We all have a list of historical figures as well as eras that fascinate us, that make us pause and take notice when we see a book, movie or tv documentary about it and urge us to see just how the architect of the media presents the facts as well as the fiction of the subject. My own list is quite long and varied, but Elizabeth Bathory, The Blood Countess holds a spot towards the top of that list. The bloody acts that she is charged with committing and the reasons behind them have always held a dark fascination for me, so it’s no surprise that I decided to give The Progeny a go and found it to be an intriguing story filled with so many twists and turns that kept me constantly wondering what was truth and what was lies.
From the first page to the last I can honestly say I was in a constant state of confusion and suspicion as I followed Emily while she raced across the world in order to save her life and the lives of those she cares about. Much of the reason for it is due to the fact that Emily herself has no idea why people are after her and doesn’t know who to trust, not even herself. Being off balance kept me turning the pages as secret and murderous societies were revealed and the importance of just who Emily is and what she represents to them all comes to light. But even as the information is revealed the feeling that we are only getting a cross section of the truth is always there and that feeling never truly fades.
While The Progeny may not be original in the sense that it is about ancient grudges, secret societies, crazy codes to be deciphered and fanatics believing that their actions will help the greater good, I still found it to be a fun and interesting ride and I really liked how all of the crazy was connected to Elizabeth Bathory in one way or another. There were some aspects that had me raising my eyebrows, but the reasons for why the societies were formed in the first place made perfect sense to me. This book does end in a cliffhanger of sorts, so I will be looking out for the next one because there are a lot of issues that need to be wrapped up and I’m curious enough to see how the author plans on accomplishing it.
~ ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review ~
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.
Tosca Lee is the multi award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist of Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, and The Books of Mortals series (Forbidden, Mortal, Sovereign) with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. She is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research. Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College and has also studied at Oxford University. A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States and lifelong world adventure-traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest with her husband and children.