Damia (Tower and Hive Series #2)

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As willful as her mother, The Rowan, ever was, and possessing unimaginable powers, Damia defies her family's attempts to tame and train her—only to bond with Afra Lyon, a Talent who serves The Rowan, and who becomes the object of her affection.

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Overview

As willful as her mother, The Rowan, ever was, and possessing unimaginable powers, Damia defies her family's attempts to tame and train her—only to bond with Afra Lyon, a Talent who serves The Rowan, and who becomes the object of her affection.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this second volume of the trilogy begun with The Rowan , McCaffrey introduces Damia Raven, brilliant and willful daughter of Angharad Gwyn (the Rowan) and Jeff Raven, leaders of the psionic Talents of Federal Telepath & Teleport, who make interstellar commerce possible. The precocious Damia's difficult childhood is made tolerable by the care and solicitude of Afra Lyon, her parents' valued friend and assistant, who secretly loves the child as much as he did her mother. Maturing as a Prime--the most powerful of the orders of psis--Damia is sent to run the FT&T Tower on the new colony of Iota Aurigae. She lives there in petulant loneliness, having rejected or alienated all Talented potential mates, until she touches the alien mind of Sodan, many light-years away. Concerned about an alien invasion like the one suffered a generation previously, her family sends Afra to evaluate the dangers of Damia's infatuation. In a forceful resolution, Damia suffers a deep loss but finds her salvation. McCaffrey interweaves an engrossing romance with a coming-of-age story as she examines the issue of responsibility in a society where survival depends on the abilities of a gifted few. (July)
Library Journal
Damia, child of the legendary Rowan and inheritor of her mother's formidable telepathic powers, faces a test of courage and self-control as the planet Deneb is threatened by an insidious alien attacker. This sequel to The Rowan (Ace, 1990) extends the story of a remarkable group of people into a second generation. Although the plot verges on the melodramatic and the central characters suffer from an overabundance of self-awareness, McCaffrey's legion of fans will undoubtedly want this. Otherwise, a marginal sf romantic adventure. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/92
School Library Journal
YA-- This is the second volume in McCaffrey's latest trilogy. In The Rowan (Ace, 1991), she introduced FT&T, Federal Telepath and Teleport, an organization that, through the use of psi talents, is responsible for interstellar communication. This well-written book centers around Damia (the daughter of Rowan and Jeff Raven) and Afra Lyon, Rowan's second-in-command. The story follows the girl from birth into adulthood, as she becomes a beautiful, young woman who is enormously talented in FT&T. Afra starts out as Damia's babysitter and becomes her friend, teacher, and ultimately her husband. This title climaxes with Damia battling a powerful alien invader. McCaffrey has created another memorable, independent female protagonist and fully fleshed-out, secondary characters who behave in a believable manner. Damia is a tighter, stronger story than The Rowan , and stands on its own. A superb sci-fi romance.-- John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441135561
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Tower and Hive Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 348,144
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.78 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction’s most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.
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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    love this book and series

    I really love this book, it is one of my favorites. I just wish I could get it and the rest of the talent series on my nook. I have gone through at least 4 or 5 copies of the book because of my enjoyment of it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

    Love this series! Damia Gwyn-Raven is the third child of Jeff R

    Love this series!

    Damia Gwyn-Raven is the third child of Jeff Raven and The Rowan. Unlike her older brother and sister, Damia is a handful. When The Rowan is pregnant for a fourth time and the pregnancy is not going well and after several shenangians by Damia it is decided that raising Damia on Callisto Station is not a good idea, so she, Jeran and Cera go to live with their paternal grandmother, Isthia, on Deneb VIII. There Damia thrives and grows into a young woman. After a lot of training she takes over as Aurigae Prime and lives a lonely life until she senses a brilliant mind light years away. Will Soran be the one to ease her loneliness?

    This book starts out with Afra Lyon, his childhood and how he came to work in Callisto Tower as the Second in Charge to The Rowan giving us excellent insight into his life. While I truly enjoyed this book, Damia is not one of my favorite characters until the end. I found her to be self-centered, selfish and really not very likeable. It takes a terrible tragedy to finally mature her even though she should have matured years before. The ending is a nice surprise and leaves plenty of fodder for the next book in the series. My reread was every bit as enjoyable this go ‘round even though it’s been about 20 years since I read it.

    *Book source ~ My home library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    A bit disturbing, but rewarding nevertheless.

    The Lyon family of 'methody' Capella are Talented folk. This means that they possess telepathic and telekinetic abilities in varying degrees and combinations, although none has the power of a 'Prime.' Young Afra chafes under the emotional repression and strict propriety of his home-world, and delights in his beloved older sister Goswina's brief apprenticeship to the Rowan - the most powerful Prime Talent known to FT&T. As a young man, Afra has his own chance to work with the Rowan. He and that lonely woman strike up a rare and wonderful friendship, destined to endure throughout their lifetimes. But romance isn't part of their synergy, and both yearn to find it with other partners. Which the Rowan does, eventually, with an equally powerful but untrained telepath from Deneb: Jeff Raven. Whom she marries, and partners with when FT&T's 'Talents' are the only viable defense against an alien invasion. The Rowan and Jeff Raven produce a family of Talented children, including a daughter named Damia. From childhood, this third in their brood proves herself the most Talented human yet born. She's also temperamental, strong-willed, and unpredictable; and the most important person in her life, from its earliest hours, proves to be her mother's friend and colleague Afra. Although this book includes some thrilling passages of interstellar conflict carried out by telepathic and telekinetic means, the romance of Damia Gwyn-Raven and Afra Lyon forms its heart and occupies most of its pages. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this romance. The author handles Afra's transition from parental figure to suitor in Damia's life well enough, and there is certainly nothing wrong with a grown woman (even a rather young one) choosing to marry an older man. Nevertheless I came away with residual discomfort, because even McCaffrey couldn't quite convince me that this close friend of Damia's mother (in an emotional sense, her uncle) had any business sharing her bed. I loved the 'coonies' and the Barque Cats, though! And since I've read the rest of the Talent series already, I know that Damia and Afra's marriage is destined to mature into a genuine and healthy partnership. So I would advise other readers to be forewarned that 'Damia' may disturb them a little, but I recommend it just the same.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2002

    The Best

    I have always loved Anne McCaffery. I can say nothing but good things about this book. For those people that that are not fans of sci-fi and fantasy, this is a great book to read. It deals with thoughts that people have today, how munch can our brains do someday and just what will we be able to do then. This is agreat book. I encourage you to read it and many more by Anne McCaffery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2001

    McCaffrey fan from way back!

    I loved this book (and all of Mrs. McCaffrey's)! But I think I like this one more than the others because I tend to understand Damia's more... egregious mistakes, having made some of the same...(though I had to muddle through withOUT Talent!) But this is DEFINATELY one of the best in the Talent series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2000

    Way Cool

    I love this book, because they use telepathy to communicate. This is a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    The best in the series!

    I think this book was the best in the Rowan series. It covered such a large time span effortlessly, from Afra's childhood to his meeting the Rowan to Damia's birth to her first date to all the trials she goes through and finally to their marriage. I can't remember if it also includes their first child, but I don't think so. I marvel at how Anne McCaffrey was able to do this without excluding any elements or making it at all drawn out or boring. Of course, there are the steamy parts of the book which appeal to another facet of my personality, as well. I think this book contained the most of that out of any of the books in the series. heehee... well anyway, I love McCaffrey's writing style, it resembles my own at times which is just really neat. Also, because of this, I think it appeals to me more. Another thing I also really like is how the books can be read out of order since there is a mini-summary in the beginning of each. At first, there may be some terms unfamiliar to a reader of anything but the first book, The Rowan, but you'll get everything eventually. Plus, it's so much fun going back and seeing how things started in previous books that you read about in a later book that already happened. (Get what I'm saying?) In other words, in 'The Tower and the Hive', two people are married and happy, and then 'Lyon's Pride', I read about the relationship between them starting and developing. also applies to seeing the reason things happened. This is a must-read if you like sci-fi, fantasy, and romance (both love and lust).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    Truly Great

    This is one of my very favorite books, and one of the best I think exist! ^_^ It's really an awesome series, but I love this one because it focuses on my Aful.. err, Damia's Afra to you all. Anyway, it comes highly reccomended!

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