Emily Porter 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.
The Progeny is a novel that pulled me in immediately, from its short prologue set in a mysterious location known as The Center to the small Maine cabin where Emily is recuperating from life-changing surgery. It’s a beginning that leaves the reader with plenty of questions and no immediate answers and it isn’t long before Emily discovers her life is in danger. From then on, the non-stop action moves from the USA to beautifully described locations in Eastern Europe. We experience everything that happens through the lead character’s eyes, which means we know only what she knows. Who can she trust? What is it that she must find to keep her life and save the lives of those around her?
The premise of The Progeny doesn’t make it sound like a Christian novel but I was intrigued enough by it to not dismiss this book out of hand. Plus, Tosca Lee has written some great Biblically-based reads in the past. It doesn’t read like an obviously Christian book, and there are some distinctly non-Christian things that take place within its pages by non-Christian characters. It even reminded me, at times, like Interview with a Vampire. But there are visits to churches, observations of religious symbolism, and philosophical discussions about the nature of God. The day after I finished reading The Progeny, I thought about it some more and could see parts of the Gospel reflected in it. I’d love to say more about that, but I’d have to include some major spoilers.
This is the first in a series called Descendants of the House of Bathory. The second book will be out next year. I found it to be a total page turner and the information revealed on the last page left me wanting more. If you like edgy, alternative Christian fiction that’s part supernatural and part thriller then I suspect you’ll probably enjoy The Progeny as much as I did.
Thank you to Howard Books for my complimentary Advanced Uncorrected Proof of The Progeny, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster)
Publication Date: 24 May 2016
Page Count: 336