Fortress of Lies

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Fortress of Lies
Product information
Type Novel
Author J. Steven York
Pages 297
Cover Artwork Ray Lundgren
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 3 February 2004
ISBN-10 0451459636
ISBN-13 978-0451459633
Era Dark Age era
Timeline 3134
Series MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels
Preceded by By Temptations and By War
Followed by Patriot's Stand

Fortress of Lies, by J. Steven York, is the eighth novel in the MechWarrior: Dark Age series. It was first published in February 2004 by Roc Books and was later republished in June 2021 by Catalyst Game Labs as a BattleTech Legends title.

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After his victory on New Aragon, Duke Aaron Sandoval has the embattled Republic in his debt. But Sandoval's hidden agenda has more to do with his own power than any loyalty he ever had to The Republic of the Sphere. He'll spare no expense to achieve his ultimate goal.

When the Duke becomes the target of an assassination attempt, he realizes that his efforts to build a coalition against the invading House Liao are failing. Many planetary governors prefer capitulation to war. What he needs is a new ship and a new approach.

To launch his campaign, Sandoval sends his nephew Erik, fresh from the front lines, to Shensi. His job is to convince the governor to join his uncle's alliance instead of making peace with Liao. Although Erik is honored to be the Duke's strong right hand, he's convinced that his uncle's arrogance is getting the better of him. But what Erik doesn't yet realize is that his uncle will sacrifice anyone to achieve his dreams of glory...


The book focuses on the story of the renegade Republic of the Sphere Duke Aaron Sandoval and his nephew Erik Sandoval-Groell, who acts as Military Commander of his privately raised FedSuns loyalist militia, the Swordsworn. With semisecret agenda of delivering worlds to Federated Suns, once the Republic ultimately collapsed, the splinter faction wages war against Capellan Confederation which by 3134 has pushed into Prefectures VI and V. Two organize resistance and try to make alliances among besieged worlds trying fight off the Capellans with little help from the Republic of the Sphere.

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Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 2005 as Festung der Lügen (ISBN 9783453521070).[1]


A Hungarian edition, translated by Vitális Szabolcs, was published by Delta Vision in 2006 as Hazugságok erődje.[2]



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for Festung der Lügen
  2. Beholder product page for Hazugságok erődje