The Rowan (Tower and Hive Series #1)

The Rowan (Tower and Hive Series #1)

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by Anne McCaffrey
     
 

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The Rowan was destined to become the greatest Prime Talent in human history, facing a lonely existence of servitude. Until she receives a telepathic plea from across the stars from a Prime named Jeff Raven-and falls in love with him.

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The Rowan was destined to become the greatest Prime Talent in human history, facing a lonely existence of servitude. Until she receives a telepathic plea from across the stars from a Prime named Jeff Raven-and falls in love with him.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Rowan, a powerful but lonely psychic in charge of the Federal Telepath & Transport service, touches minds and falls in love with another of her ilk who needs help fighting extraterrestrials. ``In this sensitive portrayal (expanded from the author's first published story, `Lady in the Tower') McCaffrey draws a warm and vivid picture of a struggling frontier society,'' said PW. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Have you ever wondered how life on Pern started and where the dragons came from? McCaffrey presents the birth of civilization on Pern in Dragonsdawn , the ``prequel'' to her earlier novels about this strange planet (e.g., Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern , Audio Reviews, LJ 9/15/93). Listen to the adventures of the first colonists on this beautiful planet and learn where all the names, customs, and legends come from. Reader Dick Hill provides excellent characterizations for each role and conveys much emotion. Even listeners unfamiliar with McCaffrey's other installments in the Dragon series will delight in this audiobook. Suitable for broad fiction collections.-- Miriam Kahn, Columbus, Ohio
School Library Journal
YA-- Rowan, a telepathic, telekinetic three-year-old, is the sole survivor of a mining disaster on a frontier planet. As she matures, her powers grow until she becomes one of a handful of ``Primes'' with the Federal Telepath & Teleport network, the organization responsible for telecommunications and shipping of cargo throughout the galaxy. Rowan finds herself alienated from humanity and her coworkers due to her unique talents and tremendous responsibilities until she senses Jeff Raven, a fellow talent, on the fringes of explored space. A bonding develops between the two when they are thrown together to help defeat aliens bent on destroying the human race. The Rowan was expanded from the short story ``Lady in the Tower'' in Get Off the Unicorn (1984). While not as strong a love story as The Ship Who Sang (1976, both Ballantine), McCaffrey weaves believable characters with a well-written story to produce this entertaining science fiction romance.-- John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441735761
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Rowan Series , #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
155,482
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Anne McCaffrey was the multi-award winning bestselling author of more than fifty books, including the Dragonriders of Pern series, the Freedom series, and the Tower and the Hive series.

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Rowan 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
love the series, just not sure how you can have all but the first book in the series available as a nook book... 
KC51501 More than 1 year ago
PLEASE, PLEASE, PUT THIS BOOK IN E BOOK FORM. NOT FAIR THAT THE OTHER BOOKS FOLLOWING THIS GREAT BOOK ARE AND I CAN'T ADD THIS ONE TO MY LIBRARY.
CShotwell More than 1 year ago
I have always loved this series and read it again and again. But PLEASE make this into NOOK book! My paperback book has seen better days and I want the whole series on my NOOK.
1793547 7 months ago
Love the book, please make it into an ebook
catburglar More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable reading; a “feel good” story; fantasy, science fiction, romance and drama. The interlude with Turian is one of the most well-written romances I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the series. I just wish that all of her books were available as nook books.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Love it! A natural disaster on Altair has left a three-year-old girl the lone survivor of The Rowan Mining Company’s base camp. When her mental cries reach every telepath on the planet a search for her becomes a race against time. She was trapped in a hopper under a landslide of mud. No food, no water, no comfort and running out of air. The trauma has left her no memory of her previous life, so she becomes a ward of the planet Altair and is known as The Rowan. The Rowan grows up a powerful telepath/telekinetic and it’s inevitable she will become one of the few Primes of FT&T (Federated Telepath & Telekinetic). Her life is a lonely one until she meets Jeff Raven, a Wild Talent from a far flung colony on Deneb VIII. Together they face the alien invaders pummeling his planet and then they begin a life together. Sounds easy, right? Oh, no…nothing is ever easy for a Prime, let alone two. Picking up hundreds of years after the original Talents series, The Rowan begins a new era for FT&T. Well-written with a fast pace the story of the Rowan’s life flows by smoothly. An orphan and a powerful T-1 the Rowan is an unusual child and leads an interesting, if lonely, life. I was happy for her when Jeff entered the picture. He’s quite the character and even more of a powerhouse than she is with considerable more charm, too.  I also loved reading about a descendant of Peter Reidinger. Peter Reidinger IV is Earth’s Prime and it’s nice to see the family line continue. Another interesting part of the story is how Deneb is handling the aftermath of the devastation. A new colony only three generations old and they just lost three-fifths of their population and both of their major cities. Deneb is a cash-strapped planet that needs to get it’s major export (minerals) up and running again in order to pay off the colonization debt. It makes me appreciate all of the things I have and how I can just make a run to the store if I need something. All-in-all a great story to get lost in. *Book source ~ My home library
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A wonderful start to a fantastic series. Anne McCaffrey is one of the best writers out there, this series and her others (Freedom series, etc.) are some of the best. There is a lot of character development, and don't forget the prequel series to this one!
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Years ago, I read a story by Anne McCaffrey that she later expanded into this novel. From there she went on to write a series of books about the dynasty of telepathic/telekinetic 'Talents' founded by Altair's Angharad Gwyn (a/k/a 'the Rowan') and Deneb's Jeff Raven. I've somehow managed to read Book One of the series last, but the story on which McCaffrey based it was so memorable that I almost thought I'd read it already. Until I noticed its copyright date, and realized that couldn't be true! Orphaned at age three, little Angharad Gwyn has her memories of those first years of her life blocked by rescuers who desperately need to silence the child's telephathic cries for her dead parents. Since she therefore can't even remember her name, she comes to be called 'the Rowan child' - for the mining company whose remote work site has fallen victim to a landslide, of which this little girl is the sole survivor. Hers is the strongest Talent that the Human colony-world Altair has yet bred, and she's immediately marked for training as a tower-dwelling Prime. She'll spend her adult life shifting cargo containers and passenger vessels, and military units as well, from one star system to another. Instantly, across light years of space. The Rowan's future looks bright, but lonely; because when Primes travel between worlds, they suffer horribly. Everyone knows that's true. Everyone, that is, except Jeff Raven - a 'wild' Talent on far-off Deneb, who calls out to the Rowan for help when an alien invasion force bears down on his colony. This is classic McCaffrey. Science fiction romance, published before anyone identified the sub-genre as such, with an intriguing 'villian' in the alien invaders whose nature the rest of the series continues to explore. While I'm not generally fond of SF that accepts traditional gender roles as necessary to the point of being inevitable, I always wind up enjoying McCaffrey's books anyway. They're fun reads. The Rowan is no exception. I'm glad I finally caught up with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
these books(the talent series)began in the sixties and still resonate in the 21st century. Mcaffery is a wonderful author.