It’s Day 2 of my “Rick Riordan Presents” review week! Today’s focus: The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes. This is the first of three books in the series–I don’t know if there will be any more, but I hope so!
13-year old Zane Obispo lives in New Mexico with his mother, uncle, dog, and his own volcano, nicknamed “The Beast”. After being homeschooled for a year after being bullied consistently for having a limp and walking with a cane, he starts a new school and meets mysterious Brooks. After a strange plane crashes into The Beast, Brooks shows up at Zane’s house and starts speaking of danger and quests and Mayan gods and legends. Zane is not sure what to think, but he is willing to listen to a pretty girl. Soon, he is off on an adventure dealing with Mayan gods, shapeshifters, and demons…and he learns that perhaps his disability is his greatest asset.
Before reading this book, I did not know much about Mayan mythology and I loved the introduction that this story gave. It definitely made me want to do my own research. Zane is a great character–he is caring, loyal, and will do whatever he can to keep the people he loves safe. Like many of the books in this line, you come for the main character and stay for the supporting cast. Zane, Brooks, and Zane’s uncle Hondo make a great and funny team. Cervantes writes with detail and imagination and I loved the way her story leaps off the pages. Also…there is a great twist at the end!
This is a definite recommend! (Spoiler alert…I’ll be recommending all of the books this week haha).