Lethal Heritage

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Lethal Heritage
Product information
Type Novel
Author Michael A. Stackpole
Pages 400
Cover Artwork Les Dorscheid (original)
Roger Loveless (1995 reprint)
Alex Iglesias (2022 reprint)
Publication information
Publisher FASA (original)
Roc Books (reprint)
First published September 1989 (original)
September 1995 (reprint)
January 2022 (reprint)
ISBN-10 0451453832
ISBN-13 978-0451453839
Era Clan Invasion era
Timeline 30493051
19 May, 304912 January, 3051
Series Blood of Kerensky Trilogy
Followed by Blood Legacy

Lethal Heritage, by Michael A. Stackpole, is the first book in the Blood of Kerensky trilogy.

From the back cover (1995 edition)[edit]

In the late 28th century, the Star League collapsed and the Five Successor States were born. For the last three hundred years, these mortal enemies have fought over space, land, and politics, but now a new threat looms just outside the Inner Sphere. The descendants of an old Star League general—the Clans—have come to take what they believe to be rightly theirs. They have been bred into the best military force humanity has ever seen. The Clans have come to stay, and the Successor States must put aside their differences or face total destruction.


The Clans invade the Inner Sphere. The Federated Commonwealth defeats Clan Jade Falcon on Twycross using Victor Steiner-Davion's battle strategy and Kai Allard-Liao's heroics at the Great Gash. The Draconis Combine defeats Clan Smoke Jaguar on Wolcott, gaining Clan 'Mechs and Elemental armor. Phelan Kell is captured by Clan Wolf, eventually being adopted into the clan. IlKhan Leo Showers, leader of the invasion, is killed. Wolf's Dragoons call a summit on Outreach to deal with the Clans.

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Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 1992 as Tödliches Erbe (ISBN 9783453053908).[1] The book had several printings, including a seventh printing in 1995 under the same ISBN.[2] This was republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2017 as BattleTech Legenden 10 - Das Blut der Kerensky : Tödliches Erbe (ISBN 9783957526090).[3]


A Hungarian edition, translated by Tóth Judit, was published by Beholder in 1997 as Halálos örökség.[4] A second edition was published in 2005.[5]


A Russian edition, translated by A. Zherebtsov, was published by Армада (Armada) in 1997 as Смертоносное наследство (ISBN 5763204344). [6][7]


A Spanish edition, translated by Jaime de Marcos Andreu, was published by Timun Mas in 1996 as Herencia mortal.



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for first printing of Tödliches Erbe
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for seventh printing of Tödliches Erbe
  3. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for BattleTech Legenden 10 - Das Blut der Kerensky : Tödliches Erbe
  4. Beholder product page for first edition of Halálos örökség
  5. Beholder product page for second edition of Halálos örökség,
  6. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Смертоносное наследство
  7. National Library of Russia description for Смертоносное наследство