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.
Brom leaves the inn early, telling Eragon to be careful, but to enjoy the city as much as he can. Eragon witnesses the slave auction and barely contains in anger, then takes to the cathedra, where he witnesses the Ra’Zac waiting for him. He fires arrows at them immediately, which they dodge. They soon have the assistance of a line of soldiers and march upon him.
The Ra’zac give chase and Eragon wends his way throught the cathedral, destroying doors and surprising priests. Still running from them, Eragon scales a wall and hides in a nearby market, calling for Saphira to talk to Brom. They decide to all meet at the inn. They quickly pack and head for the gates, already half closed and guarded by soldiers. The two both utter magic words, taking down soldiers and stalling the gates. They slip free of the gates and escape as a crowd of people watch, astonished. Saphira admonishes Eragon for having chased the Ra’zac for nothing and he wonders how they were caught, presumedly through the aid of a spy. While talking in the camp that night, a roar in his head causes Eragon to collapse, unconscious.