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Killashandra (Crystal Singer Series #2)
     

Killashandra (Crystal Singer Series #2)

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by Anne McCaffrey
 

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At first Killashandra Ree's ambitions to become a Crystal Singer, get rich, and forget her past, were going just as she had hoped. But after she grew wealthy, a devastating storm turned her claim to useless rock. In short order she was broke, she had crystal sickness so bad she thought she was going to die, and the only way she could be true to the man she loved was

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At first Killashandra Ree's ambitions to become a Crystal Singer, get rich, and forget her past, were going just as she had hoped. But after she grew wealthy, a devastating storm turned her claim to useless rock. In short order she was broke, she had crystal sickness so bad she thought she was going to die, and the only way she could be true to the man she loved was to leave him....

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This sequel to McCaffrey's Crystal Singer continues the story of Killashandra Ree, a failed musician whose perfect pitch has given her entree to the glamorous but dangerous profession of mining and cutting rare, valuable crystal. She is grateful for a new assignment that takes her off the oppressive crystal world of Ballybran, but when she arrives on Optheria to replace and tune the crystals of a famous organ, she steps into a new adventure. Abducted by the very subversives she had been trying to help, she eventually falls in love with one of her kidnappers and manages to uncover the Optherian Elders' subliminal brainwashing that had held the population captive and docile. Although the novel only comes alive during Killashandra's life in the islands, McCaffrey's many fans should enjoy this romantic adventure. Major ad/promo. December 2
School Library Journal
YA Crystal singer Killashandra Ree is desperate to get off the crystal-mining planet of Ballybran, so she takes what at first sounds like a routine assignment replacing a shattered crystal in the main Sensory Organ on planet Optheria. While she is there she is also to find out why Optherians never leave the planet. She is kidnapped and marooned on an isolated island, but escapes, only to encounter her handsome kidnapper Lars Dahl, with whom she eventually falls in love. From Lars she discovers that the Optherian Sensory Organ is not only a musical instrument, but that it also uses subliminal suggestion to keep Optherians from wanting to leave their planet or oppose the planet's rulers. Together they plan sabotage. In this sequel to Crystal Singer (Ballantine, 1982), McCaffrey returns to the more romantic vein of her dragon novels. Killashandra is bratty, feisty and independent. Lars is big and lovable, sometimes shrewd, sometimes simple. They make an unlikely and not always convincing pair. Otherwise, the book is a satisfying adventure for those who like their science fiction spiced with humor. Betsy Shorb, PGCMLS, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345315991
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1985
Series:
Crystal Singer Series , #2
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
384

Meet the Author

Anne McCaffrey, one of the world’s most popular authors, is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern® series. She was the first woman to win the two top prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and Nebula awards. She was also given the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in Young Adult Fiction, was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and was named a Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1926, McCaffrey relocated to Ireland in the 1970s, where she lived in a house of her own design, named Dragonhold-Underhill. She died in 2011.

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Killashandra (Crystal Singer Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The start of a great trillagy, the author of the bestselling 'Dragon Riders of Pern' books has built anothere great world for the Sci-fi generation to love and cherish. She hookes you from the very get go. Once you start you can't stop.
Cerulean_Talon More than 1 year ago
This is the 2nd in the 3-part series. It is a fantastic read and I highly recommend you enjoy all three parts. 1) Crystal Singer & 3) Crystal Line. Beautifully written with lots of adventure and deals with the loss and finding of who Killashandra is in a deep, soul touching story.
Anonymous 6 days ago
Anne McCaffrey is one of the greats
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was a kid, I loved these books. Now, however, my hatred for the character of Killashandra knows no bounds. Her outrageous ego, ridiculous outbursts and rages, and utterly inconsistent willimgness to not only forgive he attacker but to (constantly and tediously) fornicate with him, were beyond belief. No one past adolescence should buy this book.
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I couldn't put it down, read the whole series!
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