Shattering Dreams is primarily about Prince Alex, the king’s youngest child, and his two staunch companions, Kyle and Jess. They’re a group of affluent, party people living in a pseudo Middle Ages world that’s somewhat more liberal than the historical one. This trio is cursed with the possibility that they could lose control of the mysterious powers that they possess at any moment, leaving them murderous and crazy.
I found myself wondering why they were nonetheless allowed to become super-skilled warriors. If there is a strong chance they’ll end up going off the deep end in the future, why are they being allowed to handle anything more dangerous than a butter knife, much less train with the king’s guard?
It seems like following this tradition is bound to create more problems for the kingdom than it would actually solve. I would have also liked a little clearer picture on what the veil is, even if it was just an author’s note at the back explaining all the relevant information.
Although it’s a fairly readable book, there are some minor technical issues sprinkled throughout the text, primarily capitalization issues. The story is also slow moving at first, but it eventually picks up steam and gets to be far more interesting near the end than it is in the beginning.
Of course, some readers are bound to find the trio’s penchant for constant random flings an off-putting element. This aspect of their personalities is nonetheless hinted at in the book blurb and it’s further mitigated by the fact that their actions eventually catch up with them.
On the other hand, the generally blasé attitude everyone seemed to have towards killing other people was unexpected and may upset some readers. Although many of these incidents are somewhat justified in context, I could never figure out if it was an authorial choice to show how different the Tainted were or if the entire world operated under the same mentality.
But it’s still a decent story if you don't mind the aforementioned elements.