Warrior: En Garde

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Warrior: En Garde
Product information
Type Novel
Author Michael A. Stackpole
Pages 329 (original)
358 (anniversary edition)
358 (reprint)
Cover artwork Jeff Laubenstein (original)
Roger Loveless (anniversary edition & reprint)
Publication information
Publisher FASA (original)
Roc Books (anniversary edition)
FanPro (reprint)
First published August 1988 (original)
April 1998 (anniversary edition)
September 2003 (reprint)
ISBN-10 3453042891
ISBN-13 978-3453042896
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline 30263027
Series The Warrior Trilogy
Followed by Warrior: Riposte

Warrior: En Garde, by Michael A. Stackpole, is the first book in The Warrior Trilogy.

From the back cover[edit]

Stripped of his rank, exiled Justin Allard is given one last chance to save his honor—by risking his life in the gladiatorial arenas of Solaris VII. But his newest Game World opponent—more skilled at 'Mech-to-'Mech combat than any other rival—raises the stakes even higher. It's Justin's own half brother, Daniel, lance commander in the dreaded Kell Hounds mercenary battalion.

Both Daniel and Justin face fierce battles, but in the Inner Sphere, where nobles have schemed for centuries to win the ultimate power, those who interfere with the Successor Lords are sometimes called heroes.

And sometimes called victims.


After an ambush on Kittery which costs him his left arm, Justin Xiang Allard is falsely accused of treason against the Federated Suns, and is stripped of his rank and exiled. He travels to Solaris 7, where he engages in numerous 'Mech duels, primarily against Federated pilots, and becomes the champion of the most prestigious league. Along the way, he identifies the warrior who ambushed him on Kittery and slays him in a grudge match.

Melissa Steiner travels to New Avalon, and is hijacked by mercenaries in the employ of Aldo Lestrade. She is rescued by the Kell Hounds, before the newly formed Genyosha and ISF forces identify what prize they have. Patrick Kell is killed by Yorinaga Kurita in the rescue attempt. The Hounds are told of the impending marriage between Steiner and Hanse Davion.

Justin Xiang (no longer using his surname) comes to the attention of Maskirovka operative Tsen Shang and is brought to Sian to coordinate Capellan efforts against his former home.

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