|Author||Ilsa J. Bick|
|Cover artwork||(no attribution)|
|First published||6 December 2005|
|Era||Dark Age era|
|Timeline||3135 – 3136|
|Series||MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels|
|Preceded by||Fortress Republic|
|Followed by||Trial by Chaos|
Blood Avatar, by Ilsa J. Bick, follows Detective Jack Ramsey and Dr. Amanda Slade in a murder investigation that hints at a deeper conspiracy. The story is notable as the first BattleTech/MechWarrior novel not to feature a 'Mech battle, strictly focusing on the murder mystery.
According to the author, the original manuscript was titled simply "Avatar", but Roc Books did not like that title; the author and Roc Books then independently of each other suggested to name it "Blood Avatar".
From the back cover
|“|| The first body that turns up in Farway, a secluded town on the planet Denebola, is from out of town. When the Denebola Bureau of Investigation and the legate's office from half a planet away decide to help identify the murder victim, Sheriff Hank Ketchum knows he's in over his head.
Enter the infamous detective Jack Ramsey. With the help of the talented and beautiful local medical examiner, Amanda Slade, Ramsey digs into the case and discovers evidence that puts Farway at the heart of a conspiracy. But who's the greater threat—the Clans, the Word of Blake, or the legate's intelligence operative?