Bloodname (novel)

Product information
Type Novel
Author Robert Thurston
Pages 304
Cover Artwork Bruce Jensen
Interior Artwork Jeff Laubenstein
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 03 October 1991
ISBN-10 0451451171
ISBN-13 978-0451451170
Era Succession Wars era
Timeline 3040s
Series Legend of the Jade Phoenix
Preceded by Way of the Clans
Followed by Falcon Guard

Bloodname, by Robert Thurston, is the second book in the Legend of the Jade Phoenix trilogy.

From the back cover[edit]

Truebirth – Born in the laboratory, these genetically engineered soldiers train to be the ultimate warriors. They are the elite pilots of the Clan's fearsome BattleMech war machines.

Freebirth – Born of the natural union of parents, these too are soldiers, but pale imitations of their truebirth superiors. Despised for their imperfections, they fight where and when their Clan commands.

Aidan has failed his Trial of Position, the ranking test all truebirth warriors of the Clan Jade Falcon must pass. He is cast out. Disgraced. His rightful Bloodname denied him.

But with a Bloodname, all past failures are forgiven. With a Bloodname comes respect. With a Bloodname comes honor.

Aidan will do anything to gain that name. Even masquerade as the thing he has been taught to despise.

A freebirth.


Some years after the events depicted in Way of the Clans, Aidan (posing as the freeborn Jorge) is serving as a Star Commander performing garrison duty on Glory. He is leading a star of freeborn MechWarriors (among them his long-term comrade Horse) under the command of Star Colonel Kael Pershaw. Being assigned only the crudest tasks, trueborns would not be bothered with, he grows more and more dissatisfied with his situation. His pride and unwillingness to back down from the insults of arrogant trueborns, result him constantly being involved in conflicts and fights. Because of his killing of the trueborn MechWarrior Bast in a bar fight, he is punished by Kael Pershaw. However, soon after a Clan Wolf force arrives in the System, declaring a Trial of Possession for the genetic material of Star Colonel Kael Pershaw. Because of the destruction of arriving Jade Falcon forces in space by Wolf Aerospace Fighters, Pershaw's forces are severely outnumbered. By implementing a plan inspired by reading poetry in his secret book collection, Aidan is instrumental in achieving victory over the wolf forces led by Star Captain Dwillt Radick.

Following this victory, Aidan reveals himself to Pershaw as a trueborn warrior. Word has reached him of an available Pryde Bloodname, and he intends to participate in the competition. A shocked and outraged Kael Pershaw orders Aidan to be bound until a formal Trial before the Clan Council on Ironhold, along with Star Captain Joanna, whose Trinary has been transferred to Glory Station just prior to the battle with Clan Wolf. There, together with Falconer Commander Ter Roshak, they are judged guilty but demand to fight the verdict with a Trial of Refusal. Despite the odds of three to one, they manage to win the trial (mainly due to the superior abilities and tactical intelligence of Aidan), reversing the judgment of the council.

The following day, Aidan fights again in the Grand Melee, this being his only chance of winning a slot for the Bloodname competition, since no Bloodnamed Warrior would ever nominate him due to the stain on his career. He succeeds, and eventually wins the Bloodname.

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Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 1993 as Blutrecht (ISBN 9783453061989).[1] The book had several printings, including a fifth printing in 1995 under the same ISBN.[2] This was republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2017 as BattleTech Legenden 14 - Jadephönix 2 : Blutrecht (ISBN 9783957526144).[3]


A Hungarian edition, translated by Würth Attila, was published by Beholder in 1998 as Vérnév.[4]


A Russian edition, translated by V. Bykovsky, was published by Армада (Armada) in 1995 as Путь воина (ISBNs 5879941256 and 5763200594). [5][6] A reprint was published in 2001 (ISBN 5309001670) by Армада-пресс (Armada-Press) as part of a different series produced in collaboration with Дрофа (Drofa). [7][8] A second printing of this reprint was produced in 2002 under the ISBN 5309003509. [9]



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for first printing of Blutrecht
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for fifth printing of Blutrecht
  3. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for BattleTech Legenden 14 - Jadephönix 2 : Blutrecht
  4. Beholder product page for Vérnév
  5. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Путь воина
  6. National Library of Russia description for Путь воина (1995)
  7. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Путь воина
  8. National Library of Russia description for Путь воина (2001)
  9. National Library of Russia description for Путь воина (2002)