Crystal Singer: A Novel
“No dragons, but [Crystal Singer] has all of [Anne] McCaffrey's gifts for world-building and characterization . . . an excellent book.”—Chicago Sun-Times
Her name was Killashandra Ree; and after ten grueling years of musical training she was young, beautiful—and still without prospects.
Then she heard of the mysterious Heptite Guild on the planet Ballybran, where the fabled Black Crystal was found.
For those qualified, the Guild was said to provide careers, security, and the chance for wealth beyond imagining. The problem was, few people who landed on Ballybran ever left.
To Killashandra the risks were acceptable . . .
A Crystal Singer novel—a captivating blend of adventure, intrigue and romance.
Killashandra Ree's life was one of catastrophic changes. She had joined the Heptite Guild to become a crystal singer, get rich, and forget her past. And at first everything went just as she had hoped. In one season on the deadly beautiful world of Ballybran, she had sung Black Crystal, grown wealthy, and met a man who made her sorrows seem unworthy of notice.
But then, a year later, a devastating storm turned her claim to useless rock. In short order she was broke, she had crystal sickness so bad she thought she'd die, and the only way she could be true to the man she loved was to leave him. . . .
Crystal had destroyed Killashandra’s memory, and only crystal could restore it—if she dared!
When Killashandra Ree joined the mysterious Heptite Guild, she knew that she would be forever changed. Crystal singing brought ecstasy and pain, near-eternal life . . . and gradual loss of memory. What she hadn’t counted on was the loneliness she felt when her heart still remembered what her mind had forgotten. Fortunately, someone still cared enough to try to salvage what was left of Killashandra’s mind. But she would have to learn to open herself—to another person, and to all her unpleasant memories.
“A treat for long-time McCaffrey fans, a good read and a satisfying look at one of the most haunting facets of the crystal singers’ profession.”—Locus
Good story. Atrocious typos
The Crystal Singer stories are as good as I remember (heh) but whoever made this into an ebook did an astoundingly poor job. The text abounds in errors and typos and what I can only assume to be artifacts of an optical scan of someone’s paper copy. Clearly they didn’t even bother to run it through so much as a basic spellcheck or grammar scan before tossing it up for sale. A real shame that so little care or attention was taken in bringing these stories into the digital age.