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THE ROWAN is the first book in the wonderful TOWER AND HIVE series (the other titles being; DAMIA, DAMIA'S CHILDREN, LYON'S PRIDE, THE TOWER & THE HIVE) and is easily the best.

We are now in the universe envisaged by Henry Darrow and the first Peter Reidinger (see PEGASUS series), a world where mankind has reached beyond the stars; where inter-planetary transport and communication is achievable predominantly through the powers of the scarce and extremely valuable PRIMES, grade 1 strength telepaths/telekenetics.

Angharad Gwyn from the planet Altair is only 3 years old when her entire family, with the rest of their mining community, are killed in a mudslide. The only survivor is trapped in a hopper; cold, hungry and wanting her .....MOMMEEEEEE. Everyone planetwide even slightly talented hears her telepathic cries and the search for the child begins. This is aided by a powerful clairvoyant who predicts a long lonely road for THE ROWAN, the new name adopted by the precious child Prime.

The Rowan's life is spent training to take a Prime position on Callisto, one of Jupiter's moons. Her passage to her new station is terrifying; as like all Primes The Rowan is intensely agorophobic and unable to launch herself through space. She regards this 'Prime Trait' bitterly, understandably so considering she's capable of launching huge cargoes through the known universe and receiving telepathic messages from lightyears away.

As The Rowan resigns herself to a solitary life with no mate she receives a strong telepathic message from the distant planet of Deneb.... and it's male. Overcoming life long fears, she unites with Jeff to aid in the protection of his planet. It is here that she finally meets the destiny predicted when she was 3 years old....

Ms McCaffrey has created a wonderful universe, with solid believable characters from diverse worlds and cultures. This book is so great that I recommend you don't stop here - I strongly urge you to get the other 4 books!!!!!!
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"The Rowan" is a continuation of the series "The Talents of Earth". Peter Reiddinger's dream of going to space has been realized and the talented are vital in this venture. Talented with strong telekinetic and telepathic abilities are few and valued. They are primes in FT&T's transportation system.
The Rowan is the girl who was found after a mudslide on Altair. She lost her whole family and was made ward of the state. Her talent was one of prime quality and she was educated in her responsibilities as such. This book is about her road to adulthood and her search for love.
In many ways this was a good book. I enjoyed reading it and would have no problem recommending it to others. Having said that something was missing for me in this book. "The Talents of Earth" was a much more enjoyable series for me. This is not McCaffrey at her best.
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on 3 November 2012
This is the first of three. All are a brilliant read. I would suggest you read them from 1-3 as they do somewhat follow on although each is a book in their own right. You feel you are there in the story. Held me wanting to keep on reading. It was educational too about what our ancestors had to endure to live.
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"The Rowan" is a continuation of the series "The Talents of Earth". Peter Reiddinger's dream of going to space has been realized and the talented are vital in this venture. Talented with strong telekinetic and telepathic abilities are few and valued. They are primes in FT&T's transportation system.
The Rowan is the girl who was found after a mudslide on Altair. She lost her whole family and was made ward of the state. Her talent was one of prime quality and she was educated in her responsibilities as such. This book is about her road to adulthood and her search for love.
In many ways this was a good book. I enjoyed reading it and would have no problem recommending it to others. Having said that something was missing for me in this book. "The Talents of Earth" was a much more enjoyable series for me. This is not McCaffrey at her best.
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on 19 September 2015
The beginning of the Talent series has been written by a woman who knows the psychic arena very well. She has a rare talent to bring science fiction and science fantasy together in a way that ensures you know it is just a story but that it is a believable possible future. It is empathic and has a good storyline which is enjoyable. I recommend it to those who like a romantic story as well as science fiction / fantasy.
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on 2 October 2009
i just cannot praise iris gowers books enough, a great anf highly recommend all her books
mary.
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on 8 September 2013
love all the iris gower books riveting reading from start to finish haven't read a bad one yet and haave read most
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on 7 June 2015
I am not generally a sify fan, but this book is excellent read.
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on 7 March 1999
This book has adventure, sci-fi, telepathic talents and romance. The Rowan is a young child ophaned by a mud slide which wiped out her whole colony. The Rowan is the only one to suvive the tragedy, saved in her baby bouncer. As the Rowan crys out for her mother she also crys strongly on the telepathic wave lenth making all the talents on Altair cringe. This child is certainly special!
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on 29 October 2014
Excellent read first of the Tower @ hive series.
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