Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Deception's Web (Deizian Empire, #3)” as Want to Read:
Deception's Web (Deizian Empire, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Deception's Web

(Deizian Empire #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  20 reviews
A soldier looking for redemption falls into the arms of the empire's Black Widow...

Galerius, former Captain of the Legion, is honored to be given a chance to redeem himself by discovering who is behind the failing barrier. A series of anonymous letters all point to Hostilius, governor of Lucrilia, but Galerius thinks he'll learn more about the plot by seducing the governo
Paperback, 280 pages
Published December 9th 2013 by Crista McHugh (first published November 1st 2013)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Deception's Web, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Deception's Web

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.07  · 
Rating details
 ·  97 ratings  ·  20 reviews

More filters
Sort order
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

I enjoyed this one more than Poisoned Web, and almost as much as Tangled Web. The thing I loved so much about this book was the tension and level of danger in Galerius' mission. The scene in the tunnels at the end really had my heart racing.

Galerius and Claudia were as strong characters as the previous leads, and I cant really say who my favourites are. I love them all. I think I may have a soft spot for the brooding Galerius thoug
Sherry Christenson
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I just can not get enough of this author or this series! When I heard this was Galerius and Claudia's story I was really skeptical that Crista could make me care about Claudia, I was already a Galerius fan but after the way Claudia treated Azurah I didn't think I could every accept her. I should have known better then to to doubt Crista Mchugh as it was only a few pages in and I quickly realized she was a victim in her own right. As with all the books in the Deizian Empire series the characters ...more
Originally Reviewed For: Tea and Book

After surviving their courtship and an attack of poison, life should be better for the King and his bride.. but there are still those out to get him. And now more than ever Titus worries about their safety. Azruha is pregnant and he knows there will be those who do everything they can to stop her from having a child. There are those who remain in the past where Alpirians remain slaves and Deizians rule the world. In Book Three of Crista McHugh's Deizian Emp
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
A sinfully seductive, breathtaking erotic fantasy…

‘Deception’s Web’ {book 3 in the Deizian Empire series} is set within a spectacular science-fictional world, containing elements that reminded me of Star Wars; such as the politics and the Empire that domineered the social hierarchy of civilization. It also has a distinct Roman feel to it with the clothing, chariots, swords and stone pillars. Christa Mchugh deftly interweaves a mix of genre; from fantasy, paranormal romance with erotica making th
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).

(This review may contain spoilers).

I particularly liked the world and characters that were created in this book. The plot was one that pulled me in almost straight away - and although I wasn't sure what to make of Claudia at first, she quickly grew on me.

I was really able to empathise with Claudia and how awful things were for her with her family. I felt that the author did a really good job of showing her struggle to do
Vanessa theJeepDiva
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
The third installment of Crista McHugh’s Deizian Empire series takes readers outside of the Deizian palace and to a neighboring providence. Titus and Azurha have tasked Galerius with some investigative spying work. Someone in Tivola has been sending anonymous letters with accurate information involving plots against the empire. Titus and Azurha need the people behind the nefarious plots stopped. They also need to know who is behind the anonymous letters. They see Galerius as the perfect man for ...more
Nancy Steinle gummel
Deception's Web by Christa McHugh really surprised me. It is a clever story and grabs your attention. The characters are depicted well and are believable. It touches on racial bigotry. In that there are slaves and upper crust people and the the working class. There are mixed individuals too who are looked down upon the the rich, governing upper class. The story centers around Claudia, the black widow. Thrice married and thrice widowed. She is considered less a person. Her father sells her off to ...more
Eva Millien
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-read
The third book in the Deizinan Empire is a thrilling and mesmerizing read.

A former captain of the Legion, Galerius is honored to be given a chance to redeem himself by discovering the traitors planning the downfall of the Empire. Having spent years as her father’s political pawn, Claudia longs to be free of his rule, even if it means betraying him to the emperor. As time runs the two must find a way to trust each other and their hearts.

This steady to fast paced plot is full of magic, intrigue an
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
**I received this book in exchange for an honest review, Lovers of Paranormal.**

I have absolutely fallen in love with this series. I love the world of the Deizian Empire. I love what Emperor Sergius and Empress Azurha are trying to accomplish with their reign and I love their loyal friends for the mass entertainment they are providing.

Former Captain Galerius was a great addition, definitely a story I did not expect so soon. Even more surprising was Claudia Pacilius, I went from hating L
Nov 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
**I received this as part of a goodreads giveaway**

I really liked this book. I was intrigued by the summary of the book, because normally this might not be something I would pick up (a book with a mainly "sci-fi" aspect to it) but I really enjoyed it! I liked how Claudia played here role as daughter and informant. I also liked the spicy relationship between Claudia and Galerius. I like how she challenged him to look at his feelings more and vice versa. I disliked the characters of Claudia's fath
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the story...the characters were well developed, the story was entertaining, the villains were easy to hate.

I had only one qualm... lots of grammatical errors, repeat words, incorrect words. Sometimes it detracted from the flow of the read because I would have to re read and try to make sense out of an incorrect declarative... like would instead of wouldn't.

The book, even though it was apparently part of a trilogy, stood well on its own. Beautifu
Judith Follo
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book i really want to read the others!! This was a huge page turner and grabbed your attention and kept it from go. A must read for romance with action readers. This will fulfill your desires for a great read. The story line is wonderful and refreshing. I love all the characters and the way she so wonderfully painted all the scenes in this book so you can easily see what she wanted you to see for yourself. Thank you for such a remarkable story!!!
Nov 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a goodread give away. I received the book very fast.I really enjoy the read. It has action, hate and love along with caring and learning to trust again. It is hard to believe a father would treat his daughter this bad. But it happens every day. It was worth the read.
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uno-2019-mini
I liked seeing the characters in this novel from a new perspective. I didn’t like Claudia in the first novel and I didn’t feel like I got to know Galerius well enough to have an opinion of him. Both characters were multifaceted in this novel and I found that I enjoyed reading about them. This series has been a nice surprise.
Deception's Web is the third book in Crista McHugh's The Deizian Empire and although its part of a series it can actually be read as standalone (but reading the previous books is prefered). And like the books before them we have a gem of a story. With a former antiheroine as the main character it leads into a fascinating tale of adventure, mystery, sensual delights and strong romance. Truly the world building is great for this series however its the great main characters that truly takes this st ...more
I did not enjoy reading this one. I had some difficulties with the characters and to be honest, it bored me. I skipped a lot and I found it lacking in actions, intrigue and dangers that the previous two books had. Sure it had some of those but it got overshadowed by the heavy romance and seductions throughout the entire book. Besides, I found the bad guys were disgusting more than anything.

2 sorry stars.

P/S; Do not let yourself stop reading this book because of my review. This is purely my tho
Emma Bull
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic story of deceit, betrayal, honour, loyalty, lust, romance, love, murder and politics. There is something here for everyone. Claudio is fed up of being treated as a pawn in her fathers evil political plans, she writes to galerius former captain of the guard to help stop her father and protect the empire. Couldn't put it down!
Some very tense moments in this one. While I was happy that Claudia was able to put her archery to good use, I really wanted her to deal with her brother and his obsession with her.
Chriscilla Quintana
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG! this book was just AWESOME! Thank you, Crista, for the awesome reads. Now, on to Shattered Web. I'm so hooked on this series, that I know I'm gonna be sad when I'm done with it.
rated it liked it
Feb 14, 2017
rated it liked it
Apr 01, 2014
rated it liked it
Jan 07, 2014
rated it liked it
Dec 11, 2013
rated it it was amazing
Apr 20, 2018
Rachel Tebo
rated it it was amazing
Jul 21, 2014
Stephanie Stewart
rated it really liked it
Jan 19, 2015
nikkia neil
rated it it was amazing
May 12, 2014
Karen Barnert
rated it it was amazing
Sep 06, 2016
rated it it was amazing
Dec 13, 2015
Terri Socko
rated it it was amazing
Mar 29, 2019
« previous 1 3 4 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 May 08, 2015 06:32AM  
Lovers of Paranor...: This topic has been closed to new comments. R2R {405} Deception's Web COMPLETED 3 61 Mar 18, 2014 04:31AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • Parker's Honor (Prospect Springs Shifter, #2)
  • Yorktown  (Katana Krieger, #1)
  • Destiny Calls (The Phoenix Rising, #1)
  • Black Monday (Stan Turner, #6)
  • Paladin's Prize (Age of Heroes, #1)
  • Taking Karre (Divinity Warriors, #4)
  • Her Knight's Quest (Warriors of the Mist, #2)
  • Sand City (Tractus Fynn Mystery, Book 1)
  • Politician Won (Thresl Chronicles #3)
  • Fallen Angel
  • The Third Sign
  • Storm Bound (Grim, #2)
  • A Comedy of Erinn (Venice Beach Romance, #2)
  • A King's Ransom (Masters of Pleasure, #1)
  • B785 (Cyborgs: More Than Machines, #3)
  • Firefighter Pegasus (Fire & Rescue Shifters, #2)
  • Freshman: Uncut (Ivory Towers, #1)
  • Death Row: The Hunter (Death Row, #2)
See similar books…
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)
  • Poisoned Web (Deizian Empire, #2)
  • Shattered Web (Deizian Empire, #4)
“Its practically suicide. And for what? For some woman?"
"Not just some woman." He grabbed a dagger and strapped it to his thigh under his tunic. "The woman. The only one I'll ever need or want.”
More quotes…