He has finished an epic fantasy series that is beloved by millions all over the world. He has travelled that world and met tens of thousands of his fans. He has provided for his family even as they provided for him when he wrote Eragon at 15 years old. He has been able to keep a humble life in the wilds of Montana, without falling prey to the arrogance and self-importance that comes with early success.
I have known Christopher a long time. He’s one of my nicest friends. I see him once or twice throughout the year, usually at a convention, and it’s like no time has passed. We are reduced to being geeks—still—and we spend the most significant time talking about the craft of writing.
It all began for him ten years ago with Eragon though, and now Random House has decided to celebrate the book and the writer with a beautiful 10th Anniversary Edition!
Here is an interview with Christopher about the new book:
NEW RELEASE INTERVIEW: THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF ERAGON
Shawn Speakman: The 10th Anniversary Edition of ERAGON is now published! Tell Suvudu about the book and how it came to be?
The book is leather bound, with marbled end papers and paintings throughout by five of the best fantasy artists in the world (all of whom I personally selected). I also contributed a piece: a full-color illustration of the character of Brom. In addition, I wrote the foreword. The text itself contains many minor changes that I’ve added over the years, and is the most up-to-date version in existence.
This edition came about because (a) I’ve always wanted a leather-bound, illustrated version of Eragon, and (b) because Random House and I wanted to celebrate this rather significant milestone. Ten years! It’s sometimes hard to believe.
Shawn Speakman: How did the selection of artists come about? And did you help guide them in any way in the creation of the interior art?
Shawn Speakman: I love leatherbound books. Will the other books in the series be given the leather edition treatment?
Shawn Speakman: I for one cannot believe that ten years have passed. How have you changed in that time, both as a writer and as a person?
Shawn Speakman: I understand you are working on a science fiction novel. Anything you’d like to share about it? Tentative title?
I have to say, I am excited about Christopher writing a science fiction novel set in space. He has worked in epic fantasy for so long, I’m curious to see what else his mind can create!
In the meantime, the 10th Anniversary of Eragon by Christopher Paolini is in fine bookstores now! It is a gorgeous edition, one that will please book collectors as well as Paolini fans!
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