Disabilities in Storm Runner Trilogy

By Eric Zuelch

The Storm Runner Trilogy is a trilogy of books by J.C. Cervantes under the Rick Riordan Presents imprint, a subdivision of Disney Hyperion. The trilogy focuses on Mayan, Mexican, and Aztec mythology in the modern day. In the series, the Mayan gods have children with humans, however as gods and humans are not meant to mix. When these unions do occur, the child has some kind of physical, emotional, or mental disability. The main character of the series Zane Obispo has a leg length discrepancy with his right leg being a foot shorter than his left leg; as well as his right foot being two sizes smaller. Because of this, he has to walk with a cane. Another character Ren Santiago suffers from absence seizures. Another character Alana has light sensitivity issues.

However, these disabilities are a result of their power inherited from their godly parents. Zane gains powers of fire manipulation from his short leg. Ren’s seizures are a result of her time manipulation abilities catching up with her body. Alana’s light sensitivity allows her to see lights that allow her to create portals. While some may see giving those with disabilities as a bad thing, others may see it as a metaphor for those with disabilities to not let their disabilities get in their way. While one’s disability can get in the way of accomplishing certain tasks, it can help them in other areas. For example, being deaf can stop one from becoming an air traffic controller, but it can allow them to focus more on the road if they are driving. The characters represent the potential of those with disabilities, their limitations, and an alternative way to succeed.

The Storm Runner Trilogy shows how one should not let their disability limit them. They can succeed no matter what their disabilities are. While some disabilities can get in the way, there is most likely an alternate way to achieve one’s goals, or to discover something else. Zane, Ren, and Alana represent the potential of those with disabilities. The Storm Runner Trilogy shows how one’s disabilities does not have to hold them back

Purple background with different pain textures. Advertisement/graphic for the Storm Runner Series by J.C. Cervantes. It reads: Rick Riordan Presents, The Storm Runner: A Maya Mythology Series by J.C. Cervantes, Read Riordan. On the right, you see several colorful covers of books in the series, including: The Storm Runner; The Fire Keeper, and the Shadow Crosser.
Ad for The Storm Runner series by J.C. Cervantes. It shows several books in the series; from left to right, The Storm Runner, The Fire Keeper, and the Shadow Crosser.

Edited by avanicole23

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