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.
As the three continue to travel through the woods, Brom explains that he will have to teach Eragon himself the ways of the Dragon Rider as there is no more formal training. Though no rider as young as Eragon has used magic before, Brom will hand him tasks to solve that require magic, in the same manner as Dragon Riders that came before. He explains the workings of the words used to invoke magic as well, how they are very specific and must be used properly.
Eragon quizzes Brom about the capabilities of magic, with Brom reassuring him of the dangers of overreaching with his power. The first task is to keep a pebble floating in the air. His scar glows and he is able to keep the pebble floating. Magic is also apparently affected by the distance a rider is from the target. The rest of the day is spent with the pebble and at the end of the day, Brom gives him more words to memorize and they spar more with their sticks.
As time passes, Eragon continues to study and practice and grow stronger, while Saphira grows bigger and more powerful. Eragon also has more dreams, this time of his uncle turning into a Ra’zac.