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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Corgi (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552137642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552137645
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.5 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,549,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Lyon family of "methody" Capella are Talented folk. This means that they possess telepathic and telekinetic abilities in varying degrees and combinations, although none has the power of a "Prime." Young Afra chafes under the emotional repression and strict propriety of his home-world, and delights in his beloved older sister Goswina's brief apprenticeship to the Rowan - the most powerful Prime Talent known to FT&T.
As a young man, Afra has his own chance to work with the Rowan. He and that lonely woman strike up a rare and wonderful friendship, destined to endure throughout their lifetimes. But romance isn't part of their synergy, and both yearn to find it with other partners. Which the Rowan does, eventually, with an equally powerful but untrained telepath from Deneb: Jeff Raven. Whom she marries, and partners with when FT&T's "Talents" are the only viable defense against an alien invasion.
The Rowan and Jeff Raven produce a family of Talented children, including a daughter named Damia. From childhood, this third in their brood proves herself the most Talented human yet born. She's also temperamental, strong-willed, and unpredictable; and the most important person in her life, from its earliest hours, proves to be her mother's friend and colleague Afra.
Although this book includes some thrilling passages of interstellar conflict carried out by telepathic and telekinetic means, the romance of Damia Gwyn-Raven and Afra Lyon forms its heart and occupies most of its pages. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this romance. The author handles Afra's transition from parental figure to suitor in Damia's life well enough, and there is certainly nothing wrong with a grown woman (even a rather young one) choosing to marry an older man.
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Damia could be a biography. Were it not for the fact that it is the sequel to one of Anne Mccaffrey's most popular science-fiction books Damia could very well be about a real person in another time. Damia is that real. The reader is instantly captivated: Damia's little adventures when she is little, from innocent things like running around the Callisto Moon Base to getting caught inside a capsule at the worst possible moment draw from the reader everything from humor to even apprehension. As the story matures so does Damia, and her roles become more than that of a mischievious child-she is a heroine, an average woman, and a phenomenon all in one. Anne Mccaffrey was also careful to make sure that while the story centered on Damia, the other characters, some designed to stand on the sidelines until they recieved the spotlight and limelight, developed as well, so the overall impression one gets is of a wonderful tale that is so intricate and rapturous you'd be hard pressed to put the book down. There are more dangers to Damia than a pool and growing up, though-alien species are focusing on her world, and not all have benign intentions. Her wrenching battle with a terrible, malignant mind erodes a great deal of her, more than just her mental powers. Fortunately she eventually emerges, fully recovered, to deal with a new species, one whose intentions are to ally with the Humans and to project both of them into a new era of peace and triumph.

I must admit I was rather put-off by the novel when I saw it on the shelf: the Greek Damia ate her children, so I did not look forward to reading the tale, even if it were by Anne Mccaffrey. But when I read the Rowan, and then started on Damia, I realized the instant I opened up the book this is not that Damia: the heroine I read was a brave, compassionate, and human character, and I'm certain you will agree.
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By M. Cookson on July 29 2002
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This book first tells the story of Afra, who we met in The Rowan, and then goes on to tell Damia's story. I don't think that this book has the same plot as The Rowan at all, although there are a few similarities. If you were intrigued by Afra in the first book, you'll love him in this book. It was wonderful to find out more about him. Damia's childhood makes for an entertaining read, moreso, I think than the Rowan's. However, the Rowan was much more mature as a teenager and young woman than Damia. Teenage Damia is spoiled and annoying, and it's a wonder Afra could ever put up with her. That was one of the reasons I gave this book a four instead of a five. The other reason is that the whole Damia and Afra relationship seemed very strange. Afra never seemed to be very upset by the fact that he was falling in love with the same person he used to babysit. However, in spite of those two things, I really enjoyed this book.
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I noticed the rather scathing review from Kirkus (above), and have note the complaints about plot, etc. I especially agree with the "token monster" comment one of the reviwers made. However, DAMIA should be understood as not so much hard-core sci-fi, but panders to a totally different market niche. It is very feel-good, and very enjoyable feel-good, by the way. It focuses very much on relationships, family, power and privilage. The FT&T universe is fun, even if improbable at this point in time (and I mean imprabable in the sci-fi sense - that is, mind power is not within the 'probable' spectrum that serious sci-fi writers pick from). Depending on what you are looking for though, DAMIA, and the other books in this series can be very enjoyable.
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