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.
Family contains the second trio of stories from The Terrene Chronicles (No. 4, 5, and 6) and follow Thaddeus, a young man, orphaned at the age of seven, who has had a difficult turn in his life. Now, fate seems to have smiled upon him as he has secured an apprenticeship with Master Claude, the top smith in all of Fernsford. Master Claude is a fair man, but tough on his young apprentice, and has been driving Thaddeus hard for the past year with never-ending, time-consuming tasks. So much so, that Thaddeus rarely makes it out of the smithy. After sneaking out for a secret celebration for his twentieth yearday, things change when Thaddeus’ carelessness sets his life on a new path full of love, magic, and tragedy.
Follow one – or more – characters integral to the story of Progeny as their lives are shaped by events they could never have imagined.
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."
- Her Book Self Book Reviews
“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.”
- Family Literacy and You