The Talents were the elite of the Nine Star League. Their gifts were many and varied, ranging from the gently telepathic, to the rare and extremely ...Show synopsisThe Talents were the elite of the Nine Star League. Their gifts were many and varied, ranging from the gently telepathic, to the rare and extremely valued Primes. On the Primes rested the entire economic wealth and communications systems of the civilised worlds. But Primes were scarce - only very rarely was a new one born. And now, on the planet Altair, in a small mining colony on the western mountain range, a new Prime existed, a three-year-old girl - trapped in a giant mud slide that had wiped out the rest of the Rowan mining community. Every Altarian who was even mildly talented could 'hear' the child crying for help, but no one knew where she was buried. Every resource on the planet was centred into finding 'The Rowan' - the new Prime, the first ever to be born on Altair, an exceptionally unique Prime, more talented, more powerful, more agoraphobic, more lonely, than any other Prime yet known in the Nine Star league.Hide synopsis
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A good read about one who had a very auspicious beginning and kept it going. A small woman who led her family and trained them to be contributing telepaths in the areas of their choice and expertise. She led by example and found many surprises along the way. Her strength was utilized more than once in overcoming great odds. Well worth the reading time.
I completely agree with the previous reviewer (canadianchicklitlover). "The Rowan" and its sequel, "Damia," are far superior to the further entries in the series. I believe this is due to spreading the narrative thin across too many protagonists as the Rowan's progeny multiply. However, I am getting ahead of myself. On its own merits, "The Rowan" is a highly inventive love story of possibly the loneliest woman in the galaxy and the one man who might be able to match her. Isolated due to her incredible telepathic powers above and beyond anything that anyone has ever seen, as well as her orphaned upbringing, the Rowan becomes the force behind the galaxy's transportation system, which is based on the teleportation talents of the Rowan and her ilk. One day she hears a call from a powerful unidentified telepath of a distant solar system, which is under attack from an unrelenting alien menace. Unless she can render aid, she might lose her chance for companionship with the one person with whom she's ever felt a deep connection, as equals. And she's never even met him! Gasp! Tell me that doesn't pique your interest. Rest assured, the entire book is not just a love story. It's a detailed fleshing out of a neat concept, wherein telepaths are not oracles or magic-wielders, but are seamlessly integrated into commerce as the engines of galactic transportation.
This book is good pulpy fun and I return to it every couple of years. Try it, you might like it.
While I have never been a fan of Anne McCaffrey's other novels and series, The Rowan series is entertaining, humourous, and highly enjoyable. Over the years since discovering these novels, I have read them numourous times. The only flaw I have found is the McCaffrey seems unable to uphold the most important elements from the first two novels (The Rowan and Damia) in the later novels, and as a result, the series progresses downhill after that point.
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