A very limited and exclusive Collector's Edition of Eragon has been announced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Eragon's publication! Read more about it here.

Help make the second Beyond Words Fantasy Calendar a reality!

christopher-beyond-words-header-imageOur good friend from the Inheritance Cycle Book Club Podcast and Lytherus managing editor Lauren Zurchin is at it again! She’s photographing twelve best-selling fantasy authors in custom costumes she’s creating, and putting together an all-new photography fantasy calendar for charity. Last year Christopher Paolini was a part of the first calendar, and it turned out amazing (read about the shoot here).

This project is ambitious, and since it won’t come cheap to travel the country to shoot these twelve photos (not to mention making custom costumes and props for each and every photo). Lauren has taken to Kickstarter to raise the funds to make her idea a reality. Every author involved in the project has limited edition exclusive items up for grabs, prizes that are only offered here. You can score limited edition prints of the calendar photos, signed bookplates, and even personalized packs with lots of goodies made out to you.

The authors involved are:

  • Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Series)
  • Jim Butcher (The Harry Dresden Files, The Codex Alera)
  • Melissa de la Cruz (The Blue Bloods series, Witches of East End)
  • Tony DiTerlizzi (The Spiderwick Chronicles,  The WondLa series)
  • Kami Garcia (The Beautiful Creatures novels, The Legion Series)
  • Lev Grossman (The Magicians series)
  • Robin Hobb (The Liveship Traders Trilogy, The Rain Wild Chronicles)
  • Tahereh Mafi (The Shatter Me Series)
  • Garth Nix (The Abhorsen Trilogy, The Keys to the Kingdom Series)
  • Ransom Riggs (The Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series)
  • Margaret Stohl (The Beautiful Creatures novels, The Icons Series)
  • Scott Westerfeld (The Leviathan Trilogy, The Uglies Series)

As you can see, it’s quite the lineup of authors, and ALL of them are offering rewards. You can even score a calendar signed by ALL TWELVE of the authors!

Once the calendar is made, proceeds from the sale of the calendars are going to two different charities (which is why, if you’re wondering, you can’t buy just a plain calendar on the Kickstarter). Head on over to Lauren’s blog, where she explains it all in more detail.

So, help Lauren and these authors make this project a reality by supporting her Kickstarter – and snag some awesome personalized and autographed loot in the process!

View all of the items and support a great cause over on Kickstarter.com!

(You can still snag the first Beyond Words calendar featuring Christopher for only $10!)

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Random House reveals winner of the official Inheritance art contest!

The Inheritance cycle Fan Art Contest has now concluded. Random House and Christopher Paolini received over 100 great entries with some spectacular art! It was a very tough decision for the Inheritance author, who chose the winner and ten finalists. His choice for the winner is below, with images of the ten finalists’ art coming soon!

contest-winner-eragonThis fall, Knopf celebrated the 10th anniversary of Paolini’s worldwide phenomenon with the release of a collector’s edition of Eragon on October 22, 2013. This faux-leather-bound edition features gold-foil line art on the cover and six glossy, full-color original illustrations in the interior by award-winning artists John Jude Palencar (the Inheritance cycle cover artist), Michael Hague, Donato Giancola, Ciruelo, and Raoul Vitale, as well as Christopher Paolini himself.

You can learn more about the 10th Anniversary Edition of Eragon on our special book page!

Happy Halloween from the staff of Shur’tugal!

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Happy Halloween!

On behalf of the staff of Shur’tugal, we want to wish you a happy, safe, and fun Halloween!

Now we ask: Are you going out in an Inheritance-inspired costume? If so, let us know in the comments!

eragondayWe’re celebrating the release of the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon, which you can learn more about on our official 10th Anniversary page, with one last giveaway!

10thAnniversaryCoverThat’s right: one final chance to win an autographed copy of the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon! To enter the giveaway, simply be a resident of North America (sorry, international fans) and follow the directions below. Every fan will automatically receive one entry by entering via email below, with the option to gain additional entries into the raffle by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and tweeting about Shur’tugal being back! (If you’ve already “Liked” us on Facebook and “followed” us on Twitter, be sure to click those options in the giveaway boxes so that you still receive your bonus entries!)

Enter quick, as the giveaway is set to close at November 7th at 11:59pm EST!

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Our winner will be announced in this post on November 8th!

Werecats are a curious kind! Can you imagine being Eragon, a young and inexperienced farm boy thrust out into the world with little knowledge of the abnormal or mythical (other than the tales told by wandering traders)… laying on the ground with a werecat on your chest?

eragon and solembumThis scene, a fan favorite and one of the best scenes of Eragon, was brought to life by the DeviantArt artist Deygira-Blood. The illustration shows exactly how the initial confrontation played out, just moments before Eragon would be given a series of prophecies by Angela the Witch which would later prove a near spot-on narrative of the events of his life:

The cat yowled and stalked back to him. It jumped on his chest and crouched there, looking down at him with gleaming eyes. Eragon tried to sit up, but it growled, showing its fangs. Do I look like other cats?

No . . .

Then what makes you think I am one? Eragon started to say something, but the creature dug its claws into his chest. Obviously your education has been neglected. I—to correct your mistake—am a werecat. There aren’t many of us left, but I think even a farm boy should have heard of us.

I didn’t know you were real, said Eragon, fascinated. A werecat!

Now we ask: Is this how you pictured Eragon and Solembum? (And bonus points to anyone who identifies the object next to Eragon’s head!)

eragon and saphira with brisingrTuesday saw the release of the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon, an extremely limited release of Eragon featuring six new pieces of artwork by award-winning artists and Christopher Paolini himself. You can learn more about the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition on our official page for the book. The Collector’s Edition, as you may have guessed from its name, was released to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the publication of Eragon, which was first published a decade ago in 2003!

To mark the occasion, we’re asking fans to answer the following question:

What has Eragon and The Inheritance Cycle done for your life?

Be sure to answer the question in the comments section of this news post!

10thAnniversaryCoverToday marks the on-sale day for the new and very limited 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon! The book, which is currently available in North America only, has been released in Collector’s Edition form to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the publication of Eragon! The book is a one-of-a-kind, extremely limited Collector’s Edition bound in blue faux-leather and will feature an entirely new gold-foil line art cover by artist Ciruelo Cabral.

The Collector’s Edition will also feature six glossy, full-color original illustrations by award-winning artists John Jude Palencar (original artist of the Inheritance Cycle book covers), Michael Hague, Donato Giancola, Ciruelo Cabral, and Raoule Vitale, as well as Christopher Paolini himself.

You can learn more about the book and view artwork from the artists featured in the Collector’s Edition on our official 10th Anniversary page!

To help celebrate the book’s release, we’re giving away three signed copies of the Collector’s Edition of Eragon!

To enter, simply be a resident of North America (sorry, international fans) and follow the directions below. Every fan will automatically receive one entry by entering via email below, with the option to gain additional entries into the raffle by following us on Facebook and Twitter, and tweeting about Shur’tugal being back! (If you’ve already “Liked” us on Facebook and “followed” us on Twitter, be sure to click those options in the giveaway boxes so that you still receive your bonus entries!)

Enter quick, as the giveaways are set to close at October 28th at 11:59pm EST!

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Our winners will be announced in this post on October 29th!

Don’t want to wait? You can order your Collector’s Edition of Eragon through Amazon for only $36.99, including free shipping!

Every fan can agree that the scene in which Saphira hatches for Eragon and the pair become bonded is hands down the most iconic scene in the Inheritance Cycle. One artist, Eumenidi on DeviantArt, decided to illustrate this scene in a piece titled “Awakening”:awakeningWhile in a style we rarely see associated with official artwork from the books, we feel as though this illustration captures the look and feel that one would experience if they were in Garrow’s home. It’s aged, beat up, and run down, but it feels like home, which is why Eragon must have had such a hard time parting with it after it was burned to the ground by the Ra’zac.

Some fun Easter eggs can be found in the illustration as well: Eragon’s shelf containing all of the items he’s collected, his quiver in the bottom left corner, the gedwëy ignasia on his palm, the broken egg shell fragments on the floor, and his dinner in the bottom right corner.

We recently posted artwork showing the moment in which Arya and Firnen became bonded, a scene that was missing in Inheritance. We highly recommend checking it out!

Throughout the entirety of the Inheritance Cycle readers are reminded of the unique strength of the bond between Riders and their dragons, as shown on a daily basis between Eragon and Saphira. When the two are together, their bond allows them to function as one. When they are apart, this bond — or the lack of it — drives the pair into loneliness, boredom, and even depression.

The end of Inheritance reveals that another Rider and dragon bond has been formed… between Arya and her new green dragon Fírnen! Although we were not privy to a first hand account of Fírnen’s hatching and the moment in which Arya and Fírnen became bonded, one artist took a stab at illustrating the occasion:the_shining_palm_of_arya_shadeslayer_by_imaeko-d4rknb6A similar scene played out in the early pages of Eragon, shortly after Saphira — then unnamed — hatched from her egg, much to the surprise of Eragon. Naturally curious, Eragon reaches out to touch the young dragon hatchling… and in that instant, initiates what would become the most important connection of his life:

Tentatively, he reached out with his right hand and touched its flank. A blast of icy energy surged into his hand and raced up his arm, burning in his veins like liquid fire. He fell back with a wild cry. An iron clang filled his ears, and he heard a soundless scream of rage. Every part of his body seared with pain. He struggled to move, but was unable to. After what seemed like hours, warmth seeped back into his limbs, leaving them tingling. Shivering uncontrollably, he pushed himself upright. His hand was numb, his fingers paralyzed. Alarmed, he watched as the middle of his palm shimmered and formed a diffused white oval. The skin itched and burned like a spider bite. His heart pounded frantically.

Eragon blinked, trying to understand what had occurred. Something brushed against his consciousness, like a finger trailing over his skin. He felt it again, but this time it solidified into a tendril of thought through which he could feel a growing curiosity. It was as if an invisible wall surrounding his thoughts had fallen away, and he was now free to reach out with his mind. He was afraid that without anything to hold him back, he would float out of his body and be unable to return, becoming a spirit of the ether. Scared, he pulled away from the contact. The new sense vanished as if he had closed his eyes.

Now we ask: Does the moment depicted above help illustrate the scene that was missing in Inheritance? Is this how you pictured it happening, or do you feel as though it happened differently?

*The artwork used in this post was done by the brilliant DeviantArt artist Imaeko!

eragon and saphira2013 marks a decade since Eragon was first released by Random House Children’s Books in 2003. To mark the occasion, Random House is releasing a 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon… and on our end, we’re celebrating by asking fans:

What is your favorite or most memorable moment from Eragon?

Be sure to answer the question in the comments section of this news post! This weekend, we’ll collect our favorite answers and will share them in a new post on the website. But that’s not all: Christopher Paolini will be personally tweeting some of his favorite responses!

*Eragon and Saphira artwork used in this post was created by the talented artist Draakh on DeviantArt!

 

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