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The Storm Runner

(The Storm Runner #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  7,957 ratings  ·  1,134 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
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
Who's ready for a GUSHFEST of epic proportions? Hopefully the answer answer is, YOU, because I am about to let loose!

The Storm Runner is a Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure novel published through the Rick Riordan Presents imprint.

If you aren't aware, the purpose of this imprint is to provide a stage for diverse voices to tell stories based upon myths and folklore from their own cultures.

This action-packed book is based upon Mayan Mythology and is full of angry gods, magic, mythological creatures
may ➹
wait you’re telling me this 13 year old boy is a whole 6 inches taller than me..... I thought fiction was supposed to be a safe space not a place for me to get violently ATTACKED like this

:: rep :: Latinx cast, disabled MC (shorter leg, uses cane)

:: content warnings :: battle violence, internalized ableism, mild body horror (eyes in arm), depictions of blood, animal death, almost drowning
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! ...more
I did end up enjoying this, and it started out rather slow. This is part of the Rick Riordan Presents. Rick doesn't know some of the other world mythologies as well, so he set up other people to write them in his sort of universe.

Here's the thing with it. I wish Rick would have just gone ahead and co-written these books and used the formula he already established. The humor was missing from this story. I mean it does have some humor, but it's few and far between. There doesn't feel like a whole
Most of my thoughts on this can be said far more eloquently by Priscilla, so I'll just leave her review here.

Basically, I love the mythology aspects (obviously!) and think there were some innovative and exciting ideas. However the narrative voice really brought this down, particularly because the amount of Zane's internalized ableist thinking. I think the intent was there, but I'm concerned disabled readers would find this more harmful than uplifting. I'll be on the lookout for ownvoices review
Priscilla (Bookie Charm)
I’m more surprised than you that I didn't enjoy this oh so promising, beloved middle grade. ~Unpopular review incoming~
Zane Obispo is a Latinx boy who walks with a cane. He's got a best friend name Rosie who happens to be a Boxer-Dalmatian mix and Zane likes to explore the volcano near his home in New Mexico. Inevitably, his story is intertwined with the Mayan gods and legends of his beloved books. Zane embarks on an adventure and faces shapeshifters (called nawals), giants, and demons on a pat
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Many thanks to Disney Hyperion for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

That was very disappointing. I feel really bad to bash this book considering the fact the Disney Press is so generous to me. That said, I am legally required to provide an honest review. I cannot, honestly, say that I enjoyed this book. I loved the aspect of Mayan mythology but I slowly realized that it was just not well done. It honestly felt exactly like Percy Jackson but with Mayan Gods. It didn't feel creati

"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."


The Storm Runner is yet another addition to Rick Riordan's new imprint, Rick Riordan Presents,
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
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf-not-my-thing

I didn’t have high hopes, these days I’m dreading every book I want to pick up, but even with that this book didn’t hit many points. There’s also the fact that I’m, maybe, too old for middle grade books, and The Storm runner is, after all, dedicated to the younger audience and it would be more appealing to them.

The idea of Mayan mythology was interesting however I didn’t hear much about it in the 1/3 of the book that I listened too, and even what I heard was dumped on me. The start of th
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Reread so I can finally continue and hopefully finish this series!

The Storm Runner is an urban fantasy featuring Mayan mythology. It follows 13 year old Zane Obispo and his dog Rosie. Zane enjoys spending time outdoors exploring the dormant volcano near his home. But when Brooks, a new girl at school, tells him the volcano imprisons an angry Mayan god and Zane is destined to release him, he's not sure how to feel. The two end up going to the volcano to try and stop this from happening, but when
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
[3.5 Stars]

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 mythology. It has Gods and Giants and Magicians and Shape-Shifters. There are magical items that make you soul-travel
Oh its been a long time since I have read a book this bad. So my fifth grader had to pick a fantasy book for a creative book report project, and I picked three possibilities from the library. We picked wrong. This is a Rick Riordan writer, he has collected a few young writer to mentor and sponsor, but let me tell you, the Storm Runner reads as a less good, more confusing Rip Off of the Lightning Thief. Lets see, there are demons, Gods, shape shifters, the Maya God of Death and Destruction, Al Pu ...more
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
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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
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:

Trigger warnings: None up until the point I read.


I received an E-ARC via Netgalley and Disney Book Group. However this review is based on the final version of the book. I was really excited when I heard about this book! And so happy when I got it on Netgalley. Unfortunately I didn't have the time to read it earlier. Then the final version released and I opted to read that.

The beginning was pretty enjoyable. As the story continued I found the writing style a bit annoying. The Storm
sage (semi-hiatus)
*DNF at 39%*

I just couldn’t get into this
akacya ❦
zane dreads starting his new school, but then something interesting comes out of it—he meets a girl who tells him he’s destined to release an ancient and deadly maya god, ah-puch. he finds out that he’s the son of another maya god and finding out who that god is may be the key to taking down ah-puch and unbinding himself to ah-puch.

i believe this is my second rick riordan presents book and it did not disappoint! this book was full of elements you can expect in a rick riordan/rick riordan present
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!! ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mythology
i was really into this!! i thought the plot was just a touch overcomplicated and had more gore than i expected from a middle grade book, but overall very fun and exciting!
Irena BookDustMagic
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was never Miss-Know-It-All when it comes to mythology.
I barely know basics about Greek mythology, know even less about Scandinavian one, and when it comes to Maya, before I came across this book, I had no idea it even exists.

Here is what come books for, to make us learn, end even though I can’t say that I am an expert in Maya mythology after finishing The Storm Runner, I can say that I know at least little about it.

The Storm Runner is a middle grade fantasy book that follows a 13 years old boy
The Storm Runner follows Zane, a middle-schooler, who suddenly sees himself involved in a terrifying and unbelievable adventure to save the world. Part of the Rick Riordan Presents, an imprint focus on ownvoices mythological series. I was so excited to pick this one because 1) Mayan mythology !!! and 2) Zane is a disabled, Latinx kid !!!

I have such conflicted feelings about this book, that’s why when this ended up as the first pick for Latinx Book Club, I thought a reread would clear up my head.
Neil (or bleed)
Oct 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I've started to appreciate The Storm Runner on the middle where the real adventure begins. Which I've got to know the Mayans version of gods and creatures along the way.

The first few chapters were not that engaging. There are tension and action but it didn't capture me well enough. I must say, they actually confused me to the point that I can't follow the flow of the story. I've just read on and didn't mind what is going on with the main character, who is Zane Obispo, and who really he is. And
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
full review to come
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
A fun and entertaining read about Mayan gods. I loved the MC’s voice because he was so witty, and I had a lot of fun with this story.
Nadhira Satria
Feb 06, 2022 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
This honestly felt too much like Percy Jackson. Like the writing…. Idek if I was reading Percy’s narration or Zane
Cori Reed
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun! If you love Percy Jackson, definitely check this out!
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Jen is the NYT bestselling author of THE STORM RUNNER series, FLIRTING WITH FATE, (April 2022) FRACTURED PATH, (July 2022) THRONE OF SAND (Oct. 2022)
She believes in magic. Loves football. Always roots for the underdog.

Author also writes under Jennifer Cervantes

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