Emily Porter is 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.
The Progeny is the present-day saga of a 400-year-old war between the descendants of “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Báthory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time, and a secret society dedicated to erasing every one of her descendants. The Scions, descendants of Bathory’s victims, have sought retribution through the centuries by killing her female progeny. Emily is one such progeny, hiding under a new identity after having her memory wiped. Despite her remote location, two men find her. One of them can’t be trusted.
According to legend, Elizabeth Báthory, a Hungarian countess, tortured and murdered more than six hundred girls in the sixteenth and seventeen centuries with the help of her servants. They were put on trial, but only the servants were executed. The countess was confined to her castle until her death in 1614. Contemporary scholars question the historical evidence, believing her arrest was nothing more than politically motivated slander. Such is the backdrop for this terrific novel. It is filled with adrenaline, star-crossed romance, and plot reversals that kept my attention throughout. I don’t read horror novels, and this isn’t one. Readers of mainstream and Christian fiction will enjoy it in equal measure. The Progeny is wonderfully suspenseful, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels or historical thrillers. My pulse pounded as I tore through the pages, and I can’t wait to read book #2 in the series. Nicely done, Tosca Lee! 4.5 stars.
Published Date: May 2016
Genre: Christian fantasy; Christian suspense
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