Crystal Line Hardcover – Nov 12 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From the Inside Flap
"A treat for long-time McCaffrey fans, a good read and a satisfying look at one of the most haunting facets of the crystal singers' profession."
When Killashandra Ree joined the mysterious Heptite Guild, she knew that she would be forever changed. Crystal singing brought ecstasy and pain, near-eternal life...and gradual loss of memory. What she hadn't counted on was the loneliness she felt when her heart still remembered what her mind had forgotten. Fortunately, someone still cared enough to try to salvage what was left of Killashandra's mind. But she would have to learn to open herself--to another person, and to all her unpleasant memories. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The Crystal Singer series is my favorite sci-fi trilogy and Crystal Line is my favorite of the three books. In Crystal Singer, we have the usual angry and mis-treated teenager who strikes out on her own and is attracted to the domineering macho types. In Killashandra, we have a woman who has matured enough to change her taste in men. But in Crystal Line we have one of the very few "middle-aged" (I know she's actually several hundred years old according to the plot) heroines in sci-fi. Her decisions about what she will do with her life, and who she will do it with, are long over. But she still has decisions to make about how she will deal with both the choices that she has made and the things that life has done to her.
Killashandra is now a mature Crystal Singer. She enjoys the benefits of life on Ballybran as one of the rare and valuable miners of Crystal. The career of a Singer brings wealth, long life and a certain cachet in the Galaxy. But it comes at a heavy price; loss of memory and thus an inability to maintain any meaningful relationships. Singers are encouraged to document their lives with a recorded journal so they can pick up the pieces of their personality and not become shallow and venal.
Killashandra and Lars Dahl, her new-found love from the previous novel, face new challenges for the Heptite Guild. But their relationship is threatened by forces behind the scenes. Is Lars working for or against Killashandra?
This is a fine conclusion to the two previous novels and one of my favorite series.
Anne McCaffrey, has created a world of excitment, intrigue and love; a world that has the reader feeling and experiencing everything the characters go through and feel. I very much recommend this book to any one who is a fan of the genre and a good ending.
This book is a fine end to the serise, even though we do see, or atleast realise, that many of the origanl minor characters have died. It also finaly confermes the hints we got in the other to books that the series is set in te same universe as the brainship serise (eg Helva)
The end part of the book made me cry because Killasandra forgets Lars and just when she remembers what they had it looks like she has lost him forever.
This book is a must!
Most recent customer reviews
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
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 email@example.com
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