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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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.
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.
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.
READ IT AND THEN THANK ME FOR THE REMINDER AND THEN THE AUTHOR TO EXCITE WITH HIS WORK.
(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 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.
I absolutely love your story and the only reason why it isn't at the top yet is probably because it picks up a bit slower than most stories on this site. Once it does pick up you're in for an awesome read though. I hope you'll continue writing and I for one can't wait to read the next chapter. Good luck with writing and please continue producing such quality work.
*A SPOILER-FREE REVIEW!*
“All roads eventually led to Middanhal.”
Man, this review was a long time coming. It was my fault honestly: work and other duties kept getting in my way. You see, The Eagle’s Flight is a story you need to dedicate a lot of time to. It deserves to have your full attention at all times. It has a living, breathing world that you need to immerse yourself into to get the most out of it. Like A Song of Ice and Fire, it tells of a realm that is as complex as our own. I wanted to experience it without distractions, because, just like ASOIAF, it is full of plotlines, characters, worldbuilding, lore, and other things you need to pay attention to. So, without further ado, let me pick up my rucksack, slap my trusty mare Pixie on the rump, follow this dusty road to Middanhal, and give you all a tour of this great, great land!
First things first, this book is massive. Nearly 1000 pages in eBook format. It comes with a map, family lineages, and appendices. And you’ll need them all. This world is huge, complex, and sophisticated. Its complexities are on the same level as ASOIAF (I hate to keep mentioning Game of Thrones, but it is true!). Houses, clans, families, alliances, etc. Those are all things you need to pay attention to to understand these chronicles. Take notes if possible! I know I did. As a commoner of Middanhal’s slums, I’m not the smartest man. But I can read and write. And so I understood the annals! Heed my advice, brethren! Tread carefully! It’s dangerous to go alone! Bring quill and parchment!
I struggled for a long time with the three chronicles within this book, truth be told. As a loyal servant of the Dragonlord, I always keep his secrets. As such, I won’t spoil any of the chronicles. I will, however, say that the story is gripping, unpredictable, immersive, and incredible. If you can get past the steep learning curve of the world, then the journey itself is far worth the hassle. Athelstan was by far my favorite character. I loved all the lore details, the politics, the character motivations, all the betrayals and back-stabbing, and the idea of a country being torn apart from within. It really makes the entire world seem alive and real. Although some characters were obviously created to serve as heroes and villains, others are much more complex and sophisticated. The various titles, houses, terms, and even the names will be confusing at times, but bear through it all. The battles, oh by the Alfather, the battles! They are so detailed! So tactical! So incredibly well thought-out that the author deserves the highest praise for not using the standard Fantasy tactic of “summon all our forces and just charge head-on with the enemy across a field and hope for the best.” Also, the world itself seems heavily inspired by Germanic, Norse, and Icelandic mythology, to the point where I wondered if the author himself had some heritage in these ancient cultures. It truly was a treat for me to see all the love and care he put into this world and story. The book is oozing with such compassion and admiration for Fantasy that it has to be commended.
I’ve made it to my destination. Bear with me. I must kneel. Here is my offering, oh holiest of holies. I pray that you will take this offering graciously and grant me a single wish. The Eagle’s Flight is a captivating, immersive read; one that I am so glad I dived into. My only wish is that more fellow Fantasy lovers like myself will give it a chance as well. It is far worth the time and effort needed to see it through to the end. And now that my offering is complete, I seek safe passage back to my brother’s home in Coldharbour. Together we will fish, break bread, and reminisce of things to come.
All I have to say is the chapters are long, the characters are great and feel REAL, and the quality of this story is top notch. If I’m going to be honest the grammar and style is probably better than 2/3 of the stories I have ever read in my life. It is pretty crazy when I think about it.
MOUSE THE DOG’s review sums up everthing I would have said if I could right a review as well as him.
I highly recommend everybody to read this story. :)
It is refreshing to read such a good piece of literature. The building is so good, characters, world, politics, ambitions, really nice. I'm still yearning for a little more emotion, but I'm only 6 chapters in the read. I should have wrote this later, but the overall impression is so good that I couln't abstain myself.