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Rowan

2 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Anne McCaffrey

The Rowan was one of the strongest Talents ever born, but she was also lonely and without family, friends --or love. Then a telepathic message came from a distant world facing an alien threat, a message sent by an unknown Talent named Jeff Raven, and … see full wiki

Author: Anne McCaffrey
Publisher: Brilliance Audio Lib Edn
Date Published: January 25, 2007
1 review about Rowan

A New Galaxy from Anne McCaffrey

  • May 6, 2000
Rating:
+5
Pros: Great characters, exciting situations

Cons: None for the sci-fi fantasy lover

An entire world hears inside their own heads the screams of this frightened psi-talented child. This opens up the world of The Rowan, a new character and series created by talented writer Anne McCaffrey.

Rowan is a talented telepath of the first degree which earns her the auspicious rank of "Prime." In this galaxy, psi-talents are employed by ITT (Intergalactic Telepath & Transport) who is largely responsible for moving everything around the related worlds. This organization is headed up by "Earth Prime" who keeps these talented and often difficult people in order. The Rowan is certainly the most difficult.

As a young adult, she is placed in charge of the Callisto tower facility and uses her talent to "hurl" shipments and people across the galaxies. She does this with the assistance of her tower staff. Assembling a staff that can bear up under the tantrums of the Rowan was quite a challenge but the addition of Afra, a "2 talent" helped provide a stabilizing force for Rowan's volatile personality.

The conflict in this novel arises when Rowan hears a call for help from Deneb - a planet not known to possess a Prime talent. This cry for help reports an alien invasion that is devastating the population of that world. Rowan calls upon the other Primes to link with each other and together with enormous amassed power they are able to repel the aliens.

Rowan is intrigued by this unknown man, and manages to place herself in his path. Such a combination of talent and strong personality cannot help to be combustible, but the result is exciting and presents new challenges to each of them and the ITT.

This new work begins a series of four to date. The characters created by McCaffrey are eminently human, and so real that the reader can identify with each of them very personally. The situations are intriguing, and the concept of these assorted psi-talents makes me wonder if there is hope for such an exciting evolution of our own race.

I've had to buy this three times because the first two that I had "wandered" off with my children and their friends.



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