The storm runner – review!

Title: The storm runner.

Author: JC Cervantes.

Format: Hardcover from library.

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents (Disney Hyperion).

Page count: 402.

Release day: September 18th 2018.

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mayan mythology.

Rating: 2.5 stars.

What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)

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. 

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My thoughts:

After really liking Aru Shah and the end of time, I knew I had to pick up another Rick Riordan Presents! Unfortunately I was a bit disappointed in this one.. But know that this is not a bad book at all!

I really did like the ‘new to me’ mythology, and again I feel like I learned a lot from it. I just was not really a fan of the actual story.

The book starts of with a lot of info dump, which I didn’t really like. I prefer learning about the world and the situation slowly. But I guess it was needed for this book for the action to start or something.

The main character was just okay to me, I didn’t love him, but also didn’t hate him. He did some stupid things, but they were understandable. I really did like his uncle though! I mean he did a lot for his nephew, and I thought he was funny.

I also was not a big fan of the writing, I cannot point at what it was, I guess it just did not fit with me.

To me this book was missing the right information, even though we got so much information in the beginning, I was a bit confused about where we were at times, and how all the gods and other creatures related to each other.

But one thing that I really missed in this book was humour! From all Rick Riordan books and Aru Shah, we get lots of humour, but I didn’t really see that in this one!

I feel like I’m talking really negatively about this book, but by all means it is not a bad book, I think it just did not fit with me!

I don’t understand why this book gets a sequel, it rounds p pretty nicely! I know we haven’t really explored Zane’s powers so that is probably why, but I would say for the story it is not really needed.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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