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. The first, second and third 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.

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245 Chapters
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
213. A Man of Trade ago
214. The Turn of the Millstone ago
215. A King Has no Friends ago
216. Let Them Come ago
217. Seeking the Morrow ago
218. For Another Day ago
219. Breathless ago
220. Desperate Act ago
221. Early Dawn ago
222. War and Peace ago
223. The Path Not Taken ago
224. The Brothers Swordsmen ago
225. Death upon the Land ago
226. The Lands of Men ago
227. Cold Comfort ago
228. Once More to Part ago
229. Dragon Wing ago
230. The Road East ago
231. Changing Sides ago
232. Desecration ago
233. The Seed of Conflict ago
234. Sigvard's Might ago
235. Sea and Stone ago
236. Another Storm ago
237. Ships on the Horizon ago
238. The Payment for Time ago
239. No Shelter ago
240. Between the Trees ago
241. The Prized City ago
242. Coming to Terms ago
243. Home ago
244. A Council of Kings ago
245. Journey's Beginning ago

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djeruknipis
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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.

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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).

Adinolfi
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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)

Azrael of Death
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A perfect 5 star for a great story. It's 3 am atm and I am to tired to go into much more detail, all the adrenaline from binging this were all gone. nevertheless, this novel belongs to the top 3 novels I like here in RR.  Cheers to you Master Quill!! Onwards to your next work, the Firebrand!!

bak93
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The Eagle's flight is in many way akin to a classic knight chronicle with a lot of politics, epic clash and test for our hero.

Brand is the classical hero going through betrayal and test to achieve his mission to save the realms of Adalmearc. While he can be bland at time overall he is a solid character with his strength, weakness (politics/ego) and his own struggle.

Others characters are also heavily mentioned with quite a lot of different pov wich let you have a good idea of everyone's though and desire.

Most characters feels fleshed out and realist regardless of their morality (or lack of). Some characters are greatly developped but as the story approach the end it seems they are left aside sadly. While it makes sense from the point of view of the chronicle (Why speak of so and so characters when their parts in the chronicle is done) it can be a little itchy. Not able to tie all the characters together is a little flaw but in exchange the story doesn't feel stuffed. 

Does the King of Heathiod still have PTSD with him having to constantly drink? (why not have him join the invasion of the reach at the end to show his perspective or show an interaction with Brand when he gets supply in Heatiod after retaking their last city) 

What of the former prince Inghard who is a friend of the quill ? The dwarf mercenary? What happened to the brother of queen Svana (?) of Thusund ? What about the Duke of Belvoir ? What of Gwen and Arndis ?what of Athelstan (Is he maried to Arndis as she wished) ? 

So many questions only partly answered, the last chronicle felt fast but answering all those questions will probably have left us a bloated story. An epilogue or sides story could solve it but will go against the style of an epic chrono clé, so maybe i am simply being too greedy after such a good story. 

 

The world of Adalmearc is interesting and unique, it is inspired by germanic culture and many others. It feels fresh but still have it's own history and myths and custums. I enjoyed discovering that world with Brand and the various side characters and never felt bored of it.

Overall an excellent story i recommand to all to read and enjoy. 

 

Lukeis_
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Let me just start by saying this is the best story on this site it's not even close for me and believe me I have looked. I have been a royalroad reader for years and this story kept coming up but I avoided reading it because I wasn't that impressed by the summary but in this pandemic I started reading and just wow it is amazing. The story is great and the world of Adalmearc is expansive. I easily read 161chapters in a couple of days and haven't noticed a single grammatical error. Even the fact that you need to remember a lot of characters didn't bother me at all. I would recommend this story to everyone reading this review, especially if you like political intrigue, because the story is just that great. It is better so far than most books I have read in my life and that is high number cause I love reading.

Ghoulslayer
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*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.

Mikhail Arkash
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Top notch professional level of writting

Reviewed at: 7. A Highland Tale

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.

 

theyank
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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.

Bobbert
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This is the best crafted and most sophisticated piece of writting on this site.  Period.  Just cause I say this is the best doesn't mean that other stories are bad or lacking something.  It just means this is in it's own catagory.  It is a novel on a site that has various degrees of quality serial writting. 

This even stacks up well with some of the best fantasy novels of the past few years and deserves to be in the conversation with them.  It's literally on that level.  If you're a fantasy fan looking for a real book then read this and tell your friends about it.

crgmyster
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This story has a heavy focus on political intrigue with ony the occasional action scene. It also features many characters and POVs, so for people who don't like these things it might not be for you. However, for everyone else this is easily the most sophisticated story on the site. The characters, world building, writing, and plotting are all multiple levels above the typical story you will find here.