When you wake up, you remember nothing. Not your name, or where you were born, or the faces of the people you knew. Just a single warning written to yourself before you forgot it all.
Emily it's me. You.
Don't ask about the last two years...Don't try to remember and don't go digging. Your life depends on it. Other's lives depend on it.
By the way, Emily isn't your real name. You died in an accident. You paid extra for that.
You start over in a remote place with a new name, a fresh life. Until the day a stranger tells you you're being hunted for the sins of a royal ancestor who died centuries before you were born.
You don't believe him, until they come for you. Now you're on the run.
Every answer you need lies in a past you chose to erase. The only thing you know for sure is that others are about to die and you need those memories back.
But first, you have to stay alive.
Mercy, but I think I held my breath for the duration of the read. There's a sense of urgency from the very first page. Enthralling in a different kind of edgy way. I was beguiled and bewildered -- my imagination exploding with the vivid images Lee creates through her descriptive writing. But beware the sucker punch of a cliff hanger ending. Emily is still mired in danger and intrigue as the story comes full circle and there are still so many unanswered questions! I'm not a huge fan of cliffie endings though this one is a doozy and not unexpected since speculative fiction stories usually take the full series to bring everything to conclusion.
For readers who aren't fans of speculative fiction -- this one takes place in present day (no sci-fi or time travel or high fantasy.) Emily and the other Progeny do possess a certain unusual power and the concept of the Progeny is pretty fantastical but that's the only 'speculative' content. Otherwise this book reads like an action thriller.
It is light on inspiration though there is a distinct religious presence and I can see the pieces being laid out for an overall faith thread through the series. At least I hope so.
Intriguing from the get go and well worth the read if you are brave enough to try something different.
Side note: Occasional mild language
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