Bridge of the Gods
The Silver Mountain Series, Book One
by Diane Rios
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 15 Aug 2017 | Archive Date 08 Aug 2017
"Diane Rios is as gifted a storyteller as she is an artist. Her tales hearken back to a bygone era while still feeling both relevant and fresh."
―Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay and Leave Me
"Author Diane Rios has created a world that is both perfectly natural and slightly magical. With mystery, poetic descriptions of nature, talking animals, and bravery, Bridge of the Gods is the powerful and inspiring tale of a young girl in rustic Oregon who, just at the moment she needs help the most, discovers that she is just a little bit special."
―Bill Zeman, author of Tiny Art Director
Available on NetGalley
Average rating from 4 members
I really hate Ms. Rios right now because I got sucked into her book with its mysterious plot line and OF COURSE it’s only the first book and ends without any answers so you’ll read the sequel which I really want to now and patience is NOT one of my virtues!
Rios knows how to write beautiful and vivid imagery that creates these moving paintings before your mind’s eye. She gives human personification to normally inanimate objects using lyrical descriptions all the while providing a wonderful lesson on anger and its consequences when left unchecked. That is just in the prologue. Throughout the book are really cute illustrations that seem to mimic the innocence of her protagonist Chloe.
This novel is very centered on nature, symbiotic relationships with animals, friendship, family, and finding courage in the face of fear, uncertainty, and injustice.
I loved the forest settings as they felt so real I wanted to journey through them myself to experience what Chloe did. The animal friends she made which could talk just like something out of a C.S. Lewis novel were wonderful characters and added a charming depth to her story.
Her plot devices often reminded me of stories from Native American histories and mythologies. Particularly the idea of new types of people moving into an area only to displace the original inhabitants and making their culture appear strange and frightening instead of rich and educational.
Her character work will definitely make you either love or hate people. Chloe in particular is such a wonderful little girl, she’s the type of kid I would encourage my daughters to be friends with and to explore the world alongside.
Laced through all of this is an intriguing puzzle about a hospital, mysterious ambulance, ethically challenged medical workers, inept law enforcement and unconscious patients.