Book Two of Inheritance
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Synopsis of Eragon,
Book One of Inheritance
Eragon—a fifteen-year-old farmboy—is shocked when a polished blue
stone appears before him in the range of mountains known as the Spine.
Eragon takes the stone to the farm where he lives with his uncle, Gar-
row, and his cousin, Roran. Garrow and his late wife, Marian, have raised
Eragon. Nothing is known of his father; his mother, Selena, was Garrow’s
sister and has not been seen since Eragon’s birth.
Later, the stone cracks open and a baby dragon emerges. When Eragon
touches her, a silvery mark appears on his palm, and an irrevocable bond
is forged between their minds, making Eragon one of the legendary
The Dragon Riders were created thousands of years earlier in the af-
termath of the elves’ great war with the dragons, in order to ensure that
hostilities would never again afflict their two races. The Riders became
peacekeepers, educators, healers, natural philosophers, and the greatest of
spellweavers—since being joined with a dragon makes one a magician.
Under their guidance and protection, the land enjoyed a golden age.
When humans arrived in Alagaësia, they too were added to this elite
order. After many years of peace, the monstrous and warlike Urgals killed
the dragon of a young human Rider named Galbatorix. Driven mad by
the loss and by his elders’ refusal to provide him with another dragon,
Galbatorix set out to topple the Riders.
He stole another dragon—whom he named Shruikan and forced to
serve him through certain black spells—and gathered around himself a
group of thirteen traitors: the Forsworn. With the help of those cruel dis-
ciples, Galbatorix threw down the Riders; killed their leader, Vrael; and
declared himself king over Alagaësia. In this, Galbatorix was only partly
successful, for the elves and dwarves remain autonomous in their secret
haunts, and some humans have established an independent country,