Title: Poisoned Web
The fate of the empire hangs on one slave breaking her silence…
As the Deizian Empire prepares for the upcoming wedding of Emperor Titus Sergius Flavus and Azruha, one mystery remains unsolved—the sudden and unexplained death of the former emperor. And as her wedding gift to Titus, Azurha wants to give him answers. She suspects an unknown poison was involved, and her search for the truth enlists two unlikely allies.
Modius Varro’s thirst for knowledge caused an uproar in Emona three years ago and exiled him to the border town of Madrena. But when Titus falls victim to the same poison, his expertise in medicine becomes essential in solving both the riddle of the former emperor’s death and finding a cure to save the current one. His search leads him to far reaches of the Alpirion realm, to an ancient culture shrouded in secrets, and into the arms of one slave who must break her silence to save the empire.
Author: Crista McHugh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Tangled Web, Deception's Web
Series: Deizian Empire
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Tangled Web, Deception's Web
Published by Self Source: Author
Published: November 11, 2013
Genres: Sci Fi Romance
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Crista McHugh’s Poisoned Web picks up a week after the climatic ending of Tangled Web. Readers have already met the hero and heroine, Izana and Modius. They both had small roles in the first book. I do recommend reading these books in order. Events that happened in the first carry over into the second.
Azurha wants to give her soon to be husband the gift of closure. She wants to find out who was behind his father’s death. She has perfect truth seekers in mind and enlists their assistance. Titus’s life is still in danger though. This time there is a race against the clock to save his life. Modius and Izana’s research uncovers many answers while unearthing some ancient history that saboteurs would see stays hidden.
I love the mix of futuristic sci fi and far away ancient desert land that the Deizian Empire books blends together. The three different races and their vastly different cultures are very interesting and affect their surroundings and lives so differently. One races enslavement of another is what has led to the poisoning of one emperor and the attempted assassination of another. With a possible rebellion on the horizon it is imperative to see Azurha in a throne next to Titus.