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McCaffrey again explores the effects of institutionalized memory loss on a culture in the third volume of a series that began with Crystal Singer . Killashandra Ree, one of the rare individuals with perfect pitch who can find and cut the Ballybran crystals on which much of the galaxy's economy is based, turns away from her lover and partner Lars Dahl when he becomes head of the Heptite Guild and, to her discomfort, moves to bring some order into the workings of the organization that controls the crystal trade. In order to work with crystal one must adapt to a symbiotic organism that heals humans rapidly and prolongs life; as a side effect, those who handle crystal lose their memories, forgetting the locations of good mining sites as well as the identities of their friends and lovers. While Lars undertakes various projects to overcome this disability, Killashandra has an off-planet fling. Eventually she reconciles herself to change, finding possible salvation for them all. As lacking in coherence as a crystal singer's life and bereft of interesting characters, this episodic McCaffrey effort is a major disappointment.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Were they always like this? I loved the first two Crystal Singer books, but I read them many years ago, when I was much younger. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001
the crystal series were very nice, not anne mccaffrey's best work, but quite nice. the plotlines were unpredictable, especially in the last book of the series, crystal line. Read morePublished on July 11 2000 by MARIANNA GERBAKHER
The first time I laid my hands on Crystal Line, I just couldn't stop reading. I just read, sat and cried for three to four hours, forgetting to eat at all that evening. Read morePublished on March 28 2000 by "neqarinth"
I truly believe this is one of McCaffrey's best collection of stories. The World of Pern was absolutely wonderful and this trilogy only improves my opinion of her. Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2000 by Caroline
I have never read anything so enthralling in my life. It instantly grabbed me, and I was unable to put it down. Read morePublished on March 22 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Muhlah! This wasn't a horrible book, but it reads too much like an inside joke. Muhlah! Not one of her best, not as good as the other two.Published on Nov. 13 1998