Featured Author Week: Paolini talks future projects and the final pages of Inheritance (Book 4) in exclusive interview


cp_officeWe had the chance to sit down with Christopher Paolini for a lengthy interview discussing the end of Inheritance, the future for many of our favorite characters, and what’s next for Christopher as an author. The interview was so long that we broke it down into multiple parts, the first of which we are bringing to you today!

This interview focuses heavily on decisions made by Christopher, where the Riders will settle in the future, how grand their “new Vroengard” will be, and the logic behind abandoning his decision to choose Elva as a Rider. Plus, how long will it take before Alagaesia sees dwarf and Urgal Riders?

Be sure to keep checking back in the near future for the remaining parts of this interview!

(This interview is the transcript of an audio conversation.)

Mike Macauley: Welcome to another interview with Christopher Paolini on Lytherus.com and Shurtugal.com. It’s been a quite while I think! So this should be refreshing.

Christopher Paolini: Yeah it was before the book tour, wasn’t it?

MM: It was actually, or no, no, no, no, it was a few stops in. You were in Texas I think. You had a day off in Texas.

CP: Ah that’s right, that’s right, I forgot about that one.

MM: So let’s jump right in! You’ve been teasing a sci-fi novel on Twitter. Do you want to elaborate on either?

CP: As far as projects passed the Inheritance Cycle…. at the moment things are really right up in the air, because the time after I got back from my U.S. tour I was just kind of relaxing and taking care of a lot of things that backed up while I was finishing Inheritance. I’m going to, you know, take a very close look at where I’m moving from here and, you know, hopefully I’ll have something I can talk about publicly before too long after that. But I do not really want to make any public commitments especially since I just spent about ten years now writing with deadlines and that’s not something I want to do … [LAUGHS] … if I can avoid it.

MM: You want to avoid backing yourself into a corner.

CP: Exactly. What I’m hoping to do in the future is to write my projects, whatever those happen to be, and then announce them. Instead of announcing them and then, you know, having to scramble to meet the deadline. Just write it first and then it’s done. And then we all know when it’s coming out and what’s going to happen with that.

MM: And that frees up that tremendous weight that’s on your shoulders as well, that pressure.

CP: Exactly. And just to assure people who are now worried that, you know, it’s going to be three years before they hear anything from me, it certainly won’t be that long. I’m also determined to write some much, much shorter books than Inheritance. Ha! So we’ll see how that works out.

MM: Well you did say Inheritance was going to be shorter than Brisingr. So…

CP: Well. Yeah. You should just ignore me on that count.

MM: So we talked about the sci-fi novel. The only other thing-

CP: I will say though, that I definitely have thoughts, some thoughts that I will, you know, try my hand at science fiction at some point. But I’m not going to confirm whether or not that’s my next project. Not a hundred percent yet.

MM: Well that brings us into something I wanted to bring up before we jump into the interview which is, after our podcast last night and even our first interview with you, I know for a fact that we can expect from this interview is a few no comment answers.

CP: [LAUGHS] Oh yes. Probably more than a few.

MM: Now I have a question on your no comments to maybe just to clarify for myself and for listeners here. When you are saying no comment now, I mean the Cycle as a contained series, is through. But you have plans to someday hopefully, maybe, revisit the books in some form or revisit the world in some form.

CP: Exactly.

MM: And so…

CP: And every time I say no comment, it’s usually because the question would require me to divulge something that I think I’m probably going to use in a future story. The question itself may not be correct – it may just be that in order to answer it properly, I’d have to divulge something I don’t want to divulge.

MM: That’s important to clarify, I think, because you’re going to have people a bit confused and saying, “Well the series is over. Why are you still withholding?” So that explains why. I already see some questions in here that are probably either going to get a full no comment or a partial no comment.

CP: Yeah. The trick… the thing to keep in mind is that even though the story of the Inheritance Cycle is at an end, the world itself, you know, continues on. As do the lives of the many characters who are still alive at the end of the series. So that’s going be true even if I write five, six, seven, eight more books in the series. Even then you’re always going to have the sense that life continues on in the world of Alagaësia.

MM: Well that’s encouraging news for fans who don’t want to let go… and there are a lot of them! Nearly every question we received for this interview contained some variation of: “Will you write this book? I think it’s a great story.” Readers will always want more.

CP: Well, I can guarantee listeners that whatever idea they have for future books in Alagaësia, odds are I’ve already thought of that. Whether it’s a prequel series… a prequel book telling the story of Brom, or future books talking about Urgal or Dwarf Riders, or stories about Angela the herbalist. Trust me, I’ve considered the whole gamut of possibilities.

MM: Well that’s also encouraging, I think. Let’s see. Here’s a good one. These are in no particular order. They’re not arranged by topic. I just grabbed them as I saw them and that’s how we’re going to tackle them. The first question is, “Was Galbatorix born into a noble family?”

CP: That’s a really good question. He was… You know, I’ve never actually worked it out. It wasn’t really necessary for the story. But now that I think about it, I imagine him being, maybe not a high noble family, but maybe minor nobility. That seems kind of fitting for him because the way I imagined his character. Way back in the beginning he definitely seemed to have a bit of a feeling of entitlement about him. So yeah, I mean I could definitely see him as being a part of the nobility, but minor nobility. You know, I don’t think his family would have been one of the high muckity-mucks of the old human kingdom.

MM: Right. Yeah, I always read him as maybe coming from someone of, I don’t know, privilege or wealth. I guess you could say because he had that ego, that sense of entitlement.

CP: Yeah, he was a trust fund kid.

MM: Exactly. There you go.


MM: Next one. Ok, let’s see. In the battle of Urû’baen, why was Islanzadí able to use magic while other elves weren’t?

CP: Well if you remember, the use of magic was kind of inconsistent inside the city. It’s like, sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t. That was even mentioned where the elves didn’t know if their spells would work or not. So, you know, because it might kill their allies or it might kill the enemies. Something was messing with it. So, basically, Islanzadí rolled the dice and she gambled, and she won that her spells would work. And besides, she’s the queen. She gets a slight exemption for that.

MM: [LAUGHS] Well she’s a powerful person.

CP: Yeah. Part of it also, I think, was the desperation she was feeling at the time. You know, there’s definitely an element in Alagaësia where, in great need, you can sometimes work pieces of magic you couldn’t otherwise, whether you’re a dragon or a person, or even an animal. So that I think partly played into why she was able to work the magic she did.

MM: That reminds me a bit of something attributed to humans. I forget, there’s a term for it, but you know if someone you love is pinned under a car suddenly you’re able to move that car.

CP: Right. So this is kind of the magical equivalent of that.

MM: Ok. Incoming no comment, I’m sure. But is Angela the oracle that Galbatorix was talking about while torturing Nasuada?

CP: That is an excellent, excellent question and there is not even the slightest chance I’m going to answer it.

MM: [LAUGHS] I threw it in because it was asked by an unbelievable amount of fans. It was probably in the top five.

CP: I mean I will say, that the way Inheritance is written, it would certainly lead you to think that. Wouldn’t it?

MM: That was my first question to you after I finished the book.

CP: That’s right. That’s right. No comment.

MM: Ok.


CP: And I will say, and I’ve said this before, that the next book set in Alagaësia that I’ve thought out, well actually I have a number of them, but the main one that I’ve thought about would definitely revolve around Angela’s back story to a much greater degree than any of the previous books. Of course that would probably just end up leaving everyone even more confused than they were to begin with because this is Angela after all. But we would learn quite a bit more about her.

MM: Right. For every answer, there’s five new questions.

CP: That’s the idea.

MM: This came up a few times. I’m hoping you can answer this. The hooded people that Eragon sees on Vroengard, could you elaborate on them at all? Who are they? Will we ever see them in the future in these books you’re thinking about maybe writing someday?

CP: Well I… I have a couple ideas for who they are. Some rather interesting ideas actually, but I don’t think I want to get into that quite yet. You know, one of the reasons Eragon didn’t take the Eldunarί and the eggs back to, I guess we should say this is all spoilers here, but one of the reasons Eragon didn’t take the dragons back to Vroengard or settle them there of course is because Vroengard was already inhabited by these people. And let’s just say that, you know, any sort of people who would be willing to live on Vroengard, in the unhealthy environment that it currently possesses plus with the shadow birds, and the burrow grubs and all that, not to mention the snalglί, probably aren’t people you want to mess with.

MM: Now are these, if you can say or if you’ve figured it out, are these people who once lived on Alagaësia or are they from somewhere entirely new?

CP: No, these are previous inhabitants. These are inhabitants of Alagaësia. They’re not from somewhere else.

MM: Ok. Let’s see. I like this one. It’s not really book four specific. I’ve never seen this question before, I don’t think. Does the Ancient Language work outside of Alagaësia?

CP: Oh, that’s a good question. The Ancient Language works anywhere within Eragon’s universe. Anywhere that the laws of physics, as Eragon knows them, still applies. So, yes, if you leave Alagaësia and you go to another continent in Eragon’s world the Ancient Language would still work.

MM: It would be interesting if it didn’t though, wouldn’t it? When you consider that Eragon could leave and be stripped of what now he lives by, this power, and he sails off to another island. And boom! He can’t do it anymore. It’s scary to think about, actually.

CP: I mean, there might be a few places. A few very rare places, where, for whatever reason the Ancient Language had no hold on the flow of energy around Eragon. But I think those would be very unusual places.

MM: They would make great hideouts for bad guys.

CP: Of course.

MM: [LAUGHS] So, I’m going to paraphrase. This person’s question is a bit long but the gist of their question is that they would like for you, if possible, to elaborate on why Eragon says he cannot come back once he leaves.

CP: It’s for a number of reasons. I mean obviously, and I’m verging very close to no comment territory here so I have to choose my words with great care. But the essence for me of it is that, one, he has the Eldunarί and the dragons to protect. So I mean that’s a large part of it that, you know, he needs to take them, rebuild the race of the dragons, rebuild the Riders, and protect them and train them and all of that. And for the reasons given in the book, you know, he doesn’t feel comfortable. Neither he nor Saphira nor the Eldunarί feel comfortable doing that in Alagaësia.

As for the reason he doesn’t think he’s going to come back. I think for me it’s really along the lines of, you know, when you tell someone that, you know, an old friend of yours who moves to the other side of the country and you say, “Oh sure, we’ll still keep getting together. We’ll have lunch and all that.” But you never do get together again. To me, I think that’s how Eragon’s viewing all of this. You know, he knows that even though he could return to Alagaësia, there’s nothing physically stopping him. Given Angela’s prediction, and given the sheer distance, and how busy he’s going to be and how busy Arya and Nasuada and everyone else in Alagaësia is going to be as well. He knows it’s pretty unlikely that he will return. On the other hand, I will just say this. At the end of Inheritance both Eragon and Arya are still only at the beginning of what are going to be very, very long lives. Both of them could live for hundreds, if not thousands, of years longer. They could live for thousands of years more. So, you know, again we are just at the beginning of their own personal stories.

MM: Now… I’m not… this could be very easily be construed as me trying to wiggle more information out of you, but I’m not referring to any specific characters here. Could someone choose to visit Eragon and Saphira?

CP: Oh yeah. There’s nothing stopping anyone from going to visit Eragon aside from the length of the journey.

MM: Right.

CP: And of course just, you know, actually finding him out in the wilderness.

MM: Do you envision this as being some grand place, essentially rebuilding Vroengard?

CP: Well, I kind of hinted at this in Eragon’s Guide to Alagaësia, which is canon by the way aside from one small mistake in there where I mention that Queen Islanzadí was still alive. [LAUGHS] That was because I changed my mind on her fate during the writing of Inheritance.

But in any case, no. What exactly I imagined happening is that, with the help of the magic and the strength of the dragons, Eragon and the elves with him, they build a stronghold, an aerie, a place for the dragons to grow up and for them to train the Riders, a place that would be very equivalent to Vroengard.

You know, it might not be quite as large. There might not be quite as many buildings to start with. That would be a bit excessive right off the bat, but I certainly imagine that they would build a giant, giant stone hall, probably high up on a mountain and big enough for dragons to come into. And probably a number of outbuildings, you know, nesting houses and hatcheries, and places for the elves and other Riders to live in in the future.

I see it as being quite an impressive place and long term, in Alagaësia, this place off in the east where the dragons and the Riders have their base . I think will probably acquire a pretty mythical stature. If you think about how, you know, Eragon viewed even the mountain, Utgard Mountain, at the southern point of Palancar Valley. You know how he viewed this with this sort of awe and even mysticism… and even this lack of knowledge about the Riders. Then you imagine that there’s some place even further away than that. You know, all the way, thousands of miles off to the east. Yeah it’s going to be a sort of semi-mythical place, I think. At least until the dragons start… the Riders start going back and forth on a more regular basis.

MM: Do you… I mean this is so off in the future, but these questions interest me tremendously. This is me being selfish, asking my own questions here: Will individuals who choose to make the thousand mile journey be allowed to visit or settle there? Or would they be shooed away after visiting?

CP: I think it would depend on the person. I think the elves and Eragon would certainly give sanctuary to anyone who truly deserved it. I’m thinking, for example and this may be an odd example, but you know if Sloan…

MM: I was hoping you would say him when you said odd.

CP: …Du Weldenvarden and, you know, trekked out to join them, Eragon would certainly make space for him. Make room for him. And, you know, Angela the herbalist. [LAUGHS] I think they would always welcome her. At least for a time, I believe.

MM: Can you tell her no? Can you tell her to go away? [LAUGHS]

CP: You can, but you might regret it.


CP: I think in time, too, as the people living in the sanctuary take up partners, you know, cause eventually there will be Urgals there and dwarves and humans and elves and dragons. As all of these creatures take up partners and marry or don’t marry but, you know, have children. It’ll definitely form its own community.

MM: There’s something about actually this discussion that is really exciting me… the idea that hopefully, maybe you’ll visit that in one of your future books. Because it would be cool to see.

CP: No comment.

MM: My only other question is… do you envision this place being grand and beautiful, or more practical?

CP: I think it’s a mixture. I think Eragon and the Eldunarί would use their strength to raise the basic shapes of the structures they would need. And it would have to be, you know, I think they’d go fairly high up on a mountain and, as I said, build very large structures that the dragons could come in and out of as they pleased. And I think over time then that the elves and probably dwarves and other people living there would then go ahead and decorate these basic forms. You know, if you just brace up stone slabs with magic it’s still pretty easy to decorate those and shape them after the fact.

MM: Now do you picture… because you have to consider they’re basically heading off until they see somewhere and say, “We want to settle there. That looks like a good place to settle.” They’re going to be tremendously unfamiliar with where they’ve settled. Granted, this is Eragon and the elves we’re talking about. They’re able to hold their own. There’s not going to be too many risks out there for them. But they’re settling in an unfamiliar land, raising dragons who, when they first hatch, maybe aren’t able to protect themselves and could venture off. And because the land is so unfamiliar to everyone, bad things could happen. Do you think that’s something they’ve taken into consideration?

CP: Well, keep in mind as Eragon said to Jeod when he last saw him, when he said farewell to him, or their last scene together is that the dragons did fly over this territory and explore this territory back in the day. So from the Eldunarί, Eragon at least has a rough idea of where they’re heading. And so my thought is that the lands that they’re going to, in many ways, are similar to the landscape around the western side of the Beor Mountains. It will be a lot of plains. There will be some mountains still in the southern part of the land. There won’t be a lot of risks to the young dragons. Although there will be some dangers. There might be some of the Feldûnost, not the Feldûnost, the Fanghur… the dragonets, that Eragon ran into in the Beor Mountains. There might be some of those out there. Probably, if there are still some giant mountains out there, you know, there might be some of the cave bears or the Shrrg, the giant wolves. So there definitely could be some risks to the young dragons, but I think on the whole it will probably be safer for them than, again, having young dragons closer to populated areas.

MM: It’s funny you brought up Jeod, because I would love to see him head on out there and live with them and document that for the world.

CP: No comment.

MM: No comment. Ok. Let’s jump into more of these questions. This is the part of the interview that I love because we’ll ask one question and then twenty new things will come out of a question. And look at all that stuff that we just learned from one question. So, ok… the next question. I like this one as well. I’m sure it can be figured out but how old is Eragon at the end of Inheritance, in human years?

CP: Time it by the pregnancies. That’s all I’ll say.

MM: Ok. Someone will do that now I’m sure.


MM: It will be in the comments ten minutes later. About dragon eggs, this was interesting. Can two dragons come from one egg?

CP: Yes. That is a very good question. Yes, it is entirely possible. Just like with chicken eggs. You can have double yokes or sometimes even more. It’s not as common with dragons as it is with, say, with chickens. Mainly because they lay a lot fewer eggs than chickens do, but it can happen and it has happened.

MM: Are the dragons unique? Maybe an odd bond between the two? Any color differences?

CP: No. They tend to be the same color but they do, you’re right, they do have a very close bond. It’s pretty much like human twins except even closer because the dragons would actually be linked mentally to a certain degree.

MM: Right. Interesting. Well that was a good question. I saw that and said, “When are we going to ask that? That’s a good one.”

CP: Yeah that was a good one. I’ve never been asked that before.

MM: This, I might say, will be a no comment because you sort of mentioned it earlier. But how long do you think it will be of a wait before the dwarves have their first Rider?

CP: [EVIL LAUGH] I know exactly how long it is and I can’t tell you.

MM: Can you say if it’s going to be a ridiculously long amount of time?

CP: Well, define ridiculous. Do you mean a hundred years would be ridiculous?

MM: In a normal, human lifetime between the end of Inheritance. Would Roran, for example, ever live to see a dwarven Rider?

CP: Yes.

MM: And is it the same for Urgals?

CP: Yes. Yes. No, it will not be a massive wait before Alagaësia first starts seeing its first dwarven and Urgal Riders. I mean both of them are now a part of the pact with the dragons and the dragons themselves have no reason not to hatch. The way, like, Saphira and Thorn were trying to avoid hatching because they were prisoners of Galbatorix. So there will definitely be. It won’t happen overnight that the dragons will choose to hatch for someone. But it also won’t be a hundred year wait, either.

MM: Interesting. Interesting. I can’t wait to see the theories and the discussions after this interview. Lots of good stuff in here. So in the December 2011 Random Buzzers interview, you said that you had considered at one point in time having the final Rider of the Cycle be Elva. As we all know, the green egg did hatch for Arya and not Elva. But is there any hope for Elva becoming a Rider in the future or is that off the table completely?

CP: Well I would never say never, but it does feel like making her a Rider would be giving her a little bit too much. You know, she already has this rather extraordinary ability and she’s marked by the dragons. And then to make her a dragon Rider on top of that? I’m not saying it won’t happen, but I’m not sure it will happen.

MM: I’m also not sure it would end well. I see that as being the start to a whole new dark, dark Rider.

CP: [LAUGHS] Dark Rider. I like that. You mean the Sith version?

MM: Yes, the Sith version. There you go. I don’t know. I like the idea but something about it terrifies me. As you said, she’s already special. Just imagine her with a dragon who can bite your head off too. No. Don’t think that’s a good idea.

CP: In a way, she’s already bonded to every single person around her. So bonding her with a dragon on top of that would, as you said, it might not really be a good idea.

MM: Right. It would make for an interesting story though.

CP: Well pretty much everything with her does make for an interesting story.

MM: Yes, absolutely. She is a great character. Well fans will have to listen to the podcast because you really elaborate on how all that came about and that was a really great conversation. So listen to the podcast. [Editor’s note: This podcast will be a part of Shur’tugal’s upcoming Inheritance Cycle Book Club Podcast.)

MM: That’s right.

Part two to this interview will be coming soon!


About Author

Mike Macauley

Mike Macauley is the founder and editor in chief of Lytherus.com. He also founded and runs Shurtugal.com, the official Inheritance Cycle community, and published his book, The Inheritance Almanac, in 2011. Mike can be found on Twitter at @mikemacauley.

  • This is awesome! Is there audio of this interview that will be shared with the public?

    • No, sorry.

      • Sasha De Vree

        is there a second part now it’s been 6 months now

    • fp

      Audio would of been nice, but I imagine that would have taken more work with formatting.

  • Tim


  • Andrew

    (someone is supposed to have counted the pregnancies by now)

    • Hansel

      The entire series spanned less than 2 years. Book I spanned 6 months. Dragons breath fire at 6 months and Saphira breathed fire in the second to last chapter. Ismira was conceived the night Roran told Sloane about his relationship with Katrina which was toward the beginning of Book II. So count 9 months from conception and that puts us towards the end of Book IV. Add another few months for misc. time which puts us 18-20 months from the start of the series to the end.

  • EternalShade

    Happiness is oozing from my pores!!!!

  • Greetings From Sweden

    Awesome! When is part 2 coming out? I am really hoping that the next book CP works on will be about Eragon. Why? Well, I certainly would not complain if it was something else. But I can’t stop thinking about all the things that was left out in the books and that you guys are talking about here. 😀

  • Hopeful

    Is the podcast mentioned in the interview going to be released?

    • Yeah, but I don’t have a specific timeframe for its release.

  • crazyjjvols

    count the pregnancies? whats that mean? i wanthim to write another eragon book! haha

    • Counting the pregnancies, meaning that on average, each pregnancy lasted 9 months. If Katrina got pregnant at the start of Eragon, that gives you a good idea as to how old Eragon would be when she gave birth (9 months later), and then you start with the next pregnancy, etc.

      • Hopeful

        Christopher said in one of his tweets that Katrina didn’t get pregnant until after she was rescued in Brisingr

        • EternalShade

          Yeah it was elain that was pregnant before katrina. not the other way around.

  • Treyzania

    Eragon would be about 17 and a half by my reckoning.

    • 17? Cool.

      Thanks man

  • fp

    For some reason my original comment never showed up, so here it is again.

    I find it very interesting with how little he really knows about his own
    story. A lot of the questions asked he seemed not to know the answer
    to such as the strange people in Vroengard. You would think you would
    know what you were doing if you were going to add them in there in the
    first place.

    I also found it entertaining that he acknowledged he
    totally goofed on queen Islanzadi in the Guide to Alagaisia. Makes me
    wonder if he saw the comments on Shurtugal about it, and realized people
    rightly assumed the entire thing was non-canon. I still don;t think
    it’s canon to be honest. It’s not really possible for it to be now without a reprint, and even then I would be pretty skeptical.

    in all an interesting interview. Hoping he tries harder with the next
    book to really know what he is doing, and to have purpose to adding
    random things into the books rather than just an easy scapegoat to make
    his main character leave his home to follow a prophecy made at the
    beginning of the series. Looking forward to seeing how he develops as a

    • Well as a writer, I can offer insight as to why he seems to know so little about the background details of his story.
      When you’re planning out the plot of an entire series, you start with the most crucial plot points, then “colour in” the rest, so to speak. You add all of the dependencies – things needed to support the main plot points – and miscellaneous events and how characters develop around them. All that goes into the planning, and you ultimately write the books with that blueprint.
      So when it comes to things outside the scope of the books, it’s simply a matter of not having thought it through because it wasn’t relevant to the story at the time.
      With the example of the strangers on Vroengard, he likely just added them in as a bit of extra intrigue without actually meaning for them to serve any other purpose at the time. But it does give him extra fodder for future stories, which is something writers try to drop into their books wherever appropriate.

      As far as minor continuity errors go – it may seem like a silly mistake to the reader, but you have to bear in mind that plot points are usually changed many times before the final continuity is decided upon. As such, it’s easy to slip by thinking of a different continuity that you’d previously planned but didn’t run with.
      In other words, people make mistakes. Especially in books as large as CP’s. I think he did remarkably well as it is.

      • fp

        I supose that is one way to do it, but not the only way, and imo not probably the best way. If you are going to add mysterious strangers into a book then give it purpose, and know where they come from. It seems foolish to not expect readers to be curious about something like that to me.

        As for the discrepancies. Obviously I get that your story will change as you work on it, but once something is published you should stick to your guns. It is incredibly unprofessional to change some of the things, and comes off quite amateurish. Not trying to rip on CP or anything, but these are qualities he needs to improve on if he wants to be taken more seriously I think.

        • Dragonluverforeverrrrr!

          Exactly! And you should certainly know the backstory of your main villain!!! (Or of any other major character!)

        • Lisa

          I agree with Jules- the story doesn’t just flow into your brain, you have to write it. And he was expecting readers to be curious, that was the whole point, for future writing (he did say they’re from Alagaesia). What I’m trying to say is, some of this stuff has to be made up as you go along. You can’t put every little detail and side-story and different perspectives into one book, it’ll completely move away from the main plot. At the same time, a brief explanation isn’t the answer either- it takes away the intrigue and discovery.

    • Trina

      That’s what I thought too! I love the books, but I’m unhappy with his interviews because of how unsure he seems to be about the whole universe he created. I feel like there is a romanticized idea that the universe works and functions on its own. To an extent, maybe that is true (depending on how you want to look at it), but it is still a dead on fact that the universe was created by the author so there must be a good and well-thought of reason for including something or someone in the story, unless he is the kind of author who believes that some elements need not necessarily contribute to the plot. I used to like the mystery attached to the vastness of the universe, but now I’m just a little pissed off. Still a fan, but a tad disappointed. So glad someone brought this up.

      • Frances

        fp and Trina,

        I don’t understand your reasoning for thinking that CP hasn’t lived up to your expectations.

        When you write a book, you can never know all of the details.

        Even J K Rowling -who is considered by many to be the master planner as far as plot lines go- didn’t know if Ron was going to survive until she finished writing the last book.

        Writing is at its core, an act of improvisation. You can only plan so far. And the reason CP cannot tell us allot of these things is not because he has not worked them out to a certain extent in his own mind.
        if you notice, he didn’t say he just put them in randomly, he says “I have a couple ideas for who they are”. So obviously, he does know who they are to a certain extent, but he can’t say more then that because he is aware that, once he starts writing, all of his plans might just blow up in his face.

        Also, remember what Lisa said about what affects the reality that we are reading about now, because CP likely knew when he wrote them in that Eragon was never going to find out who they were by the end of the Inheritance cycle.

        In other words at this point, it doesn’t really matter who they were, because as far as the Inheritance cycle (or Eragons reality) is concerned, they don’t affect anything.
        No doubt CP was concentrating on figuring out the details of other things that actually do affect Eragon, and there for, the Inheritance cycle.

  • The girl next door

    Nothing about Murtagh and Thorn??

  • T.C.

    Hey, just wondering if part 2, (3?) would be out anytime soon? Really interesting read, can’t wait for more

    • It will release soon-ish. By soon-ish, I mean some time within the next month. I have no concrete plans for exactly win, but a comprehensive post schedule/outline for Shur’tugal is on my to-do list for early this week. (I don’t share this schedule publicly, sorry!)

      • Jimmy

        Don’t suppose its up yet?

      • Jack

        Is there a part 2 yet

      • Ron

        um so its been 5 months?

  • Endi

    Hay. Whats up with part 2? Looking forward!

    • We do not have a specific date for when part two will release, sorry.

  • Endi


    Sorry for bothering, just wanted to ask about the second part of the interview with Christopher Paolini. Is it even going to be released? Or not? Thanks for the anwser

    • Yes, it’ll be released, but I do not have a current timeframe for its release.

  • Nico

    Where’s part 2 of this interview??!! Please MM!

    • It’ll come eventually. I answered this with a bit more info above

      • Nataie

        I have a feeling it is never coming

  • Dragonluverforeverrrrr!

    His explanation for why Eragon had to leave made zero sense! I smell plot contrivance!

    • Frances

      It did in a way.

      Remember also the reason that Eragon gave to Nasueda about why he had to leave.
      Eragon just had too much power at that point, and unless he wanted to risk becoming a second Galbatorix, he has to stay away until people are no longer in awe of him quite so much.
      And remember, CP didn’t say never never. Just not for a long time. At least not until the riders are stable and he no longer needs to be there constantly.

  • this is getting annoying…its been over a month and we havent seen the second part. I wonder when the last one is going to be released

  • Grete

    Where can we find the other parts of this interview that was done more than 2 months ago?

  • EL

    Any possibility of a part two? It’s been quite a while

  • chris

    is there a part 2 ??

  • handysock

    Ok seriously it’s annoying that you said you were going to release part 2 but you haven’t. Maybe you have allot on but you shouldn’t say you’re gonna do something then just not do it. Disappointed at your unprofessional-ism and hope you’ll put the next part up soon.

  • Anjali

    I don’t think you guys appreciate how difficult it is to create a universe as vast and delightful as Eragon’s. I really love Inheritance, it’s a book that satisfies the reader with the right amount of epic battles and twists and so on to complete the cycle, you know? But just because he hasn’t thought out a back story for Galbatorix, or mentioned who the riders are….I mean it’s like the thing with Nasuada’s illusions, remember? How the details are provided by hundreds of souls and memories to fill in the blanks. CP is just one person. The blanks in the story, well, they’re there for you to fill in.

    • Frances


  • Silverhawk88

    Hey mike. Are you going to update your inheritance cycle almanac. Maybe make a part two

  • Shur’tugal

    When is the second part of the interview coming? It’s been close to a year! This is ridiculous! No offense, but how hard can it be if you already completed the interview to just post it?

  • hannah

    hey thank you, but when will the second part come. i understand the pressure here but, well there isn’t a nicer way to say this, will you hurry please?

  • Dakon svit-kona

    its been a year and 4 days since part one was posted where the heck is part two??

  • madeline

    what happens to arya and eragon. I mean, I’m not trying to hate or anything but that just flat out disappointed me that they didn’t end up together.

  • Aiedail

    I just learned about and then read the entire Inheritance Cycle in less than a week, and I work 50+ hours a week and am building my own house, that is how…consumed and taken I was with this series with its style of writing, depth of characters, their interactions and the realm of Alagaesia itself. Following its conclusion, with so many questions left unanswered and the storyline in no way close to being finished, I’ve scoured long dead threads and interviews hoping for some definite word on a near future continuation of the series, finding only subtle hints. I refuse to read any fanfics as I intend only to read what the creator will write in his canon.
    Christopher if you by some rare chance read this, I applaud you for undertaking such an immense task in becoming an author and starting this series in your teens, something I dreamt of doing but never had the time while I was growing up. In any case, I implore you to continue your vested adventure in Eragon, I know that it may seem like old news to you, but there are those of us who revel your work as an escape from this monotonous reality.

  • Leo B

    I really want to see Eragon and Arya unite in perso, not in a thousand years, but soon. Eragon needs to go back, in a few years or so!

  • Leo B


  • Natalie

    where is part 2… I’m still waiting