top-ten-weapons-headerEvery true fantasy hero (and villain) needs a good weapon.  Whether in a large scale battle or a duel of champions, a warrior’s chosen weapon can mean life or death.  Not only used for fighting, they can also be symbols of great power, hope and despair.  Fortunately for fans of the Inheritance Cycle, the series is loaded with amazing weaponry both beautiful and meaningful.  From infamous Rider swords, to improvised tools and unique enchantments, the weapons of Inheritance are fantastical and far reaching in so many ways.

Below you’ll find the first of a two part series where we’ll count down the top ten most incredible weapons from the Inheritance Cycle.  Starting with numbers ten through six, the remaining top five will be revealed in tomorrow’s post! (Note: This list is only the Shur’tugal staff’s opinion, and we’d love to hear what your top ten list is in the comments!) Continue reading this article…


throwback-interview-headerInheritance, the final book in the Inheritance Cycle, released to fans in November of 2011, ending the four book story of the characters we came to know and love over the course of the series’ eight year run. Although Christopher has stated that he plans to revisit the world of Alagaesia in a fifth book (not a part of the original series, but released as a standalone) and possible prequel, the final pages of Inheritance were the true ending of the series.

Christopher’s first major interview following the series’ ending was with Shur’tugal in early December, 2011. It was perhaps the biggest interview we have ever done, and the fans seemed to agree – the post attracted 700 reader comments in the first two weeks. The interviewed tackled all of the book’s hot topics, including how the ending (with Eragon and Saphira leaving Alagaesia and Arya remaining behind) evolved over time, why Arya chose to be queen, returning to a potential Eragon and Arya relationship, Murtagh and Nasuada’s relationship, and Roran not becoming king. Continue reading this article…


Angela the Herbalist and SolembumIf there’s one topic that fans of Inheritance love to discuss, it’s the simple question of “What happens next?”.  Tune in to any given conversation regarding the conclusion of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance Cycle and there is a good chance that the chatter will find its way towards the story’s most enigmatic character: Angela the herbalist.

Throughout the Cycle, Angela’s continuous stream of wit, knowledge and strength was mirrored by layers of mystery that kept fans guessing to the very end of Inheritance.  From our in depth Big Twenty series to past community discussion posts, fans and readers have left no stone unturned in their quest to discern the origins of Eragon’s most eccentric ally.

While we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out any more details on Angela’s past, we can always look towards her future adventures. From “Blood Price”, one of the final chapters of Inheritance, Angela shares a hint with Eragon on where she might travel next: Continue reading this article…


aren-pnet-600pxThe first week of, the Paolini family’s official website, is coming to a close. With so much great content available on the website at its launch and even more added to the website and on its blog over the past seven days, we wanted to provide a helpful guide to be sure that all fans are able to easily find each piece of content.

Welcome to! – Christopher introduces readers to in a video message and blog post!

Welcome to the Writers Corner – The Paolini family explains what readers can expect from the Writers Corner, a resource filled with advice, tools, and articles exploring writing, world building, and more.

Christopher’s Current Writing Project – Christopher discusses his current writing project, a sci-fi novel, in a new video exclusive to their website!

Christopher’s Art Desk: The Process Behind the Illustration of Aren, Brom’s Ring – Readers are given a behind-the-scenes look at the process behind illustrating Aren, Brom’s ring! The article includes never-before-seen sketches, references, and more. Continue reading this article…



Today marks nine years since the release of BRISINGR, the third book in the Inheritance Cycle! In 2008, the year Brisingr released, the series was finally known as the Inheritance Cycle! This announcement was first made on October 30th, 2007, with the book’s title, release date, and cover was being announced on January 16th, 2008.

Upon its release and in the years since, Brisingr has gone on to sell millions of copies and mark a permanent spot on the book shelves of many fantasy and young adult fans. It was an exciting but agonizing three years leading up to the book’s release as announcements were made containing the book’s title, cover, page count and more, as well as hints at spoilers, lots of interviews, and even more rumors! The biggest shock came when a fourth book in the series was announced, leading to excitement that the series would have even more adventures, but shock at the realization that we’d have to wait for another book to find out what happens to our favorite characters! Continue reading this article…


dragon-eggs-post-headerLet’s face it: we’ve all daydreamed about owning our own dragon. The scene in Eragon in which Eragon discovers Saphira’s dragon egg has caused many of us to long to find our own dragon egg.

Thanks to an incredible and easy dragon egg art project, you can now create your own! You choose the size and color and you bring your very own dragon egg to life. The best part: you can create your dragon egg for less than $10 in supplies! It will make a great week night or weekend project and your dragon egg will make a great companion for your Inheritance Cycle books! And who knows, maybe it’ll hatch… Continue reading this article…


shurtugal-giveaway-header-imageLast week we gave away a signed copy of the 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition of Eragon… and this week we’re back to giveaway not only another copy of the Collector’s Edition, but three more books in our first Mystery Book Box giveaway!

We aren’t willing to tell you what the other three books in the Mystery Book Box are, but we’ll give you a few hints: this week’s Mystery Book Box is called the “Epic Authors Starter Pack”, promising that all of the books provided are a first in their series. We are also willing to tease that one of the books may be related to a major book-adaptation movie hitting theaters soon…

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

Tell us in the comments on this post what book(s) you’re currently reading! Use this as an opportunity to recommend books to other readers by sharing more than just the book title!

After seven days (on September 25th), we’ll close the giveaway and choose one winner! The only way to enter is by leaving a comment, and leaving other comments responding to fans’ recommendations in the comment section can increase your chances of winning! Be sure to verify that you’ve left a comment in the giveaway box on this post so that you are qualified for the giveaway.

Our readers may also be interested to know that our sister site,, is currently giving away a mega book pack of their own! To celebrate the release of the Maze Runner movie, they are giving away a five book set including the Maze Runner trilogy, its prequel, and a behind-the-scenes movie tie-in book! Entering is as simple as entering this mega book giveaway, so don’t miss out on a chance to win another set of books!

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(Please note: we reserve the right to disqualify any comments made that we deem to be spam. Please make sure that the comments you leave are constructive and contain useful content.), the Paolini family’s official website, launched earlier this week with an incredible response of support and fanfare from fans around the world! With so much great content available on the site during its launch (and even more coming in the weeks and months ahead), we thought fans may appreciate a guide to finding this content!

Christopher discusses his current writing project – It’s one of the most frequently asked questions: what’s your next project?! Christopher filmed a video for fans discussing his next project, a sci-fi novel, and what you can expect to see!

The Writers Corner – Christopher wrote Eragon at the age of fifteen before going on to self-publish, and eventually sell the rights to a major publisher. With over a decade of writing experience between Christopher and his entire family, the family has decided to offer a section dedicated to aspiring writers with advice, tools, and articles exploring writing, world building, and more.

Christopher discusses finishing the Inheritance Cycle and moving on to a new project – Christopher discusses what it was like to finish the final book in the Inheritance Cycle and the writing process that led him to his current sci-fi writing project, including several short stories, in an essay on! Continue reading this article…


Find peace among the falling snow with ‘Murtagh and Thorn’

Throughout the entirety of the Inheritance Cycle, there may have been no soul more tortured than that of Murtagh. Condemned from birth, the son of betrayer Morzan spent his life shackled in both body and mind leading up to the culmination of Inheritance and the Varden’s victory against Galbatorix.

Whether it was torment suffered as a child at the hands of his ruthless father, imprisonment by the Varden, or having an oath of servitude forced upon him by Galbatorix, Murtagh never truly experienced freedom to live his life on his own accord. The same can be said for his dragon, Thorn, whom Galbatorix used as a pawn to bring Murtagh into service as a Rider.

It wasn’t until Murtagh helped Eragon bring down Galbatorix once and for all that he and Thorn were able to finally choose the path they wanted to tread in life and begin anew. Perhaps this new sense of freedom was most telling when Murtagh offered no definite plans for his future at the end of Inheritance, taking to the northbound skies with Thorn towards new horizons. Continue reading this article…


The Paolini family launches, their official website

We are excited to announce that the Paolini family has launched, the official destination for all things Paolini on the web!

The website has launched with several exciting pieces of content, including introductions to various parts of the website, including the Writers Corner, Educators section, and a video from Christopher discussing his new writing project, a scifi novel!

Lots of exciting content will be added to the website on a regular basis, and while we aren’t ready to reveal what that content will be, we can promise that it will appeal to fans, aspiring writers, and parents/educators. Be sure to check back regularly as several posts will be added to the blog each week.

I am also thrilled to mention that I have been a part of the project since its inception, working closely with the Paolini family to build this new website from the ground up. I will be working on the website as its manager and a contributor of content to both the website and its blog. I am also assisting in the management of their social media accounts, where even more exciting content can be found!

Visit to view all of the great launch content and new blog articles! Be sure to follow @PaoliniOfficial on Twitter and “Like” the Official Facebook page on Facebook for the latest news and updates! Additionally, you can subscribe to the Newsletter for news and announcements forty-eight hours before they hit the official website! is © 2004-2014. is owned by Mike Macauley, in partnership with
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