Progeny: The Children of The White Lion #1; A Review

Posted: April 18, 2013 by Stealing Shade in Reviews
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cover-of-progenyThe Progeny, book one of The Children of the White Lions, by R.T. Kaelin brought epic fantasy back into my life. This type of fantasy was always a favorite of mine; great stories spanning great distances in time, incorporating many characters, some god-like, others as regular as they come, striving over great odds through will alone. That being said, it is an epic fantasy, which also means the overall plot is redundant as only epic fantasy can be. For years, I stopped reading them because of this. I think one of the reasons I enjoyed this book was because of the span of years since reading one.

This being Kaelin’s first book, there are small problems with the language that threw many readers (as inferred from other reviews of this book). I have little problem overlooking minor editing mistakes if the read still flows and the story can pull me through, which this one did, though I’m pretty sure I read a second or third edition, where many errors overlooked in the original had been fixed. If you decide to read this book, which I recommend if you’re a fantasy fan looking for a lighter read, ensure you haven’t picked up the first edition version filled with these kinds of mistakes.

As the two main characters, Kenders, with her older brother, Nikalys, move through the story, after everything they know and love is stripped from them, they realize they’re the center of a prophecy spoken of centuries ago. Learning, unwilling at first, of magical skills they posses, passed down from parents who were part of the Great White Lions, who’d once thwarted the plans of Chaos incarnate, the children move into the new war, only this time it’s not just Chaos whose chosen to walk among them. Against incredible odds, they find themselves, with a handful of new allies, in a race against time to figure out what the enemy plans, and if they have any chance of stopping it.

Written in a style that fit the young teenage group of the central characters, the book still read well for me, who tends to dislike the newer YA stuff, as I feel the characters wallow in their emo-isms. Kaelin’s characters did not do this. They meet their adversities, battle them internally or externally, than move on, using the support systems around them, like functional people would. I appreciated this very much throughout the story. There’s nothing worse then thinking to yourself, yeah yeah, lets get on with it as you’re reading about a characters struggle.

Book 2, The Prophecy is currently available, and on my list of books to read.

Check out more of my reviews at Geek News Network AZ, Stealing Shade’s Blog, and Goodreads.


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