It has been three years since the release of Inheritance, the final chapter in Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle, and fans are clamoring for information on Christopher’s next big project – be it set in the world of Alagaesia or in an entirely new universe.
With nearly three years to embark on new projects behind him, Christopher has now begun to speak about his future as a storyteller, including the future of the Inheritance universe and other stories the author plans to tell. Christopher has used his own platforms, including Twitter and his official website, as well as interviews and guest articles to detail the work he’s done over the past several years in addition to the projects he is currently working on and his vision for the future of his universes, including Inheritance.
“I’ve given a lot of thought to what I want to write after having finished Inheritance. In fact, I have a number of books entirely plotted out that I’ve been waiting to write for several years now. Some are fantasy, some are science fiction, some romance, historical fiction, mystery, thriller, horror . . . you name it!”
Fans will be excited to hear more on his now-announced untitled scifi book, teased to be full of “aliens, spaceships, lasers, strange new planets, and explosions“! You can learn more about the new scifi novel below.
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Although Christopher is currently focusing on his next project, an untitled science fiction novel, the author has stated that he will in fact make a return to Alagaesia. His first confirmed return will be in the form of “Book V”, a standalone novel in the world of Alagaesia. However, the author has also expressed interest in possibly writing a prequel to the series.
“Book V” – A standalone novel in Alagaesia
The big question on every Inheritance’s fans’ mind is: when’s the next book set in Alagaesia releasing? Inheritance, the fourth book in the Inheritance Cycle, wrapped up the series with a definitive ending. However, Christopher has stated that he plans on revisiting the world of Alagaesia in “Book V”, an already-plotted standalone novel featuring a number of familiar characters from the Inheritance Cycle, as well as plenty of new characters.
“Book Five (as I think of it) would be set after the events of the Inheritance cycle, would be a single stand-alone book, and would feature both new and old characters.”
“Book V” will take place after the events of Inheritance. Christopher has also revealed that plot threads already exist in the Inheritance Cycle which pertain to the events in future books. Which threads could these be?
In interviews and Twitter conversations, Christopher has offered some answers and information regarding “Book V”, offering fans an early glimpse into what to expect from the standalone book:
Have you started any work on Book V, such as planning?
Christopher: Book V is completely plotted out. However, I’m writing something else at the moment.
Will we ever find out what happened to the belt of Beloth the Wise?
Will Murtagh ever join Eragon in establishing the new Riders?
Christopher: Heh. No comment.
Will there ever be a book about or featuring Murtagh?
Christopher: Let’s just say we haven’t seen the last of Murtagh.
In the mean time, fans are left pondering which characters may make a re-appearance in our favorite series’ stand-alone story, and what state the world may be in once we reach that time period.
Christopher has made it abundantly clear that he does not intend to leave the Inheritance universe forever, which means it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing more news and updates about the Book V project!
A Prequel to the Inheritance Cycle
Christopher has expressed interest in writing a prequel to the current events in Alagaesia, taking readers on a journey back to the days where the Riders were at the height of their power, and may very well feature the character of Brom! It is unlikely that we will see a prequel written before “Book V”.
“I don’t have any immediate plans to write a prequel, but, if I ever do, it will probably be either the story of Brom’s life or a story set during the height of the Riders’ power. I will probably write Book V first.”
What we have heard of the Riders prior to their downfall at the hands of Galbatorix is only the beginning of the rich and detailed history of the Riders, who oversaw Alagaesia for many peaceful years. Their once mighty capital of Vroengard now lies deserted, but their detailed history still lingers. The Riders’ tale and the events which lead to the Inheritance Cycle would tickle the adventurous side of any Inheritance reader!
Alternatively, Brom’s exciting life – from childhood to Vroengard, from the death of his Saphira to the stealing of the dragon eggs and the defeat of Morzan – would make quite the tale!
Having planned and plotted multiple stories during the years he spent writing the Inheritance Cycle, the author wished to bring one or more of those to life while taking a break from the characters he spent over a decade writing. The author has spoken about his next project, a scifi novel he’s had in the works for well over a year and plotted out for much longer.
With ten months of planning and months more of writing, Christopher was finally ready to discuss his next project in the first major discussion of the untitled book since the release of Inheritance.
“I messed around with a number of short stories, each in a different style. I even tried my hand at a screenplay (they’re harder than they look). And I read as many books and watched as many movies as I could.
Once I had recharged my creative batteries, I knew I was ready to tackle something bigger. Much bigger. So I began researching the information I’d need. For nine to ten months, I scoured the Internet for details obvious and obscure. I called and emailed professors around the world. I spent days hashing over various world-building issues with my friends and family. All so that I could do justice to the setting I had decided on for my next story.
And then, only then, did I start to write.
So far, it’s been a blast. The story is science fiction—one of my first loves, along with fantasy—and full of aliens, spaceships, lasers, strange new planets, and explosions. You know, fun stuff. At the same time, I’m hoping that the story will stir people’s emotions, as well as give them a few interesting things to think about. As with all creative endeavors, there’s no guarantee of success. But I think it’s going to end up being pretty awesome.”
We have no information regarding the potential release of Christopher’s already-written short stories, with the author currently powering through chapters of the book, it may not be long before we hear more news regarding this scifi novel!