Falcon Guard (novel)
- This article is about the novel. For the military unit, see Jade Falcon Guards (Clan Jade Falcon).
|Cover Artwork||Bruce Jensen|
|Interior Artwork||Earl Geier (see Notes)|
|First published||3 December 1991|
|Era||Clan Invasion era|
|Timeline||3051 – 3052|
|Series||Legend of the Jade Phoenix|
Falcon Guard, by Robert Thurston, is the final book in the Legend of the Jade Phoenix trilogy. The story covers Star Colonel Aidan Pryde assuming command of the disgraced Falcon Guards and leading them to redemption at the Battle of Tukayyid.
From the back cover
|“||In 2786, the elite Star League Army fled the Inner Sphere, abandoning the senseless bloodshed ordered by the Successor Lords. Now, almost three hundred years later, the Clans, heirs of the Star League Army, turn their eyes back upon their former home. Nothing will stop them from raising the Star League banner over Earth once again.
For two years, the Clans BattleMech war machines have overwhelmed the armies of the corrupt Successor Lords. Now, at the gates of Earth the Clans must fight one final battle, a battle that will decide the fate of humanity for all time.
For Star Colonel Aidan Pryde of Clan Jade Falcon the battle is more than a question of military conquest. It is an affirmation of the superiority of the Clan way, a way of life that he has sworn to uphold despite his fear that the noble crusade has fallen prey to the lust and ambition of its commanders.
Star Colonel Aidan Pryde commands the dezgra and re-formed Falcon Guard after their defeat on Twycross. He leads them in the Clan Jade Falcon attack on Tukayyid, which results in a draw for the Clan…a total loss, if not for Aidan. He is killed defending the retreat of the Clan and his daughter, Diana. His genetic legacy is accepted into the gene pool of Clan Jade Falcon with great honor.
- Star Colonel Aidan Pryde
- MechWarrior Diana
- MechWarrior Horse
- MechWarrior Joanna
- Loremaster Kael Pershaw
- Star Commander Marthe Pryde
- While the book itself claims all the interior illustrations were drawn by Jeff Laubenstein, they were in fact drawn by Earl Geier. The text in question is unchanged from earlier titles in the Jade Phoenix trilogy which Laubenstein was the interior artist.
A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 1993 as Falkenwacht (ISBN 9783453065932). The book had several printings, including a fourth printing in 1995 under the same ISBN. This was republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2017 as BattleTech Legenden 15 - Jadephönix 3 : Falkenwacht (ISBN 9783957526151).
Original 1991 cover. Art by Bruce Jensen