The Progeny

A Novel

The Progeny

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.
  • Howard Books | 
  • 336 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781476798691 | 
  • May 2016
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Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Progeny includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Tosca Lee. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Emily Jacobs has no memory of how or why she ended up in a remote cabin in the backwoods of Maine. In fact, she has no memory of the last two years at all—including her real name. All she has is a letter from her former self, warning her not to go digging for answers.

But the past has a way of catching up with you, whether you like it or not. Emily learns her real name and identity: Audra Ellison, a member of the Progeny, the exceptional descendants of “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, purportedly the most prolific serial killer of all time. If that’s not bad enough, she’s also being hunted by the Scions, a secret society sworn to eliminate the Progeny. In order to survive, Audra must embark on a quest to unravel cryptic clues hidden throughout Europe. But time is running out and the stakes couldn’t be higher: If she fails, it could mean the end of the Progeny, and all that she holds dear.

Topics & Questions for Discussion

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About the Author

Tosca Lee
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Tosca Lee

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. To learn more please visit: