Christopher Paolini Plans To Extend His `Inheritance’ Fantasy Series To 4 Books

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Christopher Paolini’s million-selling “Inheritance” fantasy series, originally planned as a trilogy, is being extended to four books, publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced .

The first two books, Eragon and Eldest, have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. The third book, currently untitled, is scheduled to be released in print and audiobook format on September 23, 2008.

“I plotted out the `Inheritance’ series as a trilogy nine years ago, when I was 15. At that time, I never imagined I’d write all three books, much less that they would be published,” Paolini said in a statement.

“When I finally delved into Book Three, it soon became obvious that the remainder of the story was far too big to fit in one volume. … In order to be true to my characters and to address all of the plot points and unanswered questions Eragon and Eldest raised, I needed to split the end of the series into two books.”  The four books will be called the Inheritance Cycle.  You can view the video of Paolini’s announcement at http://www.alagaesia.com/kvetha/.

Paolini began writing the series, the story of a boy named Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, when he was 15, and his parents self-published the book in 2002, when he was 18. Knopf published it a year later.

You can stay updated on all things Christopher Paolini by surfing over to his official website at http://www.alagaesia.com/!  You can also receive email updates about Paolini’s books from http://www.randomhouse.com/teens/news/.

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