The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes
Published September 18, 2018
Hardcover, 448 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Rick Riordan Presents, I received an eARC)
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.
I can see why this one is published under Rick Riordan’s publishing company. Most of the time I had to remind myself he didn’t write it. This is an extremely talented author, I loved all the witty humor. I also need to make a pie note saying I will be reading anything Rick Riordan Presents. I’m starting to really be into middle grade fantasy, since I can fly through them and get a fun, interesting story.
All the Mayan Mythology in this one was awesome! I feel like I learned so much, but didn’t even realize it (which is great for middle age books, don’t you think). The fact that there was so much diverse representation in this one made it even better! It’s not everyday you see a hispanic, disabled main character! Zane made me laugh so much, and I just appreciated him as a whole.
Overall, if you want a diverse, fast-paced, middle age fantasy that keeps you wanting more, you’ve found it! If you are a fan of Rick Riordan’s books, look no further, because here you have a book I can almost guarantee you will love! I will absolutely be reading everything from this ne publishing company!