Principles of Desolation

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Principles of Desolation
Product information
Type Novel
Author Jason M. Hardy
Randall N. Bills
Pages 304
Cover Artwork (no attribution)
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 1 August 2006
ISBN-10 0451460812
ISBN-13 978-0451460813
Era Dark Age era
Timeline 9 May 3135 – 1 March 3137
Series MechWarrior: Dark Age Novels
Preceded by Trial by Chaos
Followed by Wolf Hunters

Principles of Desolation, by Jason M. Hardy and Randall N. Bills, is the twenty-first novel in the MechWarrior: Dark Age series. It was first published in August 2006 by Roc Books and was later republished in January 2022 by Catalyst Game Labs as a BattleTech Legends title.

The novel centers on Danai Liao-Centrella and her increasing involvement in the devious politics of the Capellan Confederation.

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For more than a year, "divine leader" Daoshen Liao has relentlessly pushed his Capellan Confederation forces in their invasion of the Republic. Now the time has come for the next stage of his conquest—a conquest that will begin not with an enemy, but with his own family...

Raised among royalty in the Magistracy of Canopus, where the superiority of women is a cultural axiom, Danai Liao-Centrella possesses all the confidence necessary for her to ascend through the Confederation ranks, despite having to contend with the constant machinations of her maniacal brother, Daoshen.

But when her latest mission ends in defeat and personal disgrace, Danai will face the greatest challenge of life. Chancellor Daoshen rewards her failure by giving her a battalion of her own and a brand-new battlefield. And Danai is about to learn that in service to the state, even family comes second to safeguarding the Capellan Confederation.


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A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Ulisses Spiele in 2014 as Prinzip der Verwüstung (ISBN 9783957520234).[1] This was republished as an EPUB in 2014 (ISBN 9783868898965).[2]



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for print edition of Prinzip der Verwüstung
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for EPUB edition of Prinzip der Verwüstung