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Christopher Paolini chats about new book

The latest installment in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle hits bookstores Saturday, Sept. 20. Following in the footsteps of “Eragon” and “Eldest,” “Brisingr” will be the third of four planned books in this fantasy adventure.

In an interview with Boys’ Life, Christopher spoke of reading, dreaming and adventure as a child in Paradise Valley, Mont.

Christopher spent his days exploring mountains and rivers. Fantasy fiction caught his attention and he attacked the local library. He read anything and everything, including Boys’ Life.

At age 15, he sat down to write the kind of story he’d like to read. His family self-published “Eragon” in 2001. Christopher traveled the country in costume, speaking to students about the magic of reading and sharing his own story.

“It was intense,” Christopher says. “I dare anyone to put on a medieval costume when you’re 17 and walk into a strange high school. It was a great experience, but definitely a formative experience.”

The experience paid off.

“Eragon” landed in the hands of Carl Hiaasen’s stepson. Hiaasen, who’s written “Hoot” and other young adult novels, sent “Eragon” to Random House Publishing. Soon, Christopher’s story became a bestseller.

“Eragon” has since become a film, and “Eldest” also became a bestseller. It’s been quite a jump for the young man from rural Montana.

Christopher traces all his success back to reading.

“It’s done everything for me. Reading is probably the single most important skill I’ve learned in my life,” he says. “It’s crucial that you find books that you yourself enjoy. People who haven’t fallen in love with reading yet, I tell them to try another book, try another genre. There’s so much out there. Take another look.”

Click on the audio players below to hear portions of Christopher’s interview with Boys’ Life.

Christopher on how the outdoors and the Montana landscape have shaped his stories:

Christopher on why he started writing “Eragon”:

Christopher on how he invented the different languages used in the Inheritance Cycle:

235 Comments on Christopher Paolini chats about new book

  1. I loved this book and Im so happy its on boys Its only my2nd visit to the website here are some spoilers Eregon and roran stronghammer set off to avenge garrows death eregon who only has a cane because zoroc got stolen. He helps roran rescue katrina but whats to do with sloan

  2. We love your books so much!! We have not read you 3rd book yet but we bet it is awesome!!

  3. P.J. the dragon // October 8, 2008 at 5:47 pm // Reply

    These books ROCK! waiting for 3rd book.

  4. I loved the 1st 2 books! I’m waiting ’till Christmas 2 get it :( please give small spoilers!

  5. Eragon the Movie SUCKED Chris its your duty to make SURE they follow the book on the next 3 movies

  6. Du Sundavar Freohr // October 4, 2008 at 11:02 am // Reply

    i love all the books, and i read all of them

    in 1 week!!

  7. I love Eragon it is my favorite book. I sure do hope Christopher Paolini makes more of them. I heard the 5th book is about an green dragon.

  8. brisinger is awsome if you like eldest read the dragon lance series

  9. EaRgOnIsAwSoMe // September 30, 2008 at 8:13 am // Reply

    im reading your first book and i love it i wanna read all of them.GREAT STORY!

  10. shadeslayer2520 // September 29, 2008 at 5:25 pm // Reply

    Eragon and Eldest are awesome books. I recommend them to anyone who likes Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings. I haven’t finished Brisingr yet, but it is great so far. I hope they make an Eldest movie, too!

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