The Sword and the Dagger Paperback – Apr 1987
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Nice clean copy showing some signs of wear to soft cover. In Very Good Used Condition. "BATTLETECH" The Sword and The Dagger by Ardath Mayhar. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
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The characters are realistic, in their growth through the story. Also, the combat descriptions, while not as good as the later novels, is fair. The story is essential to the Battletech universe, and it explains many things. Things I hadn't understood from later novels, became clear from this book. It also gave me the incentive to purchase the Warrior Trilogy.
All in all, a good read.
The greater story in play is a fairly complex one, and initially it felt a little annoying to be stuck with Ardan Sortek as our reference character. As much as his problems with Hanse Davions strategies are founded in his sense of honor, they way he acts on this does make him come across as a bit of a petulant child. But it did give him a lot of opportunity to grow as a character and so I suppose I can appreciate what was done here.
The Liao plot was a rather complex one - and I'll admit that I initially didn't quite get how it was being played out at first. Despite all the other books I've read in this franchise that were set well after this story, the twists and turns in this story were a little beyond me. That may or may not be a bad thing. On the one hand, perhaps it was truly such a masterful plot and one that deserves professional respect and admiration. On the other, perhaps it was just badly written and thus unintentionally confusing. It's a little hard to determine which of the two was more likely.
The first novel showcased a nice mix of Mech combat and ground tactics. In contrast, this second novel was more about plots and intrigue, and thus there were a lot more exciting things taking place outside the cockpit than in it. And while we still got a good dose of BattleMechs having it out in the earlier part of the book, the later sections were all about stealthily getting from one planet to another and following the trail of clues as to what Liao's true plan is.
The Sword and the Dagger was a nice little adventure in the Battletech Universe and one that helped lay out the framework for later adventures. Plus the events cited here would go on to be referenced many times in later books, and so it was nice to finally get to read about how things unfolded.