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.
They leave the next morning, and Eragon reveals that he had been eavesdropping, asking about Brom and Jeod’s “friends”. Eragon points out that Brom has been near him every step of the way since finding Saphira’s egg, to which Brom responds that the knowledge is dangerous. He finally reveals the information Eragon seeks though, telling him that there is a war and that Brom is an agent for the Varden, the rebel group fighting against the Empire. Both sides want control over the next dragon rider, which happens to be Eragon. There are two more dragon eggs, each held by the evil King, and that the next two riders will be loyal to the king. The Varden stole Saphira’s egg and it was lost in the flight from the King’s forces, Morzan and the Ra’zac.
Brom reveals how he fought and killed Morzan, the last of the forsworn Dragon Riders to get the egg and how he promised to train the future rider of the dragon that would hatch. Brom reveals that he’s told the Varden about Eragon’s existence though he doesn’t want him to be used by them, that it should be Eragon’s choice to join them or not.
While trying to cross a stream, Eragon cracks his wrist and calls Saphira to him. He notices an Urgal footprint though and as Saphira and Brom arrive, they hear the Urgal’s start chasing them. Eragon flees on Saphira and Brom rides below. With the Urgals closing on Brom, Eragon swoops in and cuts them off, and they try to convince him to meet with their master (who they will not reveal the identity of). Eragon tells them he would never think of it and they attackhim. With a magic word, he attacks them with lightning, taking down all but one and draining himself. Saphira kills the final Urgal at the last minute and flies Eragon to safety.