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.
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Your novel so far just wow !! just wow !! I must say I feel like being a kid again, I use to play with sticks imagining a tactical medieval warfare. How did I do that ? I dont know anymore. It feels like your novel has that kind of feeling. You characters and are much more alive than people I see in the streets every single day.
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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.
*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.
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.
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.
The Eagle's flight will present you a great, well planned fantasy story in a detailed and consistently set up fantasy world. You will find a, in my opinion, good mix of character interaction, politics, intrigue, and action.
Compared to the average story on RR there is less focus on 'action' but I think the average story focuses on action too much anyway; I put this here because it might be relevant for somebody reading this review. All characters feel believeable and many different characters are continuisly developed which is one of the greatest strengths of the story.
Overall I have nothing to complain about - the only minor point is that I am unsure about the authors decision to focus each book on one location and the currently present characters. I don't think switching perspectives often would have been better. It is just a natural issue that happens to stories with many characters and locations - you cannot be everywhere at the same time even if you'd like to.
And as last point I will highlight what makes the story for me 5* worthy (instead of 4-4.5* which I'd usually give for a great story with great cast): There are [believeable] successes, setbacks and revoceries in this story - The struggles the charachters in this story fall into are authentic and not just for the sake of 'making this more difficult'. This leads to an excellent [and here on RR basically never seen] balance of the story developing the cast while at the same time the cast drives the story.
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.
This story is one of the most polished on the site. The writing and grammer is great and very polished. The story itself is vast and intriguing, spanning a large world that is masterfully built. Quill spends a lot of time setting up the world and introducing the characters. The characters are rich in growth and have amazing depth. Overall the story is well written with everything tying together to create a large plot that one will get invested into.
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. :)
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.