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.
5 out of 5 stars
First of all, I want to say how amazing I think the idea is behind Rick Riordan Presents, to publish books by authors from underrepresented cultures and backgrounds.
I absolutely loved this book! The action started from the beginning and kept me engaged until the very end. I didn’t know anything at all about Mayan mythology before reading this book, so I enjoyed learning along the way.
Zane is an amazing character and I enjoyed watching his growth throughout the book. He went from thinking of himself as a “freak” to seeing just how special and powerful he really is. Rosie is amazing also! She is so cute and I could picture her perfectly. I was actually able to do that throughout the book. Jennifer did a wonderful job with describing the setting and everything that was going on in a way that allowed me to picture it perfectly, like I was right there as it was happening. Hondo, Brooks, and Jazz are enjoyable characters as well. I loved them all!
I loved going on this adventure with Zane and the others. The suspense built throughout the book and kept the pages turning. I couldn’t read this book fast enough! I had to know how it was going to end. I laughed, I cried, and I was shocked at the twists that I didn’t see coming.
The last couple pages of the story gave me shivers and left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling. Pick up a copy of this book and experience the story for yourself. This is a middle grade book, but anyone, no matter what age, can enjoy it.
I was thrilled to find out that there will be a second book, so Zane’s story will continue! I can’t wait to see where these characters go next.
*I received an ARC of this book from #bookishwish on Twitter.