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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
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.