The Storm Runner

The Storm Runner

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...

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Title:The Storm Runner
Author:J.C. Cervantes
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Edition Language:English

The Storm Runner Reviews

  • megs_bookrack

    Prepare for a gush fest people because I

    this book!

    is a new middle grade fantasy novel that is being published through the

    imprint. If you aren't aware, sort of 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

    Prepare for a gush fest people because I

    this book!

    is a new middle grade fantasy novel that is being published through the

    imprint. If you aren't aware, sort of 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!

  • 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!

  • Breanna

    ★★★★

    This book is centered on Mayan mythology and is an amazing way to start learning about this new language. It has Gods and Giants and Magicians and Shape-Shifters. There are magical items that make you soul-trav

    ★★★★½

    This book is centered on Mayan mythology and is an amazing way to start learning about this new language. 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 :) )

  • Christina

    These are Zane's last words to his readers. After reading this I was legit emotional. I just kep

    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

    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!

  • Jocelyn

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

  • Dejanira Dawn

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

  • 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!

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