A Silence in the Heavens

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A Silence in the Heavens
Product information
Type Novel
Author Martin Delrio
Pages 297
Cover Artwork Ray Lundgren
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 3 June 2003
ISBN-10 0451459326
ISBN-13 978-0451459329
Era Dark Age era
Timeline 24 November 3132 - 29 June 3133
Series MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels
(The Proving Grounds trilogy)
Preceded by The Ruins of Power
Followed by Truth and Shadows

A Silence in the Heavens, by Martin Delrio, is the fourth novel in the MechWarrior: Dark Age series and the first book in The Proving Grounds trilogy. It was first published in June 2003 by Roc Books and was later republished in April 2021 by Catalyst Game Labs as a BattleTech Legends title.

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Since the failure of the interplanetary communications system, the ages-long peace within The Republic of the Sphere has begun to shatter. Power-hungry factions—such as the Steel Wolves—are raiding vulnerable worlds to establish their own rule...

As a gateway to Earth, the planet of Northwind has strategic value—making it an exposed target to the splintering factions emerging across The Republic—and Duchess Tara Campbell will not allow her home to fall into enemy hands. Offering military assistance, The Republic sends Paladin Ezekiel Crow and his fully armed BattleMech to help defend Northwind.

MechWarrior Anastasia Kerensky, she of the infamous bloodline, has her sights set on possessing Northwind—and what Anastasia wants, Anastasia usually gets. But first she must contend with the deadly politics of the Steel Wolves before she embarks on a conquest that could lead to the very heart of The Republic itself...


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Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 2004 as Der Himmel schweigt (ISBN 9783453879126).[1]


A Hungarian edition, translated by Zaránd Fruzsina, was published by Delta Vision in 2004 as A menny csöndje.[2]



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for Der Himmel schweigt
  2. Beholder product page for A menny csöndje