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Poisoned Web

(Deizian Empire #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Book 2 of the Deizian Empire

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
Paperback, 278 pages
Published November 11th 2013 by Crista McHugh (first published November 2013)
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3 stars

This was a good read but it wasn't as good as the first book and that was kind of understatement. Izana may bold as she claimed but too bad she wasn't as deadly as Azurha. Also, I didn't impress with the instant attraction between Izana and Modius. Modius' being intelligent was very appealing and I was interesting with his passion. Looking forward to Book 3? Hell yeah! Kena tunggu rakan lanun untuk supply Book 3 la LOL

Read on your own peril.
Alicia Huxtable
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a story

I must say that stories like this one have always been high on my enjoyment list, and this one didn't disappoint. It was accompanied enjoyable read with great characters, and especially the strong female characters
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I really enjoyed this book and still love the world of the Deizian Empire. Modius and Izana make a great pair and I just loved them together. Izana was such an interesting character. I loved how confidently she seduced Modius despite being a slave. She was a very strong woman, but she was very different from Azruha. She wasn't physically capable, but she was incredible brave and self-sacrificing. Willing to do anything for the
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Poisoned Web by Crista McHugh picks up shortly after book one, Tangled Web. As Titus and Azurha are preparing for their wedding, Azurha can’t seem to let go of her questions surrounding his father’s death. If someone got to Titus’ father, what would keep them from getting to him? Once Modius arrives and Azurha tells him of her suspicions, he sets out to see if he can unravel the mystery. And, when Azurha confides in Izana, a slave and Azurha’s attendant, and asks for her to help Modius, who has ...more
Sherry Christenson
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a great follow up to Tangled Web! It felt like forever waiting for this book but Crista definitely delivered. It's a good thing I read it on my kindle because it sizzles to the point the paper might catch fire! Poisoned Web has it all! Action, Suspense, Intrigue, passion, betrayal you name it. There was just the right mix of Titus and Azurah but not to much that I was still able to follow in love with Izana and Modius as well. I loved how strong and confident Izana is and she is comfortable ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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***I was given this book in exchange for an honest review by Lovers of Paranormal.***

I have fallen in LOVE with this series!

These female characters are such strong characters, I love them! Azurha is still my favorite character, but Izana was GREAT! She was so brilliant and I love that her spirit was still strong even after her life as a slave.

I even enjoyed Modius. He was courageous in his own right. I guess it's no surprise because I'm such a fan of Varro, that I would love his son also, and I
This series has me held captive. I've not read anything like it for a very long time.

This second book continues the first of the Emperor Titus and his soon-to-be wife Azurha. Something has happened, and the wedding might be called off. Azurha calls to her side the caretaker of the castle in Madrena. She's asked him to help her solve, what she believes to be the murder of her Emperors husband. Little does she know that the deception is closer and farther than she thinks.

Azurha sends her slave to
Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Crista McHugh’s Deizian Empire series reads like a fantasy romance, but there is more than a touch of science fiction lurking deep within the web that she weaves. In this second book in the series, one of those science fictional elements plays a primary role in solving the central dilemma that moves this stage of the overall story, but it still leaves readers with more than enough drama to make us eager for the next book in the series.

The Deizian Empire is
Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

In book two of Crista McHugh's Deizian Empire Series, Poisoned Web, the saga continues. In book one, Tangled Web, we were introduced to a world in change.

While Titus and Azruha are still pivotal characters. The story shifts. They have "settled" into their reign.. accepted that change will take time. And in general vet happy. But Azruha, ever the assassin wonders just how the former king died. Was it truly a mysterious illness? Or were foul means involved,
Oct 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Set in the Deizian Empire, a land with traces of Ancient Rome, Azurha is determined to give her soon to be husband a unique gift. She is determined to find out who killed Emperor Decius to put his mind at ease. She worries that her future husband’s life could be in jeopardy, and she loves him too much to let anything bad happen to him.

Izana, slave to Azurha, is sent to investigate along with Modius, a man with forensic experience. The two quickly engage in a sexual relationship based at first on
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
My original rating was 3.5 stars but I did a quick scan on the book (upon writing this review) and decided to just rounded up the rating. So, it was 4 stars. It was good and entertaining but I would say that Azurha and Titus are still my favourite couple. To add a fact, Azurha has became even more badass! (view spoiler) ...more
Jamie Jaynes
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is not a fluffy novel. I read Tangled Web awhile ago. I saw this book and thought why not. I liked the first book. It is intense. It is a love story. Plot is thought out so no hiccups. Characters are well developed and defined. Storyline and topics are rough meaning it is not a boy meets girl, they go on a date, and live every after. Izana was a sex slave. Modius was kicked out for being a, at the time, morbid teenager. With these character you will have a serious, I cannot think of a ...more
Emma Bull
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
There is nothing better than a good old fashioned love story. Except when there's some mystery, murder and wit thrown in! I love how Crista McHugh makes the characters feel real, how you want them to get together and defeat the bad people.
I need to pay more attention when starting new series—this is the second one, not the first. This has a wide range of appeal factors. Great for romance enthusiasts, of course, but fantasy buffs (flying airships, anyone?) and mystery readers might want to give it a try as well.
Kim Wright
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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As the kingdom prepares for the upcoming wedding between the former assassin, Azhura, and Emperor Titus, Azhura devotes her time to solving a mystery.

Titus’ father was poisoned and as a wedding gift, Azhura wants to discover the culprit behind the murder. She enlists the help of Modius, a man who was exiled from the kingdom when his rare methods of studying human anatomy were frowned upon by men who didn’t understand science.

His extraordinary knowledge of medicine prompts Azhura to believe he’s
This series is fast becoming one of my favorites, the world building is expanding and the mythology has aspects of both Roman and Egyptian culture. The book starts where the last one ended, with Lady Azurha and Emperor Titus are now formally engaged and are to wed soon. But Azurha's lineage is still frowned upon by the pure blooded Deizians. She also wishes to give her future husband a gift, to solve the mystery of his father's death because she is positive he was murdered within the palace ...more
Rebecca Besser
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crista McHugh rockets readers into her created world with style and grace.

A slave assists the investigator who is helping her mistress uncover the secrets of poison and murder. They dig deep into the past and a forbidden culture that holds not only the answers, but countless dangers for many.

Their investigation turns up way more than they planned on, but will they find the answers in time to save the life of their current emperor?

This book was interesting and the characters were relatable. I
Chriscilla Quintana
OMG! I so Loooooove this book. Thank you, Crista. On to Deception's Web now.
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Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary.

She also writes fantasy with less kissing and a lot more action as C. A. McHugh.

She currently lives in the Tesla-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician on the weekends.

Other books in the series

Deizian Empire (4 books)
  • Tangled Web (Deizian Empire, #1)
  • Deception's Web (Deizian Empire, #3)
  • Shattered Web (Deizian Empire, #4)
“Her smile chased away the gloom with its brightness. "There's nowhere else I'd rather be."
And right then, he knew he'd forgive her just about anything so long as she looked at him that way.”
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