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The Jealousy Glass

(Artifacts of Empire #2)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  12 reviews
"We came to stop a war before it came to Cercia. And it seems the war has come to us."

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, wa
Kindle Edition, 1, 274 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by Hydra Publications (first published November 28th 2012)
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Nicely told with viewpoints switching between chapters, Gwen Perkins’ The Jealousy Glass starts with a shipwreck and washes its erstwhile ambassador and spy ashore in a foreign land where war is threatened and peace is threatening. A curious tension between the main characters might be explained by events in the first book of the series (I haven't read it), but events prove there’s more to the present than the past—two men divided by privilege and its lack might be united by love as well as poli ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I received this book from the author for an honest review

This story was a bit different from the first book, Universal Mirror, and if it wasn't for a few of the same characters being in it, the story really didn't have anything to do with the first book at all. I was surprised by this and somewhat disheartened to read the book and not have a continuation of the first story except that Asahel leaves on an adventure with Felix. The characters very rarely use their magic which figured so prominentl
Mary Fan
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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The island of Cercia has recently undergone a regime change and can’t afford enemies at present. Thus, the new leader, Quentin, sends his good friend, a common-born man named Asahel, and his not-so-good friend, a former noble named Felix, to broker an official truce with the powerful Empire of Anjdur. Shipwrecked near the empire’s shore, Asahel and Felix make their way toward the capital, Aulis, to meet with Empress Irena, who rose to power after defeating her sister, Sophia. After arriving at ...more
Isotropic Fiction
Mar 25, 2014 rated it liked it
This second installment in Gwen Perkins’ fan favorite Artifacts of Empire series leans heavily on wheelings and dealings, but sacrifices plot in the name of plotting. The book opens with a fairly good action scene, yet the pace quickly slackens. Protagonists Felix and Asahel expound redundantly on theology and court politics, often ruminating over events that occurred in the first book, The Universal Mirror. Felix clutches his mystical sword a lot, which is a great metaphor for his tortured desi ...more
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Asahel and Felix are on a mission to Andjur to prevent a war coming to Cercia.
Their ship The Serenissma is wrecked. They have to depend on each other to get back to civilisation and complete their mission for peace.
Their journey into Andjur leads them to an Empress, an assassination plot and a secret that Felix is keeping from Asahel.
Will their quest for peace be successful?
When I was given this book to review I wasn’t familiar with the characters Asahel and Felix. I had never read book 1 so thi
Maghon Thomas
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
First, I will say my review will be a little all over the place. I realized after I started reading Jealousy Glass that it is book two of the series, and I haven’t read book one. BAD DOG! So things were a little complicated for me for a bit trying to understand the back story and the relationships between characters. I do however plan on getting book one so I can read it in order to understand a little better. Also, once you’re reading this book, you forget that you don’t know the nit picky deta ...more
Heather Boustead
The Jealousy Glass
Artifacts of Empire Book two
By Gwen Perkins

Asahel and Felix barely escape a shipwreck; the two depend on each other to get back to civilization in order to survive. Once they are back they must walk a fine line as political tension is rampant in Anjdur between the Empress and those who wish her dead.

Ok so I missed a lot by not reading the first book, this book jumps right into the middle of the story as Asahel and Felix are on their merry way and the ship they are on is soon
Dec 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Having jumped into the Artifacts of Empire Series at book two, I was a little worried I would be playing catch up with The Jealousy Glass. There were of course moments where I felt somewhat disadvantaged, but by and large my apprehension was unfounded and I found myself able to enjoy the second installment of Perkins's fantasy adventure.

I don't want to disregard any element of the story, there are so many good ones, but the thing that most appealed to me was the political scheming and stratagem
William Bentrim
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Jealousy Glass by Gwen Perkins

Gwen Perkins reintroduces some characters from her previous book, The Universal Mirror. I’m sure she didn’t write this book in response to my plea for a sequel but perhaps she did. Ashel and Felix are back. This book focuses again on interpersonal relationships.

The tension between protagonists is practically palatable in this tale. There is a smattering of magic but it is primarily political intrigue. I felt the attack of the Ruckh was isolated and didn’t fit w
Wendy Hines
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Jealousy Glass is the second novel in the Artifacts of Empire series. I have not read the first book, the Universal Mirror, but The Jealously Glass can stand on it's own. However, I felt that I would have known and understand the characters a bit more if I had read the first one. The backstory was a bit weak in this installment.

However, the writing is really good and the world-building was intriguing. The characters were likable and the politics weren't too deep that this reader couldn't fol
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
The plot tended to move rather slowly. Taking the time to fully flesh out the characters, which was nice. However, the lack of action tended to leave me finding myself distracted from the book. During both books I found my mind drifting and had to make myself concentrate deeply.

The writing was good. There were times when the dialogue was confusing and I didn't know who was speaking. But when there was action it was really well written.
Jason Kivela
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I know I should reread this one, since it’s been a while since I did and I’m not sure what might have changed since I did read it (pre-publication, I think). But it is a great ride. Lots of new people and cultures to experience in her world. Lots of intrigue and action. Lots of tension, sexual and otherwise. If you liked the first one this one will keep you hooked.
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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.

The Universal Mirror is the first novel of the Artifacts of Empire

Other books in the series

Artifacts of Empire (2 books)
  • The Universal Mirror