Title ~ The Tower and the Hive
Series ~ The Tower and the Hive, #5
Author ~ Anne McCaffrey
Publisher ~ Ace/Putnam
Published ~ 1 May 1999
Genre ~ Sci-Fi/Fantasy
*Book source ~ My home library.
My Rating ~ 4 bites and a nibble out of 5
The Talents of FT&T along with the Space Navy and the Mrdini continue to identify all of the Hiver worlds. They need to find as many as possible and figure out a way to keep the
leaving and wiping out other worlds. The descendants of the Rowan and Jeff
Raven hold many of the top positions of Prime and the untalented say the
Gwyn-Raven line holds too many powerful positions. However, no other single
family has produced so many Primes and it’s a matter of supply and demand.
Everyone demands a Prime for slinging cargo around and the Gwyn-Raven-Lyons
have the most of them. Plain and simple. Now, if they can only figure out how
to take care of the Hiver problem as well as the Mrdini population explosion
then the rest should be smooth sailing. They can only hope.
This last addition to the series does a good job of putting everyone into place for future positions within FT&T, especially the grandchildren of the Rowan and Jeff Raven since they will be the ones to take over FT&T eventually with their children continuing on after them. These Talents have come such a long way from the time of Henry Darrow and even the first Peter Reidinger. Without the telepathic and telekinetic oomph of the Talents, Earth could not have explored space or settled distant worlds so quickly and efficiently. Nor would they have survived the Hiver invasion. Having a Prime on a ship in the fleet while they explore the far reaches of space means being able to keep in contact with home worlds and keeping the fleet supplied. Peter Reidinger the First would be proud since he had a fascination with space.
There is so much going on in this book and yet each person is given time on page to show how far reaching the arm of FT&T is. Lots of information, action, strange new worlds and great characters. I’m sad to see it end. All-in-all a great sci-fi/fantsy adventure.