Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tosca Lee: The Progeny

By Kelly Bridgewater

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

The synopsis of The Progeny gripped my attention and made me want to read this book. I couldn't wait to get my hand on a copy, so I was really excited to get an advanced reader copy directly from Howard books. With the non-stop run for life and the romance, Tosca Lee hit it out of the park with this novel.

 I am a huge fan of stories that don't stop moving. You know, the stories that capture your attention in the first chapter and don't let go. Trust me, I stayed up way too late, reading this book, but every time, I kept telling myself, I'll finish at the end of this chapter, Lee throws another twist in the story, so I couldn't put the book down. I had to keep reading to see what happens. There is a number of chases and encounters with the enemy to satisfy even the pickiest readers, like me. The story does end with a cliffhanger, begging me to return to the second book, which I can't wait for.

I really enjoyed learning about Elizabeth Bathory. I don't remember learning anything about her history class. It probably would have made me pay more attention. After finishing the book, I did a quick Google search and read some articles about her. Man, was she vicious! But I loved the idea of a female serial killer from the early seventh century. I, however, truly enjoyed how Lee introduced me to the history of Bathory without setting the story back in that time frame. It is a complete original and unpredictable story.

In DaVinci code fashion, Tosca Lee takes me on a journey through history, even though hers in based on truth not made up assumptions. With non-stop action, characters I enjoyed, and a lesson in history, Tosca Lee hit the mark with The Progeny causing me to want the second book right now. 

I received a complimentary copy of The Progeny from  Howard Books and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars

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