Crystal Line (Crystal Singer, #3)
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Crystal Line (Crystal Singer #3)

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The third novel in the Crystal Singer sequence. Killashandra was the most experienced and gifted crystal singer on Ballybran. So naturally she and her partner Lars Dahl were asked to explore the jewel junk of the planet Opal. Unfortunately all those who had previously encountered it had died.
Paperback, 349 pages
Published 1992 by Bantam Press
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Anne McCaffrey's books usually get a 3 from me, meaning "Don't expect to get much of lasting value from this, but it's fun." But this one falls below that line. Its plot is not really interesting or believable... in fact I can hardly remember it though I read it just a few months ago (& have been, since I signed up, reviewing books I read years ago which I remember just fine.) It seems as if this book exists simply to solve Killashandra's problems so she can live Happily Ever After. Apparent...more
I see this book and the last two getting a lot of flack for Killa being "too melodramtic." I don't disagree that she is dramtic, but it makes her character interesting, in the same way Blanche from "Streetcar Named Desire" or Scarlett from "Gone with the Wind" are interesting. Killa had to be a vibrant, passionate character or else the loss of her personality over the last century, the loss of her memories and her mind, wouldn't be such a tragedy. She is a strong, independent, passionate, dramat...more
I read this immediately after finishing the previous two in the series, over a couple of days during a particularly emotional few weeks - I can't really give a proper review of it because I'm not particularly objective as a result, but it struck a chord, I completely lost myself in it, and once I finished it, I cried and cried and cried. Wonderful :)
It was a nice surprise to learn that there was a third Crystal Singer book. I think I liked the first two better, but it was good to read more about Killa and Lars even if the plot was a bit drawn out.
Sam Worby
A portrait of the crystal singer as an old woman. Having read several of the reviews of this book I read it expecting Killa to be a total bitch and treat her partner horribly unfairly. I guess that says a lot about expectations of a woman's behaviour as compliant and sweet. Killa is grumpy, she's lost or is losing her memories, she's insecure and her lover's memory is a constant reminder of the damage she is suffering. As in real life, there are rows and irritating habits, a partner's hobbies th...more
I liked this better than the second book, which was forgettable. True, it ventures off the beaten path with meeting a strange sentient crystal planet, but I for one like how she developed the protagonist along the typical personality of the crystal singers which Killashandra meets in the first book. Killa may be determined to excel, but she isn't immune to the undesirable side effects of singing. There's only so much you can write about cutting crystal, and so I liked this foray off the main pla...more
Brian Schiebout
Crystal Line by Anne McCaffrey is the third book in the Crystal Singer series put in the Crystal Universe. The book keeps following Killashandra and her lover Lars Dahl as they begin to deal with one of the most frightening aspects of their profession. The art of crystal singing brings with it in most singers a loss of memory which eventually drives many first into a stage of the constant now and then toward insanity. For some reason Lars does not have most of the worst ravages of the condition...more
The third Crystal Singer book continues the series in the same fashion in which the romance and any real interpersonal relationships with this woman are pretty horrible to go into while the areas that are not about that, but about adventure and the realization of the world are wonderful. I really liked the ship-(person) in this book, which made me sad that he didn't have a bigger part. The romance part wasn't as bad in this book as the last, mostly because she had forgotten it most of the time,...more
This was a reread for me. I had completely forgotten that this book existed. It was written quite a while after the first 2 books in the set.

Lars and Killa have been partnered cutting crystal for years at this point. Lars has worked to keep his memories, but Killa pretty much relies on him to be her memory. Lars becomes the new guild master and Killa runs for something like a decade from him.

Deus ex machina in the form of a sentient liquid metal critter gives Killa her memory back and she retu...more
In most ways the weakest of the series, Crystal Line has few of the better points about the previous two books. It does not really have much in the way of original world building that Crystal Singer did, and it does not has as much of a plot as Killashandra, though also suffers from less of the annoying points the latter does as well. However, if you did not enjoy (or at least have read) the previous two books to some extent, you will get nothing at all from this at all.

The best thing about Crys...more
I didn't discover this third in the series until some while after it was published, so I haven't read it as many times as the other two. It seems to grow on me a little bit each time, though it's still not a patch on the first one.

There's a big jump into Killashandra's future in this one. She's been singing crystal for an unspecified number (but think many, many) of years, and her memory is starting to go. As a result, although she still appears young and attractive, her behaviour tends towards...more
Amalia Dillin
Guh. Love this book and its emotional roller-coaster of events. I love Lars and Killa, but I really do love Shad Tucker, too, and Orric. This book is full of really fun secondary characters whose stories I wish were also told, somewhere.

Still five stars. Except for one small thing, it's perfect. and the small thing is really small and not worth even mentioning here.

Other reviewers talk about how this book is a mess of plot and not nearly as well written as the first two -- but I think part of t...more
This book wraps up the series. Better than book 2, this book focuses on Killishandra's unhappiness that Lars is now the Guild Master. Ok, not the best scifi, but I happen to like it. I did notice that the author had real trouble keeping her timelines straight. In book 2, Killishandra meets Lars when she's been a Guild Member for 4 years. In this book, it's closer to 75 years.
This was my third book read for my memorial book rereading of all Annes books. The crossover with the Ship People books was probably my favourite aspect of this book. (The Ship books or the Talents is probably what I'll reread next). My other favourite aspect is how incredibly unreliable a narrator Killa is due to the Crystal Degeneration and yet the story is still so (lawl) crystal clear to follow. Lars and Killa are pretty much my dream relationship, both independent and capable, but so much m...more
The rest of the series was typically Anne McCaffrey, comfortable and enjoyable storytelling that lacked serious, threatening conflict but was fun to read. But this book changed all of my normal expectations. I'm glad I left this series till last to read, out of all McCaffrey's work; it really genuinely shook me up, and made me cry and yearn for the characters and feel for their situation. The conflict in this book is not external, from cartoon-like villains that neither truly threaten nor disapp...more
I read this book quite long ago, and recently I wondered how I had forgotten it completely, when the proceeding two books were so memorable. Reading it again clarified my absence of memory. The story is quite scattered and the writing less than stellar. The characters seem quite flat. Other reviews have referred to the main character as bitchy, and yes, in this book she is, and she is not particularly likable or even believable. However, the author has built a fascinating world and basis for gre...more
Oddly for a fantasy fan, I had never read a solo Anne McCaffrey book. I happened upon this one on CD and mostly listened to it while walking to and from work. However, part of the way through the second CD I got back to my apartment and was so interested in what would happen next that I couldn't turn it off. The woman reading it did an excellent job and the story was intriguing (part fantasy, slight romance). Now that I know this is book 3, it makes sense that I was slightly confused in places;...more
Crystal Line is the final book in the Crystal Singer trilogy. This is my favourite series by Anne McCaffrey.

Killashandra is truly a Crystal Singer; arrogant, she lacks earlier memories and shes a diva; but she knows she is getting older.

I love that Anne McCaffrey has told us of Killashandra's earlier life, her meeting and pairing with Lars and now as she grows older.

This is a fine finale to the series.


Crystal Line was published 7 or 8 years after Killashandra. When I first read it, I hated it because of what McCaffrey had done to Killashandra, how selfish and awful she seemed. But rereading now, I think it was an interesting way of taking the story. Killa always was fairly selfish and competitive right from the word go in the Crystal Singer, and when someone lives for so long, I imagine a lot of the humanity gets stripped away with the memory.

It's quite a melancholy book compared to many McCa...more

"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."LOCUSWhen 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 e

Ashley Honecker
In the finally chapter of the Crystal Singer saga, we are once again transported to the storm-shrouded world of Ballybran, home of the precious crystal deposits that are prized for their uses in communications and technological applications. Killashandra, now the most renowned of the crystal singers, is comfortable...but this comes at a price. As she watches more and more of her fellows succumb to the ages, the gradual decay of her memory, and the widening rift between her and her lover, Killash...more
Polly P Rowan
Loved it

I've never read a book by this author that didn't have great characters, settings, and plot. Always look forward to reading more.
(294 pgs.) Third in the crystal singer series. This book is not as well-written as most McCaffrey books. McCaffrey starts out with a mystery about a new kind of ?(fluid metal) which Killishandra calls "junk". Then the middle of the book gets bogged down in things that have nothing to do with the mystery and the end of the book goes back to the planet with the "junk" but answers no questions about it. Perhaps the next book in the series will be more focused and answer some of the mysteries brough...more
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first two. The plot just didn't capture me as quickly as the first two. Still, kind of liked it!
This Title was an excellent Sci-Fi/Future. This title will be on either my bookshelf or in my hands being reread
Carolyn F.
My pet peeve with book covers is when the cover doesn't match the story, like this cover. Over and over again we're told about Killashandra's dark hair so who the hell is this on the cover!?

I really enjoyed this book. I like how Lars and Killashandra have risen above their misunderstandings and mostly her memory loss.
The third book in McCaffrey's Crystal Singer series, this book takes place several centuries after the events of the first book. If you've read the other two books, you'll likely enjoy this one. I liked this book better than it's predecessor "Killashandra", which was almost a bodice-ripping romance (complete with swarthy sailor). Returning to the Ballybran setting, the story largely focuses on the effects of memory loss on the long-lived Crystal Singer. Several characters from earlier books are...more
The first time I read the crystal singer books, I read them out of order and started with this one. Re-reading them now (in the right order), I'm seeing just how much I missed the first time around. The book looks very different when you can see just how much memory Killa has lost, because you can remember, like Lars.

The pace of Crystal Line is definitely slower than the first two, but I think it's fitting because you're seeing how crystal singing has affected Killa over the course of her very l...more
The bitch is back!
I would have loved these books if Killashandra would've stop being so inconsiderate and nasty throughout the whole series! I really liked the second book because for the most part she was strong, funny and only pretending to be a bitch (I loved when she told Lars - and I'm paraphrasing since I can't remember where it is in my e-book - "you didn't expect me to sit around waiting for you to come back did you?"), but in this book there was no pretense, she was just mean! Overall t...more
I definitely enjoyed this book. There are undoubtedly some aspects to the story that make people such as myself living in the modern world realize just how much things have changed (particularly the depiction of gender roles in sci-fi) but I never let that get in the way of my enjoying a good story.

The plot moves briskly, the characters are vibrantly fleshed out and interesting, and the story doesn't try too hard to be an epic for all time or anything like that.

This is good, eminently readable,...more
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at 1:30 p.m., in the hour of the Sheep, year of the Fire Tiger, sun sign Aries with Taurus rising and Leo mid-heaven (which seems to suggest an early interest in the stars).

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more
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