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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 Is 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


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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 Is 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

30 review for Prophecy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Washor

    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 ba 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. One of the things I loved about both Progeny and Prophecy was that none of the characters were predefined by the sides they belong to or their races - there were even parts in Prophecy where I came to sympathize with the ultimate bad guy. For you romantics, you will watch as a couple relationships blossom within Prophecy and a couple others come to an end. The slow buildup approach Ryan takes leaves the tale believable and the amount of backstory is enough to give any epic fantasy reader the sense that his (or her) money was well spent. But mostly it is Ryan’s characters that make both Progeny and Prophecy such great books. For those who haven’t read Progeny, of all the fantasy series I’ve read (more than a few) Progeny and Prophecy remind me most of the Inheritance Cycle (Eragon) by Christopher Paolini. They are not the same tales, but the elegances found in those books are found in these ones too. The cleanliness of the worlds and the use of typical fantasy tropes in original ways make both worlds comfortable and fresh to any reader, new or old. I am pleased to give this book five stars and I look forward to reading the next novel in this epic fantasy series. Ryan is destined for greatness, so do yourself a favor and pick up both Progeny and Prophecy now so you can look back one day and say “I knew him when …”.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Tewson

    Great, unputdownable! Second in series, and bringing the tale further on and adding more well rounded characters too. Can't wait for the sequel. Great, unputdownable! Second in series, and bringing the tale further on and adding more well rounded characters too. Can't wait for the sequel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

    This is my first ever attempt at writing a review for anything. I was privileged to be able to read an advance copy of Prophecy and I must admit I was not only pleased with the book I was blown away.         The story not only continues the tale of Kenders and Nikalys but take us deeper into the world of Terrene. We get to visit parts only hinted at before and others we knew nothing about. The new charters introduced are well thought out and some are very likable while others we only tolerate.  Th This is my first ever attempt at writing a review for anything. I was privileged to be able to read an advance copy of Prophecy and I must admit I was not only pleased with the book I was blown away.         The story not only continues the tale of Kenders and Nikalys but take us deeper into the world of Terrene. We get to visit parts only hinted at before and others we knew nothing about. The new charters introduced are well thought out and some are very likable while others we only tolerate.  The new White Lions are the same way while we can love one, the other continuously makes  us wonder whose side he is on.. Without giving away any of the story, let me say some parts left me totally breathless, some left me shaking my head. And some made me reach for a tissue.  I can't wait to re-read Prophecy, and I am waiting anxiously for the next book in the series. If the epilogue is any indication it is going to be the best one yet. 

  4. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    RT, Where do I start? Thank you seems like a great place! This book was amazing! I don't want to give any of the story away for the other people who really need to pick up this series and read it! Can't wait for the last book...but seeing as this one just came out i might be waiting for a bit(Thankfully your in between book periods are no where near as horrible as one of the other books I am reading, it was a 6 year wait for that one, you might know what it is if your reading it too!). I could ha RT, Where do I start? Thank you seems like a great place! This book was amazing! I don't want to give any of the story away for the other people who really need to pick up this series and read it! Can't wait for the last book...but seeing as this one just came out i might be waiting for a bit(Thankfully your in between book periods are no where near as horrible as one of the other books I am reading, it was a 6 year wait for that one, you might know what it is if your reading it too!). I could have sworn somewhere along the way you had said you wrote 6 stories that tell some background to this amazing world you have created, but I have only seen and bought the 4 that were published or am i mistaken about that? Can't wait to see what happens next...promise this time I will exhibit some patience and wait for your next masterpiece! Thanks, Josh

  5. 5 out of 5

    Madbuzz

    I immediately purchased this book upon completing Progeny because I did't want the story to end. R.T. Kaelin's second novel is even better than his first. You can tell he is not afraid to cause pain and suffering to his characters, and even isn't afraid to kill them off. I was worried with the introduction of multiple new characters that I would get lost or they would not get enough page time, but they in fact do, and they are very well thought out and interesting characters. I anxiously await t I immediately purchased this book upon completing Progeny because I did't want the story to end. R.T. Kaelin's second novel is even better than his first. You can tell he is not afraid to cause pain and suffering to his characters, and even isn't afraid to kill them off. I was worried with the introduction of multiple new characters that I would get lost or they would not get enough page time, but they in fact do, and they are very well thought out and interesting characters. I anxiously await the third installment!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adam Raymond

    Really good book. I'm not usually into fantasy books since they're all the same elves and dwarves and trolls etc., but Kaelin made up an entirely unique universe. I enjoyed this book even more than the first, and I can't wait for the final book to come out. Really good book. I'm not usually into fantasy books since they're all the same elves and dwarves and trolls etc., but Kaelin made up an entirely unique universe. I enjoyed this book even more than the first, and I can't wait for the final book to come out.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meaghan R. (YA-aholic)

    i haven't had a chance to re-read the first one...the second edition, with the complete overhaul, but despite the questionable writing of the fisr one, before it was edited, the story was amazing, and i REALLY HOPE I GET THIS ONE!!!!! i haven't had a chance to re-read the first one...the second edition, with the complete overhaul, but despite the questionable writing of the fisr one, before it was edited, the story was amazing, and i REALLY HOPE I GET THIS ONE!!!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beth Erwin

    Thoroughly enjoyable, but the ending was too quick. This series needs a third book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    Awesome! The Progeny are starting to grow up. This story is so epic. I need a map of tereen. I'm hooked on this series for the long haul. Awesome! The Progeny are starting to grow up. This story is so epic. I need a map of tereen. I'm hooked on this series for the long haul.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John Gregory Wynn

    I enjoyed reading it. Was as good as Book 1. Liked the new characters. Will definitely be buying the next book in the series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    This is a fantasy %v_array_gen[2]% book that interests you from the beginning.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sandie

    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 between the gods that control it. The god of Chaos has decided to take over the land, and has gathered several gods to work with him. Opposing him are the gods who strive for balance. Both groups use the mortals of Terrene to work out their conflicts. Key to the battle are the champions of Terrene, the White Lions. They we 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 between the gods that control it. The god of Chaos has decided to take over the land, and has gathered several gods to work with him. Opposing him are the gods who strive for balance. Both groups use the mortals of Terrene to work out their conflicts. Key to the battle are the champions of Terrene, the White Lions. They were instrumental in saving the world the last time the gods collided. A prophecy says that when needed, the original White Lions and their children, The Progeny, will reunite and fight again. The characters from the first novel in the series, Nik and Kenders, are back. In the first book, they found that they were progeny. In this second one, they begin to come into their legacy and develop the skills and abilities that will help them in the immense battles to come. They are accompanied by their adoptive brother, Jak, and other characters, such as Sabine and Helene, girls they saved in the last tale, and others who fought with them. Of course, they have the White Lion at their side. Broedi, a giant hillsman, was their guide, the man who taught them what they were and started their training. In this book, we meet some of the other surviving White Lions. There is Tobias, whose gift is visions of the future, and Wren, who can speak with nature. We also meet new allies of different races. Klin is an Acadian, who is a master of the magic strands and becomes Kender's main teacher. Okollu is a mongrel, a half-man, half-wolf. His race is part of the Sudashian army committed to winning Terrene for the god of Chaos, but he becomes an ally of the opposing side instead. The war rages on, with the outcome uncertain. The forces of good are vastly outnumbered and very late to the game. The forces of evil have been making their plans for months and are ready for battle. Each side has advantages and weaknesses. Alliances are made and broken, loyalties and strategies change daily. In the midst of war, family relations remain strong and even love finds a way to break through. Which side has the strongest weapons and the best chance of survival? Kaelin has successfully moved the story of The White Lions and their Progeny forward in The Prophecy. The characters are developed more fully while more of the background to the world of Terrene is explored and explained. The web of connections is intricate and the new characters and races are skillfully introduced. Under it all, the beat of coming war and disaster is always felt, impelling the storyline forward. This book is recommended for fantasy fans who will be left waiting impatiently for the third and concluding volume in this series. This novel is another masterful job by R. T. Kaelin, who is gaining a name as a fantasy author to be aware of.

  13. 4 out of 5

    T.L. Gray

    *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. The *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. Kaelin does an excellent job with not only the progression of our characters development of magical skill, talents or latent abilities, but in personality, courage and strength of character. He doesn’t just instantly fill our characters with greatness and then sends them off into battle to prove it. Kaelin takes the time to build their true character through bits and pieces of moments that build that greatness within them - and expose their weaknesses. I’m not even sure he knows he’s doing this – but it’s done really well. This section of the story is a little bit more mature than the one before (as it should be), so my recommendation would be for an older audience (but not too much older). It’s still clean, positive and an absolutely beautiful story. There are battles, magic, love and loss, but on a more mature level – on the same level of our characters. R.T. Kaelin is also hereby inducted into the Evil Author’s Guild, which is a club for authors with a propensity to kill off beloved characters. Be prepared to laugh out loud, but also to shed a few tears. Thank goodness R.T. Kaelin is busy writing the third book of this series, because I’m sitting on edge waiting to get my hands on it – and you will too. Till next time, ~T.L. Gray Author of the Arcainian Series

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tina Peterson

    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 mis 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. It didn't reach out and grab me like Progeny did (I had the same problem with The Two Towers (Tolkien) also so don't let that scare you away) - I'm sure that Book 3 will give me some of the closure and connection that Prophecy didn't. There is just so much detail, so many locations and so many new characters that I had some trouble keeping up with it ~ add in the meddling of the various gods & goddesses in the book, the huge war scenes that are very well thought out and the powers that Kenders is becoming aware of (and some she's not aware of yet) that seem to take control of her and you'll get what I mean. My plan this winter is to return to Progeny and read straight through Books 1 and 2 ~ so be watching for an updated review of the series probably in February sometime. The cliff hanger at the end of Prophecy means that I will definitely be looking for Book 3 ~ get the series and join me in February and let me know what you thought!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lis Ann - The Indigo Quill

    See full review @ The Indigo Quill: http://theindigoquill.blogspot.com/20... Yet another spellbinding installment from someone who is slowly becoming one of my favored authors, R.T. Kaelin! In case you missed it, I did a review on his first book in the series, Progeny, plus an interview. You can see the review here and the interview here. Be sure to check them out! The more I delve into this series, the more I feel like I'm reading a contemporary rendering of Lord of the Rings. This book didn't See full review @ The Indigo Quill: http://theindigoquill.blogspot.com/20... Yet another spellbinding installment from someone who is slowly becoming one of my favored authors, R.T. Kaelin! In case you missed it, I did a review on his first book in the series, Progeny, plus an interview. You can see the review here and the interview here. Be sure to check them out! The more I delve into this series, the more I feel like I'm reading a contemporary rendering of Lord of the Rings. This book didn't quite move at the same pace as Progeny, but I did really enjoy seeing the characters grow. Kaelin's style of writing is like a breath of fresh air every time; smooth and detailed. He clearly thinks through his characters, settings, and storyline rather than simply scratching the surface. Like previously stated, Prophecy moved a bit slower for me (as 'middle' books of a series usually do). I love that Kaelin has developed a world of his own with many different species and mythology. However, there was a point that became a little overwhelming. Thank his gods in the back of the books for those references, because without them I would have gotten very lost! That being said, I would advise readers to look those over before starting the first page, they are very helpful and actually interesting to read. The things I really enjoyed about this installment: The character development. Nikalys, Kenders, and Jak are all having to face situations that call for a certain maturity that is still coming to surface for them. Here we get to watch them grow. A lot of questions were beginning to be answered. We learned a lot more about the history of the White Lions, the 'who' and 'whys.' We discover there is a prophecy that gives us a glimpse of the future, setting the stage for the rest of the series. We are also introduced to more characters, which, as long as you keep up with it, is an extra feat to the work. Although at times it was a little harder to get through the extreme detail in this book, I'm finding myself falling in love with this series. One day, when it's finished in its entirety and is available as a set, I'll be one of the first to get it for my bookshelf. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Lord of the Rings or Eragon. I've even been pushing for my husband to read these novels because I think he'd really like them, too. As always, I'm looking forward to book 3 to see what happens with our beloved heroes and the future of the Oaken Dutchies. Also, be sure to grab your copies of The Terrene Chronicles that accompany this series (I actually still need to read these...)!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    I read Progeny three times, and I couldn't put it down each time. I've only ready Prophecy once so far, but I couldn't put it down either. I've probably read over 300 books, and in my opinion Kaelin is in the top 10% of everything I've read. Seriously. Unlike a couple of the other reviews, I didn't have any problem turning the pages and tearing through this book. I can only remember ever losing sleep reading Terry Brooks, JK Rowling, and Kaelin. I personally thought the character development had I read Progeny three times, and I couldn't put it down each time. I've only ready Prophecy once so far, but I couldn't put it down either. I've probably read over 300 books, and in my opinion Kaelin is in the top 10% of everything I've read. Seriously. Unlike a couple of the other reviews, I didn't have any problem turning the pages and tearing through this book. I can only remember ever losing sleep reading Terry Brooks, JK Rowling, and Kaelin. I personally thought the character development had improved over Progeny. I recall experiencing love, humor, anger, and despair all in the same chapter. Kaelin artfully added several new characters and quickly brought the reader up to speed on old relationships that had been developed long before the characters were introduced in the book. There is romance that doesn't distract from the book, unique friendships that are strained, characters that are tolerated out of necessity (which is also hard to write) and internal conflicts of the characters that aren't gratuitous. I find most authors' battle scenes to be lacking, but not Kaelin's. The battle scenes are well done and immersive. Chaotic scenes are rarely written well, and Kaelin nails chaos. I recommend all of the books in this series, especially the companion books that add depth to characters. Buy your copy today and one day, you can be the one saying "RT Kaelin? Oh yeah, I've heard of him. I read all of his books before it was cool." I am anxiously awaiting the next White Lions installment.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    R. T. Kaelin, author of the fabulous Progeny, has done it again. Prophecy, the second novel in The Children of the White Lions series does not disappoint fans. The addition of new characters, races, and warring duchies manages to add to the complexity of the novel without undermining the purity of the purity of the book. Bereft of any conventional notions which tend to limit many novels and add a level of predictability, Kaelin follows the story of the characters, allowing the book to take on a R. T. Kaelin, author of the fabulous Progeny, has done it again. Prophecy, the second novel in The Children of the White Lions series does not disappoint fans. The addition of new characters, races, and warring duchies manages to add to the complexity of the novel without undermining the purity of the purity of the book. Bereft of any conventional notions which tend to limit many novels and add a level of predictability, Kaelin follows the story of the characters, allowing the book to take on a life of its own, driving the story line with a reality that adds a new level to the already complex richness. With beautifully deep characters and a well developed story line which follows it's own unique path, the series continues to fulfill its promise to provide an entrancing book which enthralls readers and leaves them wanting more. I can't wait to read the next novel when it comes out. Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the author.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristina Franken

    In compliance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing in my review that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. 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 In compliance with FTC guidelines, I am disclosing in my review that I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. 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. I recommend this book to anyone.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    Kaelin answers the question between fate and free will by giving all to fate. I found the story of Prophecy a little boring and unoriginal. It had its moments here and there, but not enough to hold my intrest over the hundreds of pages this story covers.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Colton

  21. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Angie Martin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Naveen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Erik Potyen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rose Parker

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

  30. 5 out of 5

    brian s hoehn

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