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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Progenie is a powerful opening in the Scions of Darkness series by Mack Little, a compelling urban fantasy with an unforgettable protagonist. Zen knows nothing about what happened to her mother. From childhood, she’s been taught to defend herself. She is aware of her incredible powers and she uses them to heal, focusing on staying normal. But she suffers from visions inspired by an ancient book and they set her on the path to discover the truth of who she is. And this means getting into contact with her enemies: djinn, dhampyrs, and vampires. Now Zenobia Grant knows what attacks her family and loved ones. The only problem is that she does not know how to fight them. Is she going to stay low and suffer more loss from vicious enemies? She has to take the battle to them if she hopes to survive, but does she have enough fight for such vicious enemies?
This urban fantasy melds an ancient world with the present, creating a protagonist that is as mysterious as she is real. Mack Little leads readers into the psyche of an extraordinary character and the progression in character development is so steady and skillfully crafted that it leaves readers feeling as though they had grown up with the protagonist. The pacing is just right — neither too fast nor too slow — but what sustains the reader’s interest is the depth of character and the deft plotting. The prose is beautiful. It is punctuated with powerful streams of consciousness, exciting dialogues, and descriptions that give life to strong moments in the narrative. Progenie offers a lot of entertainment, especially to fans of urban fantasy and readers looking for supernatural narratives with intriguing twists.