Crystal Singer Audio Cassette – Feb 1994
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From the Inside Flap
Her name was Killashandra Ree. And after ten grueling years of musical training, she was still without prospects. Until she heard of the mysterious Heptite Guild who could provide careers, security, and wealth beyond imagining. The problem was, few people who landed on Ballybran ever left. But to Killashandra the risks were acceptable.... --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
Anne Inez McCaffrey (April 1, 1926 November 21, 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey s forty-six-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel "The White Dragon" became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the "New York Times" bestseller list. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens. In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its twenty-second Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The additional treat is the characterizations - Anne McCaffery is a genius when it comes to creating strong characters with a variety of interesting traits.
Put these two things together and you end up with the very best of storytelling. The only complaint I have is that there's not an unending supply of this series!
One important note: I highly recommend that you read these books in order. (Crystal Singer, Killashanra, Crystal Line)
The idea of the crystal singers is cool, but an unrealistic business model for a science fiction novel (a wild west would be more accurate - before they had things like business models). I couldn't stop thinking of all the better ways they could have operated.
As such, I wish I put this book down after 50 pages.
Killashandra fails her final exam in music school and faces a life of second-billing as a choir soloist and not a top performer as she had dreamed. She will not settle for second place, and impetuously takes off with a mysterious companion for Ballybran, a forbidden planet with an alluring secret.
Ballybran is the home of Crystal, which is mined and used for vital starship drives, interplanetary communications systems and most other types of equipment. It is controlled by the powerful and secretive Heptite Guild. Killashandra applies for membership and is accepted. She goes through the intensive schooling and special adaptation to become a Crystal Singer.
But singing Crystal has not only its rewards (and they are many) but its heavy price. Killashandra learns about the price as she becomes a full-fledged member of the Heptite Guild and becomes involved with its enigmatic Guildmaster Lanzecki.
This is one of those wonderful kinds of sci-fi novels that can create an entirely new world, complete with its slang, customs and characteristics. It's sci-fi at its best.
Killashandra Ree is a character with whom you will find yourself very much connected with. She has spirit, she has determination and she has what is needed to become a Crystal Singer. So when she is given the chance to become one, she doesn't look behind. She doesn't believe in unnoticeable careers. She is ambitious and when she is told her voice is not enough for her to succeed in solo, she decides to pursue the Crystal Singing career, a dangerous job only few can suceed in. Besides, the Heptit Guild has only scarce members and she believes she can make something out of herself there.
I highly recommend this book. It is like something I never saw and explores an idea I never heard of. Not only for the musically challenged... ::smiles::
Most recent customer reviews
I should be able to rate a book without reviewing! I'm on vacation! Great book enjoyable read. Main character is far too competant but still enjoyablePublished 11 months ago by rhueless
I've read this book so many times the pages are falling out! I had to order a new copy. I read this book at a very young age (early teens) and I just loved it. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2007 by Heather
I was given this book by a friend during summer break from college. I was desperate for something to read, and even though I didn't think I liked science fiction, I decided to... Read morePublished on July 27 2001 by reestar
This book follows the journey of a young woman through the life of a Crystal Singer. McCaffrey is gripping in her accounts of the trials Killashandra has to go through. Read morePublished on July 15 2001
The Crystal Singer Trilogy is probably my favorite non-Pern adventure by Anne McCaffrey. I highly recommend it to readers of David Eddings, Mercedes Lackey and Guy Gavriel Kay, as... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2001 by Amanda M
What led me to this book as a review which linked it to the Harper Trilogy. In retrospect that was misleading. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2000 by Daniel C. Sobral
When I first picked this book, which was the very first Anne McCaffrey book I ever read, I could not put it down. Read morePublished on June 20 2000 by Rita
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