Well, I’m a day late in celebrating the release of5/3/2021, 8:01:22 PM
Well, I’m a day late in celebrating the release of Firstborn by Tosca Lee, but man, did reading about this book send me down a fascinating rabbit hole last night. . After reading the synopsis (below) I went looking online to see if I was understanding correctly that the Countess Elizabeth Bathory was a real person. AND OMG! Her history! Gather round for a short tale, people. . I received a book package from @howardbooksonline and didn’t think much of the portrait of the woman in red that was included, until my rabbit hole of research showed me it was in fact the true Countess Elizabeth Bathory. Countess Elizabeth Bathory was a Hungarian noblewoman and serial killer for the Bathroy family. She is labeled the most prolific female murderer by Guinness World Records. . I am floored by what I read about her. She tortured and killed hundreds of young women between 1585 and 1609 via beating, mutilating hands, biting faces, using needles…Go look this woman up, guys. It’s a fascinating and horrifying history to read and she’s been given nicknames like The Blood Countess and Countess Dracula. I’m curious to continue reading about her, and now even more curious to read about how she influenced these novels as a historical figure. . If you’re new to Tosca Lee and her work like I am, here is the lowdown. Firstborn is book TWO in the Descendants of the House of Bathory series. (first book is called The Progeny and I’ll have the synopsis for that one down below) . Did anyone know about the Countess beforehand? Have you read these? I’ve seen very many great reviews. . Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee brings a modern twist to an ancient mystery surrounding the most notorious female serial killer of all time. Emily Jacobs is the descendant of a serial killer. Now, she’s become the hunted. She’s on a quest that will take her to the secret underground of Europe and the inner circles of three ancient orders—one determined to kill her, one devoted to keeping her alive, and one she must ultimately save.