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The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes Review

Title: The Storm Runner

Author: J.C. Cervantes

First published September 18, 2018

448 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9781368016346 (ISBN10: 1368016340)

Rating: 4.05


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About the Author

the pen name J.C. and has achieved tremendous success as a writer. Her books have been published in over a dozen countries and have garnered critical acclaim.

Her work has been featured on prestigious lists like the American Booksellers Association New Voices, Barnes and Noble’s Best Young Reader Books, and Amazon’s Best Books of the Month. She has won several awards, such as the New Mexico Book Award and the Zia Book Award.

Currently, J.C. resides in the captivating Land of Enchantment with her loved ones and beloved dogs. However, a piece of her heart remains in Southern California, where she was born and raised.

When she is not writing, she enjoys exploring bookstores and chasing after enchantment in every corner of the world.

In addition to writing under her real name, J.C. also writes under a pen name.

Editoral Review

The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes is a thrilling adventure novel that seamlessly blends Mexican mythology, fantasy elements, and contemporary issues. First published on September 18, 2018, the book has received critical acclaim for its unique plot, complex characters, and vivid world-building.

J.C. Cervantes is a talented Mexican-American author known for her works that celebrate Latinx culture and folklore. The Storm Runner is her first novel in the middle-grade category, and it is sure to captivate readers of all ages.

With effortless prose and impeccable pacing, Cervantes takes the reader on a journey through the world of gods and monsters, while addressing issues such as disability, discrimination, and family dynamics. The story follows the adventures of Zane Obispo, a twelve-year-old boy who suffers from a limp due to a birth defect.

Living in New Mexico, Zane feels like an outcast until he discovers that he is destined to be a hero in a world where gods and monsters are real. With the help of his new friends, Brooks and Rosie, Zane embarks on a dangerous quest to save the world from an evil god named Ah-Puch.

Cervantes does an excellent job of weaving together the elements of Mexican mythology with contemporary issues faced by young people today. The characters are well-developed, and their interactions feel authentic and relatable.

The setting of the story is also immersive, with vivid descriptions of the desert landscape and ancient ruins. The plot moves at a brisk pace, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged until the thrilling conclusion.

The Storm Runner has significant cultural significance, as it highlights the rich mythology and history of Mexico. This book can serve as a valuable introduction to Latinx culture for young readers who may not have been exposed to it before.

At the same time, it addresses universal themes of identity, friendship, and courage that are relevant to readers of any background. One potential limitation of the book is that it may be too formulaic for readers who are familiar with the fantasy adventure genre.

While the story is exciting and well-written, it may not break new ground in terms of plot structure or character development. However, this is a minor quibble given the overall quality of the book.

In summary, The Storm Runner is a must-read for anyone who loves adventure stories, mythology, and supernatural elements. Cervantes has crafted a compelling tale that will appeal to readers of all ages, backgrounds, and interests.

With its engaging characters, immersive setting, and seamless blend of mythology and contemporary issues, The Storm Runner is a book that will stay with you long after the last page. We highly recommend it.

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