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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Table of Contents
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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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.

Azrael of Death

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!!


I honestly believe that Quills stories are one of the best ones on this site. Grammar ia impecable. Characters feel like they could be real people for how well they're written, they all have their own motivations and thought patterns (I cant remember the word right now). Coupled with excelent and believable depictions of battles and time between battles, this is a story that is well worth a read.

Im not good at writing reviews, so tldr is Story good.  Read.


TLDR: This is writing that reminds me of Sanderson or even GRR Martin's work. It's a long-form work, with great chunks of chapters that focus more on political intrigue rather than action-oriented adventure. Patient reading pays off.

Interestingly enough I'd argue that there's no one MC. But you'll get an eagle's eye view of the world that the kingdom of Adalmearc exists in, as well as a fly-on-the-wall entrance to its most private machinations.






TEF is without a doubt has the most immersive and complete feeling world of anything I've read on RR (and I've read nearly every top fiction) filled with competent and likeable characters, intrigues, and enough mystery to always leave the reader wondering about what the characters don't know. the important and recurring characters are interesting and enjoyable to read. the antagonists are fun to hate, and sometimes to side with. there is very few shallow characters (the few I can think of I'll let slide because I think that they represent a type of person which certainly exists/existed.) and people tend to act rationally. just a great story in general, and long enough to last you a long while.


Excellent medieval-era fantasy read

Reviewed at: 177. EIrik's Dance

This story really checks all the boxes. Well constructed plot, creative world building, fleshed out characters. The different nations each have their own geopolitcal issues, complex plots that cross with other nations in ways that feel realistic, not convuluted or confusing. The author developed well fleshed out cultures for countries and came up with imaginitive belief systems for religions. You really wonder where each character is going to end up when the story ends. 
In general, very well done.


I have read many stories on RR and this is, for me, without a shadow of a doubt the best one, of those that I have read and I doubt that there is another of this quality, of those that I will read in the future. When I saw such high praises in other reviews I was a little sceptical, but after reading it, the only thing that I can say is that compared to everything else on Royal Road 5 stars isn't enough.


Grammar is practically flawless. I think that after 2.5k pages I saw 2 errors that were easily overlooked.


This story has one thing that almost always makes me stop reading, almost always ruins and spoils stories for me and that is multiple POVs. And boy, let me tell you, this story has a lot of them. But never, not a single time did I ask myself, did i really need to know that? Was that scene necessary? I was never bothered when we left some characters behind to look at others because I never felt like I lost anything. Every POV adds to the story and has me at the edge of my seat. Transitions between POVs are seamless. I always knew whose POV it was. In conversations I was never lost, not knowing who was saying which sentence. I was fully immersed in this world that was masterfully woven. In the end I think that multiple POVs are not a problem, when they are used correctly, and while many other stories might fail there, this one does not.


This story reminds me of a spiders web. Something that happens on one side of the continent ripples and influences everything else. Nothing is isolated. Characters are standing on an edge and if they push someone else they themselves will lose balance, but maybe the third one that was pushed by the fourth will hit the first and balance eachother out. It was unpredictable, you never knew what might happen and what the consequences of characters actions might be. After each chapter this story only grows deeper, some mysteries are revealed only for other to take their place. This world is vast, with history, religion, every region has different cultures and customs. And in the end it's all complemented by amazing characters.


In one word, these characters are simply human. They are well rounded with wants, needs and ambitions. They all have their virtues and flaws. When they are presented with a problem they never break character. These characters push the story forwards and as the events unfold they are changed as they go along.

I am a little ashamed because i can't do this story justice in my review. It's was so enjoyable reading this story but I can't translate my full admiration in writing. I just finished reading it and had to leave a review and try my best.

Give it a try.

Author thank you for writing and all the best luck to you.

Florean Fortescue


Reviewed at: 1. Journey's End

Happy 100th Chapter to The Eagle's Flight.

Not Much more to say, everyone that knows this story can say without the shadow of a doubt, that this is by far the best written story here.

Thanks for the chapter :>



Fantastic fantasy story with high quality writing

Reviewed at: 174. Fading Twilight

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.

Timeless Jimmix

This story is amazing. I love how the author did his worldbuilding but also the characters. I can give a lot of praise to it but will say that the battles can lack a bit of feeling. Hope to see more soon!