Book Review: The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

The Storm Runner
Title: The Storm Runner
Author: J.C. Cervantes
Release Date: September 18th, 2018
Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents
Pages: 448
Age Group: Middle Grade
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

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.

This book reminded me what I love about middle grade - adventure, imagination and fun wit. I had a lot of fun reading this book. The pages flew and it felt a lot like a cozied in bed kind of story. 

I loved getting to know the different sorts of characters in the book. We have Zane, our main character, who is a character that is full of heart and braveness. We have a whole fun array of characters to accompany Zane. We have his funny, yet humbly smart, neighbors, his kick-butt friend, his funny, go-with-the-flow cool uncle, his sweet mom, and a lot of interesting people that he meets along the way of his journey. I really loved getting to know and finding all the characters along Zane's journey. 

I really loved getting to know the Mayan mythology through the story. Only thing is, I wanted to get to know more. This story told the myths on a need-to-know basis and I kinda wanted a lot more. I craved a little more background. It was so fun to find out more as you read, and I couldn't wait to get to the next part so I could learn a little bit more. 

It's hard to pick a favorite part out of this book, because I really enjoyed every single aspect of this book. If you enjoyed Percy Jackson, this is definitely a book for you! If you enjoy fantasy, mythology or fun adventure stories, check this book out!

Happy Reading from me to you!


  1. This sounds like a great story and that cover is amazing. I'm always looking for more Middle Grade books to read so I'll check this out. Great review!


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