Bred for War

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Bred for War
Product information
Type Novel
Author Michael A. Stackpole
Pages 378
Cover Artwork Boris Vallejo
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 01 January 1995
ISBN-10 0451453794
ISBN-13 978-0451453792
Era Clan Invasion era
Timeline 20 May 3057 - 1 January 3058
Followed by Malicious Intent

Bred for War, by Michael A. Stackpole, covers the events of Operation GUERRERO and the Refusal War.

The final chapters of the novel I Am Jade Falcon feature the fighting on Twycross during the latter conflict, while the main plot threads are continued in Malicious Intent.

From the back cover[edit]

Along with the throne of the Federated Commonwealth, Prince Victor Steiner-Davion inherited a number of problems. Foremost among them is the Clans' threat to the peace of the Inner Sphere—and a treacherous sister who wants to supplant him. The expected demise of Joshua Marik—heir to the Free Worlds League, whose very presence maintained peace—also endangers harmony. Victor's idea is to use a double for Joshua, a deception that will prevent war.

But secret duplicity is hard to maintain, and war erupts anyway, splitting the Inner Sphere and leaving the Federated Commonwealth defenseless. And when Victor thinks things can get no worse, word comes that the Clans, once again, have brought war to the Inner Sphere...


This novel has two major plot lines. The Clan Wolf vs Clan Jade Falcon refusal war is told in epic detail. The Sarna march disentegration into the chaos march is seen at the political level, as Marik, Liao and Davion square off after the death of Joshua Marik in Davion care.

The Refusal war puts Ulric Kerensky alongside Vlad, Natasha on her own, and Phelan all on separate campaigns to weaken, if not annihilate a crusader clan to ensure the Tukkayid truce remains in place.

Ulric Kerensky and Vlad do not make a lot of appearances, but Ulric really shows his comtempt for Vlad, and his desire to fight alongside him and other wolf crusaders just to watch them fall around him.

The fourth battle of Twycross puts Natasha Kerensky and her Daishi in the great Gash, for a fight that won't be told in detail until the novel I Am Jade Falcon.

The refusal war also re-unites the Kells as Morgan Kell creates the Arc-Royal defense Cordon as a way to stay out of simmering Davion family tensions.

In the Sarna march, we have a mixed sets of viewpoints, following the major heads of state directing war across their empires, while also engaging in clandestine activities of all sort. This is further highlighted with some additional lower level viewpoints from the battlefields of Operation Guerrero, and behind the black curtain with the spies and saboteurs.

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Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 1995 as Die Kriegerkaste (ISBN 9783453079649).[1] The book had a second printing in 1996 under the same ISBN.[2] This was also republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2020 as BattleTech Legenden 25 : Die Kriegerkaste (ISBN 9783963315916).[3]


A Hungarian edition, translated by Borzók Noémi, was published by Beholder in 2000 as Született harcosok.[4]


A Russian edition, translated by A. Yakovlev, was published by Армада (Armada) in 1996 as Рожденный для войны (ISBN 5763202392). [5][6]


A Spanish edition, translated by Anna Amado Bernardino, was published by Timun Mas in 2002 as En pie de guerra.



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for first printing of Die Kriegerkaste
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for second printing of Die Kriegerkaste
  3. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for BattleTech Legenden 25 : Die Kriegerkaste
  4. Beholder product page for Született harcosok
  5. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Рожденный для войны
  6. National Library of Russia description for Рожденный для войны