Thursday, June 23, 2016

THE PROGENY by Tosca Lee

New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee brings a modern twist to an ancient mystery surrounding the most notorious female serial killer of all time. A fast-paced thriller for fans of Lee’s Books of Mortals series with Ted Dekker, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, and BBC America’s hit series Orphan Black.

Emily Porter 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. A story about the search for self amidst centuries-old intrigues and Europe’s underground scene…and one woman’s mission to survive.


I can best describe this book as dark and rich. Countess Elizabeth Bathory from the 17th century is an ancestor of Emily Porter. A powerful and secret sect hunts down and kills all descendants of the notorious serial killer. Emily has learned a dark secret and in order to protect her life and those she loves, she has had her memory completely erased. When she awakens, she knows nothing and no one from her past. But those from her past still know her. Luka and Rolan are two men who reveal they know of her past. But how does she know how to trust them? Are they truly her friends or do they work for the powerful sect determined to kill her?
I cannot classify this novel as historical fiction as it is completely set in our contemporary era. Only the background information pertaining to Elizabeth Bathory is historical in nature. So reading this novel is a departure from a historical reader like me. I have to admit that this novel had me enthralled. I couldn't figure out who to trust or how to interpret the plot until the very end. Be prepared, because the book ends with a definite cliffhanger which had me clamoring for more. A definite thriller with a fascinating plot that kept me reading to the very end. Looking forward to the sequel. 
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