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Killashandra (Crystal Singer #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  11,778 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
She was one of the Crystal Singers, the élite, mysterious ones, who cut the crystals from the planet Ballybran - precious glittering crystals without which the universe could not function.

Sent to the planet of Optheria to repair the famous crystal organ, she was - at first - accorded all the honour and pomp due to her rank.Then her life became threatened and she found hers
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Paperback, 346 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Ballantine / Del Rey (first published 1985)
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Nola Redd
I need a good light read and McCaffrey delivered as always. As usual, her novel delivered a strong female character perfectly capable of taking care of herself, yet willing to be swept off her feet. Over sentimental and thick on the love struck, the novel made for an enjoyable light read. The second book in a series, the novel itself stands alone, since I've never actually read the first. McCaffrey does insert back information with a time that assumes foreknowledge; rather than delving into the ...more
Peter
Mar 13, 2011 Peter added it
Very readable, moderately recommended.: The second of Anne McCaffrey's books about Killashandra Ree is a pleasure to read although highly predictable and somewhat over-sentimental in places. The fact is that while you may have guessed exactly what will happen next you still want to read on. Unlike many books I could mention you end up caring about what happens to the characters, you can't help it - they are so well written. While Killashandra is hardly intellectually taxing I would still recomme ...more
stormhawk
Feb 10, 2009 stormhawk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, reread
It's a shame when a sequel of a book you really liked falls flat. Not entirely, but enough that you wonder why you remembered it as being better than it is. Most of the story revolves around something being wrong in the idyllic, utopian paradise, add some intrigue and a fairly creepy bit of romance, and you've got the essentials of Killashandra.
Kristan Cannon
Aug 27, 2014 Kristan Cannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a family member bought me this book as a gift I read it so much that the cover fell off and the pages started to wear out.

One of these days I'll write a more intelligent review than this but I had to say I loved this book that much.
Karen
Perfect light read for me! Actually a reread... again. Killashandra was a comfort read to give my brain a break from a rough work week. I needed some old school sci-fi!
Amalia Dillin
May 25, 2013 Amalia Dillin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic
Lars Dahl! So many hearts. And Killashandra has also held up really well between when I first read it as a teenager and now. Love this series!
Anthony Cherrier
Nov 11, 2016 Anthony Cherrier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this second volume Killashandra is a very endearing character. The author takes us from the realm of Ballybran to Ophteria while going through the Islands. In this book we find Killashandra which must be repaired an organ on Ophteria but it won't happen as planned, she will find himself in a strange situation and dealing with problems her blocking the road.
Nevada
Mar 08, 2017 Nevada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the 15th time I've re-read this book. It's not what you call great literature, or groundbreaking and mind-expanding sci-fi, but I always enjoy it. I like the characters, the pacing, the plot, the setting, and the world building. This is one of my go-to books, that I can always pull out and read when I just want something familiar and comforting.
Brian Schiebout
Mar 27, 2014 Brian Schiebout rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killashandra by Anne McCaffrey is the second book of the Crystal Singer series set in the Crystal universe. The story is in general a romance following a very tried and true pattern for a story of that type. After some difficulty in her mining, Killashandra accepts a mission to Optheria to install crystals in their most important sensory organ. However life is not as perfect on this naturalistic world as the authorities would like everyone to discover as Killashadra discovers when who is first a ...more
Paradoxical
The second book of the Crystal Singer series, Killashandra takes the down on her luck main character and puts her on another world where she is to repair a broken organ. However, things are not as they seem with an assassination attempt and the undercurrents of unrest that flicker among the populace.

Among a few other things, I found it hilarious that Lars--a new male character that appears in the main character's life--would so easily confide in Killashandra (though she's under a pseudonym at t
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Ben
Dec 11, 2013 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pulp, kindle
Some books are so much better in memory than when reread with fresh perspective and adult tastes.

In some ways this is a better book than Crystal Singer as it has far more of an actual plot. On the other, the interest and uniqueness of the world of crystal which supports the first book is rather absent here with the rather boring world of Optheria. We know it is boring as we are repeatedly told it is boring, dull and lacking of any interest. Why it suddenly becomes interesting later on, I am not
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Sam
While I do like the second of the Crystal Singer series, it's never been a favourite as the first one was. But because I'm a completist, if I read the first one I have to read the whole run, even though I don't have as much affection for this and the third in the series.

This one is more about Killashandra being off on an assignment. The other characters from the first novel are mostly absent, so it's really up to Killa to carry the story. While her character has developed a little in this book,
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Angela Blount
Jul 25, 2011 Angela Blount rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book deserves a full star higher rating than it's predecessor, in my mind. While 'Crystal Singer' certainly builds you a helpful basis to ensure you know what's going on, this book is where the action is at.

Killa is shown as a much more well rounded character, beyond headstrong and capable of great cunning and self-sacrifice. In short, she didn't feel 'real' to me until this book. Again, McCaffrey's interweaving of her personal musical background came came through in a delightful form of i
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Kim
Jul 12, 2014 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So the Singer series continues with Killashandra having to go off planet and she succeeds to aggravate me even more as an egotistical drama queen with her over the top Self-Sacrifice(la faint)by leaving the love of her life to forget her and going of planet on a job. The whole section of her losing her love made me want to throttle her. Eventually though she gets to the new planet and gets a new love interest going with a man whose arrogant personality is almost as awful as hers. The whole part ...more
Mary-Beth
Anne McCaffrey is about the only trashy romance I read as a teenager and it's basically just that, fairly decent romance if you don't mind rolling around in the usual conventions. Gorgeous women and men meet, fall in love, encounter obstacles, etc etc.

My favourite parts of this particular story are when the main character finds herself in opposition to some stuffy aliens and she claims that she needs the best beers in the land in order to continue functioning.

Okay so the good points are that th
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Kristen
Apr 23, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to reread this the week of my sister's wedding because I wanted something off my shelf that was comfortable and that I wouldn't have to think too much about. I had forgotten that this is the second book of a set (following Crystal Singer, which I do not own), and even though it had been so long since I'd read either of them that I hardly remembered the premise, it was easy to fall into this book. I usually like the way Anne McCaffrey portrays her characters and this book follows suit. ...more
Emily
Sep 03, 2009 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
The real meat of the story. The first volume was more like a Prologue, and the third was an Afterword, but this second installment in the trilogy is where interesting things happen. I'm still not a big fan of the main character, but she was more intriguing here and I could see the beginnings of the person she becomes in the third book. There are still things that were a mystery to me (e.g. why keep on about the crystal singers losing memory if that doesn't really happen to her yet?), but mostly ...more
Erika
Apr 26, 2016 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the second book not as engaging as the first, I loved the scenes set on Ballybran and still find the society there fascinating, but I lost interest once the story moved off world to Optheria.
The story became less believable and even way back then I found it annoying that of course the kidnapped woman ends up falling in love with her kidnapper, who of course was always the true hero and honorable man he just had to use dishonorable means to get the job done. And considering the risks she
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Ashley
Mar 10, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the second installment of the Crystal Singer saga, Killashandra finds herself at whits end; her vein of the valuable black crystal rendered useless by the treacherous storms, her funds slowly dwindling, she is desperate to get off-world. So when a contract calling for the installation of the crystal in the grand organ on Optheria, she greedily accepts, no questions asked. But after being forced to suffer the attentions of pompous officials, attacks by dissident islanders, and finally abductio ...more
Jewels
Aug 11, 2015 Jewels rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
The next book in the Crystal Singer trilogy was quite a bit better than the first. I loved getting to see the island culture on Optheria, especially as it contrasted with the mainland. The Elders were suitably evil, and I was happy that Killshandra actually had backbone enough to save herself from the island she'd been stranded on. The rest of the time she was still the high strung diva, which gets a bit tedious. I think Lars might be good for her, as long as the relationship will last. At least ...more
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Feb 21, 2016 Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: me
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. The further adventures of Killashandra Ree!!! I loved this novel as much as the first! I have lovingly reread it to d ...more
Jennifer
Jan 25, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pure-fantasy
I read this one first, although it's preceded by Crystal Singer, which I didn't find until years later. McCaffrey obviously has written lots of other books, but no others are quite as tidy as these. I love the world of the Crystal Singers, who are elite miners of a sort who harvest Ballybran crystal, which is used for interstellar travel. They are haughty, rich, talented, tortured, and dramatic - it makes for great fun. And I adore the love story here between Killa and Lars... which is why I thi ...more
Roberta
Mar 31, 2013 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sciencefiction
A better sequel than the first novel. Continuing with Killashandra's adventures about a year or so later. She is given an off planet assignment to the world of Optheria where she is to install white crystal on one of their famous organs. She is also supposed to investigate whether the natives are being forced to stay on the planet against RSF rules.

Again, we meet interesting characters, we are introduced to mainland and island culture. The plot is a solid science fiction story with elements of m
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Miranda Harvey
Feb 09, 2016 Miranda Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As the second book in this series it continues the saga of Killashandra and the mysterious Crystal Singers of Ballybran. Reading this as a teenager the first book of the series was my favourite of the three but now, as an adult, I think this second book is creeping into first place. Killa is as dramatic as ever (yes she is slightly overly dramatic but she was trained theatrically so I guess it is expected) but she is one among many strong characters in this story arc. Also characters only brushe ...more
JT
Well, now, I suppose being an SF grandmaster should allow you some leeway, as should being one of the very first prominent women in the form. OK. This is a decent Science fiction book. This is also a fairly typical romance novel, the SF aspects discounted. Probably the most interesting parts are the ones that illuminate the XO for the Heptite guildmaster, Trag (the XO), who was something of a cypher in the first book. I think there's probably a reason that this is the only one of the trilogy tha ...more
Nakki
Feb 09, 2008 Nakki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This was my second book read for my memorial book rereading of all Annes books. Killa is once again fantastic in this book.

10 Vanyel Killa is still the boss.
10 Moonwind A great expansion of her FSP universe, and a great change of scenery.
10 Stendel I must have read this book 15 or 20 times since I first read it in the 90s.
.95 LHMs Killa is who I wanted/did grow up to be.

History: February 2008, Jan 7 2012
Bob
Jan 26, 2012 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read, although (as mentioned by some other reviews) this book is a little on the melodramatic side. I still love the concept of crystal singing and this wonderful universe Anne McCaffrey has built. My biggest complaint is that while I enjoy most of the other characters in the book, the title character is merely a drama queen -- while that may be realistic and believable, it is just not that enjoyable if you really don't care about the protagonist.
♆ BookAddict  ✒ La Crimson Femme
When I read this book, I learned the term anal orifice. I thought it was great! As a twelve year old, this is probably not a good thing, but I thought it was spectacular. Having rebel forces is a reoccurring theme in my dreams so this story meant more for me. I liked what Killshandra had to go through on this crazy planet. Plus, she met the love of her life. I've read this book over and over since I first read it as a young child.
Theresa
Jul 23, 2011 Theresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Killashandra (Crystal Singer #2)
McCaffrey, Anne
the second book of crystal singer after becoming a crystal singer Killashandra has gained wealth and prestege but she is growing over rot with the power and difficulty of singing crystal, does she have enough wealth to leave the planet... does she want to return..
Killashandra learned from the adventure of her lifetime that restricted her to crystal singing
Marty Buttwinick
In addition to the magNIficent crystal universe McCaffrey continues to create, I love the theme of the suppressors vs the free beings: good guys and bad guys. The love story between Lars and Killi continues from the love stories from both Lanzeki and Rimbol which add the romantic element of the story. (The duet scene in Optheria is precious.) Anne has an amazing way of weaving real life into the fantasy universes she creates.
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Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho
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