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The Progeny (Descendants of the House of Bathory #1)

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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.
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ebook, 336 pages
Published May 24th 2016 by Howard Books
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Tosca Lee I'm currently planning it as a duology, with book two releasing less than a year after The Progeny. :)

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Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
NOOOOOO this book ends on one HELL of a cliffhanger. I want to cry because I don't think the next book in the series is out until next year...

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This book was SO frigging good. Descendants of Elizabeth Bathory the Blood Queen being hunted by descendants of her supposed victims. Secret societies, paranormal elements, and twist and turns galore. We are thrown into the action from the get go, and it just never lets up. Who to believe, who to trust. This book read like a Dan Brown novel. Beautifully wr
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Maria V. Snyder
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this as an ARC from Tosca Lee - she asked me to read it and perhaps give her a blurb for the book by early Feb. I was super busy, but the premise sounded really cool, so I made time for the book and was glad I did! There's lots going on in this book and there's lots of explanations in the beginning chapters so a reader really needs to pay attention - I think those who enjoy re-reading will pick up on more the second time through.

Once the action starts, it doesn't stop and the characte
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
Emily has voluntarily had her memory erased. She's paid the people who erased her memory relocate her and give her a new identity. When we meet her, the person sent to help her acclimate is leaving.

Helper asks Emily to give her a ride into town, but before they go, she gives Emily a letter written by her pre-memory erased self.

She can read it when she returns.

While in town, Emily (who lives in the middle of nowhere) decides to hit the store, where she meets a man who watches her and behaves str
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Celeste
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, thriller
Full review now posted!
Original review can be found at Booknest.


It got better.

When I first picked up this book, I was pretty excited. Tosca Lee cowrote an amazing trilogy with Ted Dekker, one of my favorite authors of all time, called The Books of Mortals (the first book is: Forbidden). It was Christian speculative fiction at its finest. I’ve read Havah: The Story of Eve by Tosca Lee, which was a reimagining of the life of Eve, but that’s the only book I’ve read written by her alone. When I saw
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Andrea
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Started off really well,then started to lose interest maybe not my type of book.won this book on first reads.she wipes her memory hidden secrets who can she trust.I can see some people want to read it a historical and Di Vinci code combined.
Carrie
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Emily Jacobs is recovering from a procedure where she chose to have her memory wiped. She remembers small details but can't remember her own name, her family or most of her life before she woke. She's had a caretaker for the last couple of weeks but now it's time for her to be on her own. Before parting her caretaker leaves her a letter that Emily had written to herself telling her not to look into her past and that it would be dangerous.

Of course the past has a way of catching up to us even wh
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Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V.
I must admit that I’m a total sucker for anything that references Lady Bathory. Her history is mired in myth and legend and we’ll never really know what happened. Hence, I hungrily devour anything that might provide either some insight, or some new false horror that I find to be downright gruesome. And because of that, entertaining.

I wish I hadn’t really bothered with this one. I can’t even muster up enough energy to go through all the things I had issue with in this book, but the big one is bas
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Scott Sigler
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MEMENTO meets The Da Vinci Code. The main character, Audra, is faced with an ever-expanding puzzle box filled with centuries-old conspiracies. Danger abounds, as does love. While this book has several frustrating LOST-ish elements, (i.e., why don't the characters just tell each other what they know instead of keeping some things secret for no apparent reason), those moments are easy to gloss over in the context of the big picture. Mysteries, raves, masquerades, evil plots, beautiful people doing ...more
Emilie Hendryx
The Progeny by Tosca Lee delivers question after unanswered question through shocking twists and turns with answers that dance just out of reach.

One girl is the center of mystery, she just doesn't know it yet. Emily Porter is the descendant of a serial killer. She's smart, intuitive, and gifted, and she would do anything to save the ones she loves.

I loved this book! I mean...I didn't expect anything less from Tosca because anything she writes is fabulous, but I wasn't sure what I would find hi
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April Sarah
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed, owned
Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-qKM...

There is so much going on in this book, I recommend that you don't blink while reading it.

When I first picked up this book, I wasn't 100% sure what I was getting myself into. Would it be an amazing action adventure story? Would it be a sci-fi romance? Would there be sushi mentioned? I wasn't even sure who the Blood Countess was in history.

From the very beginning of this novel, things just move and don't stop. You are left putting together the
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Steven
Tosca Lee's The Progeny started out with a bang. Great hook, really great build up, decent characters, very interesting premise. Around 50-60%, it took a weird turn to some partying, which made me take a pause and struggle to push through. I'm glad I did, because soon the explosive pace returned and raced to the finish. But then it ended. I'm okay with cliffhangers, and I know the author has mentioned this is going to be a duology, but seriously. It just ended. It dropped a few bombshells and th ...more
Alyssa
One of the best thrillers I've read in a very long time. Don't miss this one.
Amren's Wife Taylor
Short non-spoiler review. 3.5 stars (I think.)
It took me forever to get through this, and it’s really a relatively short book. Part of that was because I didn’t have as much reading time lately, but part of it was because when I did have time to read, I just found this so hard to get into.
So the Progeny revolves around Emily, who is really Audra, who in the first two pages of the novel undergoes a procedure which completely wipes her episodic memory. That is to say, she has no idea who she is,
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Lou
Jul 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of Tosca Lee's books. She writes amazing stories and I don't even have to know the synopsis of her new books because I'm sure I'm going to love it anyway. But when I read the synopsis for The Progeny, it just blown my mind. It sounded very different from her previous works, so I had very high expectations for this book.

The beginning was a bit slow, but once the story continued, it was absolutely fast! I think the way it started made perfect sense because it helped me to understand the
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Ronie
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Progeny is one killer story! Exploring the violent backdrop of the Bathory’s legacy, Lee pens an intriguing tale of persuasion and mystery, redemption and love! It’s a roller-coaster ride that picked up speed, racing to the gasp-out-loud conclusion. Progeny makes readers hunger for the next installment!

I loved Audra's story, right from the beginning with her missing memory, confusion, and mystery. Danger nips at her heels from the get-go and really never lets up as she traipses across the globe
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Katie Grace
I wanted to like this one. A lot. But... I don't know. Not my type of book. :/
Steve
I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Outstanding plot twists, great suspense and surprises abound in this book!

This is a real page-turner, too!
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

Here's my main issue with this book: I spent 85% of the book shouting (in my head), "WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL? WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE TRYING TO KILL EVERYONE?!"

Seriously, I didn't get it. The premise didn't really explain the craziness of the plot. The premise just says that Emily is the descendant of a serial killer and she has become hunted. Sounds exciting enough, right? Here's what the premise didn't say: Emily is hunted FOR NO O
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Bailee
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received an ARC of The Progeny by Tosca Lee from NetGalley. This is no way influences my opinion on the book or this review.

I didn't come to start over.
I came to hide.

Emily Porter has had her memory wiped—voluntarily. She can't remember anything about her life before, or even why she decided it was a good idea to forget everything. On top of not knowing the important whos, whats, whens, wheres, and whys about her life, the procedure has left her with a sketchy short-term memory as well. The be
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Kelly Roberson
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe just how much I loved this book! Initially I was a little skeptical about it, but I loved how easily it sucked me in right from the first page. The writing was very easy to read, and overall addictive. I found it hard to put down and could have easily finished it in one sitting. I loved the main character, and I loved that we were reading from the perspective of someone who has no memory of her past. I think it made the story that much more thrilling, because right along with her ...more
Paula  Phillips
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book has been on my to-read list for a while now as it sounded very interesting. It grabbed me from the tagline of a serial killer descendant and the amnesia storyline. Emily Jacobs wakes up in a small hidden town of Maine with no recollection of her past or her life. All she has is a letter explaining to her that she paid for her memory to be wiped and it to look like she has been killed in an accident. That's all good and well, but she is about to discover that she is being hunted by a gr
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Shantelle
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm not usually into thrillers, but The Progeny by Tosca Lee was really good! Fast-paced, intriguing, and keeping your mind spinning! Besides one very gruesome story about a supposed serial killer queen of old (which I whited out), it wasn't too frightening/gory at all.

Unfortunately, I had some concerns. There was a bit of minor language. And the worst, three or four misuses of God's name. Though The Progeny had somewhat of a faith theme, I'm not sure it's actually a Christian fiction book. Also
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Meagan
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wow. Wow. Wow.
This historical mystery kept me on edge till the very end! Such an intense and fast paced read. Very intriguing and complex concept! I love that Tosca Lee took this old historical myth and weaved this story from it. I haven't seen much done in the Croatia-Hungary-Russia setting either so that was a very refreshing and unique aspect this book had as well.

The characters were very enjoyable and very diverse. American, Croatian, Slovakian, Hungarian, French. The list goes on lol. I l
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Ashley
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOSH!

AHHHH! Fantastic! Such a wild ride! Fast paced, action packed, full of mystery, and suspense. I loved it!
OK Deep breath. Maybe write something slightly more collected.


I read The Progeny beginning to end in one sitting and finished at 1:22 A.M. It was amazing! I’m now in the process of rereading it. I fell in love with the characters immediately. The tension between them, the chemistry, all the rich subtext in their interactions with each other, and the layers upon layers of personal
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Alyssa
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A blend of faith, mystery, and the supernatural with a dash of creepy. Tosca at her very best. I'm ready for the next installment.
Aly
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. At first I wasn't sure what I would think, but it is a great book! Emily Jacobs is the descendant of a serial killer. What a fun book for me to read and it was captivating. I love it! *This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.*
Julie Graves
May 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
Audra Ellison, now Emily Porter, has had her mind wiped of all memories. She doesn't know why she voluntarily had her mind wiped, but she knows there was a reason. Moving on with her quiet life in Maine, Audra is adjusting to her new life. Meeting Luka at the local grocery store and then seeing a mysterious figure watching her has Audra becoming paranoid. Who can she trust? Has her past caught up to her?


My Thoughts:

There is so much in this book that is so hard to explain. The story centers arou
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Monique
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this for free through NetGalley

Emily Jacobs is the descendant of a serial killer. Now, she’s become the hunted.

4.5 stars

The only bad thing about reading an arc is when it ends on a cliffhanger - why Tosca Lee, why?!

This was my first Lee book and I was enthralled from start to finish. The premise of this book sounded really interesting and I'm happy to say I thought it was executed perfectly. Love all the historical facts strewn throughout and felt like I learnt a little bit
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Susan
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give this book a 10 star rating. I LOVED this book so SO much. I have book 2 coming from my library and it can't get here fast enough.

Audra- she's a descendant of an alleged serial killer and she is being hunted by a group called Scion.

Luka- is he her friend or is he hunting her because of who she is or what she is.

I love a good mystery with amazing twists and turns pretty much in every chapter. I used to read murder mystery all the time before I started reading YA books and they
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Ashley
"We assign stories to everyone around us out of our own need to feel that we understand someone or something.

ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!

There were definitely points in this book that made it seem like the whole thing was worthwhile and then there were parts where I just wanted to quit. I've always gone with the thought process of 'there are a lot of other books out there that I want to read so I shouldn't waste my time.' The thing i
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Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the House of Bathory duology (THE PROGENY and FIRSTBORN, currently in development for TV), ISCARIOT; THE LEGEND OF SHEBA; DEMON: A MEMOIR; HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE; and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker (FORBIDDEN, MORTAL, SOVEREIGN). A notorious night-
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