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Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He'd much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn't know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the cente Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He'd much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn't know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he's destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in — unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can't even walk well without a cane? Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.


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Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He'd much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn't know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the cente Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He'd much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn't know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he's destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in — unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can't even walk well without a cane? Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate.

30 review for The Storm Runner

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rick Riordan

    Welcome to the Volcano! Zane Obispo has a pretty sweet life. Since last year, he’s been homeschooled, which means the other kids can’t pick on him anymore. He gets to spend a lot of his time out in the desert of New Mexico, wandering and exploring with his faithful boxer-dalmatian, Rosie. His mom loves him like crazy. His uncle Hondo is a fun housemate, even though he’s maybe a little too addicted to pro wrestling and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. As for the neighbors, Zane only has two: friendly Mr. Ort Welcome to the Volcano! Zane Obispo has a pretty sweet life. Since last year, he’s been homeschooled, which means the other kids can’t pick on him anymore. He gets to spend a lot of his time out in the desert of New Mexico, wandering and exploring with his faithful boxer-dalmatian, Rosie. His mom loves him like crazy. His uncle Hondo is a fun housemate, even though he’s maybe a little too addicted to pro wrestling and Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. As for the neighbors, Zane only has two: friendly Mr. Ortiz, who grows top secret chile-pepper varieties in his garden, and Ms. Cab, who works as a phone psychic and pays Zane to help her out. What’s not to like? And did I mention the volcano in Zane’s backyard? That’s right. Zane has his very own volcano. He and Rosie spend a lot of time climbing around on it. Recently, they even found a secret entrance that leads inside. . . . Yep, life is good! Er, except that Zane was born with mismatched legs. One has always been shorter than the other, so he walks with a limp and uses a cane. He’s learning to deal, though, and is a crazy-fast hobbler. Oh, and also . . .Zane just got accepted to a new private school. He doesn’t want to go, but his mom is insisting. Class starts tomorrow. Then there’s the accident—Zane sees a small plane crash into the mouth of his volcano. He was close enough to glimpse the pilot’s face . . . and either it was a very good Halloween mask, or the pilot was an alien zombie monster. On top of all this, there’s a pretty new girl in town— Brooks—who warns Zane he’s in mortal danger. But Brooks doesn’t exist, according to the school records. And how does she know who he is, anyway? Soon, Zane discovers that nothing in his life is what he thought. There’s a reason he was born with a limp. There’s a reason he’s never met his father—a mysterious guy his mom fell in love with on a trip to the Yucatán. Something very strange is going on in Zane’s volcano, and Brooks claims it’s all tied to some ancient prophecy. How much do you know about the Maya myths? Did you know the Maya have a goddess of chocolate? (Dude, how come the Greeks don’t get a goddess of chocolate? No fair.) The Maya also have shape-shifters, demons, magicians, giants, demigods, and an underworld that may or may not be accessible from the back of a local taco shop. J. C. Cervantes is about to take you on a trip you will never forget, through the darkest, strangest, and funniest twists and turns of Maya myth. You will meet the scariest gods you can imagine, the creepiest denizens of the underworld, and the most amazing and unlikely heroes, who have to save our world from being ripped apart. Maya myth and magic is closer than you think. In fact, it’s right in our backyard. Welcome to the volcano. Welcome to The Storm Runner.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Nuckles

    This book was SO GOOD!!!!! Zane was absolutely adorable and had such a great voice, and although there’s so much more to be explored I learned so much about Mayan mythology that I didn’t know before. There was so much about this book that I loved and just can’t formulate into words now, but if you enjoy Rick’s books you guys definitely have to pick this one up! (ALSO: Hispanic AND Disabled rep?? I CANT SAY BETTER THINGS!) (This is not a huge spoiler, but I will warn those who are weary of these t This book was SO GOOD!!!!! Zane was absolutely adorable and had such a great voice, and although there’s so much more to be explored I learned so much about Mayan mythology that I didn’t know before. There was so much about this book that I loved and just can’t formulate into words now, but if you enjoy Rick’s books you guys definitely have to pick this one up! (ALSO: Hispanic AND Disabled rep?? I CANT SAY BETTER THINGS!) (This is not a huge spoiler, but I will warn those who are weary of these things that an animal does die in the beginning of the story. But, as with all middle grades I’ve read so far, things turn out okay in the end :) )

  3. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Prepare for a gush fest people because I LOVED this book! The Storm Runner is a new middle grade fantasy novel that is being published through the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. If you aren't aware, the purpose of this imprint is to provide a stage for diverse voices to tell stories based upon myths and folklore from various cultures around the world. This book is based upon Mayan Mythology and is full of angry gods, magic, mythological creatures and a ton of action and adventure. Our main charact Prepare for a gush fest people because I LOVED this book! The Storm Runner is a new middle grade fantasy novel that is being published through the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. If you aren't aware, the purpose of this imprint is to provide a stage for diverse voices to tell stories based upon myths and folklore from various cultures around the world. This book is based upon Mayan Mythology and is full of angry gods, magic, mythological creatures and a ton of action and adventure. Our main character, Zane Obispo, is a kid who has struggled a bit in his social life due to a limp caused by the fact that one of his legs is a little bit shorter than the other. Throughout school, Zane has had to deal with bullies and the feelings of inadequacy that can come when you feel like people are only seeing your faults, as opposed to the rest of you. Despite this, Zane is a sweet baby cinnamon roll who is full of good humor, love for his family and respect for his elders. I truly fell in love with Zane's character. I think he is an incredible role model for young readers and, heck, even adult readers. Not only is Zane a great character but he is surrounded by a whole flock of amazing side characters who bring humor, love, depth and drama to this adventurous tale. After witnessing a demon crash a plane into a volcano near his house, Zane ends up heading out on a quest to save the world with his new friend, Brooks (who also happens to be a shape-shifter) and his lovable Uncle, Hondo. Together these three battle scary enemies and plot incredible schemes to save all of humanity. Through his travels with his Uncle and friends, Zane discovers who he truly is and how powerful he can be. There was so much action in this book. Literally, scene after scene of edge of your seat moments that keep you glued to the pages long after 'lights out' time has come! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves middle grade stories and/or books based upon mythology. Additionally, I think this would be a great book for parents or guardians to read with the kids in their life. I think there are a lot of great discussions to be drawn from this book and a lot of fun that can be shared as well. Overall, this is a fantastic story that will leave you feeling like magic is not only possible, but real. Thank you so much to Rick Riordan presents and Disney Hyperion for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. It was such a wonderful experience, one I will be thinking about and dreaming about for some time to come. I really appreciate the opportunity and hope that this series is a big success and continues on! Initial Review: YEEESSSSSS! ARC received - this story sounds amazing - I cannot wait to dive in!

  4. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Mayan mythology, disabled rep, and this cover... thanks to the Rick Riordan Presents books, I'm pretty sure Rick is now the honorary Best White Dude Ever™, and I cannot wait for this book!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    okay but a Rick Riordan Presents series with a Mayan kid that uses a cane?! people should really be talking about this more

  6. 5 out of 5

    MeaganCM

    If you can read this, you've got magic in your blood. Only another godborn would be able to see the words on these last few pages. Which is why I took the risk to write down the whole truth. I was hoping to find you. Hoping I could trust you with the secret. If you wait long enough, your destiny will come knocking. Take it from me-- someday, when you least expect it, the magic will call to you." These are Zane's last words to his readers. After reading this I was legit emotional. I just kep If you can read this, you've got magic in your blood. Only another godborn would be able to see the words on these last few pages. Which is why I took the risk to write down the whole truth. I was hoping to find you. Hoping I could trust you with the secret. If you wait long enough, your destiny will come knocking. Take it from me-- someday, when you least expect it, the magic will call to you." These are Zane's last words to his readers. After reading this I was legit emotional. I just kept thinking that after young readers experience Zane's story and read these words they will think, "I am more than the some of my flaws", and that is such a POWERFUL message! And I loved the way the author switched to second person POV to really suck the reader even further into the story! I loved learning about the Maya mythology. It's so amazing that more authors are publishing books with diverse characters and diverse mythologies. I can't wait to read the next one. Not a full review just a quick summary of my initial thoughts after reading. This book is A M A Z I N G!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Fafa's Book Corner

    Mini review: Trigger warnings: None up until the point I read. DNF I received an E-ARC via Netgalley and Disney Book Group. However this review is based on the final version of the book. I was really excited when I heard about this book! And so happy when I got it on Netgalley. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to read it earlier. Then the final version released and I opted to read that. The beginning was pretty enjoyable. As the story continued I found the writing style a bit annoying. The Storm Mini review: Trigger warnings: None up until the point I read. DNF I received an E-ARC via Netgalley and Disney Book Group. However this review is based on the final version of the book. I was really excited when I heard about this book! And so happy when I got it on Netgalley. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to read it earlier. Then the final version released and I opted to read that. The beginning was pretty enjoyable. As the story continued I found the writing style a bit annoying. The Storm Runner was also too similar to Percy Jackson. It just didn't stand on it's own. Overall this wasn't for me. Still recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Breanna

    ★★★★ Zane Obispo and his dog Rosie love to hike their volcano, even though Rosie only has three legs and Zane needs a cane to walk. Then a plane driven by a pilot demon crashes right by Zane’s head and he is thrown into a new and unknown world and a prophecy he doesn’t want to be a part of. This book is centered on Mayan mythology and is an amazing way to start learning about this mythology. It has Gods and Giants and Magicians and Shape-Shifters. There are magical items that make you soul-travel ★★★★½ Zane Obispo and his dog Rosie love to hike their volcano, even though Rosie only has three legs and Zane needs a cane to walk. Then a plane driven by a pilot demon crashes right by Zane’s head and he is thrown into a new and unknown world and a prophecy he doesn’t want to be a part of. This book is centered on Mayan mythology and is an amazing way to start learning about this mythology. It has Gods and Giants and Magicians and Shape-Shifters. There are magical items that make you soul-travel and some that look completely flawless. Also there’s a goddess of Chocolate who apparently makes the best hot chocolate healing juice ever, which sounds amazing but also I’m a human and completely normal so of course it would completely destroy me. Storm Runner is a fast paced, magical book following our characters as they fight demons and try to stop the world from ending. Obviously if you like Rick Riordan’s books or learning about mythology, this book would be perfect for you. And even if you don’t and you just like magical books that take place in the real world and follow a hero then you will also like this book. I will say that it was more serious than I was expecting, and didn’t have that normal Rick Riordan humor (which makes sense because it’s obviously not written by him). And it took me a couple of days to get into it, just because you were being introduced into the story. But this book was amazing. The characters were all unique and it was interesting to read about all of them. The way the book was written, aka the formatting was interesting, especially with it being an almost frame story (it’s sort of one but kind of not really cause you don’t see much of the frame). Also the ending was amazing. I thought I knew how it was going to end but I had absolutely no idea, and it left me really excited to read the next book. It was even better than I thought it was going to be. Definitely recommend!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The countdown has begun and I am so excited to share Zane and crew with the world. I so hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Maggie

    i won't even lie. i'm only adding this to my tbr because it mentions new mexico in the description and when i see my not-so-famous-yet-very-touristic state in descriptions, i automatically add interest

  11. 5 out of 5

    autumn

    i was really into this!! i thought the plot was just a touch overcomplicated and had more gore than i expected from a middle grade book, but overall very fun and exciting!

  12. 4 out of 5

    mina

    DNF-ed I didn’t have high hopes, these days I’m dreading every book I want to pick up, but even with that this book didn’t hit many points. There’s also the fact that I’m, maybe, too old for middle grade books, and The Storm runner is, after all, dedicated to the younger audience and it would be more appealing to them. The idea of Mayan mythology was interesting however I didn’t hear much about it in the 1/3 of the book that I listened too, and even what I heard was dumped on me. The start of th DNF-ed I didn’t have high hopes, these days I’m dreading every book I want to pick up, but even with that this book didn’t hit many points. There’s also the fact that I’m, maybe, too old for middle grade books, and The Storm runner is, after all, dedicated to the younger audience and it would be more appealing to them. The idea of Mayan mythology was interesting however I didn’t hear much about it in the 1/3 of the book that I listened too, and even what I heard was dumped on me. The start of the book was slow, but at the same time fast considering how short after meeting our main character we are thrown into the mythology world. The writing isn’t anything special and the characters felt meh. The main character, Zane, is making some dumb decisions (view spoiler)[((trusting a girl he doesn’t know that told him he’s in danger, going into a freaking volcano after he saw a demon, MAKING a deal with a god of death after he released him… which he wasn’t supposed to do.)) (hide spoiler)] , so yeah, dumb decisions.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    ok so first of all: THE DOG DIES ((view spoiler)[but comes back as a hellhound so that's OK I GUESS (hide spoiler)] ) OVERALL this fits in the same formula as Rick Riordan's books and also the first RR Presents book, Aru Shah and the End of Time. I didn't love it as much as Aru Shah and I think a big part of it was this recurring subplot with Zane's two older neighbors, the seer Ms. Cab and the mortal gardener Mr. Ortiz, who kept persistently asking out Ms. Cab even though she kept saying no, and Z ok so first of all: THE DOG DIES ((view spoiler)[but comes back as a hellhound so that's OK I GUESS (hide spoiler)] ) OVERALL this fits in the same formula as Rick Riordan's books and also the first RR Presents book, Aru Shah and the End of Time. I didn't love it as much as Aru Shah and I think a big part of it was this recurring subplot with Zane's two older neighbors, the seer Ms. Cab and the mortal gardener Mr. Ortiz, who kept persistently asking out Ms. Cab even though she kept saying no, and Zane kept saying how much he admired how "persistent" Mr. Ortiz was about asking out Ms. Cab and I was like NO WAY MAN BACK OFF. ((view spoiler)[and then it fuckin worked and at the end Ms. Cab went out to dinner with Mr. Ortiz (hide spoiler)] ) That's not necessarily something that's going to be on the radar of most of the middle-grade kids reading this but still, seems like it's just contributing to some generally kind of gross background radiation. THAT ASIDE, hell ya disabled Latino kid going on fantasy adventures! The meat of the book is cool and the Mayan myths are definitely a compelling basis for Percy Jackson-style shenanigans.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Dejanira Dawn

    I need to read this omg. I'm currently taking Mesoamerican archeology and we're learning about the Mayans!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristie

    The Storm Runner je dobrá knížka. Na to seznámení s mayskou mytologií je skvělá. Nadšená jsem byla i z faktu, že hlavní hrdina sice má zdravotní postižení (jednu nohu má kratší než tu druhou, a proto musí chodit s holí), ale to mu nezabrání v tom, aby se postavil partě démonů a dal jim co proto. Zkrátka bylo super, že autorka ukázala, že hrdinové mají mnoho podob. První polovina knihy mě bavila hodně. Jenže s tou druhou jsem nějak začala ztrácet zájem a má pozornost klouzala pryč. Nebylo to pro The Storm Runner je dobrá knížka. Na to seznámení s mayskou mytologií je skvělá. Nadšená jsem byla i z faktu, že hlavní hrdina sice má zdravotní postižení (jednu nohu má kratší než tu druhou, a proto musí chodit s holí), ale to mu nezabrání v tom, aby se postavil partě démonů a dal jim co proto. Zkrátka bylo super, že autorka ukázala, že hrdinové mají mnoho podob. První polovina knihy mě bavila hodně. Jenže s tou druhou jsem nějak začala ztrácet zájem a má pozornost klouzala pryč. Nebylo to proto, že by se tam nic nedělo, naopak to bylo dost napěchované akcí, ale možná mě to úplně nezajímalo? Myslím si, že problém byl v tom, že žádná další postava mimo Zanea si nezískala mou pozornost. Prostě - když srovnám tohle a Aru Shah, tak mě Aru bavila víc. To ale neznamená, že bych vám nedoporučila zkusit i tohle. :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    ambsreads

    full review to come

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cori Reed

    This was so much fun! If you love Percy Jackson, definitely check this out!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Liv (Stories For Coffee)

    A fun and entertaining read about Mayan gods. I loved the MC’s voice because he was so witty, and I had a lot of fun with this story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    3.5 A little slow at the beginning, but ultimately a lot of fun! RTC.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kath (Read Forevermore)

    An arc of this book was sent to me by Disney Books/Rick Riordan Presents in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Rating: 4.5/5 The Storm Runner is quite the book. It has characters that are very likable and humorous. They easily grew on me and I found myself having favorites quite early on in the book. And a plus, there was an adorable dog in this book, who (view spoiler)[ dies! but comes back, don't worry! (hide spoiler)] This story fits among Rick Riordan's books, An arc of this book was sent to me by Disney Books/Rick Riordan Presents in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Rating: 4.5/5 The Storm Runner is quite the book. It has characters that are very likable and humorous. They easily grew on me and I found myself having favorites quite early on in the book. And a plus, there was an adorable dog in this book, who (view spoiler)[ dies! but comes back, don't worry! (hide spoiler)] This story fits among Rick Riordan's books, as well as the previous book in the RR Presents series, Aru Shah. It is an amazing, adventurous story with high stakes that kept me on the edge of my seat during the entire time reading this. I learned much about the Mayan myths and legends, which I found so fascinating and intriguing. I loved following the quest of Zane Obispo, a disabled Latino boy. I found the plot fast-paced, but still laying all of the information that is needed. I love all of the details to this book, and everything was described wonderfully. I felt like I was following along with this adventure as if I was in the book myself. Cervantes's writing style is definitely amazing, her prose is incredible. I found her imagination to be bright and vivid, and it definitely shows in this story. I also found the dialogue of this book to be HILARIOUS! I definitely recommend this book, it definitely seems like a middle grade to me, but it can be enjoyable to anyone and everyone of all ages. If you loved any of Rick Riordan's books, you will definitely love this one too!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lucia DiStefano

    THE STORM RUNNER, quite literally, has it all: characters you fall in love with (characters who are easy to root for, who are authentically human, who make you laugh and think and hold your breath…including the most endearing literary pooch I’ve encountered in a long while!); an amazing, high-stakes story that engages you from page one and keeps you guessing and holding onto your seat; and all that with a rich backdrop of fascinating, intriguing Maya myths and legends, expertly braided into Zane THE STORM RUNNER, quite literally, has it all: characters you fall in love with (characters who are easy to root for, who are authentically human, who make you laugh and think and hold your breath…including the most endearing literary pooch I’ve encountered in a long while!); an amazing, high-stakes story that engages you from page one and keeps you guessing and holding onto your seat; and all that with a rich backdrop of fascinating, intriguing Maya myths and legends, expertly braided into Zane Obispo’s compelling and twisty quest. The plot is delightfully fast-paced, nuanced, and surprising. The vivid details throughout call upon all your senses and really make you feel like you’re right there with Zane and the unique, memorable characters (human and non-human, too!) in his orbit, both friends and foes. And on the sentence level, Cervantes’s writing is consistently superlative. Her use of setting to enrich the story is as good as any I’ve ever seen (real-life settings as well as the settings that spring from her radiant imagination, which she ends up describing so expertly that they feel as real to me as places that you can find on a map!). And her dialogue, too, is second-to-none. I don’t make many guarantees in life, but I love this book so much that I am willing to make one now: this story and this prose and these characters are all so absorbing and so entertaining that it’s impossible to get bored while you’re reading. Really! I was one of the lucky few to have gotten the opportunity to read an advance reader’s copy, and it has only made me more excited about the book’s release, since I know there will be many happy kids (of all ages, even “kids” my age!) who find their way to this book. And best of all, we don’t have to be sad when we reach the end of THE STORM RUNNER, because there will be a Book Two of Zane’s story (THE FIRE KEEPER). Hooray!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Oda Renate

    OooOOOooo Nice cover!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    IDUBFUEYDGDGWWIEJFG Rick Riordan presents is honestly one of the greatest things I have ever heard of, it literally made my day, evening, night, and probably my entire month I’m so happy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Irena

    I was never Miss-Know-It-All when it comes to mythology. I barely know basics about Greek mythology, know even less about Scandinavian one, and when it comes to Maya, before I came across this book, I had no idea it even exists. Here is what come books for, to make us learn, end even though I can’t say that I am an expert in Maya mythology after finishing The Storm Runner, I can say that I know at least little about it. The Storm Runner is a middle grade fantasy book that follows a 13 years old boy I was never Miss-Know-It-All when it comes to mythology. I barely know basics about Greek mythology, know even less about Scandinavian one, and when it comes to Maya, before I came across this book, I had no idea it even exists. Here is what come books for, to make us learn, end even though I can’t say that I am an expert in Maya mythology after finishing The Storm Runner, I can say that I know at least little about it. The Storm Runner is a middle grade fantasy book that follows a 13 years old boy Zane. Along with Zane, readers can discover gods, creatures and legends that are part of Maya mythology. This is own voices novel because the author’s origin, and it also represents diversity because our main character is Hispanic, and he is also disabled person (one of his legs is smaller then the other one). The story is written in first person, from Zane’s POV. I loved following Zane through the story, he was really interesting and had good sense of humour. I even laughed out loud couple of times, despite this not being a comedy. Discovering ancient Maya gods and legends was exciting, even though the names (as they are so much different from my native language) often made me confused, and I would forget who was who in a very short time. However, because the author did a good job in bringing us a story, it was easy to keep up. The characters of the book were fascinating and I can see them being someone’s favorite characters. I surely liked them, especially Zane. I can also easily imagine The Storm Runner being turned into movie or tv show. I’ve read some reviews for this novels that compare it to Percy Jackson saying it is very similar to it. Since I haven’t read that series yet, I can’t tell you if that is the case, but I can tell you that the atmosphere in the book did remind me of the second Percy Jackson movie (and I love those movies, in case you didn’t know (and yes, I know it’s an unpopular opinion)). I would recommend this book to fans of middle grade and young adult fantasy, but also to everyone who’d like to read a story that talks about Maya mythology. Since this is a middle grade book, it will be easy to follow to everyone who know nothing about it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    Middlegrade novels are pretty much guaranteed to be fun if Rick Riordan is involved, and this didn't disappoint! I really enjoyed reading about Mayan mythology, as I previously knew next to nothing about it, and Zane was a very lovable main character.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Hewitt

    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction There’s a whole lot to love about this little gem of a book. It’s an action-packed introduction to a little-known mythological system that features a hispanic, disabled MC. This sounds like a lot of rep and you might be wondering if the inclusion of the disability might seem like too much, but it’s all woven together seamlessly and given its due weight. What Fed My Addiction: Maya mythology. I knew absolutely nothing abo This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction There’s a whole lot to love about this little gem of a book. It’s an action-packed introduction to a little-known mythological system that features a hispanic, disabled MC. This sounds like a lot of rep and you might be wondering if the inclusion of the disability might seem like too much, but it’s all woven together seamlessly and given its due weight. What Fed My Addiction: Maya mythology. I knew absolutely nothing about Maya mythology going into this, and the book made me want to delve into it and learn more. I hope it encourages many kids to do the same! Of course, we only get a taste of the mythology in this book, but we’re introduced to some of the major gods and we learn about several of the myths associated with them. And, of course, it’s all done in a really fun and engaging way as we’re led on Zane’s quest to save humanity. Disability rep. Zane’s disability is eventually proven to be his greatest strength! I won’t tell you all the details because I don’t want to spoil things, but his too-short leg is actually his tie to his mythological father, and it is the source of his true power. I loved that Zane didn’t end up “overcoming” his disability—it didn’t go away—he just learned that it was an essential part of him. Fabulous pacing and engaging characters. This is the type of book that keeps you turning the pages. I was fully invested in Zane’s journey, and I loved the ragtag group of crazy people who joined him along the way! (I think Hondo, his wrestling-loving uncle, was my favorite—and I loved that Hondo sort of found himself on this quest as well). The ending. The final page of the book actually sent shivers down my spine (not kidding) because it was so perfect. What a fantastic way to get kids invested in the series!!!! What Left Me Hungry for More: You’ve probably read similar books. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read Riordan’s Lightning Thief Series, but I feel like this has a lot of similarities—just using Maya mythology instead of Greek. And honestly, some of the plot points were predictable. But the whole story was told in such an engaging way that I didn’t mind having a good idea how a lot of it was going to play out. So far, the Rick Riordan Presents imprint has been a total win for me. I can’t wait to read more! ***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

  27. 4 out of 5

    Neil (or bleed)

    I've started to appreciate The Storm Runner on the middle where the real adventure begins. Which I've got to know the Mayans version of gods and creatures along the way. The first few chapters were not that engaging. There are tension and action but it didn't capture me well enough. I must say, they actually confused me to the point that I can't follow the flow of the story. I've just read on and didn't mind what is going on with the main character, who is Zane Obispo, and who really he is. And I've started to appreciate The Storm Runner on the middle where the real adventure begins. Which I've got to know the Mayans version of gods and creatures along the way. The first few chapters were not that engaging. There are tension and action but it didn't capture me well enough. I must say, they actually confused me to the point that I can't follow the flow of the story. I've just read on and didn't mind what is going on with the main character, who is Zane Obispo, and who really he is. And what he needs to do. Zero fucks given. But came the middle part where I felt like I was tug to my core and instruct me to pay attention because the book will be wild. And sure it was! I don't want to spoil but this is the point where I can't stop reading and I really care about Zane Obispo, even he is an annoying child who asks a lot of question. I-want-to-know-about-him-already care. Something like that. And it didn't disappoint. I've got to know what I need to know. It was really impressive. Knowing the Mayan gods, too! And their powers and capabilities. Even the antagonists are well-written. I just noticed some similarities with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson on some elements but it is probably unavoidable. No complaints with regards to the characters since I think they are well-presented on the story. Will surely read the next one!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lilly (Lair Of Books)

    6/13/2018: My heart skipped beats when I saw this book advert in my inbox & read the blurb...Legends, Myths, Fables/ Caribbean & Latin American?!?! YES PLEASE! the well runs deep with Latinx & Caribbean stories, LOVE seeing Own Voices authors sharing our myths & fables with the world <3 <3 <3!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lumelska

    I adored this book and loved the knowledge of Maya mythology that I have learned from this, but the reason it was getting four stars instead of five was that it was too similar with Percy Jackson’s story for my taste. It was not only the plot, but also some of the characters, or even scenes. I still enjoyed it, but the similarity was too evident to be missed. I adore Zane, a boy who had a disability and was often mocked for it. He was very kind-hearted but incredibly rash and stupid. Sometimes ver I adored this book and loved the knowledge of Maya mythology that I have learned from this, but the reason it was getting four stars instead of five was that it was too similar with Percy Jackson’s story for my taste. It was not only the plot, but also some of the characters, or even scenes. I still enjoyed it, but the similarity was too evident to be missed. I adore Zane, a boy who had a disability and was often mocked for it. He was very kind-hearted but incredibly rash and stupid. Sometimes very stupid that it wants to make me bang his head against a wall to make him see reason. Those imperfections and don’t-want-to-think-twice decisions was what build the plot and tension in this book. Sometimes it enthralled me, but sometimes I’m also tempted to throw my book away in disbelieving anger. He was so much like Percy in so many ways, whose biggest weakness was how he cared about his friends more than anything that he’s willing to do stupid things or even sacrifice himself in the process. I would totally recommend this book to those who loved fantasy or mythology books or even PJ fans, if you can ignore the similarities.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mandy

    I think for those that haven't read Percy Jackson, this could be a really good read. However, the formula of the story really followed almost too much like PJ. So while the story was enjoyable, it felt a little too much like a Percy story, that it was hard to stop drawing comparisons and not find some parts lacking. The other issue that I had was the characters. There were some characters that I enjoyed - Hondo and Zane's neighbors - but I really never connected with Zane or Brooks. They felt to I think for those that haven't read Percy Jackson, this could be a really good read. However, the formula of the story really followed almost too much like PJ. So while the story was enjoyable, it felt a little too much like a Percy story, that it was hard to stop drawing comparisons and not find some parts lacking. The other issue that I had was the characters. There were some characters that I enjoyed - Hondo and Zane's neighbors - but I really never connected with Zane or Brooks. They felt too distant for me, and I would squint at them, going, but do I really feel anything for you??? Brooks felt like far too much of a mystery for me that never really materialized into an answer. There were some things that I did love, and the biggest part of it was the Mayan mythology. The way that Cervantes wove in the tales and mythology was amazing. It was so enchanting, and I felt like I was transported into another world. I loved every second of it, and Cervantes did such such such an amazing job. I also enjoyed the humor and spark that was brought to it. Cervantes had some great lines in the story, and it was light and dark and fun all the same time. Cervantes also created a diverse book with a main character having a shorter leg than his other and lots of Hispanic rep. The pacing got a little slow or dwindling at parts, but Cervantes would bring it back with a fun little spark. 3 crowns and a Belle rating!

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