New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee’s second novel in the House of Bathory duology, Firstborn (the highly anticipated sequel to IndieBound bestseller The Progeny), is now available in trade paperback from Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

The Progeny released May 2016 to outstanding reviews calling it “irresistible” (Publishers Weekly), “suspenseful” and “entertaining” (Booklist) with a jaw-dropping ending that had early readers clamoring for the sequel before The Progeny even released.

Called “The Queen of psychological twists” by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Steena Holmes, Lee has previously been best known for her historical novels (including Gold Medallion winner Iscariot) and evocative prose. While Lee’s trademark research remains in evidence, the House of Bathory duology, with its high octane pacing, represents a new direction for the author—one enthusiastically embraced by readers and Hollywood, both. The books are in development as a dramatic television series by Radar Pictures and Ed Burns’ Marlboro Road Gang, as first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Filled with adrenaline, romance, and reversals, The Progeny is the present-day saga of a 400-year-old war between the mysterious descendants of “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time, and the Scions—a secret society dedicated to erasing every one of her descendants. The story revolves around central character Audra Ellison who, in a bid to protect a powerful secret, has elected to erase the last two years of her memory and start over in the North Woods of Maine until the day she’s found and forced to go on the run—a journey that takes her to the underground corridors of Europe she tried to leave in her past.

Praise for the House of Bathory books: “Irresistible…” – Publishers Weekly

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

“Intense and riveting… absolutely relentless from the first page to the last.” -J.D. Barker, bestselling author of Forsaken

Firstborn begins at the moment The Progeny’s cliffhanger left off: with an explosive secret, everyone Audra loves on the line, and enough information to mark her as the Scions’ ultimate target as Audra careens toward a final confrontation centuries in the making.

“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 best-selling author

“What a fabulous premise—and what a wonderful thriller. Tosca Lee has outdone herself with this twisty, intricate story.” – J.T. Ellison, New York Times bestselling author

“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

Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, Demon: A Memoir; Havah: The Story of Eve; and Forbidden: The Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, with studies at Oxford University. She is a lifelong world adventure traveler who currently makes her home in the Midwest. Her upcoming pandemic thriller, The Line Between, releases January 2019. To learn more about Tosca, visit www.toscalee.com.