Author: Anne McCaffrey
Published: September, 1991
Review by: CL4 Diane Dragonsayer
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This day on Altair begins tha same as any other day, with rain, floods of rain. There are reports of unexpected mudslides all over the civilized areas and in the Rowan camps. When the Psi-talented workers of FT&T and the planet's governmental officials met to discuss how to repair the damages done by the horrendously heavy downpours, they were on the end of a very rude surprise. A wail of "MOMMMEEE!!" ripped through every T-9 or above Talented mind.
The Talents and officials follow the mental cry to it's source and, to their shock, find a potential Prime Talented Rowan girl child. This child is made a ward of Altair and put under the care of Silgen, a strong Talent and yet, an absolute dolt when it comes to taking care of a child. Against her better judgement, the child is given a pukha, a mechanical device that willsoothe and act as a surrogate "parent" that provides time to get her some training. She needs to control her LOUD mind-voice and remove it from the rest of the Talent's minds.
She christens it "Purza" and it is always within her reach. When FT&T try to take her off Altair, and manifests another ability. In her terror, she teleports herself away from the ship sent to take her to the EarthTower. After a few years of training, when she turns 12 years old, her warders finaly allow Rowan, as she calls herself, to exercise her mental muscles. Enduring the tedious classes to teach the layout of the Tower and its workigs are absolutely essential to the Rowan, should she turn out to be a Prime Talent.
The wanton killing of Rowan's Purza, the gift of a berquecat and the surprising contact of Earth's Prime Reddinger throw Rowan into a lifelong struggle within the FT&T. Can Prime Talent Rowan discover who she really is and complete the mission thrown at her? You'll have to read it to find out. It's a book that can captivate you and keep your mind on this great adventure. I give it 2 thumbs up!
Title: The Rowan