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I must first state that i am not usually one for reading Sci-Fi books but one day i found myself in possetion of a book called The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey. The time is the distant future. The place is Space. The human race has expanded to distant planets and are under the Nine Star League. The Talents are the Elite of the Nine Star League which range from the gently telepathic to the primes which are the most powerful telepaths. The story starts on a planet called Altair, it is raining, it's been raining alot which in turn has caused mud slides and desroys a Rowan Mining Companies small setlement. At that point the Telepaths start to hear the crying of a young child, not the crying you and i would think of but a crying they can hear in their minds. A search is made and a young girl og three is found, the child is named Rowan, she is found to have great potencial to become one, if not the greatest Prime in the Nine Star League. As she grows The Rowan goes through all the emotions that a normal youngster would all the while training for the express perpose of one day running a station on a planet and using her powers to shift cargo from one planet to another. The first Prime to be born on Altair, more talented, more powerful, more agoraphobic and more lonely than any other prime. This is the first of Five books in this brilliant series. The other books being. Damia - Damia's Children - Lyon's Pride - The Tower and the Hive. The Rowan was respectfully dedictated to Jay A Katz. It was originally published in Britain by Bantam Books in 1990. it is now published by Corgi Books and has been since 1991. ISBN No = 0-552-13763-4
Category: sci-fi Series/position: Tower and Hive, book 1 of 5 Now, I must admit, I’m not the world’s biggest Anne McCaffrey fan, and knowing that might help you decide if my opinion is any use to you. I do enjoy her writing, but I find it can seem a little ‘young’ – which is great when you want a quick and easy read, but not really challenging. The Rowan is the first in a series of five (the others being Damia, Damia’s Children, Lyon’s Pride, The Tower and The Hive – all currently available) set in the same world as the Talent series (To Ride Pegasus, Pegasus in Flight, Pegasus in Space). I haven’t read this series, and although reading The Rowan it’s fairly obvious that certain concepts have cropped up before, I don’t think it’s necessary to have read the other series beforehand. There is a short prologue in The Rowan, explaining briefly the history of ‘Talent’ – basically, telepathic and telekinetic abilities which have come to be used to transport people, products and messages between the colonies mankind has established on other planets. Without going into a plot description, this novel mainly follows the early life of the Rowan, a powerfully Talented orphan. After reading the rest of the series, I view this first instalment as more of a prolonged introduction to the character of the Rowan, the matriarch of a large family who are the central characters in the later novels in the series. I’ve always found of McCaffrey to be more interested in the lives of her characters than a large amount of plot, and this is a good example of that style of writing: most of this book meanders along, dipping into the character’s life. I’m not criticising – McCaffrey does this sort of thing rather well, and she does manage to convey the sense of her sci-fi world in a different way than most authors. However, there is one
moment of high drama present in this book, but I feel it unfortunate that it occurs right at the end of the story. This gives a feeling of a very sudden ending right as things were picking up pace, and seems quite strange. In all, fans of Anne McCaffrey will almost undoubtedly enjoy this book, and it is quite a good introduction to a not-bad series. I wouldn’t say that The Rowan has the charm of her Dragon novels, or quite as original an idea as the Crystal Singer Trilogy, but it’s a decent light read.
Trapped under tons of mud following a huge mud slide, a three-year-old girl screams out telepathically for help. Every resource on her planet is used in her rescue mission, for she is no ordinary girl, but a Prime, and possessor of one of the most powerful minds in the Nine Star League.