The Eagle's Flight

The Eagle's Flight

by Quill

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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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
1. Journey's End ago
2. When Eagles Sleep ago
3. Young Man's Folly ago
4. Rats Will Reign ago
5. Midsummer Sun ago
6. The Voice of the Adalthing ago
7. A Highland Tale ago
8. Ælfwine ago
9. The Long Watch ago
10. The Bonds That Bind Us ago
11. Men May Ride ago
12. But the Raven Will Fly ago
13. Sigvard's Blood ago
14. Bated Breath ago
15. The Dragons of Wyrmpeak ago
16. A Breach of Sanctity ago
17. Night of the Knife ago
18. Ember and Ash ago
19. City of Circles ago
20. City of Daggers ago
21. Taverns and Palaces ago
22. In Salt and Wine ago
23. City of Lies ago
24. A Clash of Colours ago
25. The Last Calm ago
26. City of Divines ago
27. Secrets in the Night ago
28. Movements in Shadow and Light ago
29. A Lordly Gift ago
30. City under Siege ago
31. Days of the Raven ago
32. Subterfuge ago
33. Sacred ago
34. The Fruits of Treachery ago
35. The Small Leak ago
36. The Unbidden Guest ago
37. Relief ago
38. Tread Lightly ago
39. From Foe to Friend ago
40. The Seat of Power ago
41. The Will That Moves ago
42. The Dead of Night ago
43. Niðing ago
44. Knights and Jarls ago
45. Sharpen the Sword ago
46. A Masterful Play ago
47. Wolf and Lion ago
48. The Velvet Glove ago
49. The Greater Foe ago
50. The Right Dagger ago
51. From Friend to Foe ago
52. The Spoils of Peace ago
53. Atheling ago
54. Dreams ago
55. Flesh and Spirit ago
56. Salt and Swords ago
57. Winter Play ago
58. The Words of a King ago
59. Walking in Shadows ago
60. Walking in Flames ago
61. Final Prayer ago
62. From Copper to Crown ago
63. The Weapons of War ago
64. Pawns ago
65. Shadow War ago
66. Changing Guard ago
67. To the Spear Be Bold ago
68. Solstice Gifts ago
69. We Pray ago
70. Sins of a Father ago
71. Where Songs Are Made ago
72. Falling Sands ago
73. Beyond the Price of Gold ago
74. Cold Quarter ago
75. Ill Fate ago
76. The Heart of a Hero ago
77. The Long Path ago
78. Quenching the Thirst ago
79. Cards on the Table ago
80. Seal and Sign ago
81. A Bloody Welcome ago
82. Slow March ago
83. Playing Blind ago
84. Joining the Play ago
85. Snake Pit ago
86. Brothers Three ago
87. Who We Are ago
88. When the Raven Calls ago
89. No Greater Honour ago
90. Descent ago
91. Master and Thane ago
92. Flour and Turnip ago
93. The Solace of Spring ago
94. Knives at Night ago
95. The Wolves of Isarn ago
96. A Bloody Mark ago
97. Blighting the Song ago
98. The Last Prince ago
99. The Raven's Shadow Falls ago
100. The Justiciar ago
101. The Heretic ago
102. Court, Keep, and Castle ago
103. Veiled Chains ago
104. The Brevity of Fate ago
105. Blood, Water, and Wine ago
106. Hraban ago
107. Adeline ago
108. The Price of Bread ago
109. Highland Hospitality ago
110. Arn Alone Sword Hilt Held ago
111. Hand, Head, and Heart ago
112. Two Reasons ago
113. People of the Stone ago
114. Northern Men, Northern Steel ago
115. Broken Quills ago
116. Negotiations at Night ago
117. Promises ago
118. Allies ago
119. Home ago
120. Kingmaker ago
121. What the Future Holds ago
122. City of Coin ago
123. The Prince of Cats ago
124. Jawad ago
125. Hospitality ago
126. Doves and Falcons ago
127. Sage Advice ago
128. Building Ships ago
129. Evenday ago
130. Negotiations ago
131. Disorder ago
132. Beyond the Wall ago
133. The Potter's Brother ago
134. In Crimson Colours ago
135. Storm ago
136. Rain and River ago
137. A Light in the Dark ago
138. Rage ago
139. What is Written ago
140. Seal and Seat ago
141. Niðheim ago
142. Broken Swords ago
143. Under the Hill ago
144. Rotten Berries ago
145. The Tale of Sir Damien ago
146. Root and Sword ago
147. Restoration ago
148. Where Power Presides ago
149. A Prince and his Quill ago
150. A Beacon in the Dark ago
151. The Crossing ago
152. The Might of Wyrmpeak ago
153. Bargains Made ago
154. Bargains Broken ago
155. The Prince and the Atheling ago
156. Night Labour ago
157. Fires in the Night ago
158. The Tower of Justice ago
159. Prisoner ago
160. A Measure of Mercy ago
161. A Worthy Spectacle ago
162. Strings ago
163. An Even Table ago
164. When Hel Approaches ago
165. An Orchard Meeting ago
166. Honey and Oil ago
167. Wellspring ago
168. Dust ago
169. Badawin ago
170. By the Grace of Disfara ago
171. Arnarson ago
172. The Carven City ago
173. Cold Winds ago
174. Fading Twilight ago
175. Prayers Unanswered ago
176. Twain ago
177. EIrik's Dance ago
178. Council in Winter ago
179. Council in Blood ago
180. Council in War ago
181. A Ration of Hope ago
182. Collapse ago
183. Days in Darkness ago
184. The Path to Tread ago
185. Old Friendships and New Hostilities ago
186. The Baron of Montmer ago
187. Fortress and Forest ago
188. Last Shelter ago
189. The Breaking of Teeth ago
190. Cold Cuts ago
191. Taking Measures ago
192. Before the Storm ago
193. The Engineer ago
194. Black Blades and White Walls ago
195. Written in Ink ago
196. Written in Blood ago
197. Within the Law ago
198. Pieces in Place ago
199. Till Dragon's Rise ago
200. The Dragonheart Returns ago
201. Swift Negotiations ago
202. Law and Landfrid ago
203. The Dragon's Rise ago
204. Beyond and Within ago
205. First and Final Audience ago
206. Only Allies ago
207. A King and his Knight ago
208. The End of the Beginning ago
209. The Road to War ago
210. No Other Place to Be ago
211. He Died a Knight ago
212. We Were All ago

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Mouse the Dog

A Riveting Tale of Unmatched Quality

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.


Pretty much as Flawless as it'll get

Not very good at writing reviews, but I think this story definetly deserves one so I'll leave my first review here I think. 



So far in the 5 chapters ive read I have encountered no real mistakes at all as far as I have noticed, the only ones that I have noticed being ones like forgetting a quotation mark at the start or end of a sentence and even that is 3 or maybe 4 that I have noticed in 5 very long chapters. I might also have seen 1 letter being forgotten in some word somewhere in there but I couldn't find that anymore after rechecking so IDK really. 



The style of writing is very descriptive of mostly the enviroment aswell as what the characters are doing but less so of character appearances and their thoughts that they keep to themselves. Which I personally find quite enjoyable, atleast for this kind of story with a lot of different characters who we follow and no real MC. Which leads me to the next point...



In this story we follow quite a few characters, persepctives and "sub-stories". Off the top of my head I think I can count atleast 8 different main perspectives and characters/character groups we have followed so far. And all of the characters feel like real people with real motivations, with most of those for the benefit of themselves or their families but some also working for more selfless purposes. So far I like all the characters we have encountered both in their personalities and how well they are written. I imagine as I read further I will probably start to favor certain characters more and hope for their success while hoping others fail, but I think I will always enjoy all them as characters even if I would never agree with them as people. 



I cant yet say much about the story, seeing as so far it has been just getting familiar with the characters and understanding their motives and some of the world they live in. But from what I have understood so far the story should be quite intriguing and fluid with war looming and many different factions wishing to gain the ultimate power in the realm while the heir to the throne is too young to rule. 

Also while I said we have quite a few sub-stories I think that might be a bit misleading actualy, seeing as they will probably still be quite fleshed out and intriguing, just that they might not affect the world or realm as a whole really. 

Pesky elven shapeshifters aswell, fierce and dangerous creatures. 


One small thing might be that sometimes it seems that the perspective changes from one character to another after they interact with eachother, without the little line skip to signify that. Sometimes that is a bit confusing but usualy it only seems to be for maybe 1 or 2 sentences before it becomes quite clear that there has been a change. I might also just be misunderstanding something too, but it somewhat feels like this happens a few times atleast.


Also while others have pointed out that the story might be slower than others, I honestly feel like that isnt the case. While there isn't much action or anything like that and the chapters are very long, I still feel like much more happens and we learn much more in a lot fewer words than in other stories. Even if those other stories might have a lot of action in those words instead. 



This is the best story on Royal Road.

Reviewed at: 173. Cold Winds

I am subscribed to the author's Patreon. I believe in this story and am grateful that I'm able to read it.

I could say I don't understand why this story is not more popular on Royal Road, but I think I do understand. I think it simply goes over too many readers' heads.

There is enough mysticism to keep the story in the realm of fantasy, but everything is so detailed it often reads like historical fiction. The layering of character interactions, plot arcs, and points of view is dexterous and well-paced.

The world building is phenomenally complex yet never loses the felling of intent. Things seem outlined and not a rushed, pay-by-the-chapter cash grab like many, many of the popular trending stories on this site.

The Eagle's Flight is unlike most other fantasy novels I have read, and the quality is better than David Eddings, Raymond Feist, Brandon Sanderson, or Robin Hobb. I would put it on par with Joe Abercrombie, Jim Butcher, or Stephen Erickson. I have not enjoyed a story this much since Joel Rosenberg's Guardians of the Flame series, which I read when I was 11.

I heartily encourage everyone to read this. I wish I could experience it again for the first time.

Jacksonion Democracy

A Book that is touching perfection

Dude, this novel is an actual book. Each chapter is very long, after reading 80+ chapters I still have not found a plot hole or any mistake. My only real advice is that the beginning is a bit rough (you see so much text and so many terms, it can be quite daunting to new readers). For readers, trust me, I have read thousands of books (online and physically), and this is one of my favorites, it is comparable to books like Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings.


Games of Throne, minus too much sex and slow updat

Reviewed at: 19. City of Circles

Probably the closest reference most people will recognise, with a focus on political intriques.

That focus is both the best and the worst part of the novel in my honest opinion, for it is a major draw to those that like it, but will likely drive away people who prefer more straightforward action stories.

Honestly? This would not be out of place as a published novel, and definitely well above what most people expect to find in Royal Road.



So good it’s criminal that it’s free....

Reviewed at: 175. Prayers Unanswered

One of the best novels I've ever read on this site period. I'm actually grateful Quill has written this and I hope he may have the good fortune of publishing it after all chapters are released. Brand is one of the best MCs I've ever seen and Jana is an amazing complementary FL. The rest of the characters are real and have depth and that's what keeps me drawn to this novel...the depth, the world building and finally the POLITICS. If you still have doubts trust me and just read the book ur doubts will immediately be dispelled. Godfrey is the definition of mystery and the grammar is frankly impeccable. The style is simple yet effective. It's not the most complex linguistically but it communicates a whole variety of ideas in its simplicity appealing to a wide range of audience and is otherwise unique from the rest of the anime-esque writing on this site. The book comes as a breath of fresh air and stands out from the rest of the novels on this site by setting a standard of writing comparable to GoT and other fantasy novels on goodreads while being completely free. Personally, everything in this book is worth five stars and as the title says it's so good it's criminal that it's free and is therefore definitely worth a read!


Professional, reliable and addictive

I can say little that has not already been spoken, but it deserves 5 stars more than most, and makes most stories seem a little worse by comparison and points must be made

1. IT IS PLANNED!!!!, things in one chapter can lose all relevance only to come back 20 chapters later as a critical plot point, with few telegraphed plot devices to get the writer out of a corner he wrote himself into (no maguffins introduced 1 chapter prior that just so happen to save the day, looking at you chinese webnovels)

2. It is well edited and near grammatically perfect, his English teachers should be very proud.

3. It feels legitimately original but with obvious inspirations from classics like Game of Thrones.

4. I would actually buy it, and I NEVER say that about webnovels.

5. It has a map and actual lore, something far too few bother with.

In summation: READ THIS NOVEL


Do consider my other reviews to have some inkling as to how I like to weigh my stars. That said, this novel is fantastic! The story woven bewitchingly. You can root not just one, or two, characters, but you got the whole score of them. When they found triumph, you cheer. When they suffer a set back, you weep with them. So when I found two of them must face one another in the field of battle, I simply scared for their life. They have precious thing going on the background. Those thing will end when they died. And I will not be surprised if I'll weep again.


I finished the first third of the novel and in total I found 3 grammar mistakes. How about that. It's near perfect! Then the characters, oh they're all charming. They are responsible and have wit about them. And when romance blossoms between some them, my hopes are filled to the brim. When they have to part, sadness follows. And this novel is not even about romance, it's about politics. I'll say it again, how about that, this is fantastic!

The story flow flawlessly. When I finished the first arc, I plan to wait a week at least so that I prepare to face the hard work of getting used to the new beginning. I start the next day however, and lo, no such reservation needed. The story grips me from the very start. No chance to stop and try to comprehend what new rules are at play. They all come with such an ease. If you have reservation in starting a new read, you can do away with it with this novel!

A note for the author. I don't feel the strong foundation for Langstan. Sure, there are enemies to the south east, just like our ancient China has enemies to their north. But unlike China with its Great Wall, Adalmearc does not have great economy to have it financed. Thousands miles of wall should have great population and economy backing them. Royalties, should first be overflowing with gold. So far, I feel your world situation is close to the world of Westeros of ASOIAF, in sense that not many coins change hands nor that many peasants mobilised. I hope you stress them more in the coming opportunities. (Or if you have, please do forgive me, I haven't finished everything here).


This isn't actually a novel, it's a masterpiece on this site. Starting from the start, I have to say that at the beginning it's a little difficult to read, so I had to resolve myself and continue, and thank god that I did, because this novel it's so great, and if you're reading, just go on the first chapter and you'll go on until the end. (A tip for the author, in my humble opinion, for a book it's great but on a site of webnovel where usually the reads are light, maybe the first chapter has to have less informations at the start, also if with hindsight are all needed, maybe thin down along the chapters. Be careful, I think this novel is perfect, at the level to be exposed on shelves of library with the bestsellers! My advice it's strictly applied on RoyalRoad where you don't aspect a story so well written) As the story continue we have multiple pov, and it's great because we can see how all our charachters see acutually the world around them, and it's done in a way there are no reps. We'll not have good or bad charachters but real people that do things with a reason and behave like the time (medieaval age) they are in. 

The style of the story reminds me of GoT, with plots and mind blow so it always happens something, there is no danger of getting bored.

For the charachters, they are all well depicted and if I have to say wich one is my favourite is Brand that looks like Rob stark (I see death flag always, hopefully I'm wrong), and how I said before there isn't a charachter who is perfect (real human for once), like brand who is proud and give him spoiler that I'll not say.

There are no typing errors. We can also see how the author knows how was medieval society, and finally there is a little of fantasy (just a bit) that gives a veil of mystery.

In the end if I have to say a word to describe this work I can say without a doubt: Amazing.


(joke, thank you author, I'll buy surely the book as soon you'll release it, online or not, and if I can I'll support you with patreon)


I don't understand why this isn't rated higher

 I mean, the style is slow and outdated, but come on. This is a professional level novel that, although isn't for everyone (read: young adults and their desire for instant gratification) is well worth picking up if you like epic fantasy.