Firstborn➶ [Read] ➲ Firstborn By Tosca Lee ➾ – From New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee comes the much anticipated fast paced seuel to The Progeny about the powerful descendants of the most notorious female serial killer of all timeAll at From New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee comes the much anticipated fast paced seuel to The Progeny about the powerful descendants of the most notorious female serial killer of all timeAll at once she remembers The memories Audra had erased have returned And now she knows why she did it—to save her daughter Now she must find her archenemy the Historian and put an end to the centuries old ProgenyScion war once and for all But first she has to rescue her husband Luka who is being held prisoner by the Scions all while on the run from the law and struggling with her growing powers and their painful side effects But when a bitter betrayal stalls her plans Audra doesn’t know who to trust With the help of a heretic monk her Progeny friends and the hacker Jester Audra fights to defeat the Scions and find a way to save other Progeny in the process The final confrontation with her surprising nemesis will put her powers to the ultimate test. Not a huge fan of this cover It's a little TOO busy in my opinion I much prefer the cover for book one After I finished book one The Progeny last year I wanted to cry over the cliffhanger we were left with Now finally a year later we have book two And I LOVED it Not as much as book one but it was still a phenomenal follow up conclusion?? to this series Again we have the same fantastic writing Crazy breakneck pace about this in a minute Twists and turns Great main characters and an excellent array of secondary characters So what not 5 Stars? This one had a little less meat if you will The pace was SO fast it was RUN RUN RUN for the entire book I missed the history and background the first book had Everything from the characters the history even the romance between Audra and Luka seemed to take a backseat to the action That certainly wasn't a bad thing per se just made this one slightly less preferable to the firstThat said this one was still a fabulous read I am not sure if there will be in this series I hope so We are saved from a crazy cliffy but it still felt like there was story yet to be told as there were a few loose ends still flapping in the wind All in all two thumbs up from your truly Full review now postedOriginal review can be found at BooknestIt’s always fun to find a duology They are one of the uncommon story forms and I think that’s sad It’s an under appreciated method of storytelling and I’m excited to seem of them being written I didn’t know going into The Progeny that it was the first of a duology so that was a pleasant surprise Firstborn was actually enjoyable and faster paced than its predecessor which was a surpriseAgain Lee’s work was better than I expected As with the first book of this duology it took me a little while to get into or in this case back into the story Once again I failed to connect with the characters until almost midway into the book There is a memory seuence around the middle of the story that made the main characters feel much real And once I did connect thanks to this memory seuence I was invested until the end Like read the last two hundred pages in a couple of hours without blinking levels of investedEven though I did end up really enjoying this duology I still didn’t love it And the main reason for that is that I believe this story would actually work better as a movie Which is weird for me to say since I almost always prefer books to movies But I feel like the plot and the action would’ve just been successfully communicated through film than through the written wordThat being said this was an enjoyable read Fast paced and intense with a healthy helping of romance It was almost like a loosely Christian version of The Da Vinci Code or something If you’re looking for a fun edge of your seat adventure this summer Tosca Lee’s series is well worth your consideration I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest reviewSo I'm a big fan of Tosca Lee and loved the first book in the series The Progeny was very good This second book was kind of disappointing I don't know if it was the time between the first volume and this one but I felt lost for most of the book Aside from a few surprises it felt like I was stuck in a game of World of Warcraft running running running talk a few minutes running running running talk a few minutes you get the ideaI'll probably reread this series from the start when the final book is released There's too much storyplot to lose waiting for the next volume to be published I can't tell you how excited I was to finally get my hands on a copy of this book There were so many uestions left by the first book that I just needed to be answered And boy was this one a whirlwind of a story The settings and clothing were once again beautifully laid out And the pacing of this book holy cow you could never stop to breathe The action and hits just kept on coming I struggled a bit with the pacing because of that At points the continues running got repetitive and frustrating I wanted to learn things and get to know the characters but it never felt like I did I wanted to make connections that never felt fully flushed out Everything felt surface level While the story did get rounded out there were still some ends that I wanted to be wrapped up or just further information on It all felt so open ended And I guess to some extent that is what life is but here it left me a little bereft All this build up and then well one simple thing and that was it Now I do like some of the things that the story brought up the struggle of looking at the world as black and white what it means to be in the wrong or right side There is a lot there but I feel like there could have been Overall I did enjoy this read and the story it was trying to tell I just felt like there could have been Full Video Review While this is a seuel Tosca Lee has included a great recap of The Progeny at the beginning of this book so it could be read as a standalone though I think the story is so complex and fantastical that readers will get much out of it if they've read The Progeny first And because of those complexities I really appreciated the recap even though I read the first book Great way to kick start my memory and get all the players in place in my mindA fast paced thriller with so many twists and turns I'm still a bit breathless Including a couple of sucker punch moments towards the end Lee has created an intriguing underworld a community in constant danger of being hunted and killed Audra and Luka find themselves thrust into the fray as they fight to end the conflict and bring longed for peace after centuries of carnageSide note Occasional mild language I really enjoyed the character Audra Ellison in this book There were some unexpected things happen in this book for me some good and some not so good I think that made this book so much better This set of book has some magic and great characters and supernatural and I was blown away by how much I loved this series Great job Tasca Lee This book was given to me for free at my reuest and I provided this voluntary review Tosca Lee has done it again This seuel to The Progeny is just as fast paced and thrilling as its predecessor and the surprises and revelations keep coming If you haven’t read The Progeny yet I strongly suggest you do so before picking this one up If like me it’s been over a year since you read The Progeny never fear; Firstborn provides a succinct recap that will put you straight back into the story and then picks up right where The Progeny left offThere is very little I can say about this novel without giving spoilers and if you've already read The Progeny chances are you need no convincing to pick this book up But for those who aren’t familiar with the basic premise of this novel here’s the low down The Countess Elizabeth Báthory 1560 1614 has gone down in history as the most prolific serial killer of all time she’s a real person by the way and although the precise number of victims is debated the highest number cited in her trial was 650 The premise of this novel is that the descendants of her victims banded together to form the Scion of the Dispossessed and for every one of Báthory’s descendants known as a Progeny a Hunter is assigned whose sole job it is to kill that descendantBut wait; there’s Progeny have heightened powers of persuasion and are savants If they make eye contact with someone they can project their thoughts and persuade that person to think or see whatever suits their purpose—unless of course they are a Hunter They live their lives in a heightened state of alert seeking out other Progeny through the European underground At the time of their death their incredible ability to project thought becomes their downfall and their Hunter can harvest their memory making every other Progeny they have ever met vulnerable to discovery and deathAt the beginning of The Progeny Audra has had the last two years of her memory erased along with all names faces and other identifiers from her life prior to that She was protecting someone or something and has no idea whom to trust With the big reveal on the very last page of The Progeny she now knows exactly what she was trying to protect and the stakes are higher than ever It’s no longer enough to simply stay alive She must end the Scions and the only way to do that is to find and kill the HistorianIt’s an intense thrill ride across Europe with Audra hunted not only by the Scion but also by law enforcement who have branded her a suspected terrorist Buckle up and hang on And just wait for the ending 😮 Could not have been betterI received a copy of this novel from the publisher This has not influenced the content of my review which is my honest and unbiased opinion Seek and you will find“Firstborn”By Tosca LeeBook two of the continuing saga of Audra Luka and the whole gang Traveling from country to country running to save their lives at times and seeking answers as they go Many plots and twists unravel as Audra’s memory slowly returns How can they really keep going and survive the journey and how can they trust anyone?The first book in the series was called “The Progeny” and I wondered how could the story be even better in the second book I loved the book “Firstborn” The story is a very good story and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and you will lose sleep until the book is completed The main character was well developed in the first book “The Progeny” the development of the supporting characters was even broadened in “Firstborn”Tosca Lee keeps churning out masterpiece after masterpiece I look forward to the next work by this outstanding author I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story of mystery suspense or thrillers I give this book a 5 out of 5 starsI received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion I enjoyed the second book as much as the first If you're looking for a super fast paced thriller this series is for you The world is very uniue and fascinating It's set in present day and takes place in several countries You do get know the MC but it's the story is driven by action Please give us a third book For four hundred years this entire thing has been about making wrongs right and taking revenge and saying who's better and who deserves what for being innocent or guilty Looking for a diary to prove who's wrong The entire things is wrong Tosca Lee FirstbornAfter two weeks I was finally able to get my hands on a copy of this It sucks that the first book is a paperback and the seuel is a hardback and the covers don't match at all but I couldn't wait any longer I also read this one pretty fast but not as fast as The Progeny As much as I enjoyed this book it left me with uestions that weren't really answered by the end of this book Another hangover? Will there be a book three?The seuel centres on Audra Ellison Emily Porter discovering the secret that she gave up everything for It is basically a continuation of the last book wherein Audra is searching and attempting to save Luka as well as finding and killing the Historian to end an age old war between the Progeny and the ScionsI loved this book enough to give it a 4 out of 5 stars Tosca Lee never failed in keeping me on the edge of my seat While reading through this it felt emotional as Audra now knows about the truth the reason behind erasing her memories which was greater than her than Luka and the current situation they are in Let's give it a name thenEva OMG you guys you have no idea how I felt after the ending of the first book and while reading the first few chapters of Firstborn It was too much for me I mean all those revelations in The Progeny and this one to top it of The adrenaline rush in every page was intense All I could think about is can the author give them a break already? It was definitely unputdownable as I always wanted to know what would happen next thus it kept my interest until the very endI have to admit though that after reading it I had some uestions that were't really answered Let me list some here1 Would Audra be able to control her powers in the future? and if yes how so?2 What the hell happened to Piotrek in the end? It was so sudden I wasn't prepared3 What happened to the Scions after the Historian died?4 For that matter what happened to the Progeny and Nikola? Nikola just freakin' disappeared5 Lastly So Amerie is alive Hoorah for that but HOW?The list of uestions would go on but for now these are the top 5 that needs to be answered A book 3 would be really great right now As far as endings go I must say this has a happy one despite the many uestions I have