The Bulgarian ambassador is found eviscerated in his London quarters, and Major Sonja Slade of the Prussian Army searches for his killer while trying to forget her own ties to the dead man.



Balance of Powers is a dark new alternate-history world from the team that wrote Perplex City: Adrian Hon, Andrea Philips, David Varela, and Naomi Alderman. Follow the free-to-read story online, or subscribe for only $17 for access to the story before anyone else, with additional exclusive behind-the-scenes commentary and extra content. 

Our four main characters journey across a Cold War-era world a little like our own -- but also darkly different. Their stories converge at a strange city on stilts called Midway; a place between places, where the balance of powers will be decided.

The Bulgarian ambassador is found eviscerated in his London quarters, and Major Sonja Slade of the Prussian Army searches for his killer while trying to forget her own ties to the dead man. 

Kitty Kinsey travels all the way from the 39 United States to clear her father of unspeakable allegations, and discovers that old powers are already lying in wait for her. 

John Noon thinks he's just an ordinary insurance clerk, but as he investigates a sunken supertanker, his strange dreams hint at something he's not being told. 

Hausmann, an ex-spy, thinks he knows just how to look after himself. But when he asks one question too many, he'll find out there's much more to fear from his past than he ever imagined. 

Someone is pulling the strings to bring these four together. The Great Powers thirst for war once again. But for what purpose?


Thank You

Balance of Powers was launched through Kickstarter. We are profoundly grateful to the contributors, who made this project possible, and waited for launch with unbelievable grace and patience. Everyone who enjoys Balance of Powers owes each and every one of these individuals a debt of gratitude; without them we would not be here.

Morbus Iff
Chris Hemmens
J.C. Hutchins
Dave Addey
Marc McGinley
Christof Laputka
TC Conway
Andres Varela
Geoffrey Alderman
Tom Dunbar
Tom Bridge
Bernard Hon
Jeff Coley
Ben Forbes
Ben W
Robert Pratten
Jay Bushman
Gabriel Walsh
Sara Livingston
Brian Fountain
Andy Osborn
Steve Coulson
Margaret Maitland
Vanessa B Baylen
Carl Muckenhoupt
Scott Walker
Gary Hayes
Jim Hanas
Rachel W
Tiffany Benson
Daniel van Gool
Emily Short
Phoebe Seiders
Daisy Swaffer
James Doe
Jo Prout
Irene LP
sara thacher
stephane adamiak
Lucas J.W. Johnson
Kristina VanHeeswijk
Paul Wallington
Jeremy Yoder
Adam Boltik
Tom Boon
Clare Boothby
Barnaby Edgar
Martin Baker
Brandie Minchew
Ari B.
Dee Cook
Collin Hazlett
Maria Kirchner
Scott Myers
Liza Daly
racheet Dave
Chris D'Iorio
Josh Lawrence
Kerry Dolan
John C
Geoff May
Alain Thys
Jo Carter
Carrie Cutforth-Young
Jonathon Myers
Celina Beach
Bob Stein
David Callier
David Schroeder
Shannon Drake
Mandy Marahimin
Simon Staffans
Lydia Moed
Michael Andersen
Rob Hinchcliffe
Haley Moore
Jim Babb
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Si Forster
Paul Stephen McCormick
Michelle Senderhauf
Scott Walker
J.C. Christofilis
Brian Enigma
Leigh Honeywell
Leigh Caldwell
Taryn Kearsley
Ian Pottmeyer
Marie Lamb
Ronald The
Gavin Inglis
Jessica Hammer
Tavis Allison
Rhys MT
Elizabeth Campbell
Amber Bole
Lou Mac
Jack Cushman
Anna Callahan
Danielle Van Gorder
Steve Goldman
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