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Damia (1992)

de Anne McCaffrey

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Sèrie: The Tower and the Hive (2), The Talents Universe (5)

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The Rowan was one of the greatest telepaths ever born, treasured by the people she saved from alien invasion and loved by a young man who never hoped to win her heart. In spite of his feelings, Afra remained loyal to the Rowan. He stayed by her side and helped to raise her Talented daughter, Damia. Now years later, Damia is a full-grown Talent of great power. Terrible alien voices echo within her mind. And a wondrous new feeling for Afra is growing within her heart. In a universe under seige, only one thing can defeat the power of fear: the power of love."… (més)
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Damia is the daughter of Prime Talents The Rowan and Jeff Raven. Her own telepathic and telekinetic abilities manifested at an early age, unimaginable powers even greater than her parents’, challenging to wield much less control. As willful as her mother ever was, Damia defies her family’s attempts to tame and train her—only to bond with Afra Lyon, a Talent who serves The Rowan, and who becomes the object of her affection.

When she comes of age, Damia learns that a Prime of her capabilities and temperament has no time for love. Assigned to serve the farthest human colonized world from Earth, Damia leads a lonely existence until she telepathically connects with an alien presence in another galaxy—a potential threat not only to Damia, but to the love Afra wants to share with her...
  Gmomaj | Mar 14, 2021 |
I liked this one, but the romance in it made it kind of squicky. I don't remember being bothered by it when I was a teenager, but the idea of the romantic interest standing in loco parentis for the heroine was icky. Even if the actual romance didn't show up until she was an adult. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
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Well, Damia was certainly a bold way to write a book. Damia is the name of one of The Rowan and Jeff Raven's daughters. So you'd think the whole book would be about her, right?

Nope.

The first third of the book is the second half of the previous book. The narrator is Afra, The Rowan's second in command. Afra is 16 (and younger in the very beginning) when he applies, and is accepted, to The Rowan's posting at Callisto. Afra then becomes indispensable and is an amazing friend to The Rowan. In the height of The Rowan's loneliness, he even considered being a true partner to her, even though it wasn't what he wanted, just what she needed. He is a real stand up guy. Then the aliens come and try to wreck Deneb, and The Rowan meets her mate and everything is perfect.

And then they have kids.

Damia is their third child, and is an absolute handful to deal with. The Rowan decides that Damia needs a brother or sister, so she can form a connection like Damia's older brother and sister have. So, The Rowan steals her husband's sperm to impregnate herself with. Yeah. I'm just going to leave that as is.

However, Damia's real special connection is to her Afra. WHO IS TWENTY FIVE YEARS OLDER THAN HER. Yup. Just going to leave that there, as well.

We see Damia grow up from a toddler, into a young girl, and then into a young woman to an adult with her own Tower to look after. She is special. Powerful and headstrong. A lot like her mother. And Damia has to be treated differently than everyone else simply because she is so powerful and headstrong. She causes trouble as a kid without meaning it, and then when she is adult she has a weight of responsibility on her shoulders and doesn't want to disappoint her parents. And she experiences the same sort of loneliness as an adult that her mother did.

And throughout the book, Afra is there for her. He helps raise her. He protects her when he can.

And he is 25 years older than her.

Gods this romance was difficult for me to read. On the one hand it was ridiculously cute. On the other? Twenty.Five.Years.Older. He helped raise her! He punished her as a child! I wouldn't be surprised if he had changed her diapers! I just..ARGH WHY DOES MCCAFFREY DO THIS TO ME?!

At least they're both adults when they get together, unlike Pegasus in Flight?

And then the aliens come back, and this time they are different aliens. They're not the ones that attacked Deneb. Honestly I was kind of really dissatisfied with the ending. It ends with us meeting the Aliens but we don't learn anything about them. The end just didn't pop like the previous book. It felt like it ran out of room, that the book got too long because it didn't go anywhere and covered old ground, so another book was needed to finish the story. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
The actual sci-fi plot was moderately interesting although a bit oddly paced. I especially didn't need as much longwinded rehashing of the plot of the prequel as I got.

The romance was the type I hate most! A teenage girl and a 40 year old man who used to babysit her? He's really gross about it too, although I get the impression that McCaffrey thinks it's romantic, which frankly just makes it worse. ( )
  tronella | Jun 22, 2019 |
A pleasant re-read of an old favorite, this book is much as I remember it. As much as it is classified as Sci-Fi, it is at its core a romance (remove the romance from the center of the story and the rest falls apart). The setting, which is in truth more Science Fantasy then Science Fiction, is just that, a backdrop to the developing relationship between Afra Lion, the Rowan's 2IC, and Damia, the Rowan's daughter. To spite the difference in their ages, there is never the sense of unhealthy power dynamics between them. As with much of McCaffrey's writing, the relationship is not particularly complicated, and resolves fairly quickly.

A good book in a good series. ( )
  dreamweaver529 | Feb 6, 2018 |
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Anne McCaffreyautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Kukalis, RomasAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Morrill, RowenaAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Ross, EdmundAuthor photoautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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The Rowan was one of the greatest telepaths ever born, treasured by the people she saved from alien invasion and loved by a young man who never hoped to win her heart. In spite of his feelings, Afra remained loyal to the Rowan. He stayed by her side and helped to raise her Talented daughter, Damia. Now years later, Damia is a full-grown Talent of great power. Terrible alien voices echo within her mind. And a wondrous new feeling for Afra is growing within her heart. In a universe under seige, only one thing can defeat the power of fear: the power of love."

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