Eragon, a young adult fantasy novel, is the first book in the Inheritance Cycle. It tells the story of a young boy named Eragon who hatches a dragon, Saphira, out of a mysterious stone he finds in the woods. Eragon bonds closely with Saphira and becomes a dragon rider, drawing the attention of the evil king Galbatorix, who sends his servants, the Ra'zac, to kill him. While escaping from the Ra'zac, Eragon and his mentor Brom become embroiled in plots against the evil king.
Hunting in the woods of The Spine, in the vast land of Alagaësia, Eragon is a 15 year old boy, only a year from official “manhood”. While sighting a female deer with his bow to gather food for his family, Eragon is rocked by an explosion throughout the woods.
A circle of dead grass forms around the blast center with hundreds of trees ripped clean. Eragon walks toward the explosion point and notices the presence of a stone, cautious but for a moment before picking it up. The polished blue stone is very hard yet smooth and colorful. Eragon is unsure of it other than that it might be valuable, so he packs it up and sleeps for the night.