The Rowan (Tower and Hive Series #1)

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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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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441735761
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Series: Tower and Hive Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 309,227
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.44 (w) x 6.56 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne McCaffrey, one of the world’s most popular authors, is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern® series. She was the first woman to win the two top prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and Nebula awards. She was also given the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in Young Adult Fiction, was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and was named a Science Fiction Writers of America Nebula Grand Master. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1926, McCaffrey relocated to Ireland in the 1970s, where she lived in a house of her own design, named Dragonhold-Underhill. She died in 2011.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    I loved the series. I just wish that all of her books were avail

    I loved the series. I just wish that all of her books were available as nook books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    I would like to see this book made into a Nook book. I am only r

    I would like to see this book made into a Nook book. I am only rating it a 3 stars because I have not read it yet, but if it is like all other Anne McCaffrey books, I know I will love it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    Love it! A natural disaster on Altair has left a three-year-old

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    A wonderful start to a fantastic series. Anne McCaffrey is one o

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2005

    Classic McCaffrey

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    from my granmother to me

    these books(the talent series)began in the sixties and still resonate in the 21st century. Mcaffery is a wonderful author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2003

    The ROWAN line

    Now here is a fantastic series that all must read. Great for all ages. I just hope that more is to come for this family. I would like to know what will what to Laria and Kincade, Rojer and Asia, and Thian and Gravey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    AmAzInG

    Its a wonderfully written scifi that has a lot of emotion and what some people may go through. its a wonderful book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2003

    Awesome!

    THis book was great. I think that the Rowan is a great role model. If I could I would give the book ten stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    a critic

    I liked Anne McCaffrey's Talent series a lot. It seemed to me that it was more compelling than the Pern series. I did like those books but they were too long and too detailed for my taste. This series boosted my opinion of McCaffrey's writing and got me reading more books by her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2002

    WOW!

    This is an incredible book with lots of small character quirks that make it even better. The Rowan is a complex character with lots of personality. It definantly draws you in and keeps you there. FT&T and the telepaths and kinetics are just amazing in the whole CONCEPT. The other books in the series are just as good, though I found Lyon's Pride to be somewhat drawn-out. Overall, a VERY good book, and an even better series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2002

    Hmmmm. . . .

    I love stories about telepaths and psychics, that's why I picked up the Rowan. I had a tough time getting through this book as Rowan (Gwyn) was simply too perfect. She just wasn't an enjoyable character because she doesn't have any flaws, she is what the Star Trek (novel) editors would call a Mary Sue, just too darn perfect. While the story had some interesting passages, it wasn't very compelling.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2000

    A Catcher

    I've already read most of the Pern series so when I turned to this book, I already knew what to expect. Although it's a little boring in the beginning, as you grow up with the Rowan, you sympathize with her. It's a really enjoyable book. What are the other books in this series?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2000

    An Absolutely Outstanding Novel!

    This being the first novel I have read by Anne McCafferey, I think this is what really turned me onto her writings. The concept of Pern and telekinetic communication is absolutely origanal, and the describtion she takes of the environment of Pern is so in depth I feel as though I am there. When that horible little child tore up her companion, though I forget what it's called( e-mail me if you like, so I may figure this one out), I actually cried! I have read this bok at least 5 times since August 4th, when I first discovered her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2000

    Amazing Book for the Mind and Soul

    The Rowan was the first book I ever read by Anne McCaffrey. I fell in love with it from the first to the last page. The Rowan lets your mind explore the fascinating world of telepathics and telepathy. If you like to read about psychic phenomenons and exploring new worlds, I highly recommend The Rowan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2000

    The second best series I've read (McCaffrey's Pern series being first)

    The Rowan is a spectacularly written book going perfectly in to detail where it should and skipping parts that don't. McCaffrey has a certain knack for that. But if someone could. . . I'm having a bit of a problem with one thing. How is 'The Rowan' book number one in the series(or so I'm lead to believe) and 'Damia' is book four?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2000

    Totally Cool

    This book is awesome. I really loved it. I can Guarantee if you LOVE telepathy this is the book to read.

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