Birdcage

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
This is the story of a hero and a villain.

Birdcage is a web-serial fantasy novel written by Eugene Conard. Birdcage tells the story of Ernest, a young hero who dreams of freeing his world of darkness. After a powerful warlock destroys his home town and kills his mother, Ernest dedicates himself to growing strong enough to avenge the fallen, eventually joining a squad of royal knights. Over the course of this tale, Ernest faces threats to his life and his ideals on his journey to become a legendary hero.

Table of Contents

Chapter I: Darkness, or: the death of a mother

Submitted: April 30, 2019

Memory is a fickle thing. I cannot imagine how many things I have forgotten over the course of my life. Entire days, good and bad alik... Read Chapter

Chapter II - Dreams, or: the driving force behind my actions

Submitted: May 07, 2019

I was born in a village called Vox in the country Cieleta on the continent of Magpur. Cieleta was a decent sized country centered arou... Read Chapter

Chapter III - Tested, or: the part where a dream comes under fire

Submitted: May 14, 2019

The exam to become a knight was split into two distinct parts: a written exam and a combat exercise. Before the Purge, only one in twe... Read Chapter

Chapter IV - Downswing, or: the wager that should not have been taken

Submitted: May 22, 2019

Cross and Firebrand led us into the castle throne room, a large open hall filled with golden pillars and crystal chandeliers. Hanging ... Read Chapter

Chapter V - Rescued, or, the unexpected meeting in the dark

Submitted: May 29, 2019

My heart thumped a thousand beats a minute as I ran from the Ogre. I bolted out of the cistern and into the unrelenting darkness of th... Read Chapter

Chapter VI - Return, or: the time my legs wouldn't stop moving

Submitted: June 04, 2019

MacDonald and I pulled the body out of the river and looked it over. Much to my dismay, I recognized the corpse’s scraggly beard, re... Read Chapter

Chapter VII - Recover, or: the pact I made

Submitted: June 19, 2019

A few days later, I finally woke up. Every inch of my body felt like shit. Fortunately, I wasn’t in the crypt. Some knights had foun... Read Chapter

Chapter VIII - Gate, or: the meeting of future friends

Submitted: June 19, 2019

“Would you rather have really big feet or really big hands?” I asked.   Sterling leaned back against the gate and ... Read Chapter

Chapter IX - Window, or: the part where expectations are thrown out

Submitted: June 25, 2019

“My name’s Roland Rice,” the injured man said. “I’m a traveling merchant.”   “A merchant?” I asked. ... Read Chapter

Chapter X - Protector, or: the battle by the fountain

Submitted: July 02, 2019

While Eric was busy breaking into the palace, Sterling and I were doing our normal job guarding the castle gate. Like the previous day... Read Chapter

Chapter XI - Cold, or: the love of a father

Submitted: July 16, 2019

Pollux and Castor Gemelo were born in Forenz, a small country to the west of Cieleta, six and a half years before the Purge. Forenz wa... Read Chapter

Chapter XII: Origin, or: the man who killed God

Submitted: July 23, 2019

All of Squad V stood at the gate, weapons in hand, ready for the fight of our lives. In the distance, the sun slowly disappeared behin... Read Chapter

Chapter XIII - Mistakes, or: the story told at winner

Submitted: July 30, 2019

A few days after the night we stood waiting for Camazotz to attack, the Knights gathered at the palace to receive a speech from the ki... Read Chapter

Chapter XIV - Nightmare, or: the old man at the mine

Submitted: August 06, 2019

I was alone in a dark cave. A single candle sat in front of me, the only source of light as far as I could see. Its dim flame glowed w... Read Chapter

Chapter XV - Stone or: the battle with the rock monster

Submitted: September 10, 2019

When I saw Jericho Darkholme’s eyes, a fire roared to life within my heart. Years of anger came flooding back at once, flowing throu... Read Chapter

Chapter XVI - Disappointment, or: the warrior duel

Submitted: September 10, 2019

I crawled out from a pile of rubble and wiped off the dust. I looked at the pile of rocks that covered the entrance of the mine. “Th... Read Chapter

Chapter XVII - Tea, or: the cursed child

Submitted: September 10, 2019

I had mixed feelings about the events in Stonecage. The mission was, on a technical level, a success, in part thanks to my actions. Th... Read Chapter

Chapter XVIII - Princess, or: the cage in the sky

Submitted: September 10, 2019

The four of us climbed the winding spiral staircase of the tower, inching towards our new mission. “Are we close to the top yet?” ... Read Chapter

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