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Exonerated and no longer chased as an outlaw, Reya, a
Reeka sisterhood warrior, remains "haunted" by her mind
dwelling entirely on her past though she can easily
rationalize that she either killed or be killed. Unable
to settle down like many of her sisters, Reya roams from
place to place seeking inner solace, but only finds
haunting nightmares of what she has done.
Daamen trader Maverk loves Reya as he has since he first
met her and she rejected him too many years ago. He would
protect her with his life and desperately wants to ease
the burden burying Reya, but she refuses to let him into
her darkest secrets. Still, he follows her to the Outlaw
Sector hoping to keep his beloved safe if she allows him
to do so and be there if she ever lets go of her insanity
and realizes she needs him. Whatever Reya does, Maverk
plans to be there for her even if his love remains
unrequited for eternity.
The sequel to the delightful science fiction romance HEART
OF AN OUTLAW is a tremendous tale in which the story line
is vividly summarized by its title. Angela Verdenius
delves deeply into the SOUL OF A MERCENARY so that readers
will understand why Reya has trouble trusting and relying
on people including the man who actually deep in the
recesses of her black soul has started the flicker of
light and hope. Though not as action-packed as the first
tale, Ms. Verdenius displays her talent with a powerful
character study in an otherworldly environs that will have
the audience stunned and desiring the third book in the
Verdenius Universe (see HEART OF THE BETRAYED).
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 23, 2003