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Kvetha Fricaya. Greetings, F riends.
Brisingrwas a fun, intense, and sometimes difficult book to write. When I started, I felt as if the
story were a vast, three-dimensional puzzle that I had to solve without hints or instructions. I
found the experience to be immensely satisfying, despite the challenges it occasionally posed.
Because of its complexity,Brisingr ended up much larger than I ant icipated—so much larger, in
fact, that I had to expand the series from three books to four. Thus, the Inheritance trilogy
became the Inheritance cycle. I’m pleased with the change too. Having another volume in the
series has allowed me to explore and develop the characters’ personalities and relationships at a
more natural pace.
As withEragon andEldest, I never would have been able to complete this book without the
support of a whole host of talented people, to whom I am ever grateful. They are:
At home: Mom, for her food, tea, advice, sympathy, endless patience, and optimism; Dad, for
his unique perspective, razor-sharp observations on story and prose, helping me to name the
book, and for coming up with the idea of having Eragon’s sword burst into flame every time he
says its name (very cool); and my one and only sister, Angela, for once again consenting to
reprise her character and for numerous pieces of information on names, plants, and all things
At Writers House: Simon Lipskar, my agent, for his friendship, his hard work, and for giving me
a much-needed kick in the pants early on inBrisingr (without which I might have taken another
two years to finish the book ); and his assistant Josh Getzler for all he does on behalf of Simon
and the Inheritance cycle.
At Knopf: my editor, Michelle Frey, who did an awesome job of helping me to c lean up and
tighten the manuscript (the first draft wasmuch longer); associate editor Michele Burke, who also
labored over the editing and who hel