Firstborn, by Tosca Lee

book cover FirstbornPublisher’s Overview:

From New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee comes the much-anticipated, high-speed sequel to The Progeny, about the powerful descendants of Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific serial killer of all time.

Face-to-face with her past, Audra Ellison now knows the secret she gave up everything—including her memory—to protect. A secret made vulnerable by her rediscovery, and so powerful neither the Historian nor the traitor Prince Nikola will ever let her live to keep it.

With Luka in the Historian’s custody and the clock ticking down on his life, Audra only has one impossible chance: find and kill the Historian and end the centuries old war between the Progeny and Scions at last—all while running from the law and struggling to control her growing powers.

With the help of a heretic monk and her Progeny friends Claudia, Piotrek, and Jester, Audra will risk all she holds dear in a final bid to save them all and put her powers to the ultimate test. Love, action, and stunning revelation reign in this thrilling conclusion to The Progeny.

First Thoughts:

This is the continuation of The Progeny.

My Take:

First up, Firstborn isn’t a pretty little standalone that can be read out of sequence. Stop if you’ve not read The Progeny first, because you will need the information contained it. The four pages of recap really aren’t enough. Because it had been over a year since I’d read it, I actually re-read it before starting in on Firstborn and I was glad I did. The Progeny left readers with a stunning revelation and the narrative of Firstborn picks up where it left off. It moves at a heart attack pace with so many twists and turns that it was occasionally hard to keep up. Thank goodness also for the cast of characters at the beginning. While most of the names were featured in the previous book, there were some new ones that gave me a slight hint of what was to come.

Firstborn isn’t exactly what you might call Christian historical fiction, although it is written by a Christian author who has written historical fiction. But it does take a look at how people can define themselves as good when others see them as bad, and how a desire for justice can be twisted into revenge. It explores the desire for life: do you live for yourself or are you willing to die for the safety of others? Are you willing to kill for something that might’ve happened 400 years ago?

I loved Firstborn. I didn’t want to put it down. Part way through, I had a thought as to the identity of the Historian. It seemed crazy and I’ve been wrong before, but it turned out I was actually right. Still, the reveal came with another twist. And, just when I thought there are no more shoes left to drop, Tosca Lee dropped another bombshell and it wasn’t the last. In fact, I came away believing there might be one or two not so loose ends that hadn’t been tied up, and thinking, “What if… the story isn’t quite over?”

Thank you to Howard Books for my complimentary copy of Firstborn, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read Firstborn? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Excerpt

Publisher: Howard Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster)

Publication Date: 02 May 2017

Page Count: 336

Read more on:   Tosca Lee’s Website   Kregel’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million   Christianbook.com

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