|Author||Randall N. Bills|
|Cover Artwork||(no attribution)|
|First published||2 August 2005|
|Era||Dark Age era|
|Timeline||5 November 3135 – 9 February 3137|
|Series||MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels|
|Preceded by||Daughter of the Dragon|
|Followed by||Fortress Republic|
Heretic's Faith, by Randall N. Bills, is the seventeenth novel in the MechWarrior: Dark Age series. It was first published in August 2005 by Roc Books and was later republished in November 2021 by Catalyst Game Labs as a BattleTech Legends title.
From the back cover
|“||Centuries ago, Minoru Kurita abandoned his noble name and heritage when he was adopted by Clan Nova Cat, who utilized Minoru's psychic abilities to create a powerful new breed of warrior: the Mystic Caste, a secretive spiritual branch of the Clan led by their exalted Oathmaster...
From the moment Kisho left the Iron Womb, he has been trained in the Mystic Caste with one goal in mind: to forge his entire being into a tool—not simply as a weapon to fight the Clan's enemies, but as an instrument of strength to bring glory to Clan Nova Cat through his visions. Now he has been chosen by the Oathmaster himself to be his protege and possible successor. But Kisho's great pride masks a great deception: He does not believe any of it. He has walked the path all his life, yet he has no faith in the gifts the Mystic Caste supposedly possesses—and he is running out of time.
For Kisho is about to be sent into battle with his warrior brethren to fight alongside the forces of the controversial Warlord Katana Tormark—and the faith he has so long denied may be the only thing that can save them...
- Star Colonel Kisho
- Mystic Hisa
- Mystic Tanaka
- Tai-shu Katana Tormark
- Galaxy Commander Kev Rosse
- ISF Director Ramadeep Bhatia
- Oathmaster Kanaye
DropShips and JumpShips
- Broadsword-class DropShip Fists of Truth
- Comitatus-class JumpShip Santin
- Merchant-class JumpShip Jesica's Revenge
- Outpost-class DropShip Nearstar
- Scout-class JumpShip Light in Darkness
- Map of the Republic of the Inner Sphere's Prefectures II and III, circa 3135, showing the Spirit Cats' efforts
A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Ulisses Spiele in 2011 as Die Zweifel des Ketzers (ISBN 9783868891621). This was republished as an EPUB in 2012 (ISBN 9783868898408).
2021 cover. Art by Tan Ho Sim.