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.
The next morning, Eragon and Brom leave the Carvahall area and begin following the Ra’zac prints in the snow, though they are hard to follow. With no horses, it is slow going though and the two argue over Brom’s refusal to reveal more of his secrets. Brom begins training Eragon as well, attacking him with a stick and knocking him out, as Eragon is completely unprepared for the attack.
When the three finally reach Therinsford, they buy horses and learn that the Ra’zac have been through town buying their own horses and leaving quickly. They direct them to follow them to the Palancar Valley where the Ra’zac headed. The two continue traveling, passing the mountain range on the outskirts of Therinsford and settling down to camp outside the village for the evening, practicing swordfighting more.