- Series: Battletech
- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Roc (August 6, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451451015
- ISBN-13: 978-0451451019
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,101,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Battletech 01: Way of the Clans (Bk. 1) Mass Market Paperback – August 6, 1991
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Top Customer Reviews
Back in the twenty-eighth century, Aleksandr Kerensky took all of his supporters and established his own society outside the Inner Sphere; with the intention of one day returning and re-establishing the old government, Nicholas Kerensky began developing the most dangerous soldiers possible. The society is built almost solely upon the central importance of warfare, and it is the dream of every child to become a warrior. Some are bred for the task, and the highest honor a warrior can achieve is the acquisition of a Bloodname and inclusion in the genetic warrior pool. The trueborn are artificially created via genetic engineering from the bloodlines of the most accomplished warriors, and these youngsters are all raised and trained together from birth. Each sibko may only produce one or two warriors, however - only the very best succeed, while the others are killed or assigned to work among the lower castes.Read more ›
Unlike some Battletech novels, character interaction and development is not sacrificed for action. Aidan, Joanna, Horse, and Marthe have complex feelings and relationships that are deep enough to hold up over the sequels and other stories that they appear in. The book also is a good stand-alone read, although the whole Jade Phoenix series is reccomended. Definately one of the crown jewls of the Battletech novel series.
But all of this, including the insults and punishments, play into the nature of Clan training. And as things become more and more difficult, soon more and more members of the sibko drop out for reasons including failure to handle the pressure of the role or even the death. All this is to focus on only gaining the best of the best of each sibko, who will then get a shot to prove themselves on the battlefield and hopefully become full-fledged warriors of the Clan. Aidan's entire life thus far seems to be geared towards that one test and to fail it would be death for him.
As a long-time Battletech reader, I can't say that Clan Jade Falcon is one of my favorite Clans around. They've mostly known for their pride and their arrogance and thus they're not entirely likable. And so it's hard to cheer for Aidan either given he rather perfectly personifies a lot of the qualities that this particular Clan tends to foster in their Warriors. To be fair, almost all Clan Warriors act as if they're superior to all others given this is ingrained in their upbringing. But there's something about Jade Falcons that make them seem particularly arrogant compared to others.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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This novel, and those of the Legend of the Jade Phoenix Trilogy, are important in the Battletech series simply because they're in universe and character looks at the quite... Read morePublished on March 20, 2007 by Michael Thompson
Good Book - Good Story...
Clan Jade Falcon is seen here with some rather interesting UnClan like happenings, but when thoroughly read 1-3 you will find that the entire series... Read more
I first came to Battletech by playing the Mechwarrior2 computer game. When I found out there were novels set in the Battletech Universe I figured this was a good place to... Read morePublished on June 22, 2001 by Douglas Barrow