The Balance of Power is the second novel in the Zodiac Saga by Kaitlyn McKnight. The story follows 13-year-old Cyrus O’Hara, a.k.a. Lancaster, as he fights the odds to save the world. Lancaster needs to save the world from a mysterious force that is hellbent on destroying it. Lancaster, Sophia, Judas, and Peter try their best to find all the Gems, but things are not going as they expected. From zombies to terrifying weather, they have to look for ways to achieve their goal and save the world. However, the Gods aren’t helping them, and Lancaster and his friends are almost in over their heads. Can they find all the gems in time? Or will they be too late?
Although I didn’t read the previous novel in the series, I had zero issues with getting invested in The Balance of Power. A lot of it is thanks to the narrative style and how Kaitlyn McKnight tells the story. Lancaster’s story and his development are on point. He is a natural leader, even though he is a little hesitant at times. He knows what he is capable of and what he isn’t. He is not shy about taking help from Sophie, Judah, or Peter, and the three of them are perfect companions who help Lancaster instead of making him feel incompetent. I found the plot very interesting. Their adventures in New York, how they handle the issues they encounter there, and how they work together as a team to get back on track are very entertaining. The plot twists are incredible, the plot moves at a steady pace, and the race against time is precisely what a reader needs to stay invested! I highly recommend this absolutely brilliant novel.
- Readers' Favorite Five-Stars
From New York to Seattle, the present to the future, this fun, if messy, sequel to Zodiac Saga 1 takes Lancaster and his gang on a journey to find the Gems in order to help the Elders, the Zodiac gods. But soon after they start, they get severely sidetracked by a series of zany events, such as an unfair trial, crazy weather, silhouette zombies, unhelpful gods and their wily children, and the potential end of the world. By Lancaster’s side are Sofia, Taurus’s daughter; Judas, an undead ghoul; and Peter, the driver. Can Lancaster overcome a constant onslaught of trials and tribulations to uncover the truth about himself, or will the world fall to ruin on his watch? Fortunately, between the well-defined smaller stakes, the plot twists, and the breakneck speed, this is an escapade that will certainly keep young readers on their toes. While this novel could use stronger connective tissue, there’s no denying this scramble against constant destruction will be fun for an upper middle grade audience. - Publishers Weekly
An entertaining and magical read that is sure to appeal to young readers who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, Zodiac Saga 2 The Balance of Power by Kaitlyn McKnight continues to open up a world of adventure and suspense. The book continues the Zodiac Saga strong cast of characters including protagonist Lancaster and his friends, charming Peter, ghoulish Judas, and the fearless Sofia. The personalities, powers, and characteristics of the Zodian gods are also very intriguing and will be sure to delight and surprise. Along their journey the kids come across all kinds of challenges. For such a young author, McKnight has a fascinating imagination which is sure to fill many more books in the series with absorbing tales of wonder. - Red City Reviews
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"An entertaining and magical read that is sure to appeal to young readers who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy." - Red City
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"Amazing read! And this is from the mind of a 12 year old. McKnight is head and shoulders above her peers and I look forward to the next installment of the story and the spin offs that will materialize as the saga continues." - Mr. Lonnie Stephens
"Kaitlyn McKnight – an obviously very self-possessed young woman – has gone two steps farther than most: she shared her story with others (a huge hurdle for most budding authors) and has seen her first effort go to print. Kaitlyn is doing it. She “finished what she started” and that is no mean feat." - Steve Davidson for Amazing Stories