Published by Rick Riordan Presents on October 4, 2022
Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents J. C. Cervantes's exciting new spin-off from the best-selling STORM RUNNER trilogy.
"J.C. Cervantes is about to take you on a trip you will never forget, through the darkest, strangest, and funniest twists and turns of Maya myth."--Rick Riordan
Fourteen-year-old Renata Santiago is the most powerful godborn of them all, a bruja with a unique combination of DNA. The Mexica blood from her dad's side gives her the ability to manipulate shadows. Her mom Pacific, a Maya goddess, gifted her a magical rope that controls time, and Ren recently used it to save a few gods from getting stuck forever in 1987. She brought them back to the present, but her BFF Ah Puch, the once fearsome god of death, darkness, and destruction, is now a teenager with no divine powers.
Ren is also a girl with ordinary hopes and dreams. She wishes, for example, that her blog about alien sightings would garner more respect. She's always been absolutely convinced that there's a connection between aliens and the Maya civilization. Plenty of online haters feel differently, and they call her a fake, a liar, and a loser.
When Ren receives an email about an alien sighting in Kansas, she thinks it may support her theory. She also suspects that the cinco--five renegade godborns--are up to no good. Soon she finds herself embroiled in a quest to prevent the troublemakers from awakening the nine Aztec Lords of Night. Problem is, none of Ren's friends are available to help her hunt down the cinco and the dangerous gods they are resurrecting. Ren has no choice but to team up with two strangers recruited by Ah Puch: Edison, a teen hybrid demon, and Montero, an eleven-year-old Aztec hunter. Succeeding in this quest will prove that Ren is no fake, liar, or loser. But it isn't just another challenge. It could well be an impossible one that leaves Ren questioning her very existence.
Anyone who enjoys fast-paced myth-based adventures will be swept up in this one featuring Maya and Mexica gods and their magical offspring.
Can't get enough of Mesoamerican mythology? Get the prequel trilogy!Rick Riordan Presents: The Storm Runner by J. C. CervantesRick Riordan Presents: The Fire Keeper by J. C. CervantesRick Riordan Presents: The Shadow Crosser by J. C. Cervantes
The Lords of Night is the first book in the middle grade fantasy Shadow Bruja series by author J.C. Cervantes. The Lords of Night is a spin-off of The Storm Runner. I read the Storm Runner series first and so I did notice some of the overlap items from the world developed in the first series, but if you are new to the Storm Runner world, you can easily pick this book up first and not be lost. I like reading books in world order, but you can start with either series.
In The Lords of Night we meet our main character, ren, who is not only a believer in Aliens, but also a super powerful Bruja. I loved Ren. I love her Alien blog. I love her magical powers, and darn it I just love her! Like the Storm Runner series, the Shadow Bruja series calls upon Aztec and Mayan myths as the foundation of their story, and I loved slipping back into this world.
Here we join Ren on a quest to not only prove the existence of Aliens, but to also track down a group of renegade godborns called the Cinco. The Cinco are trying to awakening the nine Aztec Lords of Night and overthrowing the Maya gods, and ren cannot have that happen. This story was full of action, adventure, friendship and some really heartwarming moments. This book does end on a cliffhanger, and it left me totally ready for more! This was a wonderful middle grade mythology adventure.
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