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July 2012

Kvetha Fricaya. Greetings, Friends.

Wow! Quite a lot has happened since my last note to you. I had an amazing book tour in Europe, and I’m just finishing my tour through Scotland, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
The European tour began in Germany, then proceeded onward to The Netherlands, Spain, France, the Czech Republic, and finally Italy.

In every place the kindness of the publishers and the enthusiasm of the readers bowled me over. The last time I toured Europe was in 2006, so I wasn’t sure what sort of response to expect. It was, to put it mildly, epic.

At nearly every event, hundreds and sometimes thousands of people showed up. In Prague, I signed for five hours straight. In Barcelona, a young woman had me sign her arm… and then she had my signature tattooed onto her! In Germany, I had a crowd of kids charge my table, almost knocking it over. In the Netherlands, I attended the awesome Elf Fantasy Fair and got to sign outside a real-life castle! In France, the mayor of one of the towns came to my event, and I got to watch the sun set over Paris from within the Jules Vern Restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower. And in Italy, I got to see lots of beautiful countryside, and readers asked some very interesting questions about religion and ethics.

As always, I feel humbled by the love that readers have for the Inheritance cycle. Seeing it makes me all the more excited to write something new.

In total I will have been on the road for about three months. And though I’m not yet through this trip, I already know that it’s changed me. It’s given me a broader sense of the world, and it’s helped me to see my own path more clearly. I’m glad I went, and I’m glad that so many of you were able to come to my events.

So thank you. And may your swords stay sharp!

In my next newsletter, I’ll share my adventures from Down Under!

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.