When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the spine, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.
Overnight he is thrust into a... read more
•First we meet shadow Durza who is following a dragon's egg that was trusted upon an elf named Arya for safekeeping. She's traveling with two others elves through the Spine with the dragon's egg. The Shade - Durza - and Urgals kill the two male elves and capture Arya. Before she is captured,... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
•First we meet shadow Durza who is following a dragon's egg that was trusted upon an elf named Arya for safekeeping. She's traveling with two others elves through the Spine with the dragon's egg. The Shade - Durza - and Urgals kill the two male elves and capture Arya. Before she is captured, Arya magically transports a blue stone she was carrying so Durza cannot get it.
• Then we meet Eragon, a fifteen-year-old boy who lives with his uncle Garrow and cousin Roran on a farm near the village of Carvahall. While hunting in the Spine for supper, Eragon finds a blue stone. After failing to catch anything he tries to sell it for meat in the village but the stone is from the Spine and therfore believed to be dangerous.
•Weeks later the stone turns out to be a dragon egg and a blue baby dragon gets hatched from it. The dragon marks Eragon upon its birth and brands him for a dragon rider. Eragon brings the dragon up secretly in the forest near the farm. Dragon's name is Saphira and she's a blue female dragon growing at alarming speed.
•When the king learns about the dragon, he sends Ra'zac to hunt the dragon and the new rider down. They follow Eragon who hides in the Spine. When Ra'zac don't find him, they burn down the farm and kill Eragon's uncle. Eragon decides nothing is holding him in Carvahall anymore (since Roran left to earn some money) and he leaves with Saphira and a village's storyteller Brom to seek vengeance.
•While traveling, Brom teaches Eragon about dragons, dragon riders, magic and ancient language. He gives Eragon a sword - Zar'roc - and teaches him sword-fighting as well. Their travels bring them to the city of Teirm, where they meet with Brom's friend Jeod who provides some help about the king and his minions. Meanwhile Eragon's fortune is told by the witch Angela, and her companion, the werecat Solembum, gives Eragon some mysterious advice. Eragon also keeps having dreams about an unknown woman.
•With Jeod's help, they are able to track the Ra'zac to the southern city of Dras-Leona. Although they manage to infiltrate the city, Eragon encounters the Ra'zac in a cathedral and he and Brom are forced to flee. Later that night, their camp is ambushed by the Ra'zac. A stranger named Murtagh rescues them, but Brom is gravely injured and he dies.
•Murtagh becomes Eragon's new companion and they travel to the city Gil'ead to find information on how to find the Varden, a group of rebels who want to see the downfall of Galbatorix - the king. While stopping near Gil'ead, Eragon is captured and imprisoned in the same jail that holds a woman he has been having dreams about - she turns out to be Arya, the elf captured by Durza.
•Murtagh and Saphira help and rescue Eragon and together they escape with the unconscious elf. During the escape, Eragon and Murtagh battle with the Shade. Murtagh shoots Durza between the eyes with an arrow, and the Shade disappears in a cloud of mist.
•After escaping, Eragon contacts the unconscious elf telepathically, and discovers that her name is Arya. She tells them that she was poisoned while in captivity and a potion found only with the Varden, the elves, and the King himself can cure her. Arya helps finding the way to the Varden's whereabouts: a city called Tronjheim, which sits in the hollow mountain Farthen Dûr. She gives them only four days to reach the Varden or she will die.
•The group goes in search of the Varden. When they are traveling to the Varden they notice a unit of Urgals following them. The Urgals are revealed to actually be more dangerous Kull. Before reaching their destination, Murtagh reveals that he is Morzan's son, who was the first and last of the Forsworn.
•The Kull reach Eragon right outside the Varden's entrance, but are driven off with the help of the Varden. When the group arrives in Farthen Dûr, Eragon is led to the leader of the Varden, Ajihad. Ajihad imprisons Murtagh after he refuses to allow his mind to be read to determine if he is a friend or a foe to the Varden because of his background. Eragon also learns that Durza was not killed since the only way to kill a shade is stabbing it through the heart.
•Eragon meets with many important people inside Farthen Dûr, eats and sleeps there and trains as well while he is being tested by cured Arya and the Twins - powerful human magicians who claimed to support the Varden.
Soon Farthen Dûr is invaded again. As the battle begins, the Varden fights against an enormous army of Urgals, deployed by Durza and Galbatorix. Even Murtagh is allowed to fight with the Varden. During the battle, Eragon faces Durza. Durza badly injures Eragon's back with a cursed injury and is about to capture him when he is distracted by Saphira and Arya, who break a large star sapphire Isidar Mithrim on the chamber's ceiling where the fight was happening. Durza's attention is diverted long enough for Eragon to stab him in the heart with Zar'roc.
After Durza's death, the Urgals are released from a spell which had been placed on them, and begin to fight among themselves. The Varden takes advantage of this opportunity to make a counter-attack, forcing off the Urgals. While Eragon is unconscious, someone called 'The Cripple Who Is Whole' contacts him telepathically and tells Eragon to come to him for training in the forest of the elves, Du Weldenvarden.
“Find peace in where and what you are.”Saphira
“Keep in mind that many people have died for their beliefs; it's actually quite common. The real courage is in living and suffering for what you believe.”Brom
“I neglect my duties as a host. I know you've not dined since that pitiful dinner the Twins saw fit to give you, so come, let's find the cooks and beg meat and bread from them!”Orik
“Without fear there cannot be courage”Saphira
“After all, how can a mere dragon expect to tell a man like yourself what to do? In fact, everyone should stand in awe of your brilliance of finding the only dead end.”Saphira
“Do you think I enjoy this? My life has been threatened from the day I was born! All of my waking hours have been spent avoiding danger in one form or another. And sleep never comes easily because I always worry if I'll live to see the dawn. If there ever was a time I felt secure, it must have been in my mother's womb, though I wasn't safe even there! You don't understand - if you lived with this fear, you would have learned the same lesson I did: Do not take chances.”Murtagh
“There's a reason why we're born with brains in our heads, not rocks.”Brom
“Let me show you what flying is really like.”Saphira
“A hatchling, that is what you are. A hatchling struggling into the world. I may be younger than you in years, but I am ancient in my thoughts. Do not worry about these things. Find peace in where and what you are. People often know what must be done. All you need to do is show them the way- that is wisdom. As for feats, no army could have given the blessing you did.”Saphira
“The sands of time cannot be stopped. Years pass whether we will them or not . . . but we can remember. What has been lost may yet live on in memories. That which you will hear is imperfect and fragmented, yet treasure it, for without you it does not exist.”Brom
“I have words for both of you. It's time I said them, as you are entering the world. Heed them and they will serve you well. First, let no one rule your mind or body. Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered. One may be a free man and yet be bound tighter than a slave. Give men you ear, but not your heart. Show respect for those in power, but don't follow them blindly. Judge with logic and reason, but comment not.Consider none your superior, whatever their rank or station in life. Treat all fairly or they will seek revenge. Be careful with your money. Hold fast to your beliefs and others will listen. Of the affairs of love . . . my only advice is to be honest. That's your most powerful tool to unlock a heart or gain forgiveness. That is all I have to say.”Garrow
“My mind is the one sanctuary that has not been stolen from me. Men have tried to breach it before, but I've learned to defend it vigorously, for I am only safe with my innermost thoughts.”Murtagh
“That's the problem! I've been choosing male names. You are a she!”Eragon
“Listen closely and I will tell you two things. When the time comes and you need a weapon, look under the roots of the Menoa tree. Then, when all seems lost and your power is insufficient, go to the rock of Kuthian and speak your name to open the Vault of Souls.”Solembum
“May your swords stay sharp.”Brom
“Books are my friends, my companions. They make me laugh and cry and find meaning in life.”Christopher Paolini
“"Again wisdom flies from his mouth"”Saphira
Prologue: Shade of Fear
2. Palancar Valley
3. Dragon Tales
4. Fate's Gift
6. Tea for Two
7. A Name of Power
8. A Miller-to-Be
9. Strangers In Carvahall
10. Flight of Destiny
11. The Doom of Innocence
13. The Madness of Life
14. A Rider's Blade
17. Thunder Roar and Lightning Crackle
18. Revelation at Yazuac
20. Magic Is the Simplest Thing
22. Through a Dragon's Eye
23. A Song for the Road
24. A Taste of Teirm
25. An Old Friend
26. The Witch and the Werecat
27. Of Reading and Plots
28. Thieves in the Castle
29. A Costly Mistake
30. Vision of Perfection
31. Master of the Blade
32. The Mire of Dras-Leona
33. Trail of Oil
34. Worshipers Helgrind
35. The Ra'zac's Revenge
37. Legacy of a Rider
38. Diamond Tomb
39. Capture of Gil'ead
40. Du Sundavar Freohr
41. Fighting Shadows
42. A Warrior and a Healer
43. Water from Sand
44. The Ramr River
45. The Hadrarac Desert
46. A Path Revealed
47. A Clash of Wills
48. Flight Through the Valley
49. The Horns of a Dilemma
50. Hunting for Answers
51. The Glory of Tronjheim
53. Bless the Child, Argetlam
54. Mandrake Root and Newt's Tongue
55. Hall of the Mountain King
56. Arya's Test
57. The Shadows Lengthen
58. Battle Under Farthen Dur
59. The Mourning Sage
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