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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  264 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Nikalys and his sister Kenders grew up living a peaceful life in the quiet farming village of Yellow Mud... until the blistering hot day when they go to the nearby lake for a swim. When they reach the lake, they spy an unknown mage conjure a massive water creature hundreds of feet tall. They watch in horror as the water creature plunges toward their home, apparently ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 612 pages
Published November 27th 2010 by Terrene Press
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Rachel's Book Reviews
Mar 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy
Progeny by R.T. Kaelin
Synopsis from the back cover- “Nikalys and his sister Kenders grew up living a peaceful life in the quiet farming village of Yellow Mud…until one blistering hot summer day when they went to the nearby lake for a swim. When they reached the lake, they saw and unknown mage conjure a massive water creature hundreds of feet tall. They watched in horror as the monstrous creation plunged toward their home, apparently drowning all in its path, including their parents and older
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Bought the book on my nook app on IPad......felt like I couldn't put the book down, had free time at work and then the next morning almost read the book.....yes....all 747 pages that were in it, in less then 13 hours.

Not entirely sure what people were talking about that gave the book low ratings, thought the chapters were well thought out and hardly noticed any errors in the book, and IMO I'm glad the book was longer....lately, I've been disappointed with books that are to short to fill in all
Michelle (Clover Hill Book Reviews)
This book knocked my socks off! I highly recommend it - this review is also on my blog.

The cover on this symbolizes the essence of the story, the White Lions, a select few originally chosen by the gods to defend and maintain balance, fighting evil in its many guises, including those that incarnate (e.g. God of Deception), among many.

From the first chapter I was completely hooked. I was drawn into a community where magic is outlawed, and had just met Nikalys and his sister Kenders, before being
T.Y. Lee
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What in the Nine Hells made me check out this book, after I groaned out loud when I read the mechanical plot synopsis on the back? This was like a D&D campaign turned into a book. (That is not a compliment).

The story itself was a bit too generic and formulaic, like one gigantic stereotype (if you read about it in any other fantasy fiction book ever, you'll read it here too), and the plot was extremely predictable. The one unique element I enjoyed was the "weaving of the strands" and the
Lydia Presley
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 2011, fantasy
Original review posted here.

I don’t normally read and review self-published books, but when Mr. Kaelin contacted me with the pitch for Progeny (and after seeing numerous five star reviews – and a few one star) I decided to give this one a go. My package arrived complete with Progeny bookmark and business cards and a bright, shiny, HUGE book.

Overall, I was not disappointed by Progeny. On a scale of 1-5 I’d give it a solid 3 1/2 stars. There were things that needed fixing, but there were some
Dec 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, epic
I first heard about this book when it was listed as a first reads 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 sub 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 ...more
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was filled with three dimensional characters; there are no perfect good guys or one dimensional bad guys, just people with strengths and flaws like any person you would meet on the street. Over the course of the book, they started to feel like friends. The world felt similarly real too. The history of the world could be seen in the current political climate and events. The system of magic was original and well-thought out.

Add to that a plot that sucks you in and keeps you reading far
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading the book reminded me of Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time books in the fact that it was a large world, there were similar, but different races, and it wasn't a simple "hack and slash" novel, but rather an interesting story line. There were certain events in the book that were predictable, and others that I hadn't expected. I really found how magic worked in Progeny to be different but interesting.

I found the reading to be easy, it flowed well, and kept my attention. There are few
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, R. T. Kaelin’s Progeny goes on my list of high fantasy to be re-read. With the number of books currently competing for my attention, that is saying a lot.

At first glance, it seems that Kaelin has written a formulaic quest-type fantasy story. He has elves, mages, orcs and Halflings, a sword and magic. I’ve seen all of these elements appear in stories before. The thing is, I still read many of them, because I’m always looking for one thing I want above all else when I read
Feb 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, favorites
Source: Received from author. Many thanks goes to R.T. Kaelin for sending me a copy of his book for review. I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 5/5

Nikalys and Kenders have a monumental destiny thrust on them when they find themselves watching a water monster, created by magic, ravage and destroy their small town. With everyone and everything they had ever known wiped out on one sunny, hazy afternoon, they are left desperate and alone. Past consoling,
Diane Kistner
Oct 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In this impressive first novel by R. T. Kaelin, we are introduced to the White Lions—champions-in-hiding from an ancient war against one of the nine evil gods, Chaos—and a prophecy only partially come to pass. With assistance this time from other gods in the evil cabal, Chaos is rising again, "unraveling what has been made." It now falls to the children of the mysterious White Lions and those who aid and befriend them to rise up and fight—as the prophecy tells, to "seek to make it right."

When I
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Rarely, readers are honored to discover a book that is so entrancing, so fascinating, that they are carried away to another land. Progeny is such a book, and those who read it will be changed by the experience.

Nikalys and his sister, Kenders leave their small farm to go swimming for the afternoon. Little do they know their trip will change their lives forever. Returning after their swim, they are horrified to observe a Sun Elf using magic to destroy their village and everyone they have known,
Feb 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Nikalys and Kenders Isaac have lived a simple life as children of a farmer in the town of Yellow Mud. When a summer day leads them away from their village, they never predicted that it would also save their lives. From a distance, the two witness the magical destruction of their town - including their friends and family - by a mysterious elf and several robed figures. After watching the terrifying encounter, the two siblings flee. Magic has always been outlawed in their home, but even more ...more
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Why I stopped reading this book:

I read a lot, and almost all of it is fantasy. I tend to avoid epic fantasy, though, because it's so often the same story tediously retold at unnecessary length. I pick up a book, read the blurb, and see one (often more than one) of the following described, and I quickly put it down again.

Epic fantasy plot #1: The Chosen One must find the Lost McGuffin in order to defeat the Dark Lord, who… [at this point I stop reading]

Epic fantasy plot #2: A corrupt empire is at
Tina Peterson
Mar 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Progeny is the debut novel of a brand new author who visions that this story will take place in a series of books (he's thinking 5 at this time). Fast moving, engrossing and action packed you will find yourself feeling like you are part of the landscape as you follow the characters through a story with much depth.

This is story of a planet (Terrene), several different races, magic, the paranormal and a prophecy by the "gods" involving young adults Nikalys, Kenders and Jak and the race to save
Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill
Read Original Review @ The Indigo Quill:

Progeny is one of those books you see made into a movie. It's a story that captures the reader and doesn't let them go, not even at the final page. If you enjoyed the Chronicles of Narnia or the works of Paolini then you will most definitely enjoy Progeny. As YA Fantasy novels go, this is one of those that leaves me impressed and wanting for more. You can tell that R.T. Kaelin took his time to develop his story and
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, fantasy
I was fortunate to win this book in a first-reads giveaway. Very entertaining epic fantasy. The world-building and system of magic are impressive. The heroes are easy to root for and identify with.

After seeing their village destroyed by an evil mage in a land where magic is outlawed, brother and sister Nikalys and Kenders flee, leaving behind the only life they have known. As they journey towards a fate greater than either of them imagined lay in store for them, they assembly a group of allies
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
R.T. Kaelin has begun a new phenomenon with his debut book, Progeny. Rarely do we see such work come from a new author. The first in a new series, Progeny promises an exhilirating ride.

After watching the destruction of their entire village, siblings Jak, Nikalys, and Kenders, soon learn that little they accepted as fact was true while myths turn out to be real. Faced with a new reality and a challenge to fulfill their role in a prophecy, the siblings begin a coming of age journey of
Jun 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
This was a difficult read. The characters are wooden, the dialogue is clumsy and the content repetitive. And if I have to read one more character saying another character's name over and over again during a conversation I will throw my kindle into a wall. People do not speak like this, ever. I'm glad I didn't pay for this book.

Also, as a knitter and a weaver the two are not interchangeable. You either weave by bringing yarn (or "strands") over and under the warp, or you knit by looping yarn
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic-happens
This was super. If you like magic, and big battles. New heroes discovering their power. It did lose a star for editing. At one point one of the character said orcs. This pulled me right out of the story. This tail didn't have orcs. It made me pause to wonder if the big grey bad guys had been called orcs and then the author changed it. It had a few other grammar issues, but what book (or review) doesn't. Overall really great. Really full length. Some of these free kindle books are a little on the ...more
Colton Hensarling
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually write a review for any book, but I just finished reading this for the third time in preparation for the next book (Which I hope comes out soon). Progeny was a great book that had a stunning world and was easy to read and made me never want to put the book down. Kaelin is a great author and I look forward to his next addition to the series.
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyable new voice in the fantasy genre. Typical plot, but a decently original setting.

Would I/Did I buy it? No, borrowed from Amazon, but I'll probably buy it in hard copy
Would I read it again? Yes
Would I recommend it to friends? Yeah
Beth Erwin
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Excellent characters, solid story line. Enjoyable. I truly hope there's a sequel or two.....otherwise, I'm going to have to check out some of the author's other work.
May 11, 2011 marked it as dnf
Shelves: review-copy
DISCLAIMER- I DIDN'T FINISH THIS BOOK. I stopped at the 2/3 point because I just couldn't take it anymore.

But, my original post about Why I couldn't bring myself to finish was originally posted on my blog, Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing.

Progeny by R.T. Kaelin is an epic fantasy novel, and honestly, as much as it pains me to admit this, it has reminded me, once again, why I spent years of my childhood blatantly refusing to touch any book labeled fantasy.

I'm going to apologize up front,
Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)
i don't even know where to begin!
for the storyline/plot
for the writing and grammar
(that's 0 stars)


i mean, it was reallllllyyyyyyy bad. it started out horrendous. just careless mistakes that any third grader would have been able to catch, and a lot of extra, you could tell that the author went back to change something but didn't delete it in it's entirety...stuff like: she
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
After getting behind on my book reviews I finally am posting my review for "Progeny" by R.T. Kaelin. I feel like I spent quite a while recently reading outside my comfort zone and this book was no exception. I don't typically pick up high fantasy books, but I met R.T. at a convention less than a year ago and heard him describe his book several times throughout the weekend. By the third day, I had decided that I really wanted to read this book. It turns out that by the time I had worked my way ...more
Nathan Washor
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Progeny is the first chapter in what could easily become one of the great high fantasy stories of our time. Plainly said, Progeny is just a lot of fun! This novel sets up a backdrop for a much greater tale than is portrayed in the book – this is not to say the picture painted by this book is not great in and of itself! I can easily see this series becoming a trilogy, tetralogy or more.

Terrene, the world in which this story takes place, is rife with elves, men, halflings, giants, orcs, demons,
T.L. Gray
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Review Published in The West Georgia Living Magazine - Nov/Dec 2012

There are many reasons authors write stories. Sometimes it’s to share a little bit of magic in a practical world. Sometimes it’s cathartic, a release of pent up emotions and hurts that others can identify and share. Sometimes it’s to take a break from the harsh realities and escape in a bit of fantasy. Sometimes it’s a vehicle used to spread a message, a moral code, a bit of wisdom or advice to pass down to the next generation.
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a personal acquaintance of the author, although I have not seen or talked to him in over 3 years. When I saw he was on Twitter, I was intrigued he was listed as an Author. A click through to his website and a brief read of the Prologue, and I bought my copy.

After reading a few of the reviews, I believe I bought the second edition of this book after Kaelin cut out a bunch of text. Although I found it to be an extremely good read, I felt like I missed a little too much of the back story. I'd
Shane Amazon
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I must admit that Fantasy books are not a realm of which I venture into often. I prefer to be lost in the stars where my heroes slay their enemy with a saber of light or the heat of a phaser instead of a sword cast from sweat and steel. That being said, I had been given the opportunity to read this book by a person I have come to call a friend and today I consider myself quite lucky that I was given the chance to read such incredible work.

Progeny, from its first page had grabbed a hold of me
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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 ...more

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