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Prophecy (The Children of the White Lions Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

R.T. Kaelin
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Book Description

The God of Chaos is marching. The Borderlands is nearly overrun, shredded by his army. In a dusty village, ninety-four residents led by two soldiers make a last stand. During the assault, one of the enemy isolates Rhohn Lurus, a Dust Man. Yet rather than kill him, the monster gives him a cryptic message and begs he carry it east, claiming it could halt the war.

At Storm Island, Nikalys, Kenders, and Jak are adjusting to their new lives as leader, mage, and soldier. In the nation’s capital, nobles spar, some conspiring with the enemy while others ally together to halt Chaos’ advance. New friends will be made, old rivals rediscovered, and secrets revealed.

The stage is set. War is here. And the Progeny must stop it.

“R.T. teaches a master class in world-building. Rich in characters and details, he pulls you through a breathtaking tale that surpasses good versus evil.”
~Jean Rabe, USA Today bestselling author

“R.T. Kaelin is one of those few new authors who understand both the importance of immersing the reader in the story and how to accomplish it. From the first word, he grabs you and holds you captive throughout. I enjoyed reading Progeny and look forward to more books from R.T. Kaelin.”
~Maxwell Alexander Drake, Author of Genesis of Oblivion Saga

“After an exciting adventure getting to know the characters and backgrounds of our promising heroes in Progeny, R.T. Kaelin does a phenomenal job developing these young heroes into the warriors they must become in Prophecy, the second installation of the White Lions series. This is a refreshingly beautiful coming-of-age story of courage, hope, and young love; something the fantasy genre has lacked in recent years.”
~ T.L. Gray, Author of The Arcainian series

“Overall, I would favorably compare his writing with Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, (early) Robert Jordan and even a bit of David Eddings flavor mixed in.”
~LuxuryReading.com

“R.T. Kaelin has done it again. Beautifully rich characters combine with an entrancing plot in a compelling dance certain to allure current and new fans of the White Lion series.”
~ Mandy O'Brien, Living Peacefully with Children

“I found the author carefully planned out the topography, the language, the poetry, the events and the battles just like Tolkien did and I think that is partly why I loved the book so much.”
~ Family Literacy and You


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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1573 KB
  • Print Length: 658 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615678858
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Terrene Press; 1 edition (December 2, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009FR9POG
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sequel September 18, 2012
Format:Paperback
I love this series. I was so enchanted and enthralled with Progeny I could only hope that Kaelin would be able to keep the momentum in the subsequent volumes. With Prophecy, I was not disappointed. This book contains very satisfying doses of character development, action, spellbinding magic and drama. There are enough totally unexpected twists and turns along the way that you are kept on your toes as a reader. I fell in love with the characters in Progeny and was so invested in their individual stories as the journey continued on, and there are amazing new characters introduced in Prophecy which I fell as equally in love with. I agree with another reviewer that Kaelin is at his best when writing battle scenes, but I also feel that he so smartly writes interactions between the characters, especially when there are a group of them all together. I absolutely cannot wait to see how this story will develop and finally resolve in the future volumes. I am on board and along for the ride!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew him when... September 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
Okay, I am biased but I will write as much of an unbiased review that I can. In the sense of disclosure, I have been one of Ryan's part time/freelance editors for about a year now. I loved Progeny and when I had the opportunity to help tidy up Prophecy I felt honored and excited. I will do my best to write a spoiler free review so you need not fear reading on!

War has overtaken the Oaken duchies and it falls to our heroes to prepare defenses against the advancing horde of Sudashians. Shaped by battles and diplomacy Nik, Jak and Kenders aren't mere children anymore. Nik has grown into his powers and Kenders has been honing her own control over magic by apprenticing under one of Terrene's most powerful mages. Jak has been making great strides of his own while training with the Shadow Manes soldiers. In this newest book, they all face trials of the mind, heart, and arms as the tale weaves about multiple plots.

Prophecy is more complex than Progeny was in so many ways. The stage has shifted from a single duchy to all of them and more. Our heroes we fell in love with in Progeny are all back with a couple new ones thrown in for good measure. Within Prophecy, a clever reader is made more aware of what motivates the "evil" gods of the Cabal and their plans to return. We also become cognizant of the ulterior motives of the "good" and neutral gods and begin to question everyone's goals. There are even a few new races we meet throughout the adventures within Prophecy's pages. And for Kaelin's biggest fans, Prophecy is loaded with references to the short stories Ryan has written and given away for free on his website.

Prophecy was a lot of fun to read and continues the epic tale set forth by Progeny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 for 2 November 5, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I waited a long time for this book, and I was not disappointed. The story line was a roller coaster of events, leading places I thought it might and more that I never imagined. The characters continue to mature and new, exciting ones join the crew. I finished the book wishing that, even at 750ish pages (estimated), there was even more. But don't get me wrong, it has one hell of an ending. If you liked the first, you'll love the newest installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written! October 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
*Review Published in The West Georgia Living Magazine - Nov/Dec 2012 edition

I feel very privileged that I was one of the lucky ones to receive an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of the second book of The Children of the White Lions series, The Prophecy from author R.T. Kaelin. I was so excited that I put aside another project I was reading to dive right in, and I was NOT disappointed.

This story picks right up where the first book left off, with our heroes having survived their first huge battle. They suffered loss and experienced a bit of tragedy, but instead of being defeated and depressed, they rose to the challenge and put on a shield of determination.

One of the first things I loved about this second installment was the way R.T. Kaelin brought us back to the basics and these powerful, wonderful heroes back to earth by showing their weaknesses and frailties. Though they may be the "Progeny", something prophesied by the great heroes that come before them, and had won their first victory, they were still far from where they needed to be in order to fulfill their destiny. They still had a lot to learn, a lot more to overcome, and they realized they were inept and didn't know everything. This is called Character Building, and is true in both life and fiction. THIS is what I love about story-telling - using fiction as a tool for teaching an inspirational message through example; giving readers something to think about and a hope to overcome their own challenges in life. Showing that our titles, inheritance and privilege (or lack thereof) isn't what makes us who we are - but the choices we make during moments of adversity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great followup to Progeny! October 20, 2012
Format:Paperback
Over a year ago I wrote a review for a New Author named RT Kaelin. I was very interested in reviewing his book Progeny which is the first book in a series of fantasy books about a world named Terrene and two young people, brother and sister, who discover that their lives are not what they seem.

I loved Progeny due to the level of writing (very smooth, easy to read, very descriptive) and because I "connected" to the characters in the book. Kenders & Nikalys both seemed like great kids, full of mischief, personality and potential.

When I was approached about doing a review of Prophecy I jumped at the chance even though I am absolutely swamped (I've read 5 full length books in addition to Prophecy (600+ pages) in the last 2 weeks). I wanted to know what the next book would tell us about the fight between good & evil, the growth of Kenders, Nikalys and Jak their brother. It wasn't quite what I expected.

Prophecy has the same high quality writing, the scenes are well thought out and each character is well rounded. Many of the vague details and events mentioned in Progeny are described more thoroughly and you will meet new characters (Khin, Rhohn, Wren, Tobias and my favorite Okollu & Broedi who is from Book 1) from many different races and species. I loved to see the maturity of Nikalys grow from boy to man by the end of the book. Kenders still has a ways to go - and I'm sure we'll see her maturity come out in book 3. We also learn about the history of the White Lions and why they were formed as well as learn of a Prophecy that provides clues to events to come. Book 2 sets up the foundation of the rest of the series by giving us the background and a peek at the future of the World of Terrene.

That being said, I struggled some with this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't hold interest
This might be better if I had been able to purchase it immediately after reading "Progeny" which was quite interesting, but the budget wouldn't allow it then. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda Becker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series
Even better than the first book. Well written and enjoyable. Not overly complex but good plot and interesting characters. Give it a shot.
Published 10 months ago by Joshua K. Skoog
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story
The story is great. I like the characters and the plot line. Infrequently it drags just a little with excessive detail. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Reading is fun
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Fantasy
Fans of R.T. Kaelin's novel, Progeny, (count Booksie's Blog among the biggest fans), will be excited to read the second installment in the chronicle of Terrene and the battle... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sandra Kirkland
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put it down
I must say I was wary when I first picked this book up, I usually dont like the 2nd book of a series, they never hold up to the excitement of the first book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by minus08
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Spellbinding Installment!
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Yet another spellbinding installment from someone who is slowly becoming one of my favored authors, R.T. Kaelin! Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Indigo Quill
5.0 out of 5 stars a good series
I'm enjoying this series and looking forward to reading the next book. I like the diversity of characters and the way the principal characters are slowly drawn together and learn... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Best book I have ever read. I give this book a five stars. Whoever hasn't read this is missing out so hurry up and read it!!!!!! This book is totally epic!!!!!
Published 17 months ago by Wanda Roberts Cason
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent follow-up to Progeny
I immediately purchased this book upon completing Progeny because I did't want the story to end. Kaelin's second novel is even better than his first. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Buzz Clore
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it - a bit slow - easy read
I liked the characters, I liked the story, it was a bit predictable at times and while I enjoyed the story, it did have some slow parts.
Published 17 months ago by Tammy
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R.T. Kaelin: is a loving husband, father of two wonderful children, and a lifelong resident of Ohio, currently living in Columbus. After graduating from college, for the first twelve years of his career he has worked as a software engineer. While writing for a local Columbus gaming group, it was suggested he try his hand at writing something more prodigious. Encouraged, he committed to the undertaking, and wrote, Progeny, the first volume in the Children of the White Lions series. The book has garnered critical acclaim, drawing comparisons to the giants of the genre, and has fostered an ever-growing fan base. As he edits the second in the series, he also is working on the Terrene Chronicles, a number of short stories that take place prior to the events in Progeny.

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