Firstborn (Descendants of the House of Bathory #2)

Write on: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 by  in Archive Read 3159

Rating: 4/5 stars


It’s always fun to find a duology.

 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.




Celeste was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales and Bible stories, and always chose to sleep with books instead of teddy bears. Her husband still feeds her book addiction. Southern born and bred, she’s proud of her Louisiana heritage and the spicy foods it brings with it. She’s a guitarist and lead vocalist in a Christian rock band, and hopes to write books of her own someday. Though she’ll read pretty much anything with words, her favorite genre is fantasy in all its many forms.