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The Soul Key is a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Pocket DS9 novel by Olivia Woods that was released in July 2009. A continuation of the Deep Space Nine relaunch, the novel is a direct follow-on from Woods' 2008 work, Fearful Symmetry, .

Summary Edit

From the jacket cover
There is a void in the alternate universe that demands to be filled. Iliana Ghemor, the Cardassian operative who years ago was altered in both body and mind to replace Kira Nerys, dreams of fulfilling a prophecy that will mark her as the one true Emissary of that other reality–a messianic figure who could lead her followers into an era of renewed hope... or an age of deepening darkness.
Ghemor's claim to the mantle of the Emissary is by no means certain, however, as the inexorable pull of providence tugs also at other souls who are swept into the vortex of the Prophets, the remote and timeless beings who have set these strange events in motion.
But the stakes are higher than anyone imagines: for the outcome of this struggle for the fate of one universe will ripple across many others, and become the key to unlocking a future that will prove to be the greatest trial yet for the heroes of station Deep Space 9.

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Background information Edit

  • The novel was announced at the Shore Leave convention on 11 July 2008, although the title was mentioned at the end of Warpath.
  • The orb fragment and the bracelet that held it from DS9: "The Storyteller" feature on the cover. It has been referred to as the paghvaram (soul key) in several earlier DS9 novels.
  • Cover art and design were done by Alan Dingman.


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Fearful Symmetry Pocket DS9 The Never-Ending Sacrifice

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