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.
When Brom and Jeod leave early the next morning without him, Eragon decides to explore the city before he stops at Angela, the healer next door’s house. He enters the shop and runs into Solembum, a werecat who he can communicate with. The cat knows he is a rider and the two are confrontational until Angel arrives. Angela decides to tell Eragon’s fortune despite his declination of her offer. She reveals that she has only ever read the bones for one other person, a Selena (Eragon’s mother’s name).
She decides Eragon’s future is too cloudy, though she shares that his life will be long and filled with many battles. She sense immediate danger in his future as well though and imminent death, as well as an epic romance. She warns of a betrayal from within his family, though Eragon is unsure why Roran would betrayhim. Solembum gives him another message as he leaves, to look for a weapon under the roots of a Menoa tree, as well as directions to a rock of Kuthian to regain his powers (should they disappear). Saphira reinstills Solembum’s words, saying they sound important.
Brom is upset later because he was unable to gain access to the records, so decides that he has only one week to teach Eragon how to read and return.