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.
Rivalsby R.T. Kaelin
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The Terrene Chronicles are a series of short stories that explore the history of the world created by R.T. Kaelin in his critically acclaimed novel, Progeny, the first volume in The Children of the White Lion series. Key moments in the past are explored in depth in each short story, giving fans of Progeny a peek into what shaped the people, countries, and history of Terrene.
Rivals is the third trio of stories from The Terrene Chronicles (No. 7, 8, and 9) and take a closer look at two of the mysterious races of the wild nation of Sudash: orcs and razorfiends. In the first story, Ascension, follow Ena, a young Nascepel (razorfiend) as she seeks to claim her position in her family. In the second story, Opportunity, Follow Rorrargh – an orcish character from Progeny – as he struggles to emerge from the shadow of his more capable siblings before being ensnared by a cunning member of a rival clan. In the last tale, Conflict, watch the collision course the two are on and enjoy the machinations, plotting, and eventual betrayal by both.
These stories give a reader a behind-the-curtains look at some of the driving forces in Progeny and The Children of the White Lions series.
Reviews for R.T. Kaelin's other works:
"Anyone who enjoys adventure stories or magical and paranormal I would suggest you give [Progeny] a try. For me, Progeny is in league with both The Chronicles of Narnia and Lord of the Rings and far better than Harry Potter - Progeny has a wealth of depth to it that I haven't seen in many books.
From the first chapter I was completely hooked. Progeny has many layers of stories within its pages, and I found it totally awe inspiring as a read, with each character that is developed really coming to life and adding weight to the story telling."
- Clover Hill Book Reviews
"Progeny is the debut novel of R.T. Kaelin and I have to say I was really impressed. 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. I really enjoyed this book and my biggest disappointment is going to be waiting for the next installment."
"Cleverly conceived and expertly crafted, Kaelin demonstrates great talent as a writer with this work. The grand scale world-building, rarely seen in a debut novel, is on par with current greats of the genre such as Brandon Sanderson (Warbreaker) and Jim Butcher (Furies of Calderon). Though it nears seven hundred pages long, the epilogue comes far too soon; but the story holds great promise for future adventures in the series."
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“I found the book to immediately capture my attention since as you know I am a BIG Lord of the Rings fan. [R.T. Kaelin] 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 – the nice thing about R.T. Kaelin's writing though is that I didn't have to concentrate as much to keep the events straight.”
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