Christopher Paolini gets a breather on his ten-city book tour today, pausing somewhere between Bethesda, Md. and Miami. The 24-year-old author will be on the road for a month to promote "Brisingr," the third book of his popular Inheritance cycle about a boy and his bright blue dragon.
Paolini is on record saying he finds it hard to spend a month away from his native Montana and the Absaroka mountains that he cites as an inspiration for the fantasy land of Alagaesia that he describes in his novels.
But Paolini must be taking some satisfaction in looking at the sales figures on his books. In the US, "Brisingr" sold 550,000 copies on its first day of sales last Saturday, setting a new record for its publisher, Random House Children's Books.