Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
390 Pages
Reviewed on 09/03/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Balancers is a work of fiction in the urban fantasy, action, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author M.C. Alexander. A slick, sharp look at the nature of vengeance, the work is largely suitable for all reading audiences, with only a few moderate instances of non-graphic violence and explicit language. Our central protagonist for this unique adventure is Alessandra Genovese, who sees injustice all around her in the social structure of city life. She and her fellow Balancers seek to right these wrongs with powerful acts of justice, but when a murderer wreaks havoc on their city, the work becomes a race against time to stop innocent bodies piling up.

Author M.C. Alexander has crafted an excellent work of urban fantasy which will certainly tick all the boxes for readers who want thrills and spills from their adventure tales. More than this, though, I was impressed by the conceptual framework of the story, which goes further than your average fantasy novel into exploring the concept of divine justice and the ideas of vengeance that religion teaches us. Alessandra was a well-formed central heroine who had room to grow and developed really nicely throughout the story when she was put to the test. The plot construction was also a real high point, as it was paced almost like cinema to transition into pivotal scenes and never leave the reader bored or going through unnecessary details. Overall, I would recommend Balancers as a unique work for fantasy readers seeking new concepts to immerse themselves in.

Romuald Dzemo

Balancers by M.C. Alexander is an urban fantasy with a unique concept and a strong appeal to fans of sleuth novels. It follows Alessandra Genovese, a young woman who joins a secret organization that communicates with divine messengers, and that carries out justice for the helpless. This group takes the place of God to exact divine justice when the law does nothing to criminals and the innocents suffer. It is a brilliant idea. These balancers are faced with a complex situation: a serial killer piles up bodies in the streets, and while time runs out and the tension grows, the killer remains elusive. This time, will the balancers be able to help the police catch the killer before more bodies turn up?

M.C. Alexander’s novel has a great premise. The protagonist is helpless seeing people suffer without the perpetrators of crimes paying for their bad deeds, so she joins a group that carries out divine justice on others. While this is an interesting and original idea, it left me wanting realism. I feel it could have even been more convincing if this was just a vigilante group, without interference from powers from the supernatural world. But this is urban fantasy and the author does an impeccable job keeping it suitable for the genre. The setting is beautifully described and I loved how the author captures the plight of the common people, right from the beginning of the story as he describes the abuses suffered by those working under Mr. Moss. Balancers asks the question that many readers ask today when faced with helplessness in the face of crime. The writing is gorgeous and highly descriptive, the plot well-thought-out and gripping. Many readers will find themselves in the world of Balancers.

Susan Sewell

Did you ever wonder if God metes out justice to those offenders who accost us verbally and, even at times, physically? Do they ever suffer the consequences of their bad behavior? In the urban fantasy Balancers by M. C. Alexander, a select group of chosen people is doing just that. Alessandra is relating an unhappy experience from the previous day to her boyfriend Brady when Gabrielle, a Balancer, introduces herself, and from there a friendship is born. Gabrielle is one of the people chosen to help balance the scales of justice in a karmic way. At Gabrielle's invitation, Alessandra joins the ranks of those who ensure fair and impartial equity is served to those who deserve it. When Gabby takes on a much larger and more difficult task, both women are stunned to find her target is more than just a crook; he is a killer. Can Gabrielle and Alessandra restore balance to those this man has swindled? Or will they become his next victims?

Balancers by M. C. Alexander is a thought-provoking urban fantasy where justice is expediently served to those who deserve it. Suspense and intrigue slowly build from the beginning, ultimately reaching a surprising and satisfying conclusion. It is an interesting story with an unusual angle on God's way of restoring balance for minor infractions in everyday situations. Dramatic and heartbreaking conflicts within the storyline add dimension to the plot and help make the characters more relatable. This intriguing story will fascinate readers who enjoy novels where the real world collides with supernatural elements. There are a few violent scenes and a bit of strong language, but it is essentially a clean book.

Foluso Falaye

Some bad deeds go unpunished and some good deeds are never rewarded. M.C. Alexander's Balancers is about a group of people that aims to change this. Alessandra Genovese studies to be a cop, but when she experiences the ineffectiveness of the Wayne P.D. and the high level of aggression in New York City, she is tempted to abandon her dreams and relocate to a remote area. Her life takes a sharp turn when a secret group convinces her to join them in administering justice, albeit covertly. This brings her to discover a ruthless murderer she vows to expose, even if it means risking her life and those of the people she loves. Is she the right woman for the job or is she in way over her head?

I must confess that I'm guilty of fantasizing about getting back at some repugnant persons I encountered on several occasions, so Balancers was definitely a guilty pleasure; I laughed more than I care to admit at some hilarious retaliations. M.C. Alexander explores some revealing concepts in the book: the inadequacies of the justice system, God's role in rewarding good and evil, major differences between revenge and justice, racial issues, income inequality, and corporate crime. The story contains elements of crime, mystery, and fantasy and would appeal to readers interested in a smooth reading experience. I loved the intriguing plot and how M.C. Alexander made me feel like I could be friends with the main characters. Balancers is certainly a book I would love to read again.

Tammy Ruggles

Balancers by M.C. Alexander is an urban fantasy novel about balancing the scales of justice. The main character Alessandra discovers she can do something about the injustices she finds around her. Hurt and outraged by a family tragedy, she, with the help of a secret society, begins to right wrongs and even repays good deeds. But can she help catch a killer? If you've ever wondered why the powers that be seem to get away with everything, and the innocent seem to suffer the most and wish someone would do something about it, this is the book you've been waiting for.

M.C. Alexander has created a fantasy novel in more ways than one. Yes, it has characters that are divine and operate on a different level, but it is also a fantasy novel in that if you've ever met people who wish they could set wrongs right again, or make things even, or stand up for the little people in the world, this amazing story will really get to you. Social justice comes in many forms, and when Alessandra enters the picture, you can easily put yourself in her place. The author has a good way of showing the aftermath of crime and the impact on victims, and you will root for justice to prevail. The plot is compelling, the characters are believable, and the pacing is just right. Although revenge is supposed to be wrong, could divine justice taste sweet? That is what this novel is all about. The forces of good and evil sometimes clash, and if you like battles of the fantasy sort, you'll be entertained by this engrossing read. Fans of The Equalizer will love this emotionally stirring, imaginative work by M.C. Alexander.