The Eagle's Flight
The king is dead; his heir is too young to assume the throne. Jarl Vale wants to become Lord Protector, spurred by his ambitious brother Konstans. Jarl Isarn likewise seeks this power; he is aided – or thwarted – by the return of his brother, the knight and war hero Athelstan, whose squire, Brand, hopes to restore his family’s fortunes, cost what it may. Through all of this, an enigmatic traveller makes plans with jarls, scribes, and priests for his own purpose. Abroad, powerful forces sense division in the realms of Adalmearc and make their own plans. It is only a matter of time before schemes clash, plots collide, and conflict erupts. War is on the horizon.
Story updates every Wednesday with a new chapter from the third book of the series. The first and second book can be downloaded as ebooks from my site, where a map of the world or of Middanhal can be viewed. The site also contains other background information such as history of the realms, pantheon and religion, calendar etc.
It is now also available in audio as a weekly podcast from webcereal.
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Epic, Professional Quality Story!
Don't be misled by the low chapter count. Each chapter is close to 10k or more words.
This is my initial review:
Character development 5/5
This is real fantasy writing. The world is developed and interactive. This story does not seem to rely on an overpowered MC and instead is introducing each pawn and piece as a connected puzzle. Well done and I am enjoying the character interactions in-spite of a slower opening than some might choose.
Can I score this 10/5? Found 1 error in 20k words. This is professionally edited level of work.
I thought about knocking it for a slow start but then realized that I was still sucked in. All the exciting elements are developing (War, Politics, Greed) and by the end of even the first chapter it begins to come together in a rather fun way.
Some will dock this part becuase of pacing. I find I do not mind its slower start and epic level story telling. Give it a shot, it might surprise you. (I am, however, a fast reader.)
Good luck to the author! Keep the posts coming.
It might help to seperate point of view shifts into their own smaller chapters to break up the flow. I found my attention drifting for a monent at each transition because I didn't always catch the POV shift. (Totally common for nearly every story.)
Sp? X1 (Practice not practise).
Beautiful descriptions. Sometimes the tone can be majority-passive so be careful with that.
Practice fight scene showed good promise with fight scripting. Looking forward to see how you handle skirmishes and wars.
For quite some time, i have wondered, about The Eagle's Flight, and why exactly it was so high ranked in best rated, with so few followers, but did not think further, to find out the exact reason by reading this story, until now. And now i regret not ever reading this story earlier, for it has exceeded my expecations and risen to be one of my topfavorites, even the reviews for this story do not do it fully justice, and i doubt this one will. This story is simply said, greatness, it is hard to find a story on this site that could be a equal for this one, simply in how well written it is, it deserves only 5 stars across the board. So lets get truly started with the review.
This story starts off quite strong, if a bit slow paced, showing instantly that it's writing vastly surpasses most stories on royalroad. This story is still slow in the first Chronicles, and takes time to truly set off, but when it does, it really does do that, and barely slows down, the story throws new events at the reader, making one truly want to see what happens next, just what is the fate of those characters that they have grown to love during reading this story.
There is simply so much ongoing plot wise, characters growing, triumphing, mourning, dying... There are battles of all kinds fought, from small ones involving only a couple of men, to entire armies fighting eachother and cities being besieged. There are political machinations set in place by the nobility, so one can gain more power, at the expense of many others, and succeeding in those, is not always certain.
The characterization in this story is so well done, there is a multitude of characters in this story, with their own motivations, backstories. They grow, change while the story progresses, a reader simply cant help but to root for some specific characters, to simply love how they are written. And on the other side, even if it is quite rare for that to happen in this story, to hate them, for what they have done, for their stupid decisions. Yet this story goes even further than that, for some characters are even redeemed after some time, and others one can only hate more and more, hoping for them to finally get a terrible fate.
The author seriously put a lot of thought about the world this story takes place in, there is simply so much thats well written. There are the realms of Adalmearc, each of the realms being uniquely distinct from eachother, yet also sharing a lot in terms of their culture, and the people. Im loving the influences from Viking culture that the realms of Adalmearc have, they have been weaven very well into the overall story, making them not look out of place at all or even threaten to overwhelm other elements of this story. The author went even further than that, making a grander world, even if just few has been revealed so far, due to the very nature of this story only taking place in Adalmearc. There is care put in this story, making it accurate with medieval history as much as required. One can see at times, just how much work and research went in this story, to make even the small details be accurate, this is not always perfect, the story slips up at times, but those slips are of barely any consequence to the quality. This story deserves to be compared to published Fantasy books, in terms of how the story world is done, it would not look out of place at all in such stories.
Utterly flawless grammar, i personally have not spotted a single mistake in this story, there may have been times where i was in doubt, but that was the author going for a stylistic choice, to make it flow better. The author is a perfectionist in this aspect, and makes sure that typo's and grammar errors get spotted and corrected before the chapters even are posted on this site, only with the newest chapter may errors be spotted, but those never do matter and are just a simple oversight, that gets corrected quickly. To compare, i cant exactly pick a story on this site, rather the best comparision in terms of grammar would be the professionally edited published books, simply said, the author has done a perfect job in this aspect of his writing.
The author has a great writing style, and that does show throughout the story, it is simply distinct, and quite unique, atleast when compared to stories on royalroad or other sites like it, no once again, the best comparision for how well written this story is, would be published books, it would not surprise me at all, if the author has took a degree in writing, just to be able to write this story on the level that he always wanted to do. The writing overall, is quite descriptive of what happens at the moment, and the landscapes are also done with detail, yet this is not excessive at all, the descriptions flow well with the rest of the writing. Great pacing overall throughout this story, set as the story does require at the moment. The chapters do vary a lot in terms of size, from short-ish 2K words chapters, to the usual 5-10K words ones. Sadly a drawback of this quality, means that this story releases quite slow for a webnovel, every 2 weeks, but ill gladly take that sacrifice, if it means a story of this quality.
As said before, this story does feature a large amount of characters, and switches between them many times, in this story a chapter featuring only one character is rather rare. There are multiple groups of viewpoints, the author went for the decision to group up this story in multiple arcs, named Chronicles in the story, each Chronicle features one of the realms of Adalmearc, following the characters in that region, and the chapters are also done in such a manner, taking place in a region, city or on the move, and only featuring characters in those locations when the story requires their viewpoints. This is simply a part of how the story is written, making it a Epic one, some readers will not like a story featuring so many characters, but i still recommend for those to delve outside of their comfort zone, to give this story a read.
So said, this story is not a story for the average webnovel reader, through they are still welcome to give it a try and maybe even love it. It is rather aimed for those readers who are familiar with published fiction, and that would prefer reading something on that quality level.
Please do not make the same mistake i did, by putting off reading this story, it is legit good, and seriously needs more attention, so more readers can enjoy reading this gem of a story, one such as can be rarely found on a site like royalroad.
85% political intrigue, 10% semi-adventure, 5% action/combat. We have a complex web painted, then a bit of adventure, a dash of action and then off to the next complex web.
This is clearly a well planned and well written story - solid world building, very well planned plot where you can see seeds planted where minor characters will come to the fore in the future. In needs some trust in the author to immerse in the many characters and developments, but the high review scores lend that trust.
However - for me it's just too much work. After getting through one complex political web of intrigue I come across a completely new one in the next city, and I can see I will be faced with further such webs in other cities as the plot moves forwards. I feel rewarded as the story progresses, but at the same time I'm a bit exhausted (bear in mind I am binge reading much at once).
So - great high-quality story - but make sure you like political intrigue.
What can I say? This is a professional-level work done by someone who clearly put his mind and soul into building it. But, just to sate the average reader's curiosity...
Grammar: easily a 5. If I have encountered a grammar error, it would probably be one every ten thousand words if that.
Style: Quill's writing is descriptive where it needs to be, yet concise and upfront when the situation calls for it. Every chapter brings its own charm and every landscape is described well. There is some minute inkling of purple prose, but they are weaved perfectly to not stand out.
Story: Even in the first few chapters, it is evident that the world of Adalmearc has been thought through. The intrigue and political play that happens, in the beginning, is designed in a believable way, yet is easy to grasp to those that do not hold much knowledge in it. I, for example, scrolled through the chapters in anticipation of what would happen.
Character: The characters are believable. Three-dimensional. Not clichés. A welcome sight after the Dungeon stories, litRPG, and OP that RRL is usually known for.
The Eagle's Flight is a high-fantasy novel, one of the few on RRL, and furthers RRL's ambition into branching out for serious work. As such, I can only urge people to check this novel out. Even if it isn't for everyone's liking, much can be learnt if you're looking to broaden your writing abilities.
I have never reviewed a story. I am always the ghost reader who appreciates but you do not know I exist. Why am I reviewing this story? Simple. I went to the Best Rated list and saw that this story was numbered at 22 and had a little less than two thousand followers. This I could not bear. This story deserves to be number one or at least in the top five.
Eagle's Flight is on the level of story telling you would expect from Brandon Sanderson and other high fantasy authors. It grasps my heart and mind and holds them there.
I could go on for some time about character development, plot, world-building but I have not the time. Just know they are all worth five stars on Royal Road.
I wrote this review because it offended my sensibilities that a truly great story was not receiving the attention it deserves. There are other stories on here that are good but many of them are only so popular because they feed peoples egos and make them feel good but the writing and effort put into the stories are not truly worth the praise they receive. I admit I am guilty of reading stories for these reasons as well. The Eagle's Flight on the other hand is a true chronicle. One with noble ideals, and characters with actual morality. It has characters I can respect and admire. It has loyalty and honour, but also the evils of the world and their insurmountable apexes. Warriors must come together to secure freedom for the future. Sacrifices must be made but songs will be sung for the ages if they succeed.
Dragonheart! Hail Victory!
The only downside is the slow updates. This is they type of story I would prefer reading all at once so I can really immerse myself in the world and live it without forgetting details form chapter to chapter.
Side-note: Dear author I really appreciate the clean writing. What I mean by that is the little to no swearing, sexual and morbid descriptions. Lack of modern political, and social ideas. This book is noble.
You have my admiration and thanks Quill.
chapters are long but not tiring the grammar is perfect as far as i can see the story is slow but still keeps you engaged and i couldent stop myself from reading characters just look at bookworm84 review he described it perfectly and the story is already finished and available on the author site so no need to worry about the story being dropped
this story feels like a real novel written by a professional rather than the normal amature storys on RRL defenetly should give it a try!
Pros: Super long chaps. Great worldbuilding and - get this - legit perfect grammar. I mean, not the "oh it's great by this site's standards" kinda grammar but legit, professional quality grammar. The style flows well, if a little purple-y. The story is interesting, though it relies more on the amazing world building than on character development.
Cons: Kinda slow but worth it for the immersion. Author needs to add more tags. Characters could use some more depth and distinguising features.
Will change this to a longer advanced review once more chapters are out (even though it's already 200 pages long lol. It's slow k?) Good luck to the author! WC Approved ^-^
Not much to add to what BookWorm84 has written.
This is a professionally written, high quality novel. Not a web novel, mind you, an actual novel, the likes of "A Song of Ice and Fire" ("Game of Thrones", for those more familiar with the TV series), where the style is smooth and the way it is written makes you want to keep reading without pause.
I have not mentioned George Martin's masterpiece by chance.The Eagles's Flight is of the same kind: a high fantasy setting where magic and magical beings are perhaps presents, but secondary to the narrative, which, instead, focuses on war, intrigue, greed, lust, desire for power. A narrative full of betrayals, schemes, war tactics, different characters and the rare chivalric love.
The story is told from the POV of various characters, which interact, some more, some less, with each other, creating a world where each narrator is a small part of a bigger picture.
Personal preferences may have people like this story a bit more or a bit less, but if you enjoyed A Song of Ice and Fire, you will not be disappointed in this one.
Flawless. Perhaps a single typo in 50 chapters. Not only is the grammar correct per se, the syntax is enthralling, the dialogues flow without a hitch, and the whole construction feels realistic and compelling.
Deep, three dimensional characters, with their own motivations, agendas, goals, strenghts, weaknesses, and, most important, flaws.
Every character is realistic, has some kind of background (which is usually revealed step by step, in a natural way, without infodump), and "evolves" during the narration. There is actual character development, and where there isn't or it's neglegible, it is us, the readers, who discover more about a character, getting a better picture of who he/she is and what he/she wants.
A great novel, a compelling story that clearly feels like it belongs more to a bookstore (and it can be found in some scandinavian countries, if I'm not mistaken) than to a free webnovel site.
If you like the genre and if you like the novels written by J. R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin and Robin Hobb, you will like The Eagle's Flight.
Read it! You won't regret it.
Lastly, congratulation to the author, whose website you should seriously check out to know more about his work and that of his peers (and to support him, if you wish).
The story is very well written and the plots are very well build, richly thick with a fluid flow. The storytelling style is superb, I dare say it is the best in RRL, something you can expect from someone with a literature degree. He had his freaking ways with words, you will unconsciously immerse yourself and drawn into the story. Unlike reading an amateur work, instead it felt like reading a professional work, freaking excellent! And you missed this fic for a subpar crap fictions?! Then you're a total retard!
The story are about political struggles, intrics, wars, love, live and much more. It has a vibe like Game of Throne but more conservative. It also has surprising accuracy about medieval times, something I have never seen before in RRL or in other. Even lord of the ring had miniscule accuracy, the wars and the fights felt like a joke, just a pure fantasy. A proof that the author had give times for research and had advance knowledge about history. Something that I highly appreciated!
The Eagle's Flight have the most brilliant plots building compared to any in RRL, one of the best I've ever read. Its so rich, thick, and perfectly crafted. I've tried to nitpick it and I can't even find any fault. Its definitely the work of professional, not an amateur! You won't find any bullshit here, just a pure excellent literacy.
Perfect, nuff said. I'm not even a native English speaker, duh.
They are alive, each one of them are unique and very well built. The psychological touch is superb, another point that I highly appreciated. When you immerse yourself with them you can feels their emotions, their struggles, their life, its so damn amazing. They all felt so real. In term of character building, only The Wandering Inn may came close to it.
This is the highest quality story in RRL, none can compare. It has the best historical accuracy and superb psychological touch. This story makes most of the fics on the charts looks like thrash.
A story of twisted politics fueled by a convoluted and intricate motives, the author brilliantly develops an incredible and thoroughly developed world. A clear cut above everything else on this platform, "The Eagle's Flight" is the closest thing to perfection in every category. While this story begins with a heavy focus on politics, the story is told on a very personal level, close to the characters, creating a riveting dynamic between disloyalties and motives. I am hopeful that as the political strife begins to be sorted out, an even greater plane of war and struggle will continue - equally maintaining the brilliant storytelling and quality it has delivered so far.
The style is well thought out. At times slightly archaic, other times humorous or even blunt and to the point, the author delivers his story through a perfect blend of individuality and familiarity.
The story as miles ahead of the rest - even better than many professional fantasy novel. The reader must pay attention; the chapters are very long, and every part affects the rest of the story. The story is told through a third person personal narrator that seperately follows the "players" within the story, slowly setting the stage and completing the picture for the reader. Watching the story come together is a masterpiece, and the depth is astounding - unmatched, even.
The author provides extensive background information on his world on his website to further complete the world he has built. For all those readers out there that love to pay attention to detail, this is the perfect story for you.
I will not say much about the grammar, other than it is almost impeccable. I have not found any mistakes, although I am sure there may be a few lurking about. This is of very little importance, however - as I have said, I have not found any.
The characters are brilliant. Varied and each with their own story, they all play a role within the world. And that is the most important thing: they are not just vital to the story, but they are all vital to the world they are in. Every single character feels like they have the power to change something, to be active within this world. They are not passive actors, they are not supplementary characters to a main character; they are their own person. This dynamic is simply amazing, especially considering the fact that there are so many - which makes the style and story simply that much more impressive.
All in all, I must say that even if you may not find this the most enjoyable fantasy novel because of the attention to detail that it requires, it will most definitely be the story of highest quality, of the most delicate balance and brilliant delivery on this site.