She’s a prisoner of the Imperial Forces. He’s a nomad with a mercenary army. Can a girl’s desperate gamble and a fierce warrior’s love turn the tide of war and rewrite the destiny of their corner of the galaxy?
In a distant corner of the galaxy, Sector Araloka burns in the flames of a deadly war. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected.
Imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces, a young Budheya rebel is sent to a distant space station to work 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 – notoriously fierce mercenaries who only fight for hire. Drawn to a weary-eyed server girl, Zoran is forced to confront age-old traditions and question his role in the war.
The Rebel & The Mercenary
Alone, friendless and far from home, Saakshi makes a desperate gamble to trust an enigmatic stranger whose hot gaze haunts her dreams. The echoes of this unlikely alliance reverberate across the sector. As a relentless enemy hunts Saakshi, Zoran must fight with everything in his arsenal to protect her. When passion ignites amidst the embers of a smoldering war, will a warrior’s quest for justice bring a mighty Empire to its knees …
Author’s Note : A spirited and resilient rebel, a fierce warrior with a mighty heart, a fiery passion that flares amidst the debris of a deadly war and a love that will alter the fate of an entire quadrant.
This is a standalone story that sets the scene for The Araloka Chronicles – a collection of SciFi Romance tales with Space Opera undertones.
Julia’s 🎩🎩🎩🎩🎩 hat review:
With all the watered down sci-fi we are flooded with, Petra Landon brings back true sci-fi with The Mercenary. From the first page I was drawn into the world that was weaved. I felt truly bad and angry at the injustice and the deplorable way Saakshi and her people, the Budheya, have been treated by the Ketaari. Saakshi was arrested on her home planet from those who have invaded and taken it over, Ketaari. While serving her prison contract at an alehouse she meets Zoran. Saakshi is threatened by a Ketaari and asks Zoran for an unusal bargain. Zoran agrees and then starts the ride of Saakshi’s life. I was drawn into this book early and my attention didn’t stray. Saakshi is a bit shy but also strong. She fights for her beliefs and for her life. She is a very likable character who will have you rooting for her. Zoran is a strong warrior and also a mercenary. He’d been watching Saakshi for months before their initial meeting. I loved Zoran, he’s very tough and hard but also balanced that out with his sweet side. Together they face many obstacles in trying to free the Budheya people from the Ketaari. Most times I was on the edge of my seat scared for them, but Zoran knows how to survive and makes sure he does!
This is definitely a book I will recommend to everyone. It was refreshing. The writing was flawless. The characters very likable. Everything about this book will draw you in. I don’t want to leave this world and I’m excited for the next book to come out!
One of Julia’s favorites of 2017!
Book Page : http://www.petralandon.com/The-Mercenary
He swam towards the shore, wading out of the water to where she sat watching him. Saakshi
watched her large warrior arise unhurriedly from the tranquil lake, the water spearing off his hard
body causing his myriad colorful tattoos to gleam brightly on his gray skin in the light reflected
off the plasma torches. He shook his head gracefully, sending an arc of water off his dark hair. The
scattered droplets hung over him like a short-lived halo around his large muscled frame. Saakshi
stared at him, frozen in place and unable to take her eyes off him. In that moment suspended in
time, to the young Budheya girl gazing up in awe at her warrior, it felt as if the Pura herself had
sent him for her – her own personal guardian angel charging in when she’d needed him the most.
“Like what you see?” inquired the husky voice she remembered so well from before.
Saakshi flushed, looking away from those molten dark eyes.
He came down gracefully on one knee beside her, gloriously unselfconscious in his nakedness.
“I do, too. Like what I see, that is” he said scratchily, his voice like sandpaper.
He used a large finger to gently nudge her chin until she met his eyes.
“You have me at your feet, tseriya. I hope you will show mercy.”
Lost momentarily in the burning eyes and mesmerized by the husky voice, Saakshi realized
dazedly that he seemed to be kneeling before her. She scrambled up with a muffled sob to throw
her arms around him, smothering his face and neck with little kisses.
“Tseriya” he asked, a hint of uncertainty in his voice. “Why are you crying?”
“I’m just so happy that you came back” she sobbed into his neck.
“Of course, I came back” he reiterated in some confusion, trying to dislodge her from his neck to
meet her eyes. “Why wouldn’t I?”
“I thought you were off doing more important stuff now that I was safe with the Alliance” Saakshi
hiccupped into his neck, resisting all his attempts to get her to meet his eyes.
“Tseriya” he cajoled. “I could never stay away from you.”
He cupped the back of her head with one hand.
“Tseriya” he said urgently. “Haven’t I proved already that I cannot stay away from you? That is
what I cannot forgive myself for.”
It was the note of despair in his voice that finally got through to Saakshi. She loosened her clasp
around his neck to lean back and scan his expression. A callused finger brushed away her tears
carefully as they spilled over from her eyes but Saakshi barely noticed the tender gesture.
“Forgive yourself? What do you mean …” she trailed off uncertainly.
He said nothing, but what she saw in the dark eyes had Saakshi straightening her spine.
“You helped a stranger who came to you for assistance. You could have chosen to walk away.
Without you, the Unta-Golar …” she stopped mid-sentence, her words cut off by the large finger
Zoran laid gently across her lips.
The expression on his handsome face shuttered right before her eyes.
“I’m no hero, Saakshi” he said steadily. “I shamed myself – I took advantage of a young and
It was Saakshi’s turn to lay a gentle finger on his lips to prevent him from further self-reproach.
“No” she shook her head forcefully. “Nothing happened between us that I did not want. Believe
that if you believe nothing else, Zoran Hadari-Begur-Kor.”
She withdrew her finger from his lips. He remained silent but did soften enough to allow her to
see the regret and despair in him.
“You came for me every single time” she reiterated a tad desperately. “When no else did.”
Zoran shook his head, clasping her hand to plant a soft kiss in her palm.
“Yes” he acknowledged. “But I also took advantage of you.”
Saakshi shook her head vehemently, desperate to make him believe that she had never felt coerced
into an intimate relationship with him.
“You … you loved me like no one else had, Zoran” she whispered, shyness and embarrassment
forgotten. “I was drawn to you, even before I went to you. I just … I was too inexperienced to
His expression twisted subtly at her soft admission. “I was not.”
An avid reader all her life, only recently has Petra allowed her own imagination to run riot. She loves to travel and reads everything she can get her hands on. Her idea of a good read is one where the story and characters linger, long after the book has been set aside. Sometimes, when the ending of a promising book disappoints her, she imagines a different and more satisfying outcome for herself.
She strives to write fantasy with vivid characters and elements of adventure, mystery and romance juxtaposed together, since those are the tales she has enjoyed the most over the years. To share the stories swirling in her imagination is a labor of love and a lifelong dream come true for Petra.