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The Storm Runner

(The Storm Runner #1)

4.1  ·  Rating details ·  437 Ratings  ·  155 Reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Rick Riordan Presents
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Rick Riordan
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Ashley Nuckles
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
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!
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
Prepare for a gush fest people because 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, sort of 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
okay but a Rick Riordan Presents series with a Mayan kid that uses a cane?! people should really be talking about this more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Dejanira Dawn
Jan 31, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: mythology
I need to read this omg. I'm currently taking Mesoamerican archeology and we're learning about the Mayans!!

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 new language. It has Gods and Giants and Magicians and Shape-Shifters. There are magical items that make you soul-trav
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
full review to come
Cori Reed
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun! If you love Percy Jackson, definitely check this out!
Kath (Read Forevermore)
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-arcs, reviews
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) This story fits among Rick Riordan's books,
Lucia DiStefano
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
ok so first of all: THE DOG DIES
((view 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
Oda Renate
Feb 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
OooOOOooo Nice cover!
Feb 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
Rick 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
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
Jun 13, 2018 marked it as to-read
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!

Nicole Hewitt
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

There’s a whole lot to love about this little gem of a book. It’s an action-packed introduction to a little-known mythological system that features a hispanic, disabled MC. This sounds like a lot of rep and you might be wondering if the inclusion of the disability might seem like too much, but it’s all woven together seamlessly and given its due weight.

What Fed My Addiction:

Maya mythology.
I knew absolutely nothing abo
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 to
Alex Salmeron
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was so hyped for this book and I loved it!

Bonnie (A Backwards Story)
"Are you understanding what I'm telling you, Storm Runner? You are the storm. And the storm is you."

This past spring, I read and fell in love with the first title under the Rick Riordan Presents umbrella, ARU SHAH AND THE END OF TIME by Roshani Chokshi. It's one of my favorite middle-grade releases of the year, and if you haven't read it yet, hopefully my review will encourage you to do so!

THE STORM RUNNER by J.C. Cervantes came out last week and is another series starter in th
Kelly Zemaitis
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, diverse-books
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
Zachary Flye (Zach's YA Reviews)

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
McKenzie Dean
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes is one of those books a reader just loves to binge-read. The characters are genuine and, at times, hilarious; the plot is engaging and unique; and the themes throughout the book are important and wonderful lessons to learn. The reader who picks up this book is about to go on one crazy adventure through Maya mythology with Zane Obispo and his friends! Every second spent among the pages of The Storm Runner is filled with fun and intrigue.

My thanks to NetGal
Lauren Schuyler James (storied.adventures)
Full review on my blog, Storied Adventures

I 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!
Young At Heart Reader
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior-fiction
Another phenomenal addition to the Rick Riordan Presents imprint. I couldn't put it down for one moment. I know very little about Mayan mythology, so hopefully those who are a little more knowledgable about the subject feels it's a good introduction. I need the sequel immediately.
Yay I really liked this book! You can read my longer review on my blog, but here are my main reasons:

+ Maya mythology! I've never read a book based on it and it was so interesting.
+ Disability rep (this isn't something I've seen a lot in books either)
+ The characters—Zane was so sweet and funny and also I love his uncle, Hondo!
+ It's narrated as if it's a letter Zane is writing to the gods, which I thought was so clever and different.

Please note a content warning for animal death.

Thank you so mu
Ms. Yingling
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
ARC provided by the publisher

Zane 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
May 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Jen is a NYT bestselling and award winning author. THE STORM RUNNER (Disney-Hyperion Rick Riordan Presents), coming Sept. 18, 2018 and THE FIRE KEEPER, 2019. Read more here

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