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The six books of Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's Petaybee series are divided into two trilogies: Petaybee and The Twins of Petaybee. The protagonist of the first is Yanaba "Yana" Maddock, a soldier sent to the planet of Petaybee when injuries from a terrorist attack make it impossible for her to continue in the army. In the second trilogy, the central characters are Yana's children, Ronan Born for Water and Murel Monster Slayer Maddock-Shongili.

In all six books, the plot is basically the same: the planet must be protected from Intergal, an interplanetary company that wishes to relocate the inhabitants so it can mine for valuable minerals. Petaybee, however, isn't just a planet- it's a sentient being that has forged a meaningful connection with the settlers, particularly those of the Shongili family. When Yana marries into that family, she comes to understand how important it is that the Petaybeans defend their planet.

The series is not nearly as well known as the McCaffrey Dragonriders of Pern books, but is often considered to be of greater quality, as a whole.

Books in this series

  • Powers That Be (1993)
  • Power Lines (1994)
  • Power Play (1995)
  • Changelings (2005)
  • Maelstrom (2006)
  • Deluge (2008)

This series contains examples of: