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R.T. Kaelin grew up in Cincinnati and now resides in Columbus, Ohio with his beautiful wife and the two best kids ever. For years, he worked in information technology, but felt there was something more waiting for him. He always had an active imagination, so one day he decided to do something with it. R.T. Kaelin's son and daughter are too young to grasp it fully, but they are the reason he writes. His favorite place in the world is any barely-occupied, tucked-away corner of Tuscany.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 612 pages
  • Publisher: Terrene Press (November 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615421032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615421032
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,569,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This review is for the updated version of Progeny. The copy was provided by the author in exchange for editing and critical review.

It is obvious from the start that Kaelin has made great strides in his writing ability. The level of craftsmanship he shows, while well above average throughout, is really shown to his advantage in the new Prologue, and in the climactic sequences of the ending. These advantages also enhance the story he has to tell. I have to say - it's a good story so far!

Now, this is a set-up novel. Fantasy readers familiar with Sanderson's The Way of Kings will know what I mean. There's a great flow of story, and a very compelling character arc throughout, but at the end, you're looking at a last few pages, knowing that even though everything will resolve satisfactorily, there's a whole lot more story coming down the pike. It's a lovely feeling, and one that is a tricky balance to maintain. I'm happy to say that in my opinion, Kaelin balances quite well, leaving the reader, not with a cliffhanger, but with an open invitation to peer around the next bend in the road, beckoning us onwards.

The world created here is vast, with the impression of solid history and distinct races (no stereotypical orcs or elves here, which is a refreshing change) with just the right touch of cultural difference to make each place distinct. That touch is seen with the characters as well. Often in a multi-viewpoint novel, the characters all blend together, or are so dissimilar that you're left wondering how they even manage to stand each other. Progeny has a deft touch.
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Progeny is a story about a pair of children destined to thwart an evil god's attempt to plunge the world into chaos. They are the Children (IE Progeny) of the White Lions, who in ages past were the chosen champions of the gods, empowered to restore balance to the world.

The children, Nikalys and Kenders, have inherited their parent's gifts, and it seems they will even surpass them, given time. But the evil gods know this and have designs of their own for the siblings...namely death.

For starters, I was somewhere around 35% complete with the book before it actually got interesting enough for me to care about what was happening to the characters. 35%!!! If I didn't like the author (from my brief interactions with him on twitter) then I definitely would have never gotten as far into the book as I did. Likely I would have went 'UGH' somewhere after the first couple of chapters and shelved it / deleted it from my Kindle.

The book does pick up from there, and although there is plenty wrong there is also plenty right. One example is the magic system, known in this world as The Strands, of which there are different colors which represent the different flavors (Air Earth Water Fire Charge Void Life Will Soul)of magic. It was an interesting take to say the least....most mages can only touch one to three different colors.

I found myself caring more for a side character than I did for the two titular progeny (his introduction is when the book actually got interesting for me), and there is plenty of dreg in the novel that slows down the story. I also found myself rolling my eyes at a lot of the dialogue between the different characters....I get that this is a made-up medieval setting but still...
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I first heard about this book when it was listed as a giveaway. As an avid devourer of fantasy books I signed up to win and didn't think much of it beyond that. I was surprised when the author contacted me a few days later and invited me to join a forumn about the group where we could ask questions and discuss the book. I could tell that this was an autor who was passionate about his story and wanted it to succeed. This piqued my curiosity and I went and read the intro to the story. I could tell then that he author had good reason to be enthusiastic, this was not your run of the mill fantasy. I crossed my fingers to win a copy but knew that if I didn't, I would purchase one on my own, which I ended up doing.

The world presented in Progeny is an evocative mix of the normal and the supernatural. I found myself easily slipping into the world and capable of seeing it as they did. The settings are imaginative yet grounded in the possible. The people of this world are "people" instead of falling into racial stereotypes. The characters are visibly but not fatally flawed(in a good way), giving them depth and evoking emotion. All this combines to present a recognizable world in an extraordinary setting.

A couple of the things I like most in the book are the magic system and the sense of history. The magic is understandable but also invisible. You see people using it but your imagination must fill in the details. While parts of the language may remind of other books, the use is obviously original. The history and interplay between nationalities and nations is also rich and well executed. Part of me can't decide wether I would rather see the next book or a prequel. The sense of history is not only apparent in exposition but also in the settings and interplay.
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