The Storm Runner (Storm Runner Series #1)

The Storm Runner (Storm Runner Series #1)

by J. C. Cervantes


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781368023603
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 08/20/2019
Series: Storm Runner Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 40,785
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author J. C. Cervantes ( also wrote Tortilla Sun, which was called "a beautiful and engaging debut" by Kirkus, an "imaginative, yet grounded novel" by Publishers Weekly, and "lean and lightly spiced with evocative metaphor" by School Library Journal. Tortilla Sun was a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association and it was named to Bank Street's 2011 Best Book List. Jen is an avid reader, a champion for the underdog, and a believer in magic. She is currently working on a sequel to this book, The Fire Keeper. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter: @jencerv, and Instagram: #authorjcervantes.

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The Storm Runner 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
As a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series, I have been itching for another questy mythology book. Knowing that this was coming out, I decided to give this one a try. And oh my gods! This was so good! It scratched the itch and definitely left me satisfied. The volcano outside Zane's house would scare most 13 year olds, but not Zane. He seems to be drawn to it. When he has to leave it to go back to school, he meets a girl named Brooks who has some very weird information about him. So weird he doesn't think he believes her. Until what she said comes to true. How can Zane survive all the Mayan myths he didn't want to believe ever happened? As usual, with every other book about mythology I've read, my favorite part of this was learning the Mayan myths! And I loved it a bit more because these were myths that I hadn't heard before. I learned so much just from reading the book and then I went and ordered some books on Mayan mythology from the library because I was that invested. Cervantes made learning about these gods and goddesses fun and I can definitely see tweens, teens, and adults being sucked into the Maya culture just like I was. I also loved her storytelling. [SMALL SPOILER] It's supposed to be written as a letter, but it reads just as one is sitting down and listening to a story. [/SPOILER] It's such an easy read and I got sucked into each page. I even told my husband we had to take-out one night because I didn't want to stop reading long enough to cook anything. If you plan on reading this soon, clear your schedule. I also loved the diversity in this story. From his disability to his ethnicity, I LOVED seeing a hero that looked like Zane. And I mean hero in every sense of the word. This is the number one thing I am thankful to Rick Riordan Presents for. Giving heroes a face like Zane's is AMAZING and I can't wait to have so many more heroes that are different than the "norm." The only thing I didn't care for though (and I may be being nit-picky) is the fact that it followed literally EVERY mythological fantasy troupe there is. [SPOILER]From having magical friends, to the Death guy being the bad guy, to the god having to reveal themself as the parent, it seemed like everyone was in this book.[/SPOILER] It didn't bother me too much, but I did wish there was some shock value to it. And I wished that they had gotten to the quest a bit faster. It seemed like the beginning was a tad bit too long, but it was covered with creatures and fights, so it was ok to look over. This was SO. GOOD. I was expecting to like it, but not to where I had to take 15 minute breaks at work to read more of it because I didn't want to put it down. I'm not sure how I'm supposed to wait a whole year before the next one. I can't wait to see what Zane and friends do next! Bravo, Cervantes!
coffeecocktailsandbooks More than 1 year ago
This book gave me way too many emotions and I was not prepared. As many of you know, I just lost my dog at the of September, so the plot point with Rosie had me in tears. Lots of tears. Like I just thought she would be kidnapped, but no. So fair warning for all you animal lovers out there. Dog-related sadness aside, this book was actually super fun. I have a pretty non-existent knowledge of Mayan mythology, but I've seen a few specials on it and I'm actually quite interested in learning more. Getting to learn more about this mythology with Zane made for an incredibly enjoyable experience. I also love Zane as the main character! He was funny, relatable, and though he made some dumb decisions there wasn't anything that was outside of the realm of believability for a teenager. I also liked the disability rep that was in this book. Zane walks with a cane due to one of his legs being shorter than the other. I liked how this played into the plot once we found out who Zane's father was, but I also liked how Zane wasn't only charactered by his disability. We really got to know about him, his family, and how he views his situation. I think one of the best parts of this book was the ending. Wow, I did not think it was going to end the way it does (at first), but I do enjoy the sequel hook. I can't wait to see how this continues. Though Zane, buddy, please no stupid choices. Um, as for cons, since I do need to include a few (I guess). Some of Zane's choices has me screaming at my radio. For his age, they seemed pretty logical and in good faith, but wow that boy had me screaming. Also, some of the phrasing in the ARC copy was, a bit much. The synonyms were a bit aggressive. However, some of the stuff that I had an issue with was removed in the final copy. Oh, and the audiobook was a great way to experience this story. It was helpful for me to see hear how the names were pronounced while seeing the spelling. Also, the narrator did an amazing job bringing this story to life! Final Thoughts: Once again, another hit from the Rick Riordan Presents imprint! I love how we got to learn more about Mayan mythology with Zane and I can't wait for more books so we can continue to learn more. I also loved some of the moments when Zane was talking to the reader. Getting his insight allowed for some great comic relief. Lovers of other Rick Riordan or Rick Riordan Presents will love this one too!
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
I think for those that haven't read Percy Jackson, this could be a really good read. However, the formula of the story really followed almost too much like PJ. So while the story was enjoyable, it felt a little too much like a Percy story, that it was hard to stop drawing comparisons and not find some parts lacking. The other issue that I had was the characters. There were some characters that I enjoyed - Hondo and Zane's neighbors - but I really never connected with Zane or Brooks. They felt too distant for me, and I would squint at them, going, but do I really feel anything for you??? Brooks felt like far too much of a mystery for me that never really materialized into an answer. There were some things that I did love, and the biggest part of it was the Mayan mythology. The way that Cervantes wove in the tales and mythology was amazing. It was so enchanting, and I felt like I was transported into another world. I loved every second of it, and Cervantes did such such such an amazing job. I also enjoyed the humor and spark that was brought to it. Cervantes had some great lines in the story, and it was light and dark and fun all the same time. Cervantes also created a diverse book with a main character having a shorter leg than his other and lots of Hispanic rep. The pacing got a little slow or dwindling at parts, but Cervantes would bring it back with a fun little spark. 3 crowns and a Belle rating!
JillJemmett More than 1 year ago
This story is about Mayan mythology. I wasn’t familiar with Mayan myths before this book. Many of the names were difficult to say, because they are not pronounced the way they are written. Zane explains how to say some words in his narrative, but there is also a glossary at the end which details the gods and how to pronounce their names. This story followed the usual format of Rick Riordan books. Though he did not write this book, it is published by his imprint, Rick Riordan Presents. Zane lives with his mother and has never known his father. His father is a figure from Mayan mythology, and Zane learns his identity when he gains his own powers. The Percy Jackson series and the Magnus Chase series also begin like that, but they are about Greek mythology and Norse mythology. I liked the predictability of the story, and the ending was a surprise. This narrative was unique because it is Zane’s account of events which he is writing down for the gods. He makes comments directly to the gods a few times. At the end of his narrative for the gods, he continues the story to tell how it really ends. This was a unique way to tell the story. I’m excited to see where this story goes. This was a great start to the series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley.
StephanieL494 More than 1 year ago
*I received an ARC from NetGalley. This does not affect my review.* First off, I'll admit that had it not been for a NetGalley email letting readers know about The Storm Runner and Dragon Pearl that were inspired and sponsored by Rick Riordan, I probably...perhaps very likely would not have heard of these, or picked them up so quickly... I loved the Percy Jackson series growing up, and like with any of my favorite authors, if they talk about other authors and books, I have to check them out! (Which is why this isn't a 5 star review.) That said, while I wasn't immediately pulled into this one, I loved the idea of learning about Mayan mythology as I read this, and once the gods started getting introduced I quickly found myself wanting to know more! That was a big thing, since I was afraid this wouldn't be able to stand up to other mythology stories I've read like the mentioned Percy Jackson series, and even things like Gaiman's Norse Mythology. Not to worry, since I loved it! (Although all those I and X names kind of got confusing! I still managed to figure it out though.) If I was asked about a favorite character...? I don't have one, and there was a part where pretty much each of the main characters was able to stand up and have the spotlight. I loved so many little things that I can't even begin to list, with or without spoilers I just know I would miss something. Why not read it? I'm sure you will find your own favorite things about this book!
Pegliss More than 1 year ago
The Storm Runner Zane lives with his mother and dog Rosie in their New Mexican home—in the shadow of a volcano! He has great friends in two of his adult neighbors, but he knows he’ll be bullied in his new middle school because of his bum leg and cane. Zane and Rosie find a way into the nearby volcano; and in so doing, the pair unleashes an ancient prophecy about Ah-Puch, the Mayan god of death, doom, and disaster. Brooks, a female shape-shifter appears, explaining what’s going on, and shows up each time Zane needs her most. Since this is a Rick Riordan Presents book, Zane’s absent father plays a role in the prophecy. Middle grade readers will enjoy the action, suspense, and Mayan mythology. Zane often ignores good advice from the adults in his life, as well as from Brooks, and makes one crazy decision after another for a good part of the story. Yet he is an appealing character and readers will be cheering for him. The writing is at times clunky and repetitive; early in the story has a lot of telling, not showing, as Zane thinks, rethinks, and justifies. Many gods are introduced and many have several names, which is confusing. Like Percy Jackson, Zane’s disability has connections to magic; but he has to deal with it in both worlds, making him a good example for those with disabilities. (Thanks to NetGalley for providing a DRC in return for an honest review.)
The-Broke-Book-Bank More than 1 year ago
>>Can TOTALLY see this as a kick butt movie. And I mean a good one. >>I was completely swept up in the journey and the characters. >>Full of surprises and twists >>The ending gave me chills! >>The only thing I didn't like was how Mr. O was cheered on for pursuing Ms. Cab when she's made her objections clear. Especially in a book that's bound to be popular among boys, that's a terrible message to encourage. Favorite Quotes: "Being a member of my family wasn't automatic--it had to be earned." "I was getting pretty sick of that word deal. It was only four stupid letters strung together, but they had thorns that knew how to draw blood." "But that's not what worried me about him. Sometimes the bruising on the inside is what gets you the worst." "Like Mr.O had said, Destiny comes knocking, and if you don't open the door, she will come in through the window."
JennaBelden More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a fantastic, funny, crazy adventure for your middle grade reader, J.C. Cervantes’ novel The Storm Runner is an excellent choice. A modern take on Maya folklore, it offers readers a rollicking adventure with disgusting foes from the Underworld, crazy Maya gods and other unexpected creatures, and is helped along in his adventure by an unlikely cast of characters including his pro wrestling-mad Uncle Hondo, his nearest neighbors who consist of the blind phone-psychic Mrs. Cab and the besotted Mr. Ortiz who is obsessed with growing hot peppers, and a girl with more than a few secrets of her own. The Storm Runner is narrated in the quite expressive, honest, earnest voice of its 13-year-old hero, Zane Obispo. An unlikely hero he is – born with a limb difference, he is used to being taunted by classmates for an obvious limp due to his “gimpy” leg, and so he’s happiest on his own, exploring the dormant volcano near his home in the New Mexico desert with his three-legged dog Rosie. Did I mention that his mom doesn’t like him exploring the volcano, or that he’s been warned away by Mrs. Cab? When he sneaks out one night to explore the volcano, he sees something bizarre – and soon realizes that nothing in his life is what he thought it was, or people are more than he knows them to be – including the father that he never met. He’s a character that means well, but sometimes breaks the rules – even if he has good intentions behind his decisions – and one of those decisions fulfills a Maya prophecy at which he is the center. This story unfolds with a breakneck pace and a whole lot of imagination, from mystical ways of travel, crazy inventions from a diabetic giant (who grows when his blood sugar gets low), and breakaway twists and turns. This book is pure FUN. The Storm Runner is part of Rick Riordan Presents, a Disney imprint, which publishes 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. It has the feel of one of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson tales, only with a disabled Hispanic teen at the center of a great Maya prophecy and tangled in Maya folklore. It’s a lot to celebrate here, and Zane is a brave, realistic hero that I think will appeal to middle schoolers (and those of us of an older age who still love a great adventure.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of this book!* Zane knows he's different - he has a bad leg that causes him to limp, and lives in the desert with his mother, Uncle Hondo, and three-legged dog, Rosie. He works a few hours a week with the old lady next door, who works as a phone psychic. Oh, and there's a volcano in his back yard. What he doesn't know is that he's also the son of a real-life Mayan god, and that he's the subject of a very import, potentially world-ending prophecy. No big deal. My notes: As a big fan of mythology and also Rick Riordan's books, I was really looking forward to this one. I appreciate the inclusion of a disabled main character, and he did display some real character growth over the course of the novel, but I think I would have liked the story more if Zane was more likable. There were also some loose ends that I would have liked to see tied up -- what exactly happened with the Hero Twins? Overall, good story and great fun.