Lyon's Pride (Tower and Hive Series #4)

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A DESTRUCTIVE SPECIES The Hive acts as a single entity, relentlessly swarming the galaxy, endlessly propagating on every habitable world they encounter—destroying native populations in the process. They do not recognize any sentience but their own. They do not acknowledge any attempt to communicate with them. They do not understand they leave countless numbers of dead in their wake. A FAMILY LEGACY The Prime Talents of the Raven-Lyon clan—telepaths, teleporters, and telekinetics—have protected the ...

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Overview

A DESTRUCTIVE SPECIES The Hive acts as a single entity, relentlessly swarming the galaxy, endlessly propagating on every habitable world they encounter—destroying native populations in the process. They do not recognize any sentience but their own. They do not acknowledge any attempt to communicate with them. They do not understand they leave countless numbers of dead in their wake. A FAMILY LEGACY The Prime Talents of the Raven-Lyon clan—telepaths, teleporters, and telekinetics—have protected the Alliance from the Hive breeding contagion for years. Now a fleet orbits the alien homeworld to prevent them from leaving, and a Hive queen and her eggs are in captivity and quarantined. And unless the Raven-Lyons break the language barrier between Human and Hive, the Alliance may have no choice but to eliminate their entire race…

The extraordinary new novel in the bestselling Rowan saga. The children of Damia and Afra Lyon are blessed with the paranormal powers that have distinguished their family and protected peaceful races for generations. But now the peace is threatened by the alien Hivers, whose world has been destroyed, and who randomly slaughter entire populations, as they seek a new home.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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.)
School Library Journal
YA-This fourth book in the Raven-Lyon family saga continues the story of Damia's Children (Ace, 1993), the human-Mrdini Alliance, and their ongoing battle against the insectlike Hive creatures. McCaffrey has several story lines going at once. The human-Mrdini ships want to destroy several Hive vessels that escape from imprisonment because when the Hive colonize a planet they eliminate all sentient life. There is conflict over what to do with the captive Hive queen-some want to study her, learn more about her, and hope for peaceful co-existence, while another segment of the alliance thinks she should be killed outright. While the book is readable and well written and the characters are believable, the story is not as tight or as strong as The Rowan (1991) and Damia (1993, both Ace). Nevertheless, libraries that own the previous titles will want to purchase this one.-John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Sally Estes
In this fourth book in the ongoing saga that began with "The Rowan" (1990), McCaffrey continues to spin a good tale, taking up here where "Damia's Children" (1992) left off. The human-Mrdini Alliance is still pursuing Hive spheres, hoping to learn more about the combative creatures that, in a search for new planets to settle, destroy the indigenous life forms on any planet they select. McCaffrey is a master at creating aliens that are distinctive and believable and in faithfully maintaining their identities throughout; her human characters, particularly the Talents who are the focus, are equally well developed; and the alien-human interactions, both friendly and hostile, are convincing. The space battle scenes are vivid and exciting, and the various plot threads are interwoven successfully so that readers can follow the exploits of the various Talents on their various missions. The ethical concerns addressed in the earlier books are heightened here as the clash between those who would annihilate all Hivers and those who would try to find ways to study the Hivers in the hope of learning to communicate with them and, perhaps, work out ways of co-existing in peace intensify. All in all, a rich, compelling novel, which, happily, begs yet another sequel.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441001415
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Series: Tower and Hive Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 239,529
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 0.94 (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 June 22, 2014

    Wonderfully thought out.   Detail oriented.

    Wonderfully thought out.   Detail oriented.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    Wonderful addition! *Book source ~ Home library. Laria, Thian,

    Wonderful addition!

    *Book source ~ Home library.

    Laria, Thian, Rojer and Zara continue growing, maturing and working for FT&T as the main focus is on finding the remaining Hive spheres and restricting those Hivers that had populated other worlds to those worlds. It’s during his time on the Genesee that Rojer suffers a catastrophic loss and withdraws into himself. This brings The Rowan and Afra, Rojer’s grandmother and father, to the Genesee to search of him demanding explanations. When Rojer is found and sent to Deneb to heal, Thian takes over his position. The Rowan and Thian perform what becomes known as the Genesee ploy when they steal a Hive sphere orbiting a Hive world. Everything escalates after this incident.

    Once again, there is a lot going on in the Talent Universe as Laria, Thian, Rojer, Zara and everyone else works to find the Hive spheres and to find the system most compatible with the Hivers sun, so they have an idea where the Hivers are going. They need to plot the universe and identify the planets the Hivers have colonized, those they bypassed and those they abandoned. Planets that have been abandoned need to be explored to see if they can be salvaged and planets that have been colonized need to have the spheres in orbit taken out so the Hivers can’t leave and ruin other planets. The Talents are instrumental in the space fleet traveling so far away from their home worlds. Without their teleportation and telekinesis no one would have been able to survive so far from supplies and reinforcements. 

    After Rojer’s loss, we find out more about the Mrdini. Laria is having a hard time on Clarf only because she’s a bit lonely for a male companion. Having everyone come home for vacation was a nice scene and watching Jeff, as Earth Prime, deal with non-talented military idiots is a treat to behold. As the rest of the descendants of The Rowan and Jeff Raven grow and mature they begin finding their own mates. Exploring and protecting the universe is no small undertaking and they are going to need all of the Talent they can get if they are going to do everything they want to do. All-in-all a great epic sci-fi/fantasy, even if it is coming to an end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2003

    Exciting, character-driven tale

    'The formidable Lyon¿s Pride,' as a character in the next (and final) book of the Talent series calls them, are the children of T-1 Damia Gwynn-Raven and T-2 Afra Lyon; and that 'T' rating is a measure of the Talented one¿s power. Telepathy and telekinesis keep Human and Mrdini commerce operating by moving travelers and cargoes instantaneously across vast reaches of space. Those same Talents enable the two allied species to battle successfully against a third: the implacable Hivers, who covet the same kind of real estate as do Humans and Mrdini. All eight of Damia and Afra¿s children have Talent ratings of T-1. All are destined, as adults, to be known as Primes. Some, like eldest daughter Laria, will operate commercial transfer towers ¿ a prestigious and powerful position, but one that can take a young Prime far away from home. Some, like sons Thian and Rojer, will carve out new roles for Talents in service aboard naval vessels. Second daughter Zara¿s strongly empathic Talent fits her for the career of healer ¿ after it enables her to do what no one else can manage, by communicating (on however rudimentary a level) with a captured Hiver queen. The Lyon¿s Pride is, indeed, formidable. Its four eldest are reaching adulthood just in time to play key roles, as the Human-Mrdini alliance begins to solve the Hiver threat that first loomed when their grandparents were young. An exciting, character-driven tale, which only occasionally bogs itself down with shipboard protocols and politics. If you can get past those pacing problems, you¿ll be glad you did; because 'The Tower and the Hive,' the next volume in the Talent series, provides a worthy conclusion to the long-running Gwynn-Raven saga.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2000

    Supurp

    I finished reading this book with a sense of wonder. I feel that the personality of the people in the book was vibrant and alive. All in all I would say that it shows that most of the writing these days, concentrates on the story and forgets the people. Where as in this book you could almost belive that the people where real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2000

    Intellectual with a hint of ESP

    This was a very interesting book. McCaffrey has a certain unique writing style that is all her own. It was a wonderful ending to a brilliant trilogy. I was captivated by it's depth and yet it posed a challenge to a reader's mind.

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