Author Gwen Perkins
Gwen Perkins is a museum curator who holds a MA in Military History. She has written for a number of magazines, exhibitions and nonfiction publications. This interest in history fueled the creation of the world of Artifacts of Empire, inspired in part by people and events of the medieval and Renaissance periods.
Gwen Perkins has written two books so far in the Artifacts of Empire series, The Universal Mirror and The Jealousy Glass.
The Jealousy Glass just debuted December 2012.
The Universal Mirror (Book 1)
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.
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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.
The Jealousy Glass (Book 2)
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A revolution has overthrown the council in Cercia. Quentin has seized the reins of government, elevating his friend Asahel, and stripping their former ally Felix of his heritage. The laws of magic have been contested, inviting threats of war from other nations. Fearful that a neighboring empire will invade Cercia, Asahel is sent on a secret mission to Anjdur to discover its intent. Against Quentin's wishes, Asahel selects Felix to accompany him on his voyage, not yet aware of the secrets the other man holds. Misfortune aborts their journey when their ship is attacked by a giant Rukh and destroyed. Asahel and Felix are washed ashore on the coast of Anjdur where they are forced to carry on their mission as vagabonds rather than ambassadors. Their journey quickly turns awry and soon the pair becomes intertwined in a civil war in which they never suspected they'd be involved.
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