Book 1, Descendants of the House of Bathory - A Novel
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New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee brings a modern twist to an ancient mystery surrounding Elizabeth Bathory, the most notorious female serial killer of all time.
Emily Jacobs is the descendant of a serial killer. Now, she’s become the hunted.
She’s on a quest that will take her to the secret underground of Europe and the inner circles of three ancient orders—one determined to kill her, one devoted to keeping her alive, and one she must ultimately save.
Filled with adrenaline, romance, and reversals, The Progeny is the present-day saga of a 400-year-old war between the uncanny descendants of “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time, and a secret society dedicated to erasing every one of her descendants. It is a story about the search for self filled with centuries-old intrigues against the backdrop of atrocity and hope.
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“My name is Emily Porter. I’m twenty-one years old and I am renting a cabin on a tiny island in the north woods of Maine for reasons I no longer remember”
And so begins this fascinating book. What follows is Emily's journey to discover why she had her memory erased. In the process, she needs to discover who she really is, who her friends really are, who is for her and who is against her. She deals with living up to expectations of some and proving she is not as bad as others think. There are enough plot twists and surprises to keep the action moving along. This a conspiracy theory story with mystery, supernatural elements and a touch of romance thrown in. Probably the best book I've read this year and it has become my new favorite Tosca Lee book. It has been a long time since I've felt I have wanted to reread a book, but I know I will be reading this again when the sequel comes out.
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As a long-time fan of Tosca's, naturally there was a certain amount of enthusiasm for her new book. However, with a switch in genre from her typical writing, admittedly there was a small amount of anxiety that this wouldn't be the best move for her.
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.
I generally practice the savoring of a story before moving on and asking for more, but in the case of The Progeny, I'm in the need of the sequel as soon as possible. As someone who enjoys thrillers, conspiracy theory novels, symbolism, and character twists, this novel was spot on. The story moves quickly, and I experienced a few moments where my mind was running in place - thinking ahead but fully cemented in the moment that was happening in the story. I have been a long-time reader of Tosca's work, and I was not disappointed in this jump of genre.
Does it lack? Yes. In an immediate sequel, because February is much too far away to follow Audra in her quest to live.