FICTION

The Fire Keeper

Disney-Hyperion. (Storm Runner: Bk. 2). Sept. 2019. 432p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781368041881.
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Gr 5-8–Zane Obispo has had a lot to get used to in the past few months: relocation to Holbox Island with his mom and uncle Hondo and his nawal friend Brooks, his ability to wield fire, and his strained relationship with his dog Rosie, who hasn’t really been listening to him since she returned from the underworld as a hellhound. Just as Zane is about to leave the island to help his Maya god father, Hurakan, Zane comes across Ren—another godborn like him—and as they make their way through Xib’alb’a, Zane discovers that there are many more godborns than he’d thought. To make matters worse, the godborns are in danger, and Zane realizes he must do something to help them, and his father, before it is too late. This second installment in the series follows Zane and characters old and new as they face the familiar struggles of forging identity and figuring out whom to trust. Short chapters will pull readers in and keep them turning pages long into the night. The addition of new mythological characters will catch the attention of those interested in Mayan and Aztec mythology.
VERDICT A fast-paced addition to a solid middle grade series whose mythological roots are sure to satisfy fans of the first book., Houston

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