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The Progeny: A Novel (Descendants of the House of Bathory) Hardcover – May 24, 2016
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“An intricately woven tale that is intriguing and romantic, I literally couldn’t put it down.” (Jennifer L. Armentrout # 1 New York Times bestselling author)
“Tosca Lee is a masterful storyteller who has created a rich and engaging tale of adventure, mystery, and loyalty in the face of perpetual betrayal, which kept me on edge from the first page until the last." (Jobie Hughes, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
"Dark, tense, and gripping, The Progeny by Tosca Lee has all the ingredients thriller fans crave." (Joe Moore, international bestselling co-author of The Blade and The Tomb)
“Gifted storyteller Tosca Lee artfully weaves an intriguing centuries-old legend into an absorbing, fast-paced supernatural thriller. The Progeny strikes a perfect balance of mystery, adrenaline, and romance. I devoured it in a day.” (Laura McHugh, award-winning author of The Weight of Blood)
“A brilliant read and a thrilling ride—all the more fantastic because it is set in the real world and based on historic facts and secrets. Anyone could be a Progeny. Even you.” (Michael Napoliello, Radar Pictures)
“What a fabulous premise—and what a wonderful thriller. Tosca Lee has outdone herself with this twisty, intricate story. I can’t wait for the sequel.” (J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of No One Knows)
"Lee is a phenomenal talent known for bringing history to the present, making it exciting and relevant while never forgetting that love is the ultimate motivator. Think Da Vinci Code meets The Blacklist.” (Lissa Price, international bestselling author of Starters and Enders)
“Tosca puts the thrill into thriller. Be warned: once you start this book, it’s impossible to put down!”
(Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Study)
“One killer story… a roller-coaster ride that picked up speed, racing to the gasp-out-loud conclusion.” (Ronie Kendig, bestselling author)
“Twisting and chilling… a headlong, haunting thrill. With action and romance in spades, this is one to read.” (Kate Brauning, author of How We Fall)
About the Author
Tosca Lee is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of The Progeny, Firstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. She received her BA in English and International Relations from Smith College. A lifelong adventure traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest with her husband and children. To learn more please visit: ToscaLee.com.
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I was completely misguided in that anxiety.
Three pages in, I was hooked. Four hours later I reached the halfway point and was immediately hit with a pang of disappointment that I would have to wait months for the sequel. This is her best work, hands down. The plot, the setting, the dialogue: all woven together to create a world richly compelling and somehow relatable. There is nothing within these pages to take you away from a believable story.
Do yourself the immense favor of purchasing this book, and then joining the rest of us as we anxiously await the next.
This is what happens to Audra Elliot when she “dies” after a procedure that wipes her memory. She becomes Emily Porter and relocates to a small Maine town where she plans to lay low. However, things get complicated when she meets two men who both claim to be protecting her from the other. These men are important for Audra to understand her past, and they go on a journey of uncovering century-old secrets and fighting to survive.
Audra finds out that she is a descendent of Elizabeth Bathory (a serial killer known as the “Blood Countess”) who lived from 1560 to 1614. The families of the young women she killed formed a society called the Scion of the Dispossessed and this group sends Hunters to wipe out Bathory’s descendants.
What I liked: Tosca’s writing style is engaging as always. I love historical novels, and Eastern Europe (especially Romania and Hungary) fascinates me. The concept of having to erase your memory and start over is a great idea to work with. I find ancient secret societies intriguing. There is certainly a lot of action, and a lot of questions are raised that end in quite a cliffhanger which only begins to hint at what Audra is running from or protecting.
What I wondered about: There are a lot of characters to keep up with, and I found the scenes when the characters went to what appeared to be the equivalent of Mardi Gras-or perhaps a Rave party-a little puzzling. However, it didn’t make the story less interesting.
Overall an enjoyable story and I am looking forward to the next installment.