GENRE: Historical Fiction; Fantasy
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 Ted Dekker’s The Books of Mortals, 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 filled with centuries-old intrigues against the backdrop of atrocity and hope.
Years after her best-selling series, The Books of Mortals, New York Times best-selling author, Tosca Lee, brings a fast-paced series: Descendants of the House of Bathory. Filled with adrenaline, romance, and reversals, The Progeny is the present-day saga of a 400-year-old war between the mysterious 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. It is a story about the search for self, filled with centuries-old intrigues against the backdrop of atrocity and hope. Emily Jacobs wakes up after a procedure in a secluded cabin in Maine and has no memory of her life. Her only clue is a note which says "if everything went as planned, you've forgotten." The note instructs her to get a job, fall in love, and live a happy, quiet life. Her past has been wiped away and a new identity created. So she takes the note's advice and starts over living a simple life, even befriending a local boy, Luka. Until the day a stranger approaches her, pulls her aside, and says, "Your name isn’t Emily. And the man you were just talking to is here to kill you." Soon Emily finds herself on the run with the enigmatic Rolan, who tells her Luka is part of a centuriesold order of hunters sworn to annihilate Progeny like herself. Progeny are the ancestors of the infamous "Blood Countess" Elizabeth Bathory. The countess' descendants are gifted with strange charisma and the ability to influence the minds of others. Rolan is part of a secret sect sworn to protect Progeny . . . or so he claims. As her quest takes her across continents to the secret underground of Europe, three ancient societies clash over the truth behind the legend of the Blood Countess. Soon Emily realizes the only thing that can save them all is piecing together a past she no longer remembers.
The Progeny has optioned for film with Radar Pictures.
3.98 out of 5 stars (Goodreads)
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More Praise for Tosca Lee:
“Irresistible…” – Publishers Weekly on The Progeny
“An intricately woven tale that is intriguing and romantic, I literally couldn’t put it down.” - Jennifer L. Armentrout , # 1 New York Times best-selling author
“Tosca Lee is a masterful storyteller who has created a rich and engaging tale of adventure, mystery, and loyalty in the face of perpetual betrayal, which kept me on edge from the first page until the last." Jobie Hughes, #1 New York Times best-selling author
“What a fabulous premise—and what a wonderful thriller. Tosca Lee has outdone herself with this twisty, intricate story. I can’t wait for the sequel.” J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author of No One Knows
“Tosca puts the thrill into thriller. Be warned: once you start this book, it’s impossible to put down!” - Maria V. Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Poison Study
"Lee is a phenomenal talent known for bringing history to the present, making it exciting and relevant while never forgetting that love is the ultimate motivator. Think Da Vinci Code meets The Blacklist.” - Lissa Price, international bestselling author of Starters and Enders
Tosca Lee is the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir; Havah: The Story of Eve; and Forbidden: The Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with studies at Oxford University. She is a lifelong world adventure traveler who currently makes her home in the Midwest. To learn more about Tosca, visit www.toscalee.com.
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