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.
After escaping, Eragon removes the arrows from Saphira and the group sets out again, with the elf on Saphira’s back and the men on the horses. Eragon assumes she must have been drugged much heavier than he was while captured. After discussing the Urgals and the Shade, they decide that the King is in league with dark forces and that people will want to rebel at such knowledge. They discuss the politics of such a revelation and how the king still has enough control to keep such a thing from occurring in his own kingdom, but that outside the empire, the King has very limited power. Worried that they will never find Dormnad and the location of the Varden, they are unhappy with the proceedings.
After some discussion, Eragon decides to try and heal the elf himself, using up all of his energy in the process, barely able to move afterwards. They continue on though.