Teams of the Chosen and their Guardians leave Gentra and return to the planets to learn more. They only visit one before their learning is interrupted by encounters with hostility which leads to tragic loss among the Chosen and Guardians.
Shay West has taken her gentle Gentrian guardians and elders another step forward in leading the Chosen from each planet toward their goal of defeating the Mekan threat.
The Chosen team up in types of two to visit planets. They take on the form of the visited planet which is an alien form for one team with a better understanding of cultures. Their experiences and views of the ‘new’ forms add some new humor to Shattered, helping the reader become attached to them all. I don’t want to have a spoiler here, but the prophecy does get into a muddle and the Masters are confused. There is attachment/attraction among the male and female Chosen and there is tragedy.
The author has imaginative description to reveal the various planets and their population. If you’ve read Portals, you already know that Gentra and two of the planets have very unusual looking inhabitants, while Astra and Earth dwellers do physically resemble one another. West provides enough color that readers can envision each form and each habitat — which helps increase reader attachment and involvement as the characters overcome personal issues and face danger and death. Readers will enjoy the stories more if they read in COLOR because of the in-depth descriptions of the various lifeforms.
As begun with Portals of Destiny, the characters continue learn respect and tolerance in the midst of their daily trials because the planet visits are not pleasant social encounters. Some cultures have strong prejudices that are part of their survival system. Some have powerful magic powers while others have impressive physical powers. Their puzzlement at the difference give them personality and lift them from the level of flat print.
As with Portals, there is some violence; no smut and very little bad language. A little search on my Kindle Fire found a few uses of the word ‘damn’. I admit to being distracted while reading trying to follow the story; I didn’t keep a ‘bad word count’. I don’t recall thinking “this is not good because of the profanity.” There is gentle, exploratory romance, but no graphic sex.
Continuing as mentioned in the review of The Chosen, I don’t usually choose Fantasy romance/adventure because I’m not attracted to vampires and shape changers. To have planets, emotionless clones and colorful Gentian shapes helps keep me interested.