Tangled Web (Deizian Empire, #1)

TANGLED WEB by Crista McHugh

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Entangled Select
ISBN: 1620610310 (ISBN13: 9781620610312)
Series: Deizian Emprire #1

Description (from Goodreads)

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.


TANGLED WEB is a great story.  I’ve read other books by McHugh and always enjoyed them but this was my favorite, so far.  I love the world she creates – a merger of magic, Romanesque time frames, paranormal other-worldliness with a hint of steampunk-like technology.  Her characters are wonderfully likable and yet edgy.  Azurha is strong and even she is a bit surprised to find she can love after growing up a slave and spending her free years as an assassin. She begins almost immediately to care for Titus.  Titus surprises everyone with great strength as a ruler, beyond what his bookish childhood would imply.  They find each other through the worst possible situation but love is fated for them.  The book is full of hot sex which, for me, enhanced an already rich story.  I finished the book anxious for book two!

Received from the publisher for an honest review by My Book Addiction and More.

Rating:  4.5

 Heat Rating: Hot: Detailed sex scenes, profanity or graphic violence.

Reviewed By: ReadWarrior