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Battletech 01: Way of the Clans (Bk. 1) Mass Market Paperback – August 6, 1991

4.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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Product Details

  • 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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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
The Battletech Universe can seem a little complicated for those new to the series; there are so many books covering different historical eras and personalities, almost all of which are related in one way or another, that one hardly knows where to begin. You basically have to study Battletech history in order to fully understand each book's place in that history. I speak from personal experience here, as I'm still new to these books myself. I don't know if Way of the Clans is a good starting point in terms of the timeline, but it's certainly a good starting point in the sense that it draws the reader right into the world of Battletech with a fascinating story. Not only does Way of the Clans introduce you to the clan structure of the outer worlds of the Sphere, it takes you all the way through one young man's training to become a MechWarrior.
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.
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I found this book to be a great "hook" to get people interested in the Battletech Universe; especially "clan" life. The story does contain a lot of violence but show you the clan lifestyle in depth, especially the "true born" (a gene milkshake of great warriors). This is the first Battletech book I read and I recomend it to anyone interested in, fantasy sci-fi type books
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This is a great book for veterans of the Battletech universe, or general sci-fi fans alike. The reader is introduced to a strange culture where genetic engineering is favored over natural birth, and where being a warrior is the pinnacle of existance.
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.
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At the center of this book (and also this trilogy) is Aidan, one of Clan Jade Falcon's trueborn. At the start of the novel he and the rest of his sibko (Clan for sibling company), all beginning the next phase of their training to become Warriors of the Clan on the world of Ironhold. But from the very beginning, he is singled out by Falconer Joanna, one of the trainers in charge of their sibko. Thus he is subjected to repeated bits of punishment and humiliation seemingly more than any other member of his group.

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.
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This novel introduced me to Battletech. While I've never played the RPG, I've managed to continue collecting and reading all of the novels. This one, without a doubt, is an excellent novel. Introducing Aidan Pryde of Clan Jade Falcon, Battletech readers are introduced to the Way of the Clans. This first volume details how Clan warriors are bred and trained. We follow Aidan on his exploits through Clan space as he attempts to become a warrior for the Jade Falcons. Readers are also introduced to Marthe Pryde, who continues to play a role in the current Battletech storyline. This novel is an excellent bridge into the Battletech universe. Unfortunately, with Mechwarrior: Dark Age being released, this book is behind the times, but if you can find the Legend of the Jade Phoenix Trilogy, I thoroughly recommend it. See also Blood of Kerensky Trilogy for more about the Clans.
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