The Mercenary by Petra Landon
She’s a prisoner of the Imperial Forces. He’s a nomad with a private mercenary army. Can the unlikely alliance of a Budheya rebel and a Hadari’Kor Captain bring an Empire to its knees!
In a distant corner of the galaxy, Quadrant Five burns in the flames of a deadly war for territory and domination of space. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected. Once the most advanced civilization in Quadrant Five, they now struggle under the cruel yoke of Ketaari occupation.
Imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces for supporting the resistance on her world, a young Budheya girl is sent to a distant space station to complete the remainder of her prison term as a server girl in an alehouse. For a girl who has known only hardship in her short life, things could be worse. Until an old foe walks into the alehouse.
Zoran is Hadari’Kor – fiercely independent nomads who fight for hire. Their formidable reputation as well-honed and ruthless warriors makes others wary of tangling with them, even as other worlds are forced to choose sides in the bloody conflict consuming their slice of space. Drawn to a weary-eyed server girl, Zoran is forced to confront age-old traditions and question his role in the war consuming worlds and subjugating civilizations.
The Prisoner & The Mercenary
Alone, friendless and far from home, desperation forces Saakshi to make the riskiest gamble of her young life and take a chance on a formidable stranger with the power to protect her from the mighty Ketaari Empire. The fallout from this improbable pact reverberates across space. As passion ignites amidst the flames of war, Zoran fights with everything in his formidable arsenal to keep Saakshi safe from the long arm of the powerful Ketaari Empire. Will a mercenary’s quest alter the course of war and the balance of power in Quadrant Five!
Author’s Note: The Mercenary is a standalone story from the Space Opera series, The War Chronicles. Set in a distant corner of the galaxy, romance, swashbuckling adventure & action abound in this tale of one mercenary’s quest to gift his love a new life and the power to choose her own fate.
An avid reader all her life, only recently has Petra allowed her own imagination to run riot. She loves to travel, loves the outdoors and reads everything she can get her hands on, time permitting. Her taste in books is very eclectic – she tends to like stories with vivid and quirky characters that have elements of fantasy, adventure, romance and mystery interspersed together. A good book for her is one that makes the reader think long after it has been finished and set aside. And one that draws the reader back to it, again and again.
Stories have swirled in her head for years. Sometimes, when the ending of a promising book disappoints her, she imagines a different and more satisfying outcome for herself. To share the characters and tales that have lived in her imagination for so long is a labor of love and a lifelong dream come true for her.