The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner #1)
A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents!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.

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner #1) Details

TitleThe Storm Runner (The Storm Runner #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherRick Riordan Presents
ISBN-139781368016346
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

The Storm Runner (The Storm Runner #1) Review

  • Rick Riordan
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Jocelyn
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    I need to read this omg. I'm currently taking Mesoamerican archeology and we're learning about the Mayans!!
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Book Group/Rick Riordan Presents for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.The Storm Runner is a wonderful introduction to Mayan mythology with a diverse cast of characters and an exciting and richly detailed plot. It has the perfect combination of dark and humorous moments and the ending sets the stage for the sequel, The Fire Keeper, which is coming out next year. I highly recommend this this to fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.Also review Thanks to NetGalley and Disney Book Group/Rick Riordan Presents for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.The Storm Runner is a wonderful introduction to Mayan mythology with a diverse cast of characters and an exciting and richly detailed plot. It has the perfect combination of dark and humorous moments and the ending sets the stage for the sequel, The Fire Keeper, which is coming out next year. I highly recommend this this to fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series.Also reviewed at https://cadburypom.wordpress.com
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Kath (Read Forevermore)
    January 1, 1970
    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: 4.5/5The 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: 4.5/5The 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!
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  • Lucia DiStefano
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    YEEESSSSSS! ARC received - this story sounds amazing - I cannot wait to dive in!
  • Lilly (Lair Of Books)
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Oda Renate
    January 1, 1970
    OooOOOooo Nice cover!
  • Lena
    January 1, 1970
    IDUBFUEYDGDGWWIEJFGRick 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
  • Renata
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kelly Zemaitis
    January 1, 1970
    The Storm Runner By J.C. Cervantes (received e-copy from NetGalley)Wow! This book is going to be very popular among my middle school students! The main character is very well developed and the book has so many twists and turns that really keep you on the edge of your seat. The author’s style is similar to Riordan’s to give you that familiarity that we all love about Percy, but it is unique in its own right. While some readers may critique these similarities, they need to take a deeper look and r The Storm Runner By J.C. Cervantes (received e-copy from NetGalley)Wow! This book is going to be very popular among my middle school students! The main character is very well developed and the book has so many twists and turns that really keep you on the edge of your seat. The author’s style is similar to Riordan’s to give you that familiarity that we all love about Percy, but it is unique in its own right. While some readers may critique these similarities, they need to take a deeper look and realize that the author is paying respect to Riordan who really made this mythology genre popular. Note: My professional goal for this year is to read 50+ diverse books. As I attempt to read and review these books, I will be answering the following questions for each book:Brief plot summary - Zane is a boy who is homeschooled because other kids have bullied him. One of his legs is shorter than the other one causing him to walk with a cane, and he is a bit down in life until a mysterious girl enters. Everything he has ever known about the world and his life changes as he learns that Mayan myths are real. How is the book diverse? The author and the characters are nonwhite. The main character also has a physical disability. Opinion & reason for rating - This book deserves five stars! I have read many books in the mythology genre, and this is one of the best. The Lightning Thief has been my favorite one for over a decade, and I even had the opportunity to teach the book for multiple years. Please know that I do not say this lightly, but The Storm Runner is a close second to The Lightning Thief. Zane is a fun and likeable character and the plot is very well developed. One reason this book is so strong is because it has great secondary character that are complex and sympathetic characters. In addition, the gods, supernatural being, etc. are interesting and unique, and the way she introduces the reader to this world is very exciting. Cervantes does a great job explaining the basics of the gods and their creation story as well as interweaving multiple myth-based stories, which will give everyone a greater knowledge base in Mayan mythology. How does the book impact me personally? I absolutely love Greek mythology and tend to shy away from the other types of mythology. However, the author introduced Mayan mythology in such an interesting and easy way, which has made me excited about other cultures. The personalities and various types of the gods (there is a god of chocolate!) also opened me up to new thinking as I read, and it gave me a broader view of our world. This book matters because it allows students and adults to view the world through a new lens and become more empathetic human beings. How will the book impact my teaching? This book has given me the knowledge and confidence to explore Mayan mythology so that I can incorporate some stories into my brief unit on mythology. I tend to focus on Greek mythology, so now I am ready to read more about Mayan mythology and teach about something new. Incorporating Mayan mythology into my lessons will then expose my students to new ideas in literature and get them to take risks in their reading and thinking. Why does this book matter? This book matters because it allows students and adults to view the world through a new lens and become more empathetic human beings. I would recommend this book to fans of Rick Riordan and anyone looking to explore the world past the Greek myths.
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  • Zachary Flye (Zach's YA Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Review:Protagonist: Zane Obispo was born with one leg shorter than the other, thus he has to use a cane and limps around. Still, he likes going hiking on the volcano in his backyard with his three-legged dog Rosie. That is until one day he meets a girl named Brooks who tells him that he's the catalyst for an ancient prophecy that will lead to the release of Ah Puch, the Mayan god of death, darkness, and destruction. From there, Zane is pulled into a world of magic, gods, and secrets as he tries Review:Protagonist: Zane Obispo was born with one leg shorter than the other, thus he has to use a cane and limps around. Still, he likes going hiking on the volcano in his backyard with his three-legged dog Rosie. That is until one day he meets a girl named Brooks who tells him that he's the catalyst for an ancient prophecy that will lead to the release of Ah Puch, the Mayan god of death, darkness, and destruction. From there, Zane is pulled into a world of magic, gods, and secrets as he tries to make sure that Ah Puch doesn't end up destroying the world and those he loves along with it. I really love the character of Zane. He's not your run into danger first, ask questions later kind of protagonist, in fact, he asks quite a lot of questions, even when he probably shouldn't. He's apprehensive to go into danger, but he's kind and loyal and would face down any number of villains to protect those he loves. He can get a bit angsty and broody as the story unfolds, but it never felt unwarranted or forced in any way, it all felt like a natural extension of the story.World Building: So, I'm just going to level with you, I knew next to nothing about Mayan mythology going into this story. Still, the world built in this story, the mix of modern day with ancient Mayan lore, felt so rich and vibrant. I'm not going to sit here and claim to have learned a great deal of Mayan mythology from this story because at the end of the day that's what it is, a story, and the mythology was used to enhance the story, not the other way around. There's still a lot to learn about Mayan gods, monsters, and magic and I loved every minute of it, but I can still feel there's a lot more to learn. In regards to the pacing of this book, well that's the only place I personally had a problem, and it's not even a big problem, see the pacing and story structure for this book ended up being very different than I had expected and so when things weren't unfolding at the rate I had expected them to, I had to adjust and get used to it, which took a little time, but in the end was completely worth it. Again, that might only have been a problem for me.Predictability: As I said, since the story structure and pacing were different than expected, well, things didn't exactly go how I thought they would regardless. Looking back on the book as I whole, I can't remember predicting many of the twists that happened, save one or two that weren't that big. There are some mysteries that had a lot of build up, like who Zane's father is, maybe those with more knowledge of Mayan mythology could have guessed it before the reveal, but I certainly didn't know, and those mysteries were a lot of fun because you know a reveal is coming and having those questions finally answered is always so satisfying.Ending: The ending of this book is pretty evil. The final climax didn't quite go down how I expected it to, but it was a very intense scene brimming with excitement and action, then there's the cooldown period before the epilogue/postscript, which would have included a very, VERY evil cliffhanger if not for the epilogue. The epilogue plays out as a final cooldown, tying up quite a few loose ends while hinting at, and sometimes straight up announcing, how the sequel will be set up without leaving a whole lot of room for that need for the next installment.Rating:I love this book so much, even with the pacing/story structure issue I faced, once I got a feel for the story everything was as right as rain and I could barely put this book down. If you're looking for a fun Middle-Grade adventure, a story with a disabled (Differently abled? Seriously, can someone help me out I'm not sure of the correct terminology) protagonist, and a rich and vibrant mythological tale, then look no further!
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  • Lauren Schuyler James (storied.adventures)
    January 1, 1970
    Full review on my blog, Storied AdventuresI really enjoyed this! It was super cool to read about Mayan mythology! I liked that the main character had a disability, he had one leg shorter than the other. It was interesting to see him overcome certain obstacles! I liked the side characters as well! They were all well rounded, well thought out characters.This book was just a clean, fun story! Definitely want to read the next one!
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  • Mal
    January 1, 1970
    *crying*
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    3-1/2 stars. This is the second book published under Rick Riordan's new Disney imprint "Rick Riordan Presents". In Rordan's own words, the purpose of this new imprint is:"....to publish great books by middle grade authors from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds, to let them tell their own stories inspired by the mythology and folklore of their own heritage."I do love the idea of an established author helping to promote new authors, especially those from underrepresented groups, and I resp 3-1/2 stars. This is the second book published under Rick Riordan's new Disney imprint "Rick Riordan Presents". In Rordan's own words, the purpose of this new imprint is:"....to publish great books by middle grade authors from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds, to let them tell their own stories inspired by the mythology and folklore of their own heritage."I do love the idea of an established author helping to promote new authors, especially those from underrepresented groups, and I respect Riordan for going that route rather than using unknown authors as ghostwriters and publishing them under his own name, a practice that has always seemed rather predatory to me.However, I am not sure I really heard the author's voice in this story. I felt like it was too similar to Riordan's style and just seemed really cookie-cutter to me. It was not bad, and I can't really point out any specific flaws, other than the character development just wasn't quite there for me and it just wasn't as engaging. I usually hate to put a book down until I'm finished, but that wasn't the case with this one. I also found I was more interested in some of the supporting characters, like Ms. Cab and Jazz, than the main character. However, I have read so many middle-grade books based on mythology in the last few years I think I am just really burned out on the genre.In this story, Zane Obispo is the only child of a single mother who feels self-conscious because one leg is shorter than the other, resulting in his walking with a limp. His seemingly normal life is interrupted by some very unusual events and a new shape-shifting friend. He soon discovers that he is the son of a Mayan creation god, and must destroy Ah Puch, the god of death, whom Zane had released from where the gods had imprisoned him.I am still curious to see other titles from this new imprint, and I would suggest them for young readers looking for something similar to Riordan's Percy Jackson and other series.[I received this as a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
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  • Kimberlee
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.After the successful read of the first Riordan imprint Aru Shah and the End of Time I was really excited to give The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes a chance. There were a lot of things that I enjoyed about this book and some things that really really annoyed me.The Storm Runner follows Zane, teenager living a normal life in New Mexico at . . . the base of a giant volcano? After a run in with a myster I was provided a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.After the successful read of the first Riordan imprint Aru Shah and the End of Time I was really excited to give The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes a chance. There were a lot of things that I enjoyed about this book and some things that really really annoyed me.The Storm Runner follows Zane, teenager living a normal life in New Mexico at . . . the base of a giant volcano? After a run in with a mysterious girl who can shape shift into a hawk, Zane finds out that not only are the old Maya legends true, but he is destined to release the God of Death from his prison (a God of Death who just so happens to want to destroy the world). Now Zane has three days to kill a deity before he has to become a soldier of the underworld (which word on the street says is worse than death). Can Zane make it in time, or will the world be destroyed?The Storm Runner has an interesting premise. I am intrigued about reading a new series based around Maya mythology. I also really like some of the characters in the story. If you've read a Percy Jackson book, then you'll be prepared for the formulaic way book one develops. This has never been a problem for me in the past, but Cervantes does deviate and throw in some twists. I also like that Zane is far from perfect. He has to live with a disability and deal with the bullying he gets at school. That said, I also had major problems with his character. This is personal preference, and having finished the book, I can see why Zane acts the way he does, but I still found him incredibly annoying. For one, he's impetuous. He doesn't listen to people or he immediately questions EVERYBODY, even when somebody suggests a blatantly good idea. I really liked the atmosphere Cervantes is crafting, but everything felt like a shallow dive. I'm not sure if this was because I am not as familiar with Maya mythology or not, but I found myself wanting more explanations about Gods and motivations throughout the story. Hopefully this will be solved in the second book. My main problem is the ending. No spoilers though. It had a very Deus ex machina feel to it. Or, it felt like the author realized she had to finish up the story soon, but there were some plot holes, so she came up with a bogus solution to solve everything. Also, I love animals as much as the next person, but Zane really obsesses over his dog and then suddenly forgets her for a large chunk of the book until the plot demands he remembers her. It was really annoying. I would still say this is a solid read. I know a lot of the readers at my library will enjoy it, so I look forward to suggesting it. 3.5/5 stars
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  • Cara
    January 1, 1970
    This didn't read as smoothly as I wanted. The story felt clunky in places. That being said, I don't think the intended audience would have the same opinion at all. I think they would love the similarities to The Lightning Thief, and find the story action packed and fun. Reading about Mayan mythology was interesting. I knew nothing on the subject, and the story didn't suffer from it.
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  • Matthew Noe
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advanced copy of this at ALA 2018. Here's my honest reaction: AHHHHHH! YES! I more-or-less know nothing about Mayan mythology, so this was eye-opening and now I want to know more (which is what I think half the appeal of these books are from an adult standpoint). J.C. brings a clear voice to each character and the representation here is so important. I am left wanting the next book (and this one isn't even technically published yet)!
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  • brujar reads
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! I feel like Zane is real, he is so fearless. Cervantes has created such a fun magical world with her fabulous words and incredible imagination. I am so thrilled to see Mexican children being represented in adventure fiction. This is a MUST read for all ages... Can't wait to read the sequel.
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  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    Part of Rick Riordan's imprint of #ownvoices retellings of mythology, this adventure through Mayan history and culture successfully brings the adventure to life in keeping with Riordan's own Greco Roman novels. Zane lives with his mother and his uncle in rural New Mexico. One of his legs is shorter than the other, which forces him to use a cane as he walks. When a new girl at school approaches him to discuss a prophecy that he is part of, Zane has to suddenly make sense of his whole life being d Part of Rick Riordan's imprint of #ownvoices retellings of mythology, this adventure through Mayan history and culture successfully brings the adventure to life in keeping with Riordan's own Greco Roman novels. Zane lives with his mother and his uncle in rural New Mexico. One of his legs is shorter than the other, which forces him to use a cane as he walks. When a new girl at school approaches him to discuss a prophecy that he is part of, Zane has to suddenly make sense of his whole life being different than he previously thought. Is it possible that his father was one of the gods? And if that wasn't all, the future of the world as we know it suddenly depends on him. Highly recommended for fans of Percy Jackson, grades 4 & up.eARC provided by NetGalley
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  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    Zane Obispo is just your normal kid living in the desert at the bottom of a volcano. Then a demon crashes a plane into the volcano and he discovers he is part of a Mayan prophecy. Zane is destined to release the god Au-Puch from his prison in the volcano and set about the destruction of the world. To help him on his journey to kill Au-Puch he has a narwal named Brooks and his uncle Hondo. Plus there are Mayan gods on his side. Of course the rest of the Mayan gods want to kill him for not only re Zane Obispo is just your normal kid living in the desert at the bottom of a volcano. Then a demon crashes a plane into the volcano and he discovers he is part of a Mayan prophecy. Zane is destined to release the god Au-Puch from his prison in the volcano and set about the destruction of the world. To help him on his journey to kill Au-Puch he has a narwal named Brooks and his uncle Hondo. Plus there are Mayan gods on his side. Of course the rest of the Mayan gods want to kill him for not only releasing Au-Puch but for being the son of a god. I think kids are really going to enjoy this book in the Rick Riordan Presents series. It has a lot of action, great mythology and a fantastic main character. I loved that Zane has a bum leg and is not as able bodied as most kids. I also liked that this is Mayan mythology instead of the regular Greek or Norse. It is interesting to learn about different mythologies and I think the kids reading this will benefit from it. What I didn't like so much was that these books are starting to feel very formulaic. There is a kid who is the child of a god. There is a prophecy of doom. There is a quest. There are supernatural beings assisting the hero. There were a few breaks from the formula but for the most part this book follows the same script as a lot of the mythology based middle grade novels out there right now. That being said kids won't care and will read anything with Rick Riordan's name on it.This book will be published in September 2018.
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  • Aaron
    January 1, 1970
    I grabbed an E-ARC from NetGalley of the next release from the Rick Riordan presents imprint because his books are so beloved by my kids at home and they also enjoyed the first book from the imprint. I really enjoyed this story that was partially based on Maya mythology. The main character, Zane is quite likable and I had to stop myself from begging him not to make the mistakes that I would have known not to make from reading similar books such as the whole Percy Jackson series. I think kids wil I grabbed an E-ARC from NetGalley of the next release from the Rick Riordan presents imprint because his books are so beloved by my kids at home and they also enjoyed the first book from the imprint. I really enjoyed this story that was partially based on Maya mythology. The main character, Zane is quite likable and I had to stop myself from begging him not to make the mistakes that I would have known not to make from reading similar books such as the whole Percy Jackson series. I think kids will love the disgusting creatures that are well described and the message of looking at your own weaknesses and strengths is a good one. This will be the start of another interesting series featuring a character trying to find his place in two worlds.
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  • Connie
    January 1, 1970
    I got an early review copy from Netgally. Did not disapoint. If you like Rick Riordan's stories, this fits in very well with his series. I heard him speak on his Ship of the Dead tour last year and he explained the idea behind Rick Riordan Presents. Find authors who know other mythologies and can write a middle grade story, with a middle grade hero. It follows the basic formula of his series and that is a good thing. This was a great first installment in Mayan mythology. Can't wait to hear more I got an early review copy from Netgally. Did not disapoint. If you like Rick Riordan's stories, this fits in very well with his series. I heard him speak on his Ship of the Dead tour last year and he explained the idea behind Rick Riordan Presents. Find authors who know other mythologies and can write a middle grade story, with a middle grade hero. It follows the basic formula of his series and that is a good thing. This was a great first installment in Mayan mythology. Can't wait to hear more from Zane and Brooks. Next up, Dragon Pearl for some Korean mythology. Already did Arau Shah and Hindu mythology.
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  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisherZane Opisbo lives in New Mexico near a volcano, and has very supportive neighbors in Mrs. Cab and Mr. Ortiz. He also has a fantastic uncle, Hondo, who is young and fun. Zane struggles a bit with a deformed leg that kids at school make fun of, and he wishes he knew something about his father, but his mother won't give him any information. When something crashes into the volcano and a mysterious girl, Brooks, shows up at school, Zane's life gets complicated. It turns o ARC provided by the publisherZane Opisbo lives in New Mexico near a volcano, and has very supportive neighbors in Mrs. Cab and Mr. Ortiz. He also has a fantastic uncle, Hondo, who is young and fun. Zane struggles a bit with a deformed leg that kids at school make fun of, and he wishes he knew something about his father, but his mother won't give him any information. When something crashes into the volcano and a mysterious girl, Brooks, shows up at school, Zane's life gets complicated. It turns out that his leg problems are due to the fact that his father was a Mayan god, so the demon Ah-Puch has come looking for Zane. Unfortunately, after Brooks is injured and Zane's dog, Rosie dies, Zane pledges himself to Ah-Puch as a soldier of death! This is never a good idea, and Zane has to work with Mrs. Cab (who turns out to be a Mayan Seer), Brooks (who is a shape shifting nawal), his uncle Hondo and a variety of mythological creatures like Jazz, a giant, in order to prevent Ah-Puch from destroying the world. During all of the travels and fighting, Zane finds out secrets about himself and his lineage, as well as details about the ancient Mayan prophecy that his actions have set in motion. Strengths: A lot of readers ask for myth-based fantasies like The Lightning Thief, and up until recently, it was somewhat difficult to find them. There were a couple of other Greek mythology books, and a few Norse, but not much else. That's why it's so exciting to see the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, as well as titles like Aru Shah and the End of Time. The Storm Runner follows the basic Riordan formula of a child who needs to save the world, an amusing round of travel in order to do this, and secrets being revealed to the protagonist in order to make this possible. However, this has its own flavor, and I very much enjoyed Zane's life, and especially his uncle Hondo. I wish more stories had a trusted adult accompanying the main character. Not a parent, necessarily, but someone a bit more fun. This story had humor, lots of action and adventure, and tons of characters from Mayan mythology. Thankfully, there is a list in the back with descriptions. Actually, the thing that thrilled me most was that this was an exciting mythologically based fantasy book that was a standalone! There are a lot of children who want to read books like The Lightning Thief but look at long series and just are not ready for that kind of commitment! Weaknesses: I felt that Zane's mother didn't have a large enough role in this; I just really wanted to know more about her. Also, Zane should have known better not to pledge himself to Ah-Puch. Anyone who has read anything about demons knows you don't do this, even for your dog. But, it was to save Rosie, so what else could he do?What I really think: Will definitely purchase. In fact, am debating biking the ARC over to one of my student's houses on spring break. (Yep. Got a little carried away reading this one early!) Is it a good thing or a bad thing that this student's parents wouldn't even think this is creepy?
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  • Patricia Uttaro
    January 1, 1970
    Another in the “Rick Riordan Presents” series, this explores Mayan mythology. I really love that Riordan is helping authors explore world mythology, but I wish there was a little more originality in this story. There are so many similarities to both the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books that I stopped keeping track. There’s nothing really wrong with the story - it’s fun and fast and very engaging - but it’s been told before. 50%pick/50%SoSo
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  • Lindley
    January 1, 1970
    Got an ARC of this while at ALA and it immediately jumped to the top of the list to get read. I was not disappointed. From the start this book is basically non-stop and I loved the way the Mayan legends were introduced. Zane is such a neat character and his companions on the journey were entertaining and made the whole thing that much more fun. I will definitely be rereading this at some point in the future!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by publisher. Percy Jackson fans will love it. I enjoyed it, though there are a LOT of characters to remember, and none of them seem to be developed very fully. I didn't find myself connecting to Zane the way I did to Aru Shah, for example. Still, I'm glad to see Mayan mythology represented, and there's a lot of good stuff here that middle grades readers will love!
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