Title ~ Damia's Children
Series ~ The Tower and the Hive, #3
Author ~ Anne McCaffrey
Publisher ~ ACE Putnam
Published ~ 13 January 1993
Genre ~ Sci-Fi/Paranormal
Book source ~ My home library
My Rating ~ 4 bites out of 5
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 that a way can be found to contain the Hivers and keep them away from human and Mrdini planets.
Revisiting this story 20 years later made me realize I hadn’t forgotten much. The good mark of a story that enthralled me. Laria, as the eldest, goes to Clarf as part of the exchange that was agreed upon before she was born. Gaining experience in her own Tower has matured her and when her year is up and it’s time for her to train on Callisto and for Thian to take her place on Clarf, something else for Thian comes up. He’s needed on a fleet ship amongst a squadron that has been tracking Hive ships. At 16 he’s young for the responsibility, but it’s believed he can handle it and off he goes. Rojer follows about a year later by joining another ship and at the end of the book Zara pulls a stunt reminiscent of Damia when she was a child, but she does manage to figure out why the captured Queen appears to be dying.
This book is chock full with information about Damia and Afra’s children, especially the older ones and how they’re maturing and helping FT&T. Lots of adventure, information and great story-telling. A lot more is learned about the Mrdini and there’s even new info about the Hivers. This book is an excellent addition to the series and I look forward to rereading the next book and having the saga continue.