Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Time Turner Tuesday ~ Damia's Children

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.


  1. I enjoyed this one, but not as much as I did The Rowan and Damia. I think that's because the story became more diffuse. She was telling a big story, one which spans several books; it's necessarily split between a number of characters, and their individual stories are very separate. I prefer the narrower focus of Damia and The Rowan. But I still re-read the entire series at times, and enjoy them!

    1. I know what you mean. After the Mrdini joined with humans and they started chasing the Hivers it became much more complicated. Not any less enjoying, but so much was going on. I love this series.