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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. 4 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

    megs_bookrack

    Prepare for a GUSHFEST!! 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 Prepare for a GUSHFEST!! 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, stands out among his peers 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 differences, as opposed to the rest of you. Despite his challenges, Zane is the sweetest baby cinnamon roll, 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. I don't know about you, but for me, side characters can make or break a book. This group is fabulous and only served to enhance the fun of the story. After he witnesses 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 their trials, Zane discovers who he truly is and how powerful he can be. There was a ton of 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!

  3. 5 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 :) )

  4. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    I did end up enjoying this, and it started out rather slow. This is part of the Rick Riordan Presents. Rick doesn't know some of the other world mythologies as well, so he set up other people to write them in his sort of universe. Here's the thing with it. I wish Rick would have just gone ahead and co-written these books and used the formula he already established. The humor was missing from this story. I mean it does have some humor, but it's few and far between. There doesn't feel like a whole I did end up enjoying this, and it started out rather slow. This is part of the Rick Riordan Presents. Rick doesn't know some of the other world mythologies as well, so he set up other people to write them in his sort of universe. Here's the thing with it. I wish Rick would have just gone ahead and co-written these books and used the formula he already established. The humor was missing from this story. I mean it does have some humor, but it's few and far between. There doesn't feel like a whole lot of joy in the pages, but there is plenty of teen-angst and some self-pity. It is nice that our main character has a handicap, and because it is so much a focus of the main Character that it begins to feel like this self-pity and there is some transformation of that toward the end, but not enough. I'm sure that is totally like real life is and how people feel, so it's really good to have that out there. The reader is not drawn in enough to Zane to really see things from his perspective. I felt like an outsider looking in at this world and so much of it just wasn't fun. I think it would have been very helpful if Rick could have infused his humor and characters and madcap situations into this story. The fun was missing and it felt like work in some ways. Still, I was introduced to completely know mythology stories I know little about and I still want to know more. I'm interested in reading some more and finding out more about these archetypes. The god of Death is our big bad and he is made up of maggots which I find interesting. He also smells really bad. There are good ideas here and much promise, but it was only at the end I got a little invested in the story. It felt a little like work to read at the beginning. There was action and twists and turns to keep my interest, but the pacing was a little slow compared to other Rick mythology stories. I will explore more of the Rick Riordan presents stories and mythologies and I wish he would have more to do with them as a co-author. Just help guide them and kick up the humor. Still, I never would have read anything about Mayan mythology without this book and I'm glad I got the chance to do so. I hope the next book is even better. There are lots of cultures with mythologies out there and I hope he adds a ton of them. I want to know more. I want to own them just to have the references to the stories.

  5. 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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn

    Most of my thoughts on this can be said far more eloquently by Priscilla, so I'll just leave her review here. Basically, I love the mythology aspects (obviously!) and think there were some innovative and exciting ideas. However the narrative voice really brought this down, particularly because the amount of Zane's internalized ableist thinking. I think the intent was there, but I'm concerned disabled readers would find this more harmful than uplifting. I'll be on the lookout for ownvoices review Most of my thoughts on this can be said far more eloquently by Priscilla, so I'll just leave her review here. Basically, I love the mythology aspects (obviously!) and think there were some innovative and exciting ideas. However the narrative voice really brought this down, particularly because the amount of Zane's internalized ableist thinking. I think the intent was there, but I'm concerned disabled readers would find this more harmful than uplifting. I'll be on the lookout for ownvoices reviews of the disability rep, but I myself found it hard to read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tucker

    Many thanks to Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review That was very disappointing. I feel really bad to bash this book considering the fact the Disney Press is so generous to me. That said, I am legally required to provide an honest review. I cannot, honestly, say that I enjoyed this book. I loved the aspect of Mayan mythology but I slowly realized that it was just not well done. It honestly felt exactly like Percy Jackson but with Mayan Gods. It didn't feel creati Many thanks to Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review That was very disappointing. I feel really bad to bash this book considering the fact the Disney Press is so generous to me. That said, I am legally required to provide an honest review. I cannot, honestly, say that I enjoyed this book. I loved the aspect of Mayan mythology but I slowly realized that it was just not well done. It honestly felt exactly like Percy Jackson but with Mayan Gods. It didn't feel creative or fun. Half the time, I didn't know what was going on and the other half, I was just getting mad at the overuse of so many cliches. Better luck next time, Rick Riordian. | Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest |

  8. 4 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 sum 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!

  9. 5 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    3.5 "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." ... The Storm Runner is yet another addition to Rick Riordan's new imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, 3.5 "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." ... The Storm Runner is yet another addition to Rick Riordan's new imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, with this book centering around Mayan mythology. (yes please!) In this first installment to a new middle grade series, we follow Zane Obispo, a 13 year old latino boy who walks with a cane. He and his dog Rosie love to explore the dormant volcano right outside of Zane's backyard, but when Zane witnesses an incomprehensibly strange event that makes him cross paths with a mysterious girl named Brooks, things get even weirder. Apparently, Zane's lineage is entirely godly, and intertwined with a prophecy that could lead to the end of the world. I feel like I'm in the minority here. Sure, there's a lot to love about The Storm Runner. There's disabled rep, latin american culture, mayan mythology, and some really lovable characters. Also, there's a lot of hot chocolate too. So...why didn't I love this book then? Well, I can't deny that J.C. Cervantes is a talented writer. She brought Zane's voice to life, and I did enjoy his character. However, I can't deny that this book majorly suffers from uneven pacing. The first half of this book dragged. Like, really dragged. I almost considered DNFing this at one point, and I don't often do that. Thank the gods my interest piqued halfway through this book and I decided to finish it. The greatest strength of The Storm Runner is it's world and mythology. I loved reading about the Mayan gods, and the myths and legends surrounding them. Truly, I'm so pleased with what Rick's new imprint has brought to the realm of children's books. There's great diversity, amazing cultural representation with own-voices storytelling, and exciting adventure plots. It's a shame, though, that I wasn't particularly attached to Zane or Brooks. Brooks, for sure, didn't really feel developed in this book. What was her character, exactly? I mean, she's fine, but I didn't feel anything for her. I had fun with this book, and I understand why a lot of people really love it. But the pacing, and Zane's sometimes grating voice hindered my enjoyment of this story. Will I read the sequel? I'm not sure. The synopsis will really have to pique my interest in order for me to pick it up.

  11. 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Connor

    [3.5 Stars]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Priscilla (Bookie Charm)

    I’m more surprised than you that I didn't enjoy this oh so promising, beloved middle grade. ~Unpopular review incoming~   Zane Obispo is a Latinx boy who walks with a cane. He's got a best friend name Rosie who happens to be a Boxer-Dalmatian mix and Zane likes to explore the volcano near his home in New Mexico. Inevitably, his story is intertwined with the Mayan gods and legends of his beloved books. Zane embarks on an adventure and faces shapeshifters (called nawals), giants, and demons on a pat I’m more surprised than you that I didn't enjoy this oh so promising, beloved middle grade. ~Unpopular review incoming~   Zane Obispo is a Latinx boy who walks with a cane. He's got a best friend name Rosie who happens to be a Boxer-Dalmatian mix and Zane likes to explore the volcano near his home in New Mexico. Inevitably, his story is intertwined with the Mayan gods and legends of his beloved books. Zane embarks on an adventure and faces shapeshifters (called nawals), giants, and demons on a path to self-discovery and to answer a call to magic that could be in his blood.   So why didn't I like this? Well for the most part it was Zane's voice. For instance, Zane has a crush on Brooks who is a mysterious girl that introduces him to the existence of Mayan supernaturals. Zane thinks of her as a not-like-the-the-girls kind of love interest. Ok, that's overdone by now but I can let that one go.   Zane is witty and curious but also he's very self-deprecating especially regarding his shorter leg and limp. One of the biggest selling points for me to pick this up was the disability representation which I found extremely distasteful at times. It's hard to overlook these instances when lines like this tie Zane’s disability to a larger plot point. (view spoiler)["And your leg? It's defective for one reason only. Supernaturals and humans don't mix- it so often ends badly. Bum legs, terrible eyesight, missing fingers or toes, anger-management issues." Oh so Zane's leg is defective?! That's gross ableist language. However, this explanation is supposed to be ok because it's the missing link to his power? NO. (hide spoiler)] And then a few lines later let's pile on more gross language. (view spoiler)["I have no idea who your father is, so don't ask me. But he could be a nawal, a demon, a spirit guide, a dwarf…… A dwarf. Perfect. My dad could be a Maya supernatural dwarf." And if his dad were a dwarf would that be so bad?! According to Zane it would be bad.  (hide spoiler)] More than once Zane refers to himself or his leg as "gimp" and that's disheartening and harmful. There's another instance of this kind of language here. (view spoiler)[ In order to attend a hidden party and walk amongst Mayan gods, Zane and the others wear enchanted clothing. This cltohing disguises so called imperfections. Brooks says "All our faults will be gone. Everyone will only see us as…. Beautiful." Bet you'll never guess what happens to Zane's appearance. Zane's limp is gone so that his appearance will appease the gods. How is this message ok for kids?! Or for anyone really. (hide spoiler)] In the end, Zane does accept his limp as a part of him but there's still this overarching negative connation for his disability. There's still this idea that Zane should be fixed and that just irked me.   This book also had some pacing issues and I felt like so many parts really dragged on. Cervantes' has a bright and refreshing imagination but something just didn't translate. This is mostly an issue of personal preference. Rosie, Zane's dog, dies pretty early on and I think you should let kids know that before they pick this up. (view spoiler)[ Rosie dies a terrible death at the hands of a demon but she eventually comes back as a hell hound. (hide spoiler)]   I was so thrilled to hear about a own voices Latinx story based in Mayan folklore. I learned so much about Ah-puch, Hurakan, Ixkakaw, Ixtab, and Xib'alb'a. We need more stories that feature the folklore of other cultures. Can authors or publishers also limit the number of stories inspired by the same ole regurgitated Greek myths? Please and thank you. I don't know why it's taken this long to have a middle grade story like this hit shelves because those aspects of this story were fantastic! However, it wasn't enough to carry the story or erase the issues I had with the disability representation. I'm sad to say that I'll be passing on the sequel.

  14. 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!

  15. 5 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!

  16. 4 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sage Elizabeth

    *DNF at 39%* I just couldn’t get into this

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    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

  19. 4 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!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dejanira Dawn

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

  21. 5 out of 5

    ambsreads

    full review to come

  22. 4 out of 5

    joana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "Part human? "Yes," Ms. Cab said. "Your father is a supernatural. And your leg? Its defective for one reason only. Supernaturals and humans don't mix-- it often ends badly. Bum legs, terrible eyesight, missing fingers or toes, anger-management issues." An adventure based on Maya mythology about a protagonist with a physical disability? Sign me up! Zane Obispo has a disability, he has mismatched legs as one is shorter than the other. Yet see that title again: storm RUNNER. This is probably the best "Part human? "Yes," Ms. Cab said. "Your father is a supernatural. And your leg? Its defective for one reason only. Supernaturals and humans don't mix-- it often ends badly. Bum legs, terrible eyesight, missing fingers or toes, anger-management issues." An adventure based on Maya mythology about a protagonist with a physical disability? Sign me up! Zane Obispo has a disability, he has mismatched legs as one is shorter than the other. Yet see that title again: storm RUNNER. This is probably the best thing about this book: the representation. Zane's disability wasn't his weakness, it was his strength. His disability was not a burden, it was a sign that he can be someone great, that he is a hero. I'll leave the rest of this review hidden because of possible spoilers. However, I implore you to go read the book and see it for yourself!! (view spoiler)[ I don't often give low ratings here in goodreads, probably because (1) if I don't like the book from its very first chapters I either drop it already so no rating since I didn't finish, or (2) I generally turn away from books who are simply getting too many bad reviews. I'll say this simply: this book disappointed me. Let me break it down to a few points: I. The characters. Zane is not likable. In fact, he is incredibly and annoyingly rash and (I don't want to use this word but) stupid. Let's make a comparison here. Percy (yes, from the PJO books) does a lot of stupid things, he does a lot of stupid decisions. But often if not always, his actions aren't really stupid, more of surprising or unconventional. Either way, the stupid things he did actually help him a lot because they always end up being successful. Now. Zane is on another level. He stressed me out, several times that I actually wanted to drop this book already. The unfortunate events that happened in the book did not even need to happen at all. This is the crazy part- they can be easily prevented if not for Zane's decisions. I'll give a few examples: 1. Brooks. Zane trusted her immediately after seeing her like twice? Nevermind that he doesn't even know who the hell this girl is. Why? Because Brooks is pretty. Way to go, Zane! 2. Zane loves his dog Rosie so much but nooo he did not think twice in entering a volcano again even though he saw a possibly dangerous monster inside before. Because why not? Brooks says they have to go in (see 1.) Nevermind that they are not prepared at all! And that they are actually discussing all the important details (like the monster that Zane saw is actually a demon runner out to harm him WHICH IS PROBABLY ALSO STILL THERE INSIDE) while they are going further in the volcano. I don't know, Brooks? Maybe talk about it before you guys go in just so Zane has an idea?? Being mysterious (which I think is the quality that the author wanted the readers to feel about Brooks,) right now is not a cool (it actually just annoyed me) thing to do. And so Rosie was killed by a demon runner. Wow! Shocking. 3. I think most who read this book totally agree that Zane did not need to do that pledge. I don't need to explain why. Also, I am pretty sure that Rosie wouldn't want her owner and beloved friend to sacrifice his life for her. It annoys me very much every time Zane says "Brooks saved my life!" because (Are you kidding me?) she's totally the reason why your life was endangered in the first place and why Rosie died. But what am I saying, everyone will not think it twice and just carelessly enter a place even though inside are monsters that can harm (kill) you. Who cares? You're with a pretty girl! II. The writing style I enjoyed Aru Shah and the End of Time a looot! I love that book. Cervantes is probably trying to have the same audience with Riordan's books. There's nothing wrong with that, Riordan is basically using his influence to promote these diverse books on the same readers that love his works. But I don't think Cervantes did it right. Aru Shah has a totally different vibe with the PJO books and I absolutely loved it. The Magnus Chase trilogy, even within the same universe, has a totally different vibe with PJO. In the Storm Runner, I awfully keep on feeling a downgraded version of Percy's narrative through Zane. The sarcasm is off, sometimes the humor is off too. And with the characterization (see I.), I think it just reflects poorly on the author if your characters will make such bad decisions just so the plot will flow. Am I gonna read the second book? I will try. The Storm Runner is not a bad book. It contains the right elements, I think the author just did not play it right. I hope all of you have a better reading experience. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 4 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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.5/5 This was such a fun book about Mayan mythology! I've briefly read a little bit about Maya society and remember learning about it in school, but I don't remember anything super concrete. Zane enjoys hiking the mountain nearby his home with his dog, Rosie. What he doesn't know is that the volcano is holding an ancient Maya evil and he is prophesied to release the evil deity into the world. Zane does exactly it while trying to save his friend Brooks and Rosie. This sets him on an adventure to 3.5/5 This was such a fun book about Mayan mythology! I've briefly read a little bit about Maya society and remember learning about it in school, but I don't remember anything super concrete. Zane enjoys hiking the mountain nearby his home with his dog, Rosie. What he doesn't know is that the volcano is holding an ancient Maya evil and he is prophesied to release the evil deity into the world. Zane does exactly it while trying to save his friend Brooks and Rosie. This sets him on an adventure to try and fix his mistake. I loved Zane's determination to save Brooks and find Rosie. The journey Brooks, Zane and his uncle go on was so much fun. I loved learning about Mayan mythology this way. I love how much these books give me the same vibes from the Percy Jackson series. I get the mythology, an adventure and funny jokes/commentary on current events! What's not to like?

  25. 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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cori Reed

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

  27. 5 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!

  28. 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!

  29. 4 out of 5

    rat

    "One choice can lead to victory..the other to defeat" HRFUIFNHSU GIVE ME MORE MYTHOLOGY BOOKS BY RRP OKAY I learned a lot about maya mythology from this book and I had never thought that it was that interesting..I mean... a goddess of chocolate? Y E S Zane reminded me of Percy and that made me miss Pjo/Hoo even more I can't wait for the second book AND for the rest books on RRP to come out I definetely recommend it to all those who find mythology fascinating and want to discover more

  30. 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.

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