Brisingr, the third book in Christopher Paolini's "Inheritance Cycle," will be released tonight at midnight -- September 20, 2008.
The "Inheritance Cycle" began with the book Eragon. Paolini completed his first draft of the book when he was fifteen. His family self-published it, but later was contacted by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young readers. Author Carl Hiaasen, who himself writes books for young readers, brought Eragon to the to publisher's attention after his step-son read it. Eragon was published by Knopf in 2003. Eldest, the second book in the series, followed in 2005.
Paolini had thought his "Inheritance" series would be a trilogy. But when the draft for the third book neared 2000 pages, he decided it would be best to divide the story into a four book cycle, changing it from the Inheritance Trilogy to the "Inheritance Cycle". Brisingr is book three. Book four will complete the story.
The adventures of Eargon and the dragon Saphira were made into a movie by Fox in December 2006.
The "Inheritance Cycle" webpage includes activities and an Eragon Screensaver.