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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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 politics, 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.
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.