(The Tower and the Hive: book 2): a compelling, captivating and epic fantasy from one of the most influential fantasy and SF novelists of her generation


Let Anne McCaffrey, storyteller extraordinare and New York Times and Sunday Times bestselling author, open your mind to new worlds and new concepts: alien nations, psychic powers, telepathy and planetary systems. Perfect for fans of David Eddings, Brandon Sanderson and Douglas Adams.

'Anne McCaffrey, one of the queens of science fiction, knows exactly how to give her public what it wants' - THE TIMES

'A story that keeps you involved, and you can read it again and again!' -- ***** Reader review
'I had trouble putting the book down' -- ***** Reader review
'Beautifully written and completely unputdownable!' -- ***** Reader review
Of all the Rowan's children, Damia is the most brilliant, the most difficult, the loneliest, and the one who has inherited the greatest Talent. It is obvious from childhood that she is going to be a Prime, with all the honours, burdens and strains of that elite class. Her one friend is Afra -- older, wiser, Talented in his own way, but 'belonging' almost exclusively to the Rowan and the workings of Callisto Station.

As Damia grows up, her Talent becomes almost too strong to control, and the solution is separation -- from her parents, from Callisto, from her beloved Afra.

Sent to the distant planet of Deneb, to her strange and gifted grandmother, Damia begins the training necessary to turn her into a Prime of extraordinary gifts -- a Prime who can contact the minds of approaching aliens through space, some of whom threatening to totally destroy the worlds of the Nine Star League.


  • Anne McCaffrey, one of the Queens of science fiction, knows exactly how to give her public what it wants
    Walter Ellis, The Times

About the author

Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey was one of the world's leading science-fiction writers, and won both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as the Margaret A. Edwards' Lifetime Literary Achievement Award. She was deeply honoured to have been made a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 2005, and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006. Born and raised in the US and of Irish extraction, she moved to Ireland in 1970 where she lived in the ‘Garden of Ireland’, County Wicklow, until her death in 2011 at the age of eighty-five. She is the creator of the Dragonriders of Pern® series. Her website is www.pernhome.com.
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