Crystal Singer (Crystal Singer Trilogy)

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.... From the Paperback edition.

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By Emlymom (The United States) · ★★★☆☆ · June 30, 2010
I read this book as a youth and loved it, but reading it now at age 45 it does not quite hold the same appeal. I see a woman that is hell-bent on remaining without attachments. She is very bright and talented, but remains aloof emotionally (the come-and-go sexual relationships), socially, psychol... ...more
By Tales (Farmington, UT) · ★★★★☆ · August 01, 2012
Anne McCaffrey has creative ideas in forming new worlds. I also deeply enjoy reading her books even though they are not literature. Even so, it should be noted that McCaffrey has a general formula which simplified would be something like this:

1 - Girl has exceptional ability

2 - Girl is repressed... ...more
By Dorian (Dublin, Ireland) · ★★☆☆☆ · January 14, 2014
I loved this book when I was about 14. Alas, it has not stood the test of time.

The story opens with Killashandra Ree (incongruously named after a small town in county Cavan, notable mainly for its dairy co-operative) being told that she'll never make an opera singer and storming off in a huff. Sh... ...more
By Angela · ★★☆☆☆ · July 22, 2011
This book generally felt like an earlier work from McCaffrey. I would have given it more of a 2 star rating if Goodreads would allow—somewhere between okay and likeable.

I did appreciate the entire concept of the Crystal Singers. The planet, the profession, the resulting sub-culture... It was be... ...more
By Phillip (Auckland, E7, New Zealand) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 25, 2012
Like a lot of Anne McCaffrey books, I'd read this before. About 25 years ago. How perspectives change. At the time, I loved it and would've given it 5 stars. Now, unfortunately, it just didn't stack up for me. Killashandra was an unlikeable character - self centred. Very quick to judge. Judged ot... ...more
By stormhawk (Norristown, PA) · ★★★★★ · February 07, 2011
Rereading a book is always an interesting proposition, especially when there's a significant chunk of time (at least 20 years for this one, I think) between reads.

Fortunately, The Crystal Singer remains a good book. There were elements of the story that I recalled, others that I'd forgotten, so... ...more
By Wooga (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 22, 2014
This book sucks you in with a compelling protagonist, who is given an unfair hardship in life and strives to overcome it. It then introduces a new job for her that she is warned against, as it is incredibly dangerous and life -altering. She is told of the dangers again and again, and bravely acce... ...more
By Paradoxical · ★★★☆☆ · April 15, 2011
Hmm, vaguely mixed feelings. Crystal Singer is all about Killashandra's journey to become a, well, obviously, crystal singer. She had spent years training in music only to have her dreams dashed because of a burr in her voice that couldn't be corrected and so she throws all of her training and he... ...more
By Brian (Phoenix, AZ) · ★★★★☆ · May 22, 2013
Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey is the first book written in the Crystal Universe. The main character is Killashandra Ree who is a young woman who spent the ten years prior to the book preparing to be the lead singer in a galactic opera production however she is told that she isn't quite good en... ...more
By Jessica (Pittsburgh, PA) · March 19, 2008
I have loved this series since Junior High, but this is the first time I have read it is so short a time. Being in transit for 27 hours in two days gave me lots of time to spend reading :-D. There were a surprising number of things I missed when I first read this series: the conflicts in expectat... ...more