Nope, the title isn’t “Empire” (as rumored it would be amongst obsessive folks) but Brisingr (BRIS-ing-gr), an Old Norse word for fire.
I know. *lesigh* Why must it be the hard-to-spell-and-difficult-to-remember title?
“BRISINGR is one of the first words I thought of for this title, and it’s always felt right to me,” said Christopher Paolini. “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.”
“Bris-watsis” was supposed to be the last book of a trilogy but Chris started imagining more dragony stuff. Hence, the trilogy became a “cycle” with a promise of (at least) a fourth book. Uh-hmm. Hopefully he’s not planning to do it like La Nora and her gazillion “Dead” books.
Oh-kay. Chris, darling boy, I’m a terrible speller who can’t pronounce weird languages. You understand if I stick with “Empire”? Goody! Now, originally slated for release on September 23, 2008, “Empire” will go on sale at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, September 20. The cover—featuring the gold dragon, G something—was drawn by the renowned John Jude Palencar, illustrator of both the Eragon and Eldest covers. Pretty goldy, huh?
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