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.
Eragon finds Brom bleeding from his wound and Saphira arrives, angry at the attack. They immediately leave the village, fearful of more Urgals, with Brom on Saphira’s back. Later on, after ruminating on the magic he has used, the three discuss what was done wrong. Saphira is angry that she wasn’t there and Brom asks Eragon about his knowledge of magic. Brom is reticent again to share any more secrets, but Eragon’s impatience and the fact that he has already used magic force him to share the words and manner in which they work.
He explains that“brisingr” the word used to fire the arrow is Elfin for fire and that language is powerful. Brom reveals that he does in fact know some magic himself. Brom tells Eragon not to mess with magic on his own though, that it is dangerous and will harm him if musused. If a powerful word is used by a weak user, it will kill them.