Book 2, Descendants of the House of Bathory - A Novel
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From New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee comes the much-anticipated, high-speed sequel to The Progeny, about the powerful descendants of Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific serial killer of all time.
Face-to-face with her past, Audra Ellison now knows the secret she gave up everything—including her memory—to protect. A secret made vulnerable by her rediscovery, and so powerful neither the Historian nor the traitor Prince Nikola will ever let her live to keep it.
With Luka in the Historian’s custody and the clock ticking down on his life, Audra only has one impossible chance: find and kill the Historian and end the centuries old war between the Progeny and Scions at last—all while running from the law and struggling to control her growing powers.
With the help of a heretic monk and her Progeny friends Claudia, Piotrek, and Jester, Audra will risk all she holds dear in a final bid to save them all and put her powers to the ultimate test. Love, action, and stunning revelation reign in this thrilling conclusion to The Progeny.
Even Better than the first
Welcome back to the continuation in the adventures of the progeny: men and women born with innate abilities that assist them to compel people to their will. The audience meets right back up with a few favorites: Audra, Piotrek, Jester, and many more. Audra has been charged with an impossible task as she must find the diary of Elizabeth Bathroy, her ancestor. But more importantly, she must find a way for her people to no longer fear that each moment may be their last. The stakes get much higher as Audra holds her daughter for what feels like the first time. Can she put the hunt to an end? Can she save the court? How many people is she willing to risk, and who can she trust?
Lee has done is again. Firstborn is the sequel that readers have been waiting for—better than the first novel which is a hard thing to do. From cover to cover, Lee’s writing has her audience engrossed with relatable characters that live a life of nonstop adventure. As this author has done in each of her novels, Lee creates a world that will envelop the audience with her wordsmithing capabilities. It is rare to find an author with the refined ability to stop a reader for a moment to reread a passage simply for the passage’s beauty and complexity.
If you are looking for fast-paced adventure that will leave you reeling but immensely satisfied, then check out Tosca Lee’s newest novel: Firstborn. Lee has her audience captivated until the very end.
I’ve been waiting for this novel since I was given the chance to read The Progeny. One thing that always helps make a sequel more enticing is when you can finish the first book and have an absolute need to pick right back up with the next book. Firstborn does not disappoint as the story continues from the last page of book one right into the first sentence of the sequel. This book is highly recommended if you enjoyed the first book, like Lee’s work, or are looking for the next novel to whisk you away.
Sometimes it’s difficult to dive into a sequel without a little memory jump start. Have no fear! Tosca has taken care of you and masterfully wove in all the reminders you would need. Managed to do so without irritating me, boring me, or being repetitive. I love how amazing she is at this thing called being an author. I don’t know how she does it. But I digress…
I absolutely loved this book. The character development is fantastic. Easy to envision. Beautiful setting. Sigh… Running all over Europe? Even if I was running for my life like Audra I am pretty sure I would still enjoy myself! Specially in those pretty dresses!!
Just enough angst to be balanced and not mellow dramatic and irritating. Tosca has done a fabulous job making this a good book for many ages. I have been and always will be a fan. The woman is an absolute poet and weaver of words. Imagery, action, love, humor, this book has it all. Buy it!!
Action & Suspenseful Try and Sleep
Firstborn picks up right where The Progeny ends and it is action packed and suspenseful. When I finished The Progeny last year I couldn't wait for book two, and while I had to wait it was worth it. Audra is facing the past she tried to get rid of and racing against the clock to save the man she loves. This race takes you all over Europe and Tosca's descriptions are so vivid and real you can not only see them, all of your senses are engaged.
The main thread through these two books are acceptance of yourself, who you are. Realizing you can't change the past but you can change your future.
Tosca is a favored author for me. I anxiously await her next book, and I try not to read it in one sitting.