The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Series: The Storm Runner #1
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Published September 18th 2018
Genres: Middlegrade, Fantasy, Mythology
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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 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.
This is seriously so cool! I was super excited about it being a mythology I haven’t read about before, and I mean I was already kind of expecting to like it. But this was seriously better than I had in mind.
One of my fav things is the MC, Zane. I love how he sounds and I loved following him through is adventures aka despair. He is a tough person with an amazing heart, plus he loves his dog Rosie more than anything which totally melted my heart! And I have to say that he was pretty much as fun as Percy, which is crazy I know… This is the type of middle grade I love, the main character is old enough for me to be able to relate in some things and doesn’t annoy me due to the age difference.
Also, Zane has had a bit of a difficult social life due to a limp (one of his legs is a little bit shorter than the other), and this is the first time for me reading about a character with a physical disability such as that one. Because of that limp, he had to deal with bullies and some bad situations. But if you think that he let himself get down your wrong! Zane is about to prove that being different, can be a good thing too, contrary to what many think. He and his new friend Brooks are about to go on an amazing adventure full of magic and danger, and it’s epic!
As for the Mayan mythology, it was incredibly well done. It was easy to understand and follow it, which for me sometimes new mythology can feel overwhelming but this wasn’t. It was just perfectly explained without having any info dump, and I feel that I learned a lot. Plus, I never thought Mayan mythology could be so interesting!
This book felt quite a lot like a Rick Riordan book, which for me is amazing because I’m all for it. But it also felt different from all the magic and mythology being so different. And let’s face it the reason I got this was because of Rick Riordan so I am very pleasantly surprised with the outcome!
This is an amazing story, full of action, amazing messages, and a lot of magic and one of the things I most love in middle-grade books – amazing family relationships and friendships. It was incredibly surprising and I definitely recommend it!
Have you read this yet? What do you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments below!