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By Temptations and By War

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By Temptations and By War
Product information
Type Novel
Author Loren L. Coleman
Pages 293
Cover Artwork (no attribution)
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 2 December 2003
ISBN-10 0451459474
ISBN-13 978-0451459473
Era Dark Age era
Timeline 3134
Series MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels
Preceded by Service for the Dead
Followed by Fortress of Lies

By Temptations and By War, by Loren L. Coleman is the seventh novel in the MechWarrior: Dark Age series. It was first published in December 2003 by Roc Books and was later republished in June 2021 by Catalyst Game Labs as a BattleTech Legends title.

The novel is about the retaking of the planet Liao from the Republic of the Sphere by the Capellan Confederation.

From the back cover[edit]

When The Republic of the Sphere was established, it absorbed a quarter of Capellan Confederation space. Now that the crippled Republic is embattled everywhere, the Confederation Chancellor sends an operative into former Capellan territory to nurture the seeds of rebellion.

Freedom fighter Evan Kurst has resisted The Republic's "benevolent occupation" of the world of Liao for as long as he can remember. He has fought side by side with agents from the Confederation, and rallied other fighters to the cause. Until now, his efforts have been in vain.

In the chaos of the interstellar communications blackout, Kurst sees a new chance to liberate his homeworld and return it to its rightful rulers. The Chancellor's support is assured, and embodied in the person of Mai Wa, the operative sent to ensure Kurst's success. But Mai has betrayed the Kurst before, and Kurst's biggest problem remains knowing whom to trust in a world where today's ally is tomorrow's enemy.


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  • This book physically stands out from the line of MWDA novels because it was printed in a larger format (crown octavo 5 3/8" x 8" / 13.5 x 20cm) than all the other MWDA novels, including subsequent publications, for unknown reasons. According to hearsay,[1] the change from mass market paperback to trade paperback was a one-book experiment the publisher had decided on without consulting anyone else.

Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 2005 as Gezeiten des Krieges (ISBN 9783453520912).[2]


A Hungarian edition, translated by Zarándy Beáta, was published by Delta Vision in 2005 as Kísértés és háború.[3]



  1. As told to User:Frabby by a source from CGL who expressly added the caveat that it was secondhand information
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog,
  3. Beholder Product Page for Kísértés és háború,