They are one of the more uncommon story forms, and I think that’s sad. It’s an under appreciated method of storytelling, and I’m excited to seem more 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 more enjoyable and faster paced than its predecessor, which was a surprise.
Again, Lee’s world-building was better than anticipated. 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 sequence around the middle of the story that made the main characters feel much more real. And once I did connect thanks to this memory sequence, I was invested until the end. Like, read the last two hundred pages in a couple of hours without blinking levels of invested.
Even 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 more successfully communicated through film than through the written word.
That 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.