Brom also gives Eragon a red sword called Zar'roc before the trio reach the village of Yazuac.
All the villagers have been slaughtered by the fierce Urgals, of whom Eragon accidentally kills one using his first spell through the use of the Ancient Language.
With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.
Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? Eragon takes place in a land called Alagaësia, over which rules the evil, twisted king, Galbatorix.
Galbatorix was once one of the legendary Dragon Riders - the long-gone peacekeepers of Alagaësia.
After his first dragon was killed by Urgals, Galbatorix fell into madness, stole a new dragon, twisting the dragon's mind with dark magic, and betrayed and destroyed the Riders and their dragons with the help of thirteen other Riders called the Forsworn. The book begins with a fifteen-year-old boy, Eragon, finding a mysterious blue stone in The Spine, an untamed range of mountains near the small village he calls home, Carvahall.
Eragon is the first book in the Inheritance cycle, by Christopher Paolini.
It was first self-published by the Paolini family in the summer of 2002, but was re-released by Alfred A.
Dragons are a species thought to be extinct, with the exception of Galbatorix's second dragon.
He raises the dragon in secret, and names her Saphira.