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Lyon's Pride (The Tower and the Hive #4)

3.89  ·  Rating Details ·  7,492 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
Anne McCaffrey's bestselling Rowan saga has been praised as "good reading" (Locus). It becomes "more convincing with each novel" (Booklist) and offers "winning, carefully developed characters" (Publishers Weekly). Now the story continues, as the passionate and talented children of Damia and Afra Lyon confront the alien threat first detected by their grandmother the Rowan. ...more
347 pages
Published August 18th 1994 by Corgi Books (first published 1994)
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Mar 20, 2011 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Things you find while cleaning out your closet. While I truly love the Talent series, the Tower books (taking place around 300 years after the end of the Talent series) are a dicier bet. "The Rowan" I'm still generally good with, but the quality slides after that, just recycling without end. "Lyon's Pride" is the fourth book in the series, and... yeagh.

Story-wise, this one's so-so. It's fractured into a few different storylines, but really the most effort is put into the who-will-end-up-with-who
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Okay. This is going to sound weird, but I first read this series before I ever read Ender's Game. So for me this is the archetypal representation of kids fighting alien bugs. Admittedly these kids are all older — 16 or so before they're pressed into active service using their psionic abilities to support the war effort. So we get a bunch of naval war-fighting type stuff (really palls by comparison to David Weber's Honor Harrington books, or even McCaffrey's collaboration with Elizabeth Moon, Sas ...more
Oct 04, 2007 Kelsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
For some reason, the last couple of books in this series were difficult to follow and felt unfinished. I didn't really get much out of this one.
Douglas Milewski
May 26, 2017 Douglas Milewski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lyon's Pride (1994) by Anne McCaffrey, disappointed me on every level. It's like a pretty new car that's a lemon under the hood. It's like one of those post-war British films with slow pacing and no soundtrack. You see everything getting discussed and decided, whether it helps the story or now. There was literally nothing happening across most of the chapters, no real feeling of beginning, no real feeling of uncertainty, and an even vaguer feeling of the end.

I skimmed for chapters at a time, sp
Mar 02, 2017 Serena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, 20th-century
My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
*Book source ~ Home library.

Laria, Thian, Rojer and Zara continue growing, maturing and working for FT&T as the main focus is on finding the remaining Hive spheres and restricting those Hivers that had populated other worlds to those worlds. It’s during his time on the Genesee that Rojer suffers a catastrophic loss and withdraws into himself. This brings The Rowan and Afra, Rojer’s grandmother and father, to the Genesee to search of him demanding explanations. When Rojer is found and sent to
Aurian Booklover
Dec 21, 2014 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book pick ups where book 3 ended, and you really need to read this series in order to enjoy it the most.

Laria is doing well on Clarf, but her new assistant is xenophobic, so she really needs to be replaced. Clarissa is a danger to them all, if the Mrdini find out. Her replacement is a severely burned out T-2 Talent, and Laria immediately likes him. Unfortunately, he is gay so he cannot be the lifemate she so desperately wants and needs. Slowly Kincaid heals and finds his place in the Tower
Peter Curd
Sep 13, 2016 Peter Curd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Talent series (or The Tower and the Hive series if you prefer) continues on with Lyon's Pride - which is essentially the second half of Damia's Children. The proliferation of the one or two controlling families of Federated Teleport & Telepath continues as no one seems to be able to have less than 10 children in this universe.

I can't say much more without getting into spoilers, so before I dive in to that - it is a pretty easy to read book with a bit more of a (space) naval lean than the
Paul Schulzetenberg
I shouldn't have tried to jump into the series in the middle, I know. That's a classic gaffe that I could have avoided, and as such, my opinion is skewed. I don't think, however, that's the problem with this book. There's just nothing here. This is the second McCaffrey book I've read, and the other one was long, long ago. However, I ended it with the same lack of interest that I did the other book. I got done with it, moved on, and will probably never think about the book again, except when some ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-re-readables
The Talent & The Hive series is one of my favorites and one I read time and time again, and Lyon's Pride may be one of my favorites within the group. This book continues to follow the adventures of Damia and Afra's three eldest children. Laria is now situated as Prime on Clarf, while her brothers are searching the galaxy for answers to the Hive problem. They all have some ups and downs as the story continues, especially Rojer who is threatened when he doesn't want to send bombs to a hive shi ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Al rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From Publishers Weekly

In this sequel to Damia's Children , the psionically Talented children of Damia Gwyn-Raven and Afra Lyon are pushed closer to the forefront of the struggle between the human Nine Star League and their alien Mrdini allies against the blind expansionism of the insect-like Hive culture that threatens both their civilizations. Rojer, like his siblings a T-1 at the most powerful level of Talent, is assigned to provide communication and transport for a squadron following a Hi

Jul 08, 2014 Ami rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel kind of bad for not liking this more since it was recommended by a good friend who really does love these books, but, I also know that each reading experience is a personal journey and one person's smooth footpath may be another's rocky road. I really enjoyed the first couple of books in this series but by the time I got to this one I was more than ready for it's final conclusion. "Lyon's Pride", to me, felt like a jumble of ideas and plot going in all different directions. It was difficu ...more
Lyon's Pride: "Lyon's Pride" is an excellent continuation to "Damia's Children". These are not stand-alone books. One will need to read "Damia's Children" in order to get the story line straight.

Lyon's Pride is of course the children of Afra Lyon (with the help of Damia one would assume). As the coalition of the Mrdini and the humans become aware of the extent of the expansion of the Hivers, they also become aware of oddities. Rojer, Tian, Zara and Laria are still out in the field working for FT

Jul 27, 2014 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a continuation of the previous book, focusing again on the children, and it was still interesting. I enjoy learning about the mrdini and the Hivers, as well as the general story. The person I was really interested in, and whose story I was looking forward to continuing really disappointed me, though.
Zara seemed like someone who had some real character development going in the previous book, and who seemed to be going in a story direction I was interested in(getting into the mind of the H
Susan Medsker-Nedderman
This is the 4th book in the Rowan series. It continues the Talent books that started with To Ride Pegasus. The first 3 books in the Talent series were the best, I think. The Rowan and Damia were good, but then my interest falls off. The books about the children aren't as interesting, mainly because they are too focused on the technical aspects of the story and not on the characters. Also, the story spreads around too much by trying to focus on all of the 4 eldest of Damia's and Afra's children. ...more
Mar 03, 2011 Bea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Science fiction is not usually my chosen genre to read, although I do enjoy fantasy. I have heard of Anne McCaffrey as an author, but I have never once picked up her books...until now. Lyon's Pride was a slow start for me since it introduced many beings and creatures and space ship terms that are not usually part of my vocabulary. However, the writing did engage me, and I found that the story was interesting and intriguing enough that I kept reading once I got started. This is a story of hope... ...more
L.A. Miles
Feb 19, 2014 L.A. Miles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Expanding on the brilliant vision of the future of mankind, McCaffrey takes the journey even further with the Lyon children. Each of this younger generation of Talents has a completely different character and very different experiences. There are a few touching moments in Lyon's Pride which engage the reader admirably.

However, the kindle version of this book has far too many editing mistakes. Such a fantastic story deserves better. I still found the book enjoyable, but some of the mistakes were
Feb 15, 2011 Hettie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, read-2011
I enjoyed this continuation to the series. It carries on the stories of Damias children. At times it feels like there are too many characters that you need to keep track of but they are all interesting. For me the consequence of this was that I do not feel as connected to the 4 main characters as I did to Damia and Afra.

Parts of the story are more mature that earlier in the series as the Alliance are now fighting a war. You really need to read the previous books to fully understand everything th
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How many children can she have? She produces amazing children too, with skill sets well above others. Damia is still the ever supportive and loving mother. Both her and Afra make guest appearances in this story. The focus is on her four youngest who are amazing. I do like learning more about Human and Mrdini interaction. It's fascinating how Ms. McCaffrey creates these aliens that are so different and how they are to interact with humans. I enjoyed this story greatly. Another lovely book from my ...more
McCaffrey should have stopped while she was ahead. This story was like the the never-ending space odessy, but even less interesting than it sounds. No love interest (which is always a mark in her pages), no character development. If she happened to stop on an interesting side story or character she quickly swapped to another story and never revisited the seed of hope she'd planted. I was so bored with about 30 pages left but felt it was worth skimming to see if anything would materialize.... The ...more
Jan 21, 2012 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a lot of fun reading this series, but I felt as the series continued, it got bogged down with to many technical issues. I found myself skimming the explanations, waiting for the plot to continue. And then there were too many off shoots to the story. Yes, I was interested in each of the characters, but I began feeling like I was checking their stories off on a list... I enjoyed the earlier books more.
Continuing the story of the Raven/Lyon families and their part in the way of life on the settled planets, moons and stars of the Universe, we spend more time with Thian and Rojer on their respective naval assignments, as well as Laria's promotion to Tower Prime on the Mrdini homeworld. This book is more technical in nature than earlier ones, especially when describing Thian and Rojer's positions and duties, but it's still and interesting world.
Jan 25, 2017 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne McCaffrey is one of my all time favorite sc-fi/fantasy authors. Her 'The Tower and the Hive" series is among my favorite series of all time. The characters are engaging and the story grabs me right about and keeps me interested until the very end. I do feel that story gets a weak towards the middle but it picks up at the end. I definitely enjoy some of the families story lines better than others.
Vicki Jaeger
Re-reading all my Anne McCaffrey books. The first two titles in this series are the best--I think because each has a love story/deep emotional connection between two people. When it starts to break off into the 3rd generation's kids, and just follows their lives, I started to lose interest. Doesn't help that it's very very sci-fi, with tons of technical ship info and an insect-like invading alien. I'll get through the series, and then they're getting donated to the library.
Feb 02, 2011 Kathryn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure I finished this book only because I started it AND I'd read the previous three AND I think it's the last book in the series. It's just all over the place... Maybe it's too many characters, maybe it's the long lulls that slam into one page of action and then drop off into another long lull. I didn't WANT to finish it or know what happens. It was a good skeleton, but someone forgot to flesh it out with interestingness.
Mar 25, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Telepathy is the Lyon family birthright. And now all of the them must combine their individual powers to combat the Hivers--a relentless race that has slaughtered entire populations in its search for a new home.

Yet another five star. Fun reading. Fast. This is still part of the Pegasus and Rowan series.
Jul 23, 2011 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Lyon's Pride (The Tower and the Hive, #4)
McCaffrey, Anne
Damia's children are learning where the younger children should be in the world and how their connection with the new alien race can save them from the concuring hive. the children of Damia find their own path their own loves and their missions in life
The children of Damia and Afra are my favorites of all the characters. I love the way author made the children just as sturdy and independent as the rest of their family. There was never a doubt they would overcome the obstacles put in front of them.

I think the events that took place on the book were the perfect direction for the over all story and cant wait to read the Tower and the Hive.
Oct 24, 2016 Bex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good read tieing together the story threads for Damias eldest 4 children through the search for Hivers.
Some tension, some emotion and definitely an easy comfort read.
Loses one star for small inconsistency with the Rowan but generally fun.
Apr 03, 2010 Janell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The basic storyline that began in The Rowan is well underway. The characters are also more developed. The story continues to have a few plot holes that you have to look past but I'm still fond of both the characters and the story and can look past the writing style.
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho
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The Tower and the Hive (5 books)
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“It must be an amazing mind-set, Afra thought, to consider one’s self the only being of worth in the galaxy. There had been Humans who had had such delusions. They had generally died because of them” 0 likes
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