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.
During the trip Brom teaches even more to Eragon, including information about where they are headed, how to kill something with magic by shooting a rock, as well as more of the Elfin language and information to help care for Saphira. It takes another two days of traveling the woods near the Spine before the two reach the coast, only days from Teirm. The climate and area there are different as the ground turns to moss and mud. Eragon stops riding Saphira and rides the horse instead as they approach civilization and the two take on adopted names– Neal for Brom and Evan for Eragon. Brom will meet up with an old friend, Jeod when they reach Teirm.