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Progeny: The Children of the White Lions Paperback – November 27, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just must say,if you are looking for something familiar to this genre,yet would also like something totally unexpected this is the book to read! Read morePublished 12 months ago by heather barber
I started this book after reading six Brandon Sanderson novels. Tough act to follow, but Kaelin pulled it off. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kiki
This was a featured free eBook and it was actually pretty interesting read.Published 17 months ago by Cheraton M. Vetrano
I only intended to read a few pages of Progeny before I purchased it for my twelve year old grandson as fantasy fiction is not my normal reading style. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Jean Scherz
I read both Progeny and Prophecy. Sibling bonds, true friends, fate, evil, good, and a bit of help granted by the gods make it a good journey.Published on August 13, 2013 by Mary Archer
I am a 5th grade teacher, and I am always looking for literature to share with my students and my children. This series is one of my favorites! Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by Jenny
My wife is an aspiring author and she has said several times that a good story is one in which the reader finds him/herself present within the story, where you can see what the... Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by lgal
Reminders of the myst series of Brandon Sanderson. Great characters like David Eddings. A very good read. You won't be disappointed.Published on July 10, 2013 by Matthew Sciarrino Jr.
The Progeny, book one of The Children of the White Lions, by R.T. Kaelin brought epic fantasy back into my life. Read morePublished on June 27, 2013 by Cynthia Martens