Title: Tangled Web
The deadliest assassin in the empire just got too close to her target…
Azurha, a former slave turned deadliest assassin in the empire, has just been offered the ultimate challenge—seduce, then murder the new Emperor. But Titus is not the tyrant his forefathers were, and his radical ideas might be the glimmer of hope the empire needs.
Titus Sergius Flavus has yet to master the powerful magic of his ancestors—magic he must wield if he’s to protect his people—but his father’s death has left him no choice. Rule the Deizian Empire and attempt to right his ancestors’ wrongs, or watch her fall to his greedy kin.
More than just Titus’ ideas hold Azurha captive. Night after night, he awakens desires she thought lost, and uncovers the magic of her hidden lineage. As her deadline approaches, Azurha is forced to make an impossible decision—complete her job and kill the man she loves, or fail and forfeit both their lives.
Author: Crista McHugh
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Poisoned Web, Deception's Web
Series: Deizian Empire
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Poisoned Web, Deception's Web
Published by Entangled Publishing Source: Publisher
Published: October 9, 2012
Genres: Sci Fi Romance
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The world that the Deizian’s inhabit is a magical mix of sci fi and ancient Rome. Crista McHugh makes it work and it works well. She has painted this world with people from varying races and those various races depict what echelon is yours. For Deizian’s this is a good thing. They are the rulers of the majority of the planet. The Alpirion’s are the slaves that fell to the Deizan’s many years ago. The Alpirion’s are now the slaves to the Deizian’s.
On rare occasions slaves are freed. It does not happen often but those who are free are proud to be free of their caged servitude. Azurha is one of these few. As luck would have it upon her freedom she was immediately taken into the care and training of Cassius. He mentored her to do what he does. He taught her to be the best. He trained her to be an assassin. Azurha’s mark is the new emperor. The task is simple. She is to use her beauty to get close to him, kill him, and retire with her notoriety and anonymity intact. She breaks everything she has ever known by going against one of the first rules she was ever taught.
There are far more people that do not want Titus as their emperor than supporters. He is seen as too scholarly, too philosophical, just all around poor emperor material. Many of his royal family governors see themselves as far better ruler material. Titus being a very intelligent new emperor knows he has a long road ahead of him. He knows that even though his ideas are seen as radical they have the interest of all of the people. The changes he needs to make to his empire worry many. Titus has not even become comfortable in the throne when his cousin gifts him with the first concubine for his harem. It does not take Titus long to discover that Azurha is so much more than she admits.
It is impossible not to like Titus and Azurha as a couple. They complement each other extraordinarily well. They both force each other to see things they have always been blind to. Azurha has seen the ugliness of the empire first hand. She was born into slavery. Titus who was born into royalty has only seen what has been shown to him. His honest nature opens Azurha up to him about many things. She is not just his lover, in so many ways she becomes his advisor, she all too quickly becomes his protector as the assassination attempts keep coming.
I loved how the the title Tangled Web plays into a constant throughout the book. It is also how the author autographed the book. “You’ll never find a know you can’t unravel.” Azurha and Titus lives are surrounded by this in so many ways. This political coup quickly turns into one hot romance as two unlikely people find that they are exactly what the other never knew they were missing. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the Deizian Empire, Poisoned Web that is scheduled to come out in September of this year.