Review: The Universal Mirror by Gwen Perkins

on Sep 8, 2012
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Genre(s): Fantasy

Series: Artifacts of the Empire #1


Quentin and Asahel live in a world where the lines that divide poor and rich are strict, though they are both magicians. Using magic is not only forbidden, it's a heresy, one punishable by death.

I found the beginning to be a little slow, the story begins in the middle of the action, which was good. But I felt that things could have been explained more thoroughly. The reasons for the main characters being in their situation are eventually explained but I would have preferred a little more information earlier in the book.

The concept of a world where magic existed but was forbidden was very interesting and definitely different. Gwen Perkins has created a distinct and exciting fantasy world. The relationship between Asahel and Quentin was very complex and keeps you reading to see where they go next. There was also a lot of surprises which is always a good thing. ;)

Just a small thing, thoughts were often not italicized, like I said it is small and easily fixable but it did slow down the reading.

The Universal Mirror presents a fantasy world unlike anything I have ever read and I would highly recommend it!

About the Author
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. Gwen is presently at work on the second volume, entitled The Jealousy Glass.

About the Reviewer:
M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since early 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at She spends her time reading, gaming, drinking tea, writing, and learning about Hannah More. M lives in Upstate New York and works in a library, surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab


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