At one event, a boy gave me an elaborate board game that he made using a color version of my map of Alagaësia. In Toronto, I met a man who had a large (seven or eight inches long) tattoo of Saphira on his upper arm, along with the word for fate—wyrda—in the ancient language. A very nice couple flew to my event in Miami all the way from London. And when I was in Chicago, a woman came through the signing line with a sugar glider in her arms. A sugar glider is a small marsupial, somewhat like a flying squirrel. It was such a beautiful, intelligent-looking animal, I couldn’t help asking if I could pet it. When the woman agreed, I held out my hand to let the sugar glider smell it, at which point, it wrapped its sharp little claws around my forefinger and, ever so delicately, began to gnaw on me, drawing blood. I didn’t really mind, but the animal’s owner was mortified. After apologizing, she said that the sugar glider would only bite things it thought tasted good. I suppose I’ll take that as a compliment. Besides, it’s not every day I get bitten by a marsupial at a book signing!

A number of bookstores arranged to have demonstrations of swordsmanship or other medieval-style performances, such as fortune-telling or singing. Very cool. Every time I saw the reenactors, I wanted to grab a sword and spar with them. In retrospect, I suppose it’s better I didn’t; I doubt anyone would have been happy with me if I had broken a finger or two before a signing.

One of the things I found most interesting on this tour was how the series has begun to accumulate a sense of history. It’s not surprising, seeing as how Eragon has been in print for almost six years, but it’s strange to realize that I’ve been a published author long enough for younger readers to have spent a significant portion of their lives following Eragon and Saphira’s adventures.

And now I’m home, and after all the excitement, and the early mornings and late nights, I have to settle back into my routine and write Book Four. First, though, I’m going to do two drawings for a deluxe edition of Brisingr that will be coming out some time next year. Besides the drawings, the deluxe edition will also contain several deleted scenes from Brisingr, which I think you will enjoy.

Once again, thank you all for coming to the signings. I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. And to everyone who stood in line, I salute your dedication!

Now, let’s see. Where was I in Book Four before I left on tour? Ah yes, and . . . . Eragon shouted and leaped forward just as—

Until next time . . .

May your swords stay sharp!

Christopher Paolini

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Christopher Paolini

About Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini is the author of the international bestsellers Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance, along with Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia. He resides in Paradise Valley, Montana, USA.