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Crystal Line (Crystal Singer #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  9,585 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
Killashandra was the most gifted Crystal Singer on Ballybran.With her partner, Lars Dahl, she held the record for cutting the terrible, fascinating, and infinitely rare black crystals - crystals that could destroy the brain of a Singer if they were not properly controlled.Killashandra and Lars Dahl together were an invincible pair.

So when, on the distant planet of Opal, a
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
Jun 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 :)
Carolyn F.
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Amalia Dillin
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romantic
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
Nov 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Fred Nachbrunn
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Superior storytelling

Truly greatest climax to a superior trilogy.
New plot twists that create several storylines. A page Turner you will not want to put down.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i couldn't just leave the series un-re-finished!
Alyssa Nelson
This was a fine ending to an otherwise great series. Killashandra goes through a sort of life crisis about how old she’s getting and how many memories she’s forgotten, and when her life in the guild starts to change, so goes through a full-out breakdown and cuts herself off from everyone she loves and cares about and only focuses on cutting crystal. There’s a brief side story regarding a new kind of substance found on a planet people have just started to explore, and while it comes full circle i ...more
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
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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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“The important things to remember she remembered, she told herself. The rest was chaff, which time would have winnowed out of active memory anyway.” 1 likes
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