Monday, May 1, 2017

Tosca Lee: Firstborn

By Kelly Bridgewater

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.

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 My Thoughts:

Firstborn by Tosca Lee is a gripping, fast-paced psychological thriller with a historical aspect. I really enjoyed again returning to the interesting story of Audra Ellison and Luka Novak. A couple who proves love can withstand any trial humans put it through. Once the novel starts, Lee does not let up. Audra and Luka are on the run, hunting for a way to kill the Historian and return to a life where they don't have to keep running from the Hunters. Filled with intrigue, I had a really hard time putting the novel down. I came to an end of a chapter with the intent to do something else, but the chapter ended in a cliffhanger, so I had to keep reading. I really enjoyed learning more about Audra's past and more information about Elizabeth Bathory's history this time. My only issue is with the ending. After watching the untimely demise of the Historian, Audra and Luka jump in a car to chase someone, then the story jumps into a happily-ever-after moment for all the characters. I was confused. Did I miss something? Since this incident happens so close to the end, I thought it would be a prelude to another book, but the happy ending makes it appear that this is the end of the series. I could be wrong, and I hope I am. Fans of The Progeny by Tosca Lee and Steven James should pick this novel up.

I received a complimentary copy of Firstborn by Tosca Lee from Howard Books and the opinions stated are all my own.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

When reading a psychological thriller, do you want a happy ending? Do you want to see the murder resolve? How would you feel if an author decided to hold the real murder until the end of the series?

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