Lost Destiny

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Lost Destiny
Product information
Type Novel
Author Michael A. Stackpole
Pages 379
Cover Artwork Les Dorscheid (original)
Roger Loveless (reprint)
Alex Iglesias (2022 reprint)
Publication information
Publisher FASA (original)
Roc Books (reprint)
First published September 1991 (original)
December 1995 (reprint)
January 2022 (reprint)
ISBN-10 0451453859
ISBN-13 978-0451453853
Era Clan Invasion era
Timeline 5 January 3052 - 20 June 3052
5 January, 305220 June, 3052
Series Blood of Kerensky Trilogy
Preceded by Blood Legacy

Lost Destiny by Michael A. Stackpole is the final book in the Blood of Kerensky trilogy.

From the back cover (1995 edition)[edit]

With secret aid from ComStar—the Terran-based sect that serves as the keeper of the Inner Sphere's technological secrets and controls interstellar communication—the Clans' BattleMech warriors have been incredibly successful in their campaign of invasion. But ComStar has its own reasons for giving aid to the enemy, and if its strategy proves successful, the Inner Sphere worlds will be finally be reunited under ComStar's rule.

Yet neither the Clans nor the Great Houses of the Inner Sphere are ready to become ComStar's puppets. And within ComStar's upper echelon a new power struggle is about to begin. As the Clans continue their inward drive, with Terra itself as their true goal, can ComStar mobilize the Inner Sphere's last defenses—or will their own internal political warfare provide the final death blow to the empire they are sworn to protect?


The novel takes place during the continued Clan invasion. Between conquests, Phelan Wolf competes for the Ward Bloodname. Kai Allard-Liao, trapped behind enemy lines, evades Clan Jade Falcon garrison forces. Victor Steiner-Davion rebuilds the Tenth Lyran Guards into a force specifically tooled to fight the Clans. Dubbed "the Revenants," the Tenth travels into the Draconis Combine to rescue Hohiro Kurita. The battle of Tukayyid is fought and the Com Guards are victorious, putting an end to the Clan Invasion for fifteen years. Phelan earns the Bloodname by defeating Vlad in his final match. Anastasius Focht kills Primus Myndo Waterly and announces reforms to ComStar, thus initiating the schism with the Word of Blake. Hanse Davion dies of a heart attack which leaves Victor as the de facto ruler of the Federated Commonwealth.

Phalen's Bloodname Competition includes:

1. A battle un-augmented against an elemental, Dean, in zero G

2. A battle against an aerojockey, agumented in which phalen pilots a Nova

3. A battle intended to be augmented against another severly injured mechwarrior, that would have been a Wolfhound IIC vs an Adder. This is pre-empted when the Loremaster declares the battle to begin when the elevator doors open onto the mech bay, and Phalen immediately knocks out mechwarrior Lajos.

4. A battle augmented against an elemental, Edeck, in a city environment.

5. The final battle against Vlad, augmented on the world of Tukkayid. Phalen in his Wolfhound IIC vs Vlad in an Adder D


Prior to Phalen's thrid blood name trial against mechwarrior Lajos, the adder described in the text matches the description of a Nova Prime almost exactly.

This novel was the first to showcase the Battle of Tukkayid, but other viewpoints are available in other Novels.

The Jade Falcon Viewpoint is covered in the novel Falcon Guard (novel).

The Smoke Jaguar Viewpoint is covered in the novel Exodus Road (novel)

Featured characters[edit]

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Battle Armor[edit]

Aerospace Fighters[edit]



Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 1992 as Dunkles Schicksal (ISBN 9783453058361).[1] The book had several printings, including a sixth printing in 1995 under the same ISBN.[2] This was republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2017 as BattleTech Legenden 12 - Das Blut der Kerensky : Dunkles Schicksal (ISBN 9783957526113).[3]


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


A Russian edition, translated by I. Gavrilov, was published by Армада (Armada) in 1997 as Потерянная судьба (ISBN 5763205456). [6][7] A reprint was published in 2003 (ISBN 5710768294) by Дрофа (Drofa) as part of a different series produced in collaboration with Армада-пресс (Armada-Press). [8][9]


A Spanish edition, translated by Jaime de Marcos Andreu, was published by Timun Mas in 1997 as El destino de los clanes.



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for first printing of Dunkles Schicksal
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for sixth printing of Dunkles Schicksal
  3. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for BattleTech Legenden 12 - Das Blut der Kerensky : Dunkles Schicksal
  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 Потерянная судьба
  7. National Library of Russia description for Потерянная судьба (1997)
  8. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Потерянная судьба
  9. National Library of Russia description for Потерянная судьба (2003)