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"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"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, 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....

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Number of Pages : 274 Pages
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The Jealousy Glass Reviews

  • Sheila
    2019-02-21 09:54

    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 politics, if they can only figure a way to tell and trust each other.The dialog has a downbeat solemnity hiding more than it reveals and keeping readers and characters guessing, but Asahel is right when he proclaims, “It doesn’t protect anyone to hold back the truth… It only makes it harder to bear when it finally comes out.”Political intrigue, mixed messages, threats and secrets abound in this tale, with hints of religion and magic, tolerance, intolerance, faithfulness and betrayal. There’s certainly much to think about and the world is beautifully imagined in all its beauty and complexity. I really enjoyed the religious overtones—an atheist society with a cleric who calls the lost to believe in themselves, a theist society where magic is hidden and controlled, plus the question of whether gods no longer believed in are truly dead. But little is resolved by the end of the novel; the reader’s left hoping for a sequel which, in a series called Artifacts of Empire, must surely be in the works.I wished I’d read the first volume, The Universal Mirror, before reading this, not because I think it would explain everything, but because it would stop me from wondering if I was missing something as I read. That said, I found the story and its characters fascinating and would happily read more.Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel when I took part in the author’s blog tour.

  • Heidi
    2019-03-14 08:55

    I received this book from the author for an honest reviewThis 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 prominently in the first book. It also didn't have any of the healing that took place in the first story even though there was call for it. I also felt that the story dragged a bit to begin with and it wasn't until it was almost over that it started to have some action besides the characters basically wandering around aimlessly waiting for the Empress to call on them or do something other than chat and blush. Yes there is an undercurrent of a forbidden romantic involvement but even that is left hanging throughout the whole story. We meet some interesting new characters and they help to carry the story but once it starts to really get interesting... it ends. It wasn't a bad story at all and you can read it as a stand alone or go in knowing that it doesn't really tie into the first book. I guess I just anticipated it being a continuation of Quentin's desire to heal with his side kick Asahel and sometimes friend Felix using his sword to save Quentin yet again. I am hoping that Book 3 will bring them all together again as I really enjoyed the character's interaction in Book 1.

  • Mary Fan
    2019-03-12 04:58

    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 Aulis, they find that the empire is not as stable as it seems, as many are still loyal to Sophia, and Irena will do anything to hold on to her throne.The Jealousy Glass reads more like a medieval political drama than a traditional fantasy. Asahel and Felix find themselves dealing with a situation they don’t entirely understand. Not only is the history of Anjdur somewhat opaque, but they are uncertain as to Quentin’s motivations. Why send a commoner like Asahel as an ambassador? And why pair him with Felix, who has plenty of reasons to resent Quentin after Quentin threw him under the bus during the revolution and then stripped him of his lands and titles?These questions—and Felix’s refusal to divulge much personal information—create a lot of tension between the two main characters, whose personalities are as different as night and day. Asahel is the epitome of goodness—kind, loyal, and simple in the best possible way. He seems incapable of the kind of scheming that surrounds him. Felix, on the other hand, is perfectly willing to scheme. Glib and witty, he is a highly entertaining character to watch. Much of The Jealousy Glass is dedicated to the interactions between these two, developing each one and exploring their relationship.During their trip to Aulis, they pick up a third Cercian, a cleric by the name of Nicolas. The concept of a Cercian cleric is an interesting one, as the Cercians are staunchly atheist. They believe in the Nietzschean idea that with no worshippers, the gods must be dead. The citizens of Anjdur, on the other hand, are very religious. Sophia was believed to be the voice of their God, and thus the loyalists believe Irena’s ascent to be nothing short of blasphemy. One of the most fascinating elements of The Jealousy Glass is the interaction between Nicolas, whose role as a cleric is mostly to be a counselor and advisor, and the Anjdur citizens who see his atheism as heresy.The magical aspect in The Jealousy Glass is understated and largely in the background. Cercia was formerly the island of magicians—practically a prison for them, as attempting to leave was punishable by death. There is not much magic in Anjdur, and so the citizens are astounded by Nicolas’ simple card tricks, which seem absurdly simple to Asahel and Quentin, both of whom wield real magic. Magic is chiefly used as a bargaining chip in the truce negotiations, as it is the one thing the tiny island has to offer the mighty empire.Perkins writes with a distinct and almost archaic voice, transporting the reader back in time to a more mystical era. The old-fashioned lilt serves the story well, adding another layer to Perkins’ immersive world. While the universe her story takes place in is a fascinating place, it’s really the characters who take the spotlight. Through dialogues and internal thoughts, what’s said and not said, they come alive on the page.

  • Isotropic Fiction
    2019-03-21 09:08

    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 desire for Asahel, but not much magic happens either way. Though the second half of Jealousy Glass loses much of this padding, the pace remains jerky.A well-written book with a jerky plot might still work as fantasy, but unfortunately awkward language also plagues The Jealousy Glass. Perkins overuses the passive voice and seems to struggle with identifying her characters in conversation. If Asahel and Felix were having a conversation and Asahel were to stretch, the readers might be treated to “the younger man stretched awkwardly.” The effect, over the course of the book, is that none of the characters seem to know what to do with their hands while they are talking. One can imagine that this was even worse for the author than it is for the reader.Despite novel’s failings, both Asahel and Felix are distinct characters. While sexuality never pops up, the subtext of their love could hardly be clearer. While the many coy hints may enrage diehard romance fans, LGBT readers will appreciate the respect with which Perkins treats these sympathetic, though star-crossed, gay characters.Intense slimming down could bring out the good story hidden within the chaff. All elements are present: engaging, likeable characters, a good story, some drama, some action. There is even some potential for crossover with readers of political drama. Unfortunately, digging through the repetitive padding is not worth the effort.Readers who enjoyed the first book in the series will probably appreciate The Jealousy Glass, but even fans may find this one a snooze. While many won’t mind—this installment is primarily a bridge between one upheaval and another—others might skim through and wait for the next book, The Oracle Bones. Tune in for that if you already like Felix and Asahel, because it will almost definitely be more interesting. Their love will consummate, or it won’t; they will change national allegiances, or they won’t; the Anjuri citizens will abandon theology, or they won’t. Fans may be able to stick this one out, but readers new to Perkins’ work would be well advised to start elsewhere.Originally reviewed for by Anna Call. Read the original review at: Anna Call is a librarian and educator. She holds degrees in both creative writing and information science. After working in the private sector for a number of years, she returned to public librarianship in March of 2012. She currently works for a small rural library on the North Shore of the greater Boston area. Her interest in speculative fiction and film is rooted in the work of Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. Anna writes for both Isotropic and The Big Brown Chair. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts. /

  • Romina
    2019-02-24 09:05

    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 this review may seem a bit basic.I quickly overcame my unfamiliarity to the story as the book is written in a way that just took me along for the ride. The characters are written so well I felt I didn’t miss their initial introduction from book 1 and began to enjoy what was happening.The story was quite slow to begin with. I think it was to give preference to character introduction. There were plenty of references to powerful magic and was hoping for some form of examples but there didn’t seem to be much of it.This instalment became more about political intrigue and less about the magic of ‘The Jealousy Glass’ as titled I felt it needed more reference.There seemed to be some romantic connotations surrounding this book but were never really introduced into the story properly which disappointed me slightly.Included in the story are the many viewpoints from the different characters which helped to see all sides to this story but sometimes had me referring back to figure out which character was speaking.Overall I enjoyed this story; I enjoyed the chance to picture this new world by the wonderful descriptive. I recommend this book and will be seeking out book 1 to familiarise myself with the plotline a little more and learn about Cercia. I want to follow this to conclusion.

  • Maghon Thomas
    2019-02-26 06:55

    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 details of the back story because it’s a really good read.I loved that the story starts off with a bang. Right away, there’s this crazy event which causes the ship to wreck and the adventure begins. I thought that the writing was quite nice as I felt like I were on the journey with them. I’m not scared of water and I’m an excellent swimmer, but even I don’t know if I could do that. I like the interactions between Felix and Asahel. They are trusting of each other, yet they disagree on things but it doesn’t ruin this friendship. Though some of those political issues can put a strain on anyone’s relationship the writing is really good. I would consider this a Fantasy, as the writing just feels that way. And there’s nothing like taking a journey through a fantasy world! I like the way the story unfolds and sometimes you think you know what’ll happen and then you get another surprise.All in all, I really do want to read both books, in sequence, because if I liked the second book this much, even without the first, I bet I would LOVE them together I recommend this series to my fantasy and even urban fantasy fans. It’s a wonderful, magic filled world. I say go and get this series! 4 PAWS!!

  • Heather Boustead
    2019-03-13 06:14

    The Jealousy Glass Artifacts of Empire Book two By Gwen PerkinsAsahel 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 tossed to the bottom of the sea. The author didn’t do a very good job in “playing catch up” so if you haven’t read the first I certainly suggest it. Otherwise I liked this book, from the subtle M/M Romance (a romance that revolves around two Males) to the high octane action this is certainly a unique novel. I truly wish I had read the first though the story seems so interesting but confusing as there are times that I have no idea what Gwen Perkins is talking about. This is definitely an amazing adventure novel with strong religious undertones as well as sexuality, if either of these topics offend you or may be a touchy subject for you skip it otherwise this is a must read! For More Reviews be sure to visit my blogs at:http://reflectionsofabookworm.wordpre...

  • Erin
    2019-03-05 05:18

    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 of the various members of Perkins' cast. I really liked the intense power struggle the author created and thought it played out very well with the other themes and storylines in the book.I also found the concept of the artifacts very interesting. As I understand it, each book in the series incorporates a material artifact that represents a principle of human nature. This whole idea worked really well for me and showcased both Perkins' creativity and imagination. At the end of the day I can't there there is much I didn't like about The Jealousy Glass. Maybe a little more recapping for readers who skipped the Universal Mirror, but that is really my only criticism.

  • William Bentrim
    2019-03-13 02:06

    The Jealousy Glass by Gwen PerkinsGwen 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 with the rest of the story. Some tie in would have been nice. The scene moves from the island state of Cercia to the main land where Cercia is regarded as semi-myth. Felix, Ashel and Nicholas find themselves unwilling guests of Princess Irena. Thrust into court machinations far more intricate than found on their home island bemuses the Cercians. I think a bit of back story for someone who had not read the Universal Mirror would be helpful and would provide more understanding for some of the characters and their interplay. I recommend this book!

  • Wendy Hines
    2019-03-07 02:07

    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 follow along and understand what was going on. There is romance, magic, politics, action and adventure in this great book and fans will be clamoring for the next one after they read the last page.

  • Think
    2019-03-05 10:16

    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
    2019-02-25 04:54

    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.

  • Gwen Perkins
    2019-03-11 06:13