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The Eagle's Flight

(The Chronicles of Adalmearc #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Peace in the Seven Realms of Adalmearc is only as strong as those who rule them. With the death of the high king and his heir too young to assume the throne, political intrigues fill the landscape as the leading noble families scheme and plot their way to power. Meanwhile, enemies abroad sense the changes and make their own preparations.

Standing as a safeguard against both
Hardcover, 500 pages
Published May 12th 2016 by Books on Demand
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Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is one of six chosen by Ventureadlaxre for the semi finalist position, all books now have feedback for this grouping and I’ve read 3/6 of the semi finalists and plan to read the rest as part of the 100.

This book is one of the most mind blowingly detailed books I’ve read in a very long time, there’s an expansive list of both side and main characters, and most of those characters and their houses all have back stories. Those backstories all have ties to other houses that are both obviou
Jennifer (bunnyreads)
I don’t know what it is with me and these stories with ridiculously well-thought out world’s lately… but man, struck gold again on that front. I’ve mentioned before they aren’t always my thing because usually they’re draggy and I just fall asleep too easily these days.

This one, was more along the lines of the traditional style fantasy like Feist, or Williams. It’s a huge and fully realized world, full of people and culture- build right from the ground up, everything from trade routes, mining r
Noor Al-Shanti
The Eagle's Flight is an expertly written, thoroughly entertaining fantasy tale. And the best part? You can currently get it all for free through the author's website!

When I first started reading it I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author did not hesitate to provide detailed descriptions of things like the layout of the capital city in a way that reminded me a little bit of Tolkien. And those descriptions really come in handy later when the city is embroil
M.D. Presley
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been putting off writing this review for a while now, and that's probably because I'm still angry at this book for stealing so much of my sleep by keeping me up at night.

First thing's first, I know the author, though we met because I read this book and reached out to him. So take that disclaimer however you will. And with that in mind, let me say, this book ain't for no newbie fantasy readers. Mr. Olesen makes his audience work for every inch of their experience by never spoon-feeding a sin
John Napier
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, which I felt was very well written with an engrossing story.

It's about a medieval kingdom, where some of the powerful lords plot and fight to become the next ruler after the late King's passing, despite their realm simultaneously being threatened by outside forces.

The story is told through many different characters' eyes ranging from both commoners to nobles, and as such helps to give a feel for what life may have been like for them. There is also mystery and suspense
Jamie Edmundson
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I first noticed Daniel Olesen’s The Eagles’s Flight in the 2017 Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off. It was in the same section as Toric’s Dagger, and while neither book won through, they both made it to the semi-final stage, with Daniel’s book getting a rather more positive review than mine. It sounded like complex, historical, epic fantasy, which is right up my street, and so I treated myself to a read. I certainly wasn’t disappointed, though it’s a book that may not be for everyone. File under hi ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

The Eagle’s Flight is an Epic Fantasy story and Norse inspired. Its plot takes us to The Realms of Adalmearc doomed by tragic events in the royal family. The story depicts the characters and the social and political hierarchy of the kingdom, where strategic plots, back stabbing and other lovely intriguing games are to be expected.
The world building has been one of my favourite points of this book. It develops gently and attention to detail is exquisite. The reader doesn't get bombarded with wor
J C Steel
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Eagle’s Flight tells of a troubled time in Adalmearc’s history; with an infant king on the throne, Sigvard’s line is weakened, there is insurgence among the barbarians on the far side of the Langstan wall, and powerful nobles jockey for power that rightly belongs to the throne. Rivalry is the order of the day, and there are influences within the capital of Middanhal willing to play those forces against each other, no matter the cost to the kingdom. As the net of information stretching across ...more
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of fun political manipulation and manuevering. Names are on the tad confusing side but there's an appendix at the end. This is incredibly helpful as I took breaks between each of the book's three sections.
Worldbuilding is awesome. Characters are amazing. I correctly guessed a few of the big surprises early on, but the reveal was nice. :) Although I would have liked the impossible marriage to come through at the end.
One of the things I really like about the characters is that you can sympath
Noor Al-Shanti
This is the second time I read The Eagle's Flight and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. I will also keep periodically trying to advertise this book until it gets famous :) Few books deserve that, but this one really does. Speaking of which, download it at the author's website for free now:

In my last review I think I focused more on how amazing the world-building is, so this time I'll focus more on the characters. I usually read and write in the third person limited
Luke Hindmarsh
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunningly realised epic fantasy.

It’s taken me a while to read The Eagle’s Flight. It’s not a quick read and it’s not a light one either. But it is worth the investment of time. Multiple characters and plots within plots combine with a breathtakingly detailed setting that feels as real as anything in our world. You’re left to decide whose side to be on but I found myself shifting allegiances at times. This is not as bleak as ASOIAF but it deserves comparison with GRRM’s book. I know. How origin
Mette Øllegaard
This book is an ever unfolding adventure that suprises me in many ways. Both by the turn of events in the story, the level of detail in descriptions of people, landscape and actions but also in the well placed humour. Its a great story and it deserves a place in your next vacation.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review is here, on my blog!

This is actually a book in three parts, if you will. All in one volume but with three distinct story arcs.

The hardest part of reading it, for me, was that there are sooooo many characters in this thing, and many of their names are alike. The world is called Adal, but the continent (I think?) that it takes place in is Adalmearc, and the country that the first part of the story takes place in is called Adalrik. It’s not just places that have this prefix either, but
Garrick Davis
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing

“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
Stephen Brooke
Mar 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
'The Eagle's Flight' does, I admit, exhibit many of the things I least like about contemporary 'epic' fantasy. There is little of the 'sense of wonder' of great fantasy. The supernatural element barely appears though there are hints of an underlying menace of that sort. Much of the story is taken up with political and military maneuvering. There does not seem to be much of a point to all of it.

But the characters are fairly well drawn, if somewhat amoral and not particularly likable. Fortunately,
Mette Øllegaard
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought I had already reviewed this book!

However its a great fantasy book, that takes you to a medival world of brave knights, evil schemes, power, love, corruption and just a dust of the supernatural.

The world is well described, and you can feel that a lot of thought has gone into it.

The characters are well thought out, there are the good ones, the really bad ones, and those that are looking out for number one and/or the family name. You will have to choose your own hero. Characters will ch
Ben Lund
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I truly did not not expect a book this good when I started out reading this.

I am wary of books that are free, or that authors are giving away in one way or another. I've been burned in the past, and most books like that are not the greatest, but this one blew my expectations right out of the water.

A fully thought out landscape, a system of ruling and order, that gives the feeling of being in exsistence for centuries, power struggles that feel real and immediate and alliances that come and
Briony Loudoun
I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't perfect. I struggled through the first few pages, trying to get a grasp on the characters and world-building, to be honest it was a little of an info dump. But as I got further in I settled in better and found it flowed quite nicely.
Definitely a great effort at writing Epic/High Fantasy, very good world-building and character arcs, very George R.R. Martinesque in some ways.
I'm proud of you, Daniel, keep writing :)
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It had a great deal of palace intrigue, political strategy, and military strategy, things that I love in a book.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reminded me a lot of Katherine Kurtz's Deryni series - a secondary world based on our own with a lot of exacting detail and little magic; dense but compelling. ...more
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