In this second volume of the trilogy begun with The Rowan , McCaffrey introduces Damia Raven, brilliant and willful daughter of Angharad Gwyn (the Rowan) and Jeff Raven, leaders of the psionic Talents of Federal Telepath & Teleport, who make interstellar commerce possible. The precocious Damia's difficult childhood is made tolerable by the care and solicitude of Afra Lyon, her parents' valued friend and assistant, who secretly loves the child as much as he did her mot
It's a middling book. But you know, I think I've realized why this series wears on me; it's quite boring to read about hyper-privileged aristocrats who are spoilt, moody, confident of their skills and power and who never interact with the...more
This was perhaps the most openly sexual of all the Anne McCaffrey books that I've read.
The sequel to The Rowan begins about halfway through the previous novel, but shifts focus from the Rowen to the character of Afra. In the first novel, I found Afra to be one of the more interesting characters, so I was delighted to see him growing from a child into his manhood and his position of devoted second to the Rowan. The book establishes his love for her, but also his recogniti...more
I feel the story should have been about Afra. He was such a real, honest character. He loved The Rowan so much, but knew he could never have her ... Yet, he kept his loyalities. He stayed by her side and helped to raise her Talented daughter, Damia.
I'm afraid I became bored with this book and after this mid-point scanned the book to completion. I was disgusted and disappointed to have Afra have such an emotionally draining role in t...more
In a universe under seige,...more
If I were reading it for the first time now, at the age of *coughcough*, I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it. As it is, I've always skimmed this book more than read it from cover-to-cover. It's not the kind of book I read for the writing itself, it's the book I read for the ideas of the characters. I've just always loved Afra and the com...more
I do have some problems with father figures or almost father figures becoming romantic figures, it's an almost deal-breaker, particularly when he uses a post-hypnotic suggestion, implanted when she was very young to send her to sleep...more
The first 1/3 of the book is a recap of the previous book, but from Afra's point of view. If I had read the other one some time ago, the recap might have been helpful, but because I moved straight on from the first one it was a little pointless.
The relationship between Afra and Damia was just plain weird. I tried to keep an open mind about it, but Afra had taken care of Damia like a father in the beg...more
The first 100 pages are basically a recap of the previous versions of the story. It's a long and drawn-out "previously on Young and the Telepathic" and a complete waste of time.
The remainder of the novel shows the Rowan as a conflicted and possibly post partum depressed mother who is overworked and trying t...more
She had a singular talent for writing incredible worlds!
I can understand how difficult it is for some people to associate with those worlds but they just need to remember that it's her world and she could do anything with it that she wanted.
This book is just another example of Anne's exceptional skills.
I will miss her amazing new worlds. Thank goodness I have so many great books of hers to comfort myself with.
Published in 1992, the scene is set in our solar system, not a Dragon Riders book. (I DO like dragons).
It got a lot better towards the end; A lot of teleporting and telepathing. Space ships were 'ported. Nice story tho. I did enjoy it, even though it is the second in a quartet:
From the SciFi library of Rex Mix.
Of the whole series, this is my least favorite, but it is still amazing. The only reason it only has four stars is because I haven't figured out if you can give half-stars.
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more