- Series: Descendants of the House of Bathory
- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Howard Books; Reprint edition (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 150112594X
- ISBN-13: 978-1501125942
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Progeny: A Novel (Descendants of the House of Bathory) Paperback – March 7, 2017
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“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)
“With each chapter of The Progeny, I became a bigger fan of Tosca’s! Wow! What a ride. Tosca has done it again.” (Randy Goodwin, actor/director, The Vampire Diaries and The Job)
"Tosca Lee's The Progeny delivers a riveting ride from page one. Historical codes, serial killers, and whirlwind global travel just begin to frame this tale. I galloped through the book and at the end wanted more. Sequel please?!" (Lis Wiehl, New York Times bestselling author and Fox News legal analyst)
"Irresistible..." (Publishers Weekly)
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"[A] complex thriller with various turns and twists...A great choice for readers who enjoy theirpsychological thrillers with a historical twist." (Library Journal)
"Exciting...action-packed...intriguing" (RT Book Reviews)
"Filled with intrigue, romance, and reversals fans are sure to love." (Family Fiction)
"Lee effortlessly combines The Da Vinci Code's rolling mystery with the identity puzzle of Memento. Audra’s trials leave you wanting more.” (Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author)
"If you are into books that are well written, fast paced, with changes of direction and not knowing who can be trusted, then make sure you pick up Tosca's newest." (Baker Book House)
"The Progeny has risen to the top of my favorites list…I devoured every word of it. ” (Book Reporter)
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 (Forbidden, Mortal, and Sovereign) 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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
But something told me this would be different. So instead I bumped it to the top of my reading list and joined hands with the crowd of avid readers sharing memes and entering giveaways.
I cracked open my copy at 7:30 PM the day it arrived, cautiously testing the waters to see if all the excitement was worth it. Four hours and twenty-four chapters later, drained by constant tension and furious pacing, I reached the limit of my endurance.
Tosca Lee does not disappoint. The Progeny is an intoxicating blend of historical detail, modern settings enriched by countless hours of research, and a layer of paranormal. These elements combine to create a heart-pounding high that only intensifies from cover to cover.
Lee gathers a few common plot elements (namely memory loss and the frustration of chasing half-remembered fragments) and flawlessly fashions them into a unique, gripping story. As an eager devourer of fiction, the one thing that will snatch me from even the deepest world immersion is predictability. If I can spot each tire-burning hairpin ten minutes before it arrives, the yawning starts. Rightly so.
Lee’s masterful story-crafting defied my every attempt to ‘find the bad guy’ among a handful of suspects. After several failures, I finally gave it up. In case you were wondering, story-induced heart attacks are a thing. I can’t tell you how many times I moaned pitifully that everything I thought I knew was a lie while gripping the book, white-knuckled.
Within the first few chapters, I was wholeheartedly invested in the tangled fates of vivid characters. Emily, the protagonist, is strong enough to be admirable yet not so invincible that she doesn’t need support. A difficult balance to maintain. As for the others…well…you’ll have to meet them for yourself. Introducing them would foreshadow some of those hairpins, and I want your whiplash to be as unforgiving as mine was. But I will say that each one is unique, engaging, and real enough to be your next-door neighbor.
Lastly, Tosca Lee’s bewitching wordsmithing constructed an impenetrable, fictive bubble around my bed. Resistance was futile. If the plot and characters had fallen flat – which they certainly did not – her original metaphors, colorful verb choices, and rich descriptions would have shored up any cracks. I could picture everything as if I were gazing at it with my own eyes—as if I were swept up in the danger myself.
Only my adoration of words can rival my love of story, and Tosca Lee sates both in this riveting launch of her new series. Join the adventure now, and be ready (or not) for her sequel releasing February 2017.
She befriends Luka even though at first she is uncertain as to his intentions and even more so when he declares he has been tasked with killing … her. They develop a friendship as they slowly begin to trust each other. And Emily learns that they've had a history prior to her memory wipe. A history that is quite involved.
The story moves from Maine in the US across to various cities within Eastern Europe as Emily and Luka try to both keep her safe and discover the truth about her past life and that of her deceased mother.
It is a good involved challenging story and at times confusing particularly as new characters are introduced, some of whom didn't hang around for long. I particularly enjoyed the global travel and the bohemian aspect of many of the cities they ventured to. I also liked Emily's super-power. That was really cool but I was a bit unsure why The Progeny possessed it in the first place.
However, what I found difficult was that I didn't connect with Emily nor Luka. Emily was discovering herself through what people told her and then later in letters she left herself. I found it too easy to put the novel down and because of the lack of connection to any of the characters my interest in the story waned. Yes, there is a spectacular ending but I struggled to believe it in light of the amount of time Emily and Luka had spent together.
The novel doesn't really end as there is no closure to it and it's clear there is a sequel or Part B and so the story is only halfway through which provided a degree of let down. I wondered if the story would have been better being the one novel or book, just a long one.
I will read the sequel as I believe it will answer many of the questions I have and provide greater clarity to Emily's character in particular.
My rating - 3.5