Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Jealousy Glass (Artifacts of Empire Book 2) by Gwen Perkins: Spotlight


"We came to stop a war before it came to Cercia.  And it seems the war has come to us."
The heroes of Cercia have realized this inevitable reality as the revolution that swept their country comes to an end and they are left to build the world that follows.
Responsibility and patriotism spur Cercia's new leader, Quentin, to protect his beloved country at all costs and he assigns Asahel and Felix to serve as ambassadors and secret agents to Anjdur.  Their journey quickly turns awry and Asahel and Felix barely escape a devastating shipwreck, walk a tightrope of political tension, and rescue an empress before they learn they must face an enemy closer to them than they thought.
Will they be able to uncover an assassin's plot before it's too late?  Will Asahel be able to unearth a secret that is vital to their mission?  Will Cercia survive its own revolution?  In The Jealousy Glass, Perkins boldly continues a series of unforgettable characters and events that will leave you begging for more.

 On the island of Cercia, the gods are dead, killed by their followers and replaced with the study of magic. Magicians are forbidden to leave their homeland. Laws bind these men that prevent them from casting spells on the living—whether to harm or to heal.

Quentin, a young nobleman, challenges these laws out of love for his wife. His best friend, Asahel, defies authority at his side, unaware that the search for this lost magic will bring them both to the edge of reason, threatening their very souls. The Universal Mirror shows how far two men are willing to go for the sake of knowledge and what they will destroy to obtain it.

Gwen Perkins is a museum curator with a MA in Military History from Norwich University. She has written for a number of magazines, exhibitions and nonfiction publications. Her interest in history fueled the creation of the world of The Universal Mirror, inspired in part by people and events of the medieval and Renaissance periods. She lives with her partner and three children in Tacoma, WA.

The Universal Mirror is the first novel of the Artifacts of Empire series. The second novel, The Jealousy Glass, will be released from Hydra on December 1, 2012. Gwen is presently hard at work on both the third Artifacts novel, The Oracle Bones, and a dark fantasy book with Wilson Fabián Saravia.
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