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Damia's Children (The Tower and the Hive #3)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,395 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
Damia and Afra-Raven-Lyon had reared their children in a brilliant and unorthodox way. All their young had been 'paired' when six months old with the furry, one-eyed Mrdinis, the only other sentient beings in the Alliance, who could communicate with humans by their 'dream messages'. Together, Man and Mrdini worked to create prosperous worlds and guard against the terrible ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 3rd 1994 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 1993)
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Kathleen Dixon
I started off feeling a little "here we go again, same old same old" and thinking the writing style was a little "fluffy", but before very long I was caught up again. I'm very glad I'm reading these through (after probably 30 years since I first read them), and I'm starting to think that it's quite possible I'll work my way through them all again (definitely the Pern ones and this series) in another 20 or 30 years.

McCaffrey gives me people I like, with interesting and often earnest characters. M
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Continuing with the author-is-dead re-read of this series. Not that the author is literally dead — though in this case, she is — but in the sense that it's more interesting to read this series in a way that the author maybe didn't intend. In this case, we see a little bit of Damia, the tempestuous heroine from the last book, but this book is mostly about her first four children. We get novellas about Laria and Thian, the first half of a short novel about Rojer, and a short story about Zara. In a ...more
Aurian Booklover
Jan 02, 2015 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it
There was a Mrdini scout present when in the first book, the mind merge of all the Talents destroyed the enormous Hiver sphere. For the first time in centuries, they found another race that could defeat their enemy without losing lives. When the Mrdini battle a Hiver sphere, it takes many, many lives and ships to defeat it. And so, in the second book, they made dream contact with some of the powerful humans on Deneb, including Damia and Afra.
The contact became an Alliance, and human children an
Jul 27, 2014 Kim rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book much better then the previous two, being not so much romance driven as family driven. There was also the interesting interaction of the dinis and there cultural subject which was fascinating. The story was split up between the different children(or at least the oldest among them) of the books previously made couple and most of them were fairly good. I will say that rather there being a plot to the book, it's more like a compilation of a bunch of subplots(one or two for each c ...more
L.A. Miles
Feb 19, 2014 L.A. Miles rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really love the story and the characters, but Anne McCaffrey's wonderful writing is let down by poor editing. Large sections of this book were obviously not looked at by a copy editor or proofreader (I read the kindle version). At one point, the word Mrdini was used instead of Hiver, which made for complete confusion.

Anne McCaffrey has always had a good talent for writing realistic characters and successfully portraying their intricate relationships. I find, as the story expands, that the read
May 02, 2012 Kris rated it liked it
Another space fantasy. Marginally better than the first in the series, but again, I didn't really enjoy it. The story moves its focus from older sibling, to younger, to younger. The ending (dealing with the alien threat) seems to fizzle out a bit. Sure, there are things happening, and some stuff was resolved, but too much was left open for more books.

Unfortunately, I hate stopping a series in the middle, so now I'm off to investigate whether or not there are any more books dealing with this univ
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
Book source ~ My home library.

Damia’s children are growing up and taking their places in FT&T. All are powerful, but each has their own special Talents. Paired with young Mrdini allies when they were babies they’ve grown up with the aliens and are comfortable with them. Unlike others in the Federation who think the Mrdinis are weasel-like and shouldn’t be allies with humans. Laria, Thian, Rojer and Zara will play their parts in the ongoing search for more Hivers and the Hive home world, so t
Mar 30, 2012 Danyel rated it liked it
Listened to this on audio. I don't remember any details of what I thought about these books when I read them back in college but I remember that I liked them fine. I still like them but I find the characters odd.

Having read so much YA now, I find these teenagers to be more grown up than I think grown ups are for the most part. I think the goal was to set the story hundreds of years in the future and now families treat each other this way but I find that unrealistic and silly. So conversations ar
Vicki Jaeger
May 27, 2014 Vicki Jaeger rated it it was ok
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.
Damia's children is the third book in a series about a telepathic family and a very slow moving war with a beetle like people, who have a hive mentality. It is not a bad book but I must emphasize the slow moving aspect. By now we have moved into the third generation of this family. This book differs because while the other two books have focused mainly on one main character and her perspective love interest this one moved through several of the different children. They are likeable enough charac ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Willa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Damia's Children, one of science fiction and fantasy's most beloved novelists, Anne McCaffrey, continues the story of psychic Talent begun with The Rowan and Damia. The Rowan's next generation of passionate and talented descendants prepare to defend their worlds against an alien attack of mysterious origin.

Damia had deflected a previous attack on the human worlds and sent the aliens into deep space. Hungry for more living space, they return with plans to dominate, armed with knowledge of the
Feb 07, 2013 Al added it
From Publishers Weekly

Here McCaffrey introduces another generation in her saga of a family of powerful psionic Talents ( The Rowan and Damia ) raised to serve the Nine Star League. The eight children of Damia and Afra Raven-Lyon approach the threshold of maturity on Iota Aurogae, where they have been raised with young Mrdinis, the only other intelligent life that humankind has encountered--save for the pernicious Hive Culture, which has sought to destroy all other species in its drive to expan

Dec 25, 2014 Suer1943 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have been

I have read all of Anne McCaffreys books. I have been waiting for this series to become available on Kindle! I hope the rest will be available soon. You can't go wrong if you enjoy sxifi/fantasy. This author has a number of very enjoyable series.
Nov 03, 2011 Alsha rated it liked it
More enjoyable than I expected after reading the other reviews on here. I remember enjoying it the first time I read it. Whatever AM conceivably lacks in literary style, she more than makes up for with imagination, plot, and her facility for creating individual, interesting characters quickly through little more than mental and verbal dialogue. While this one may not be one of the crowning achievements of her career, it was still plenty engaging. If I could write as prolifically as she did, I wo ...more
Randy Word
May 17, 2014 Randy Word rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say, Anne McCaffrey was a pioneer in the SCI-FI field! The Talent/Tower and the Hive series is undoubtedly one of the best series ever (along with her Dragonriders of Pern)! Ever!
Danae Harding
Nov 19, 2008 Danae Harding rated it it was amazing
The continuing saga of the Rowan & Jeff Raven, their daughter and son-in-law, Damia and Afra Lyon, and Damia's 5(?) children, Laria, Thian, Peter, Xara, and Petra. (I think there's two more, but I can't remember their names.) This family heads the FT&T (Federal Teleport & Telepath) in a futuristic setting. All have psychic talent which they use to make interstellar travel possible in the blink of an eye.
This book details their newly discovered alien friends, the Mrdini, and the co
Sue Davies
May 16, 2014 Sue Davies rated it it was amazing
Damia's children was a natural progression as you watch the family grow. The whole series is very addictive.
Kimberly Gallagher
Oct 12, 2015 Kimberly Gallagher rated it really liked it
This wasn't as good as the first couple in the series but still a decent read.
Mar 05, 2011 Hettie rated it really liked it
After Damia this book was a bit of a let down as Damia and Afra are hardly mentioned. I still enjoyed it but it is not as strong as the previous book.

For those who like spaceships they will love this book as they feature heavily. As can be expected the main focus is on Damia's children. It can be seen as 4 linked stories so at times it is frustrating as just as you are getting into it the focus of the story changes to another of the children.

It is a good follow up in terms of the overall story o
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
We can now say that Damia is definitely a better mother to her children than Rowan. In this return to the Tower and Hive world, we get to meet Damia's children who are now coming into their own. I enjoyed it. This return to the world I loved is beautiful for me. The fantasy of it is appealing. And of course, I loved the characters. I like Damia's two oldest sons (names escape me). They are like their father but in a way, more like their grandfather. I always did like Damia's dad. This is a great ...more
Mar 01, 2015 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1997 grade B

Series book RO3

(Part 1 > Lyon's Pride)
Priscilla Sage
I own it but it's missing do to my resent move.
Apr 06, 2010 drowningmermaid rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this, as it is a return to my genre sci-fi roots, but I found this particular work quite disappointing.

It's not really a book, more like 3-4 novellas strung together without any overarching point. I tossed this book while in jr. high, because I thought I had the "villain" in the second story figured out, but it turns out I was wrong... although the person it turned out to be, and the way the situation was resolved was trite and VERY easy to accomplish.

Definitely a "quantity" rea
Mar 13, 2011 Peter added it
Wonderful, and I was in it.......: I have been a McCaffery fan for quite a few years, grabbing anything and everything with her name on. The Tower and the Hive chronicles began in "The Rowan" and "Damia" continue in this the 3rd book, These books seem to continue the thoughts began in "Pegasus in Flight" although at a future point in time. Better still as one of Damia's Children is called Zara, I could really picture myself in the story. Another fantastic book from Anne McCaffery, no dragons in ...more
Sep 26, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Heather Hile
Feb 24, 2016 Heather Hile rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I didn't like this one as much on the first reading but I'm reading it again and I like it a lot more. I think starting it right after I finished Damia helped me since I was already in the world and enjoying it.
Jun 05, 2013 Len rated it really liked it
Shelves: anne-mccaffrey
I wish they had half stars on here.. cuz although I do not think this book in the series is quite a perfectly crafted as some others... I also think that 4/5 stars is way to low... of course if I was deciding how to rate things I would probably end up with a scale of how close each book was to perfection from 0-100% to express the myriad levels possible from book to book. But 5 is what we've got to work with so for now I will clump with an occasional divisive footnote.
Nov 13, 2009 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book although it ends mid-story. Each of Damia's children are interesting and the characters are likable. I especially liked that she emphasized different strengths in each although some are so far-fetched. I liked Thian's story the best and Zara's the least, but I'll have to keep reading for anything to happen apparently. I'm surprised she took this chunk and called it a book in the first place because nothing major happened and then it cuts off mid-sentence.
Mar 24, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This was not my first time on this book. I still enjoy it to the 5 star level. The entire Pegasus and Rowan series is fun.

This book introduces Damia's Talented children, Laria, Isthian, Rojer, Zara, Petra, Morag, and a few others. Laria is the oldest, and gets to go to Clarf, the Mrdini homeworld, to help in the Tower.

This book introduces the Mrdinis, who provide companionship to the children and experience their adventures.
Nola Redd
Jul 18, 2008 Nola Redd rated it liked it
Recommended to Nola by: Mom
It just went on and on and on....! I read this one because I hate to stop mid-series (which I did, anyway; I gave up on the next one and hit up the Left Behind series instead). Instead of following one person, we had four different kids, and we jumped around a lot. The challenges were interesting but there was no feeling of completion. Great, the bug is happy, is that it? Dull.
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

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The Tower and the Hive (5 books)
  • The Rowan (The Tower and the Hive, #1)
  • Damia (The Tower and the Hive, #2)
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