Battletech – A Return to the Inner Sphere

It’s been a long time since I originally read and played in the Battletech universe. However, with a recent membership in Scribd after I cancelled my Kindle Unlimited membership I joyfully came across this series once again. If you’re a fan of reading and audiobooks, I highly recommend Scribd as while I liked Kindle Unlimited, I also disliked it at the same time!

You see, Kindle Unlimited only really offered self-published books through its store and while I really enjoyed reading and getting to know some of these authors, I also wanted to read stuff from some of the big names in the industry. With Scribd, I have this + for the same cost I also have magazines and audiobooks. If you’re interested in giving them a try click here to get two free months to try it out!

Now, these are labeled as Battletech Legends and the reading order seems a bit out of whack. I initially thought it was based around actions happening during the same timeframe in the Inner Sphere but this isn’t really the case.

So this post is going to cover the right way you should read all of the books along with links to the relevant reviews when I finish each book.

This table while it contains all of the books will have additional detail added as I get through them so check back often and click through to the associated reviews for more details!

Timeline of Events Correct Reading Order Legends Order
3024#1 – Decision at Thunder Rift by William H. Keith Jr.
A good introduction to the Battletech universe. It provides a good overview without getting caught up in the minutia of things. Starting from simple infantry fighting these awesome war machines and then growing into command of the machines themselves – this book launches the universe well.
3025The Sword and the Dagger, by Ardath Mayhar. 
3025 – 3026#2 – Mercenary’s Star by William H. Keith Jr.
Continuing from the previous book – Decision at Thunder Rift – this book sees the fledgling legion continuing to grow. With the forces of the Draconis Combine working hard to subjugate the citizens of Verthandi, the Legion is called in to help the fledgling rebellion.

3026 – 3027#3 – Warrior: En Garde by Michael A. Stackpole
3027 – 3028#4 – The Price of Glory by William H. Keith, Jr.
3027 – 3029#5 – Warrior: Riposte by Michael A. Stackpole
3023 – 3028#6 – Wolves on the Border by Robert N. Charrette –
This was actually the first book I read in the Legends series but based on my recollection of events from earlier days it was out of sequence which is why I created this list!

The story is basically all about the mercenary group the Wolves Dragoons and their experiences with their Kurita paymasters.

3029 – 3030#7 – Warrior: Coupe by Michael A. Stackpole
#8 – Heir to the Dragon by Robert N. Charrette  
3030s#9 – Way of the Clans by Robert Thurston
While we get a couple of hints in earlier books – specifically Wolves on the Border – this is our first real introduction to the Clans. An extremely martial society that has formed from the descendants of Kerensky, the Clan’s goal and ambition is to restore the Star League – regardless of who and what stands in their way. The Jade Falcon’s are one of the most ambitious of the Clan’s and this story tells the birth of one of their greatest leaders.
3040s#10 – Bloodname by Robert Thurston 11
#11 – Lethal Heritage by Michael A. Stackpole  
#12 – Blood Legacy by Michael A. Stackpole  
#13 – Lost Destiny by Michael A. Stackpole  
Falcon Guard by Robert Thurston  
Wolf Pack by Robert N. Charrette  
Main Event by James D. Long  
Ideal War by Christopher Kubasik  
Natural Selection by Michael A. Stackpole  
Assumption of Risk by Michael A. Stackpole  
Blood of Heroes by Andrew Keith  
Close Quarters by Victor Milán  
Far Country by Peter L. Rice  
D.R.T. by James D. Long  
Tactics of Duty by William H. Keith  
Bred for War by Michael A. Stackpole  
I Am Jade Falcon by Robert Thurston  
Star Lord by Donald G. Phillips  
Highlander Gambit by Blaine Lee Pardoe  
Hearts of Chaos by Victor Milán  
Operation Excalibur by William H. Keith  
Malicious Intent by Michael A. Stackpole  
Black Dragon by Victor Milán  
Impetus of War by Blaine Lee Pardoe  
Double-Blind by Loren L. Coleman  
Binding Force by Loren Coleman  
Exodus Road by Blaine Lee Pardoe  
Grave Covenant by Michael A. Stackpole  
The Hunters by Thomas S. Gressman  
Freebirth by Robert Thurston  
Sword and Fire by Thomas S. Gressman  
Shadows of War by Thomas S. Gressman  
Prince of Havoc by Michael A. Stackpole  
Falcon Rising by Robert Thurston  
Threads of Ambition by Loren Coleman  
The Killing Fields by Loren Coleman  
Dagger Point by Thomas S. Gressman  
Ghost of Winter by Stephen Kenson  
Roar of Honor by Blaine Lee Pardoe  
By Blood Betrayed by Mel Odom  
Illusions of Victory by Loren Coleman  
Flashpoint by Loren Coleman  
Measure of a Hero by Blaine Lee Pardoe  
Path of Glory by Randall N. Bills  
Test of Vengeance by Bryan Nystul  
Patriots and Tyrants by Loren L. Coleman  
Call of Duty by Blaine Lee Pardoe  
Initiation to War by Robert N. Charrette  
The Dying Time by Thomas S. Gressman  
Storms of Fate by Loren Coleman  
Imminent Crisis by Randall N. Bills  
Operation Audacity by Blaine Lee Pardoe  
Endgame by Loren Coleman  
Ghost War by Michael A. Stackpole  
A Call to Arms (MechWarrior: Dark Age #2) by Loren Coleman  
The Ruins of Power by Robert E. Vardeman  
A Silence in the Heavens by Martin Delrio  
Truth and Shadows by Martin Delrio  
Service for the Dead by Martin Delrio  
By Temptations and by War by Loren Coleman  
Fortress of Lies by J. Steven York  
Patriot’s Stand by Mike Moscoe  
Flight of the Falcon by Victor Milán  
Blood of the Isle by Loren Coleman  
Hunters of the Deep by Randall N. Bills  
The Scorpion Jar by Jason M. Hardy  
Target of Opportunity by Blaine Lee Pardoe  
Sword of Sedition by Loren Coleman  
Daughter of the Dragon by Ilsa J. Bick  
Heretic’s Faith by Randall N. Bills  
Fortress Republic by Loren Coleman  
Blood Avatar by Ilsa J. Bick  
Trial by Chaos by J. Steven York  
Principles of Desolation by Jason M. Hardy  
Wolf Hunters by Kevin Killiany  
Surrender Your Dreams by Blaine Lee Pardoe  
Dragon Rising by Ilsa J. Bick  
Masters of War by Michael A. Stackpole  
A Rending of Falcons by Victor Milán  
Pandora’s Gambit by Randall N. Bills  
Fire at Will by Blaine Lee Pardoe  
The Last Charge by Jason M. Hardy  
To Ride the Chimera by Kevin Killiany  
A Bonfire of Worlds by Steven Mohan Jr.  
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