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The Progeny: A Novel (Descendants of the House of Bathory)

By: Tosca Lee


Title: A Great Book Group Choice for Adults or Teens

Industry Reviewer: Christine Sharbrough

Both those who read for character and those who read for plot will find much to like here. The characters are realistically flawed and well-developed. The heartwarming romance between Luka and Emily is beautifully crafted and appropriate for all ages. The foreboding tone and swift plot twists will keep readers glued to the page and feeling slightly off balance until they slam into the jaw-dropping ending.

This is a story begging to be made into a TV series or a movie, perhaps both. I would recommend this title for those adults who enjoy YA fiction and psychological suspense. Book groups will enjoy debating what defines our personal identities; and whether sins of our ancestors should be paid with the blood of their descendants.

BOTTOM LINE: Themes of courage to be and act, hope, and self-discovery make this a great choice for readers of Christian fiction and secular fiction alike.

Book Description

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 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.

This review is the opinion solely of professional reviewer Christine Sharbrough, MSLIS; RA Librarian, Chelmsford Public Library; Christian Fiction Columnist, Library Journal. The review does not reflect endorsement by Library Journal or Chelmsford Library. In quoting all or part of the review, please attribute to: Christine Sharbrough, MSLIS and Christian Fiction Columnist, Library Journal.

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