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Laerka is Southern Gothic tale of rescue involving a group of teenagers and a Russian crime ring that sells girls to night clubs in Savannah, Georgia. One particular victim, Laerka, is a Danish girl who transforms into a mermaid when in water. The Russian crime boss who masterminds the trafficking changes into a "Vodyanoy" dragon when he hunts girls for the illegal skin trade. Savannah native, sixteen-year-old Stella Delaney finds Vodyanoy's first victim floating face down in the marsh. Can she save Learka from this fate? Is she in danger, herself? Could Laerka be a crook, herself? She and the traffickers share the same prison tattoo so who in this forbidding landscape can be trusted?
Bendoly’s imagination runs rampant in the story treating the reader to such fantastical things as a magical dress that possesses anyone who wears it to the hypnotic controlling stare of a beautiful mermaid.
This story is definitely for the Fantasy and Southern Gothic fan. As each part of the story unfolds and each character rises to the occasion the reader is treated to a mystical and magical tale that keeps them wondering: What is going to happen next?