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The Progeny

A Novel (Descendants of the House of Bathory #1)

Tosca Lee


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Digital Audiobook (5/23/2016)
Paperback (3/7/2017)
Library Binding, Large Print (6/1/2017)


New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee brings a modern twist to an ancient mystery surrounding Elizabeth Bathory, the most notorious female serial killer of all time.

Audra Ellison has no idea why she’s had her memory wiped clean, only that she chose to erase her past to protect someone else. But soon, a handsome stranger tells her she’s special. Unique. That she has the power to influence the minds of others. And that her life is in danger.

She soon discovers that she is the descendant of a serial killer, the infamous “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, and that she, like all her relatives for generations, is being hunted for the sins of her ancestor. She also discovers that she erased her memory to forget something important—important not only to her, but to those who want to see the line of Bathory ended for good.

Reunited with others like her—young, powerful Progeny living defiantly on the edge of extinction in Europe’s underground—she is hounded by danger at every turn and driven deeper into the inner circles of two ancient orders intent on destroying one another with a weapon only Audra can find. And as those around her start disappearing, Audra realizes the only thing that can save them all is piecing together a past she no longer remembers.

As she works to unravel the web of secrets and lies, Audra is thrust into a world of faith and doubt, of truth and deceit, of life and immortality, and she must decide who to trust—and what to believe. What she ultimately uncovers will change everything she thought she knew about who she is and what her lineage means.

A kaleidoscopic thriller that brings the underground world of the ancient cities of Eastern Europe to life like never before, The Progeny is a taut, breathless story of centuries-old intrigue and modern love and forgiveness.

Praise For The Progeny: A Novel (Descendants of the House of Bathory #1)

“An intricately woven tale that is intriguing and romantic, I literally couldn’t put it down.”
— Jennifer L. Armentrout # 1 New York Times bestselling 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 bestselling author

"Dark, tense, and gripping, The Progeny by Tosca Lee has all the ingredients thriller fans crave."
— Joe Moore, international bestselling co-author of The Blade and The Tomb

“Gifted storyteller Tosca Lee artfully weaves an intriguing centuries-old legend into an absorbing, fast-paced supernatural thriller. The Progeny strikes a perfect balance of mystery, adrenaline, and romance. I devoured it in a day.”
— Laura McHugh, award-winning author of The Weight of Blood

“A brilliant read and a thrilling ride—all the more fantastic because it is set in the real world and based on historic facts and secrets. Anyone could be a Progeny. Even you.”
— Michael Napoliello, Radar Pictures

“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

"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 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

“One killer story… a roller-coaster ride that picked up speed, racing to the gasp-out-loud conclusion.”
— Ronie Kendig, bestselling author

“Twisting and chilling… a headlong, haunting thrill. With action and romance in spades, this is one to read.”
— Kate Brauning, author of How We Fall

“With each chapter of The Progeny, I became a bigger fan of Tosca’s! Wow! What a ride. Tosca has done it again.”
— Randy Goodwin, actor/director, The Vampire Diaries and The Job

"Tosca Lee's The Progeny delivers a riveting ride from page one. Historical codes, serial killers, and whirlwind global travel just begin to frame this tale. I galloped through the book and at the end wanted more. Sequel please?!"
— Lis Wiehl, New York Times bestselling author and Fox News legal analyst

"Lee effortlessly combines The Da Vinci Code's rolling mystery with the identity puzzle of Memento. Audra’s trials leave you wanting more.”
— Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author

— Publishers Weekly

"suspenseful”and “entertaining"
— Booklist

"If you are into books that are well written, fast paced, with changes of direction and not knowing who can be trusted, then make sure you pick up Tosca's newest."
— Baker Book House

"[A] complex thriller with various turns and twists...A great choice for readers who enjoy theirpsychological thrillers with a historical twist."
— Library Journal

— RT Book Reviews

"Filled with intrigue, romance, and reversals fans are sure to love."
— Family Fiction

"The Progeny has risen to the top of my favorites list…I devoured every word of it. ” 
— Book Reporter

"Danger lurks around every corner in The Progeny, and I love the various surprises Tosca Lee gives us. This is the first book I've read by Tosca Lee but I guarantee it will not be the last! The Progeny is definitely a winner and easily recommended."
— Fresh Fiction

Howard Books, 9781476798691, 336pp.

Publication Date: May 24, 2016

About the Author

Tosca Lee is the award-winning New York Times bestselling author of The ProgenyFirstbornIscariotThe Legend of ShebaDemon: A MemoirHavah: The Story of Eve, and the Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestseller Ted Dekker. She received her BA in English and International Relations from Smith College. A lifelong adventure traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest with her husband and children.