The Tower and the Hive
At last, Anne McCaffrey returns to the far-flung world of The Rowan and Damia. For generations, the descendants of the powerful telepath known as The Rowan have used their various talents to help mankind. Some share The Rowan's telepathic strength, others can teleport through space, others are empathic healers. As more planets are colonized by humans, and the known universe becomes ever more spread out, the family has grown powerful. They have led Earth to ally itself with the peaceful alien Mrdini, and together the two races have held back the predatory Hivers, who once laid waste entire planets. Like all powerful families, the Rowan's descendants have also made enemies. Especially on Earth, there are those who charge that the treaties with the Mrdini gave away too much, and that the Mrdini receive more than their fair share of new living space as habitable planets are discovered. There are also complaints that the Hivers should have been exterminated, rather than contained and studied, and that such concentration of power in the hands of one family is dangerous. The Rowan and her daughter Damia, with their beloved husbands and extended families, have seen their share of personal tragedy and loss. Now, with their goals of peace and plenty apparently in sight, they face whispering campaigns, sabotage, and even assassination attempts aimed at destroying all they have worked for. 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. Click here to enter a free book giveaway at BookBrowse.com!
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999.
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