- Series: Crystal Singer Trilogy (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 311 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition (August 12, 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345327861
- ISBN-13: 978-0345327864
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 330 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crystal Singer: A Novel (Crystal Singer Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1985
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“No dragons, but [Crystal Singer] has all of [Anne] McCaffrey's gifts for world-buildingand characterization . . . an excellent book.”—Chicago Sun-Times
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He said he was a Crystal Singer - one of the unique ones of the Galaxy - and when Killashandra tried to find out what a Crystal Singer was the answers were vague, obscure.All she could discover was that they were special people, shrouded in mystery, and danger, and beauty - and something altogether incomprehensible.
It was then that she decided that she too must try and become a Crystal Singer."
I love that Anne McCaffrey created a new world, a character that I can identify with, and a story worth telling. Its a tale about not getting what you strive for and discovering that life continues and that new goals can replace old ones.
Crystal Singer Series are my favourite books by Anne McCaffrey - definitely five stars and worth reading more than once.
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. This is engaging Science Fiction - I think McCaffrey doesn't get enough critical acclaim - she's considered "pulp" sci fi by many but in my opinion she's right up there with Isacc Asimov and Harlan Ellison. She's not in the same league as Frank Herbert, but no one is.
For those who fell in love with The Crystal Singer, this is a good but not a great sequel. While the story is clever and the universe in which this planet exists and the planet itself beautifully rendered, there is something two-dimensional and 'staged' about parts of the book - particularly Killa's character which had been so wonderfully and sympathetically developed previously. I found myself losing patience with some of her antics.
Overall, however, it's still a wonderful and quite romantic read.