Storm Runner (Rick Riordan Presents) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-09-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 47 user ratings

" 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. " said.

" "One choice can lead to victory..the other to defeat"HRFUIFNHSU GIVE ME MORE MYTHOLOGY BOOKS BY RRP OKAY I learned a lot about maya mythology from this book and I had never thought that it was that interesting..I mean... a goddess of chocolate? Y E SZane reminded me of Percy and that made me miss Pjo/Hoo even more I can't wait for the second book AND for the rest books on RRP to come outI definetely recommend it to all those who find mythology fascinating and want to discover more " said.

"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 Obispo’s compelling and twisty quest. The plot is delightfully fast-paced, nuanced, and surprising. The vivid details throughout call upon all your senses and really make you feel like you’re right there with Zane and the unique, memorable characters (human and non-human, too!) in his orbit, both friends and foes.

And on the sentence level, Cervantes’s writing is consistently superlative. Her use of setting to enrich the story is as good as any I’ve ever seen (real-life settings as well as the settings that spring from her radiant imagination, which she ends up describing so expertly that they feel as real to me as places that you can find on a map!). And her dialogue, too, is second-to-none. I don’t make many guarantees in life, but I love this book so much that I am willing to make one now: this story and this prose and these characters are all so absorbing and so entertaining that it’s impossible to get bored while you’re reading. Really!

I was one of the lucky few to have gotten the opportunity to read an advance reader’s copy, and it has only made me more excited about the book’s release, since I know there will be many happy kids (of all ages, even “kids” my age!) who find their way to this book. And best of all, we don’t have to be sad when we reach the end of THE STORM RUNNER, because there will be a Book Two of Zane’s story (THE FIRE KEEPER). Hooray!
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"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)" said.

" This was so much fun! If you love Percy Jackson, definitely check this out! " said.

" 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. " said.


This was such a fun book about Mayan mythology! I've briefly read a little bit about Maya society and remember learning about it in school, but I don't remember anything super concrete. Zane enjoys hiking the mountain nearby his home with his dog, Rosie. What he doesn't know is that the volcano is holding an ancient Maya evil and he is prophesied to release the evil deity into the world. Zane does exactly it while trying to save his friend Brooks and Rosie. This sets him on an adventure to try and fix his mistake.

I loved Zane's determination to save Brooks and find Rosie. The journey Brooks, Zane and his uncle go on was so much fun. I loved learning about Mayan mythology this way. I love how much these books give me the same vibes from the Percy Jackson series. I get the mythology, an adventure and funny jokes/commentary on current events! What's not to like?
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"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 Zane. Along with Zane, readers can discover gods, creatures and legends that are part of Maya mythology.

This is own voices novel because the author’s origin, and it also represents diversity because our main character is Hispanic, and he is also disabled person (one of his legs is smaller then the other one).

The story is written in first person, from Zane’s POV.

I loved following Zane through the story, he was really interesting and had good sense of humour. I even laughed out loud couple of times, despite this not being a comedy.

Discovering ancient Maya gods and legends was exciting, even though the names (as they are so much different from my native language) often made me confused, and I would forget who was who in a very short time.
However, because the author did a good job in bringing us a story, it was easy to keep up.

The characters of the book were fascinating and I can see them being someone’s favorite characters. I surely liked them, especially Zane.

I can also easily imagine The Storm Runner being turned into movie or tv show.

I’ve read some reviews for this novels that compare it to Percy Jackson saying it is very similar to it. Since I haven’t read that series yet, I can’t tell you if that is the case, but I can tell you that the atmosphere in the book did remind me of the second Percy Jackson movie (and I love those movies, in case you didn’t know (and yes, I know it’s an unpopular opinion)).

I would recommend this book to fans of middle grade and young adult fantasy, but also to everyone who’d like to read a story that talks about Maya mythology.
Since this is a middle grade book, it will be easy to follow to everyone who know nothing about it.
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