I worked in one of the largest Barnes & Noble bookstores in the company, a massive three-story bookstore filled with books and coffee from floor to ceiling. It was a beautiful store. Since it was one of the best B&Ns on the West Coast, we received many authors on tour—for events and for drop-by signings. It was wonderful getting the chance to meet some of the best writers in the genre and better still to help sell their books.
Christopher Paolini was the youngest of these authors.
A children’s department employee named Mary read an Advanced Reader Copy of Eragon in 2002, before the book was published as a hardcover. She loved it. She loved it so much she gave me the ARC to read and I immediately recognized a wonderful tale for young adult readers. Curious, I immediately went to the internet(s). When I have cause, I can be quite internet savvy and I contacted the Paolini family to share my appreciation for the book and what it would soon do. We became friends—long before his success—and that friendship has lasted for eight years.
Of course, I didn’t know just how well Eragon would sell. It became an immediate bestseller and Christopher’s fan base has grown and grown over the years. But so has Christopher. When we first met at my bookstore, he was seventeen and, while confident, was very much awestruck at his success. It has been a pleasure watching him grow up from a teenager into an adult writer who has a great deal more to offer readers in the future.
That’s why I am excited about the completion of his fantasy series. Inheritance, the last book in Christopher’s Inheritance Cycle, is published tomorrow. It is the conclusion of Eragon’s story but it is much more than that. It is the end of a decade-long era for Christopher and his fans.
Here is a bit more about Inheritance:
Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.
Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chances.
The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?
This is the much-anticipated, astonishing conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle.
Christopher and I both attended the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. It was great to catch up and while there we got a chance to sit down and chat professionally on video—about Inheritance, the end of the series, and what he has planned for the future. Here is that video interview:
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini will be in fine bookstores tomorrow!