Third book in 'Inheritance' series release

January 16, 2008 11:57:28 AM PST
The third volume of Christopher Paolini's million-selling "Inheritance" fantasy series, coming out this fall, will have a Harry Potter-like midnight opening. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf will release "Brisingr" on Saturday,

Sept. 20, at 12:01 a.m., EDT, with a first printing of 2.5 million. According to Nancy Hinkel, publishing director of Knopf's Books for Young Readers, the novel was originally scheduled for a traditional release, on Sept. 23.

"After the initial announcement of Book Three's release, we received an outpouring of requests from booksellers hoping to host midnight launch parties," Hinkel said Wednesday in a statement. "We have responded to their enthusiasm by advancing the date, and we know fans will welcome the opportunity to celebrate the publication together."

The new book's title refers to an old Norse word, meaning fire, that has special meaning for Eragon, the series' young adventurer.

"`Brisingr' is one of the first words I thought of for this title, and it's always felt right to me," Paolini said in a statement. "As the first ancient-language word that Eragon learns, it has held particular significance for his legacy as a Dragon Rider. In this new book, it will be revealed to be even more meaningful than even Eragon could have known."

Paolini's first two books, "Eragon" and "Eldest," have sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. The series is expected to run for four books.