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The Soul Key is a Pocket DS9 novel – part of the Deep Space Nine relaunch series – written by Olivia Woods. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in July 2009.


From the book jacket
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

  • The novel was announced at the Shore Leave convention on 11 July 2008, although the title was mentioned at the end of Warpath. It is a direct continuation from Woods' 2008 work, Fearful Symmetry.
  • The novels Sacraments of Fire and Ascendance continue the narrative on from The Soul Key.
  • 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 by Alan Dingman.

Cover gallery



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