Zodiac Saga 1: The Search for the Temple by Kaitlyn McKnight

Zodiac Saga 1: The Search for the Temple – Friends Foes and Zodians
by Kaitlyn McKnight

Teen Author introduces the hidden world of Zodiac gods in her new book Zodiac Saga 1. 

Travel with Cyrus the believer, Peter the great, and the fearless Sofia into the hidden world of Zodiac. Ride on a solid gold airplane. Meet Witch Greta and her crystal ball. Meet the frightening Azznic, the metal beast. Meet Snake-y Von Tomb, the keeper of evil doers. Meet Gertrude and Garner from the afterlife. Meet the bully himself, the ghoulish Judas. Get to know the alluring daughter of Virgo, Mercy and her magical cat. Above all, meet the Zodian gods, also known as the Elders of Zodia and the Sacred Twelve. They are the keepers of the universe.

In the year 32 B.C.E, Aries, The Zodian god of Death, had a vision of a malevolent entity. It was evident that the entity would enslave the world and eventually destroy everything. When this news reached the other Zodians, they each stored a portion of their powers into individual Power Gems. The Zodians made this precaution as an emergency power source. The Temple of Zodia was built to store the Gems until the dark day came. The Elders of Zodia thought it was essential to find the entity and destroy it before the vision took place. So they each disguised themselves and lived among mortals on earth. But they became distracted by the mortals and earthly pleasures.
Almost a century later, Cancer, The Zodian god of Intellect, found himself wandering in the Temple of Zodia. He made an unknown but fatal error and caused the Temple to collapse. The Gems were scattered into different countries and time periods. The other Zodians easily noticed this incident and Cancer was indefinitely banished from the Temple of Zodia. The other eleven Zodians built another Temple on earth, but hid its location from mortals and Cancer.
 Several centuries later in the current year, a bullied 12-year-old little boy named Cyrus O'Hara believes in the existence of Zodiac gods. This belief becomes a reality for Cyrus as he sets out on an adventurous journey to find the Temple of Zodia. Along the way he finds the true meaning of family, friends, and foes as he learns his true identity.

Praise for Zodiac Saga 1: The Search for the Temple 
"God's blessings be upon you."
(Dr. C.R.M  Moore)
"I wish you all the best and much success."
(Tom, The Tom Joyner Morning Show)
"...you are tomorrow's leaders - you inspire me and give me tremendous hope for the future."
(President Barack Obama)

"...we value you and respect your integrity and commit to you our prayers..."
(The Executive Office of Bishop T.D. Jakes, Sr.)

"Amazing read! And this is from the mind of a 12- year- old. Ms. 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 Magazine)

Excerpt: Zodiac Saga 1: The Search for the Temple 

We all walked through the door at the same time side by side. Everything was awesome! Magnificent large paintings of each Zodian was hung on the wall (except Cancer) above a bronze fireplace. The crisp white marble floors showed our reflections perfectly as glass. The black onyx walls sparkled with blue glittering diamonds (now I know why Abigail was blue). If only Calibri Prep snobs could see this.

We slowly walked onward and came upon two hallways. One leading right, the other leading left. “Which way?” I asked. Judas scratched his head. “I say we go…” The wall in front of us slid open. Judas smiled. “… That way.” He pointed to the opened wall. We all exchanged looks then stepped inside slowly. When we walked in I nearly fainted from amazement. In front of us were twelve large majestic thrones. On the thrones sat four of the Elders, right before us.

I remembered them from the books I read about Zodiac. On a throne made out of solid stone was the Zodian god Taurus. On the throne next to him made out of vines was Virgo, she was exceptionally beautiful. Three seats down from her was someone not really on a throne. It was an oversized plush bed made out of golden straws of hay. Sagittarius lifted his head as his horsehair stood up on end. The second to last throne sat someone I feared. Aquarius slouched on his metal throne playing with a metal ball. Taurus stood, and straightened his white toga. He walked toward us. Each step he took shook the room. “Welcome!” His voice was incredibly loud. “Welcome to the Temple of Zodia!”

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Meet the Author

Mississippi Teen Author Kaitlyn McKnight is a writer of fictional, fantasy, and science fiction stories. She wrote Zodiac Saga at age twelve. It all started as a class assignment that grew into a book. She is an idiosyncratic writer with a vivid imagination to create stories that are unique with magic, mystery, and even some malevolence. Giving life to anomalous characters is a special trait in Zodiac Saga. In her free time, she plays the piano, guitar, and violin. Sunshine and green grass draws her outside for long hours and she still enjoys playing in the rain. Kaitlyn is a homeschool graduate and a freshman at The University of Southern Mississippi.

Author Website: www.kaitlynmcknight.com
Book Website:  www.zodiacsaga.com