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For generations, the descendants of the powerful telepath known as the Rowan have used their various talents to help mankind - some are telepaths, others can teleport through space, others are empathic healers. The clan has grown powerful. They have led Earth to ally itself with the alien Mrdini, and together the two races have held back the predatory Hivers, a deadly insectoid species that kills all life it finds. Like all powerful families, the Rowan clan has also made enemies. There are those who say the treaties with the Mrdini gave away too much - especially, that the Mrdini get more than their fair share of new living space as habitable planets are discovered - that the Hivers should have been exterminated by now, and that far too much power is concentrated in one family. The clan has two goals to keep the peace: to help the Mrdini control population growth, so that newly discovered planets are distributed more evenly, and to put a final halt to Hiver advances. They are confident of success - if they can survive sabotage and assassination attempts aimed at destroying all they have worked for.
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Anne McCaffrey's greatest success is the lengthy "Dragonriders of Pern" science-fantasy sequence that began with the award-winning 1968 Dragonflight. In 1990 The Rowan inaugurated her less well-known "Tower and the Hive" SF series, of which this is the fifth and last. This romantic interstellar soap-opera now stars three generations of extended family, with much pairing-off and discreet sex. Leading characters all have envied Talents like telepathy or teleportation: passengers and cargo are flicked across deep space by human mind-power. The plot is tangled and episodic, major strands being the biological problems of dealing humanely with genocidal "Hiver" aliens defeated in the previous volume and solving the overpopulation problem of humanity's furry allies the Mrdini (who have names like Prtglm and Gktmglnt). Other issues come and go with soap- operatic suddenness, like the promising bad guy who plans revenge for his humiliation and then quietly turns into a good guy instead; or the assassination plot organised by a human xenophobe, which fizzles so quickly that there's no time for the thrill of suspense. The Tower and the Hive is a lightweight SF romp whose substantial back-story and large cast list are best approached through the four earlier books. --David LangfordReview:
Readers looking for intelligent, heroic adventure will find it here, and Rowan fans will be especially pleased at this felicitous closing of a popular SF series. Publishers Weekly
A rousing conclusion to a most satisfying series. Booklist
Fans of the series will plunge right in. Kirkus Reviews
The fifth installment in the author s Rowan series brings to a satisfying culmination the tale of three generations of a uniquely gifted family while leaving room for future novels. McCaffrey s skillful storytelling and fluid writing make this a necessary purchase. Library Journal"
"A rousing conclusion to a most satisfying series."--Booklist
"Fans of the series will plunge right in."--Kirkus Reviews
"The fifth installment in the author's Rowan series brings to a satisfying culmination the tale of three generations of a uniquely gifted family while leaving room for future novels. McCaffrey's skillful storytelling and fluid writing...make this a necessary purchase."--Library Journal
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Book Description Condition: New. Tower and the Hive, The. Seller Inventory # BBS-9781469244976