Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 3, 2019
Series: The Storm Runner #2
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy & Magic, mythology
Source: ecopy from Publisher
Zane Obispo's new life on a beautiful secluded tropical island, complete with his family and closest friends, should be perfect. But he can't control his newfound fire skills yet (inherited from his father, the Maya god Hurakan); there's a painful rift between him and his dog ever since she became a hell hound; and he doesn't know what to do with his feelings for Brooks. One day he discovers that by writing the book about his misadventures with the Maya gods, he unintentionally put other godborn children at risk. Unless Zane can find the godborns before the gods do, they will be killed.
To make matters worse, Zane learns that Hurakan is scheduled to be executed. Zane knows he must rescue him, no matter the cost. Can he accomplish both tasks without the gods detecting him, or will he end up a permanent resident of the underworld?In this cleverly plotted sequel to The Storm Runner, the gang is back together again with spirited new characters, sneaky gods, unlikely alliances, and secrets darker than Zane could ever have imagined. Secrets that will change him forever.
The Fire Keeper is the second book in the Storm Runner series by J.C. Cervantes. The Storm Runner series is middle grade mythology fantasy series, and it is part of the Rick Riordan presents line. I have not read the first book in the Storm Runner series, and while there were a few parts where I was a little lost, It wasn’t too bad. I enjoyed this book, and am definitely excited to go back and read the first one now that I know it is part of a series. Before I get on to the book review, I just wanted to mention how much I love the Rick Riordan presents line from Disney Book Group. First, I am a huge Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson fan. The line uses Rick’s Editor and they are all hand selected by Rick himself. According to their Website, each of the books from the line feature “some type of middle grade adventure, with lots of humor and action, and probably draw on myth or folklore in some way.” Basically, if you like Rick Riordan’s stories, you will probably like the stories from his publishing line.
In The Fire Keeper, we meet our hero Zane, who is living a fabulous life on a private island. He thinks his adventuring days are over, but boy is he wrong. I really wish that I had read the first book in the Storm Runner series first because I would have loved to have experienced Zane’s adventure with some of the godborns, or demigods, before he launches into his mission to save them, which is the premise of The Fire Keeper. Zone wrote a book about his experiences with the Mayan Godborns and he believes that book is somehow linked to a series of godborn kidnappings that have been occurring. So Zane sets out on a mission to recuse the kidnapped godborns and find out what is going on.
The Fire Keeper is full of action, adventure and plenty of mythology. Everything I love in a fantasy adventure. I am not super familiar with Mayan mythology, so I loved learning about it in this book. I can’t wait for more. I need to immediately go and read book one so I can be ready for the third book when it releases next year! If you love the Percy Jackson series and are looking for something similar, check out the Rick Riordan presents line. I think the Storm Runner series will be an excellent fit for you.
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