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.
While flying Saphira, Eragon witnesses the Urgal closing in on them. They decide to push even harder, with Eragon flying on Saphira as they flee. They escape to an ancient forest, which offers an earie feeling to Eragon as they traipse through it. The Urgals continue to make up ground as they reach the valley that leads to the Varden. Eragon attempts to stall the Urgal with a magical mist, but it only temporarily works and it drains the rest of Eragon’s energy. He was too far away for the magic to be effective, which Saphira once again reprimands him for.
The Urgals come even closer as Eragon flees and Arya begins to writhe with her fever. Saphira drops rocks on the Urgals to slow them, but they remain close to Murtagh, deciding not to fly ahead. They arrive at the waterfall that is the secret entrance to the Varden and Murtagh looks frantically for somewhere to escape to, but they cannot find anything. Murtagh is angry but has no choice but to press into the Varden territory for safety. He reveals at last that he is the son of Morzan, the reason he will be rejected by the Varden.