My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Vivid Imagery for the Mind
First, I know it’s a cliché to say that a writer paints pictures with words, but Torres is one of the reasons this cliché exists. Torres has a vivid imagination and a talent for creating a motion picture in the reader’s mind. Although I’d love to see this made into a movie, the most advanced CGI would fall short of Torres’ descriptive ability.
The plot structure is perfectly symmetrical, which I love in a book. Olivia is a sixteen-year-old girl who does poorly dealing with the people who bully her for her creative, artistic nature.
Then, the ancient gods return to Earth, wreaking havoc and demanding worship. Olivia must confront the most powerful and invincible bully of all time, the Fire God (or Hades or Vulcan, they have many names). Her creativity turns out to be her most powerful weapon.
The story is full of many fascinating characters, but my favorite by far is Mother Nature, a goddess who has the power of creation. She emanates unconditional love and compassion for all living things, except those who are evil.
The Nature of Gods is the hero’s journey merged with a coming of age tale, and it perfectly sets up what is sure to be an entertaining series.