|Cover artwork||Doug Chaffee|
|First published||01 March 1999|
|Era||Clan Invasion era|
|Timeline||3059 – 3061|
|Series||Twilight of the Clans|
|Preceded by||Prince of Havoc|
The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 2 October 2010 as a PDF file (text only, without cover, pictures, or any other interior artwork except for the usual BattleCorps frame graphics). The PDF copy includes a disclaimer stating that it was created from a pre-final edition text that might differ from the printed version and that canon-wise, the print edition trumps the PDF edition.
From the back cover
|“|| As the Khans of the Clans gather on Strana Mechty to plan a new invasion of the Inner Sphere, Jade Falcon Khan Marthe Pryde strives to rebuild her Clan to its former glory. She bloods new warriors and wins others in Trials from other Clans, but she cannot waste any fine warrior—even those who are freeborn. She gives a Trinary composed entirely of freeborns to a freeborn Star Captain and allows Diana, the freeborn daughter of a Jade Falcon hero, to compete for a bloodname.
The Khans of the Steel Vipers—long-standing rivals of the Falcons—use these radical moves against Marthe, attacking her in the Grand Council. In the midst of this war of intimidation, the Inner Sphere accomplishes the unthinkable—an invasion of Clan space. But even that cannot stop Marthe Pryde or the Steel Vipers as their ripening conflict explodes into war...
In 3060 warrior Diana, the freeborn daughter of Peri Watson and Aidan Pryde, chooses to compete for the Pryde bloodname. She is coached by Star Commander Joanna and trains with Star Captain Horse. Her attempt infuriates the trueborn population of Clan Jade Falcon. She wins the bloodname. Later in 3061, Khan Marthe Pryde launches an attack on Waldorff V. Diana Pryde defeats Steel Viper Khan Perigard Zalman and, along with Horse, saves Joanna's life. Joanna becomes a sibparent for Sibko Training Center 111.
Featured BattleTech equipment
- Arctic Cheetah (Hankyu)
- Battle Cobra
- Black Lanner
- Mad Dog
- Timber Wolf
1999 original cover, art by Doug Chaffee.