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Crystal Singer (Crystal Singer Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anne Mccaffrey , Michael Whelan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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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....


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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....

Product Details

  • File Size: 465 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345327861
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (February 19, 2002)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FBJAKU
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely top sci-fi and one of my top ten favorites February 24, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Anne McCaffrey first wrote about Killashandra in a serialized short story. She expanded the story in Crystal Singer,which is the first of a trilogy of novels.
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Spend More Time in Your Hand Than On the Shelf! September 20, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Crystal Singer starts off with an immature, melodramatic perfectionist whose philosophy seems to be that if she can't be the star, then she won't even play the game. But her stubborness and ingenuity prove to be incredible assets when she discovers the opportunities and risks in the Heptite Guild.
Anne McCafferty has provided us with a true treasure. A dynamic character that we can actually feel for, in a situation that grabs the immagination and the dreams of the reader. A true five star story.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, Sci Fic Romance. February 12, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a different kind of sci fic series. Well written, interesting, but mostly, its a romance so if that is not what you want, most of Ms McCaffreys' books are not for you. However this is as good as this kind of story gets, and has several unique concepts. An interestiong story about losing what you thought you wanted only to find what you really love. All three books in the series are comparable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I reread this trilogy every 10 years January 21, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Crystal Singer series is a must read for anyone who loves imagining what the distant future might bring. The author creates fantasy future worlds that are so very believable - I feel I have been to the places she describes.
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)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging Sci Fi- Sheer Joy July 18, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely love this book. I'm already a fan of Anne McCaffrey from her Pern series, but I think this trilogy is even better. My favorite of the trilogy is this book, the first of the series. In this book we learn what the Crystal Singers are as Killashandra, the lead (female) character enters the Guild after failing to become a musician. This is sci-fi at it's best - fast-paced, interesting, fanciful, future-looking, and most important, it contemplates real issues. In the midst of an engaging story that is easy to escape in, the author challenges us to think about real dilemmas. For example, a side effect of "singing crystal" is extraordinary longevity and loss of memory. I found myself thinking, "do events still exist if we can't remember them?" and "how will our lives be affected if we have extraordinary longevity but our friends and family do not?"

I read this book as a teenage boy 2 decades ago, and just re-read it last week. I find that good works of fiction affect me in different ways at different stages of my life, and Crystal Singer was no exception.

As an adult, I understand Killashandra's challenges, and understand her relationships more fully than I did as a teenager. As a teenager, I was "along with her," discovering Crystal Singing for the first time. Her entry into the Heptite Guild had many parallels with my entry into West Point. For example, the Guild appears to discourage new recruits from joining, but this is actually a subtle psychological technique to recruit a certain type of individual. (West Point does the same thing) This made the story, despite the futuristic setting, more realistic.

Anne McCaffrey develops the character of Killashandra in a brutally honest way - we love her and also see her making mistakes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crystal Singer July 24, 2000
By Rita
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the book which introduced me to Anne McCaffrey. Until I read the Crystal Singer Trilogy I had never read anything of this author. Yes, I had heard of her, but never had had the chance of reading one of her works. I now lament the time I passed without reading anything from this wonderful author.
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::
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Anne McCaffrey, the Hugo Award-winning author of the bestselling Dragonriders of Pern® novels, is one of science fiction's most popular authors. With Elizabeth Ann Scarborough she co-authored Changelings and Maelstrom, Books One and Two of The Twins of Petaybee. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.

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