Anne McCaffrey's bestselling Rowan saga has been praised as "good reading" (Locus). It becomes "more convincing with each novel" (Booklist) and offers "winning, carefully developed characters" (Publishers Weekly). Now the story continues, as the passionate and talented children of Damia and Afra Lyon confront the alien threat first detected by ...
Anne McCaffrey's bestselling Rowan saga has been praised as "good reading" (Locus). It becomes "more convincing with each novel" (Booklist) and offers "winning, carefully developed characters" (Publishers Weekly). Now the story continues, as the passionate and talented children of Damia and Afra Lyon confront the alien threat first detected by their grandmother the Rowan. Laria, Isthian, Rojer, and Zara Lyon share aspects of the telepathic, empathic, and telekinetic powers that have marked their family for generations. But as the family expands, it is clear that not all talents are alike: each of the four young Lyons has a very personal kind of ability. When they join forces together, as will be required to destroy the deadly Hiver aliens, their powers and their deep family bond make them the most powerful fighting force the Human and Mrdini races can create. And the peaceful races of the universe need every ounce of power that the Lyon clan can muster. The Hivers' own world has been destroyed by a sun gone nova, which has left them in search of a new home. The Hivers are a logical race, and their approach to finding this home is straightforward: when they locate a world that seems suitable, they destroy all life on it in preparation for Hiver occupation. The Lyons have seen the devastation the Hivers are capable of causing, and they understand all too well that the time has come to move into space in pursuit of this deadly enemy. None of them welcomes war, but the blackened worlds the Hivers leave behind are a powerful statement of its necessity. When the time comes, they will be ready with the full force of their power.
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It is an adventure with telepaths doing their part. Be cautious of Bee's, be older than your are, be willing to try the impossable and accomplish it. Be caught up in the story and be part of what is going on. Ms McCaffrey writes to include the reader in what she writes. Feel part of what is going on. A very good read.
May 29, 2009
Who could possibly write a bad review of one of Ann McCaffrey's books? My favorites are the Dragons of Pern series, but this series was as good in it's way as the dragons. I really love all of her books.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-01-03 In this sequel to Damia's Children , the psionically Talented children of Damia Gwyn-Raven and Afra Lyon are pushed closer to the forefront of the struggle between the human Nine Star League and their alien Mrdini allies against the blind expansionism of the insect-like Hive culture that threatens both their civilizations. Rojer, like his siblings a T-1 at the most powerful level of Talent, is assigned to provide communication and transport for a squadron following a Hiver vessel. When he refuses a command by the Mrdini Captain Prtglm to launch missiles psionically against an occupied Hiver planet, he barely escapes while Prtglm kills his Mrdni companions, complicating an already delicate situation. A debate sharpens within the human community and with the Mrdini over the fate of the Hive colonies, with some humans and most of the Mrdinis holding out for complete destruction. Another large faction of humanity, which has eschewed war for generations, seeks a less bloodthirsty solution, such as isolation and containment. While McCaffrey's protagonists remain as warm and appealing as ever, her plotting here lacks vigor. Since the scene has been set for further volumes, a more rapid resolution to the Hive dilemma and the introduction of a new challenge might be in order. Science Fiction Book Club main selection; Doubleday Book Club alternate. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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