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Crystal Singer Omnibus

(Crystal Singer #1-3)

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From world bestselling author, Anne McCaffrey, creator of the Dragons of Pern, comes the brilliant saga of the brave, beautiful, tragic people who are the Crystal Singers of Ballybran.

Killashandra thought her world had ended when she was told she would never become a concert singer. And then she met the stranger from off-world. He said he was a Crystal Singer - one of the
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Paperback, 1079 pages
Published 1999 by Corgi (first published 1996)
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Karen Brooks
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Anne McCaffrey's The Crystal Singer is the reading equivalent of comfort food for me. It's a book I pick up every few years and re-read and, each time I do the tale of failed diva, Killashandra Ree who, in a fit of emotional and psychological piqué, agrees to become the companion of a mysterious crystal singer while he holidays from his demanding job only to find herself, months later, on the dangerous planet Ballybran training for a career as a crystal cutter herself, never ceases to enthrall
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Adon Coya
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it
A very interesting first book, then a plain old love story in the second; it made me reluctant to start the third (delayed it up to a month). But the third book was much better - the obligatory sanguine happy-end notwithstanding.
Emily
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Came across this after reading some of the Dragonriders of Pern series. It has become one of my favourite "escapism" novels to re-read whenever I just want to be transported to another world.

Killashandra is a pompous, haughty singer, until the day that she's not given the part she's been training most of her life for. After a chance encounter with a Crystal Singer, which leads to her escorting him home when he is injured, she starts the process of becoming one herself.

The trilogy tells of Killa'
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Brook
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read the Crystal Singer Trilogy more times than I can remember. It is one of my absolute favorites. Action, love and Killashandra Ree finding out who she is and where she belongs in the universe. Love it!
Annefey
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2017, fantasy
I wondered why there were no reviews for this trilogy. In fact there are many, but they can be found with the crystal singer omnibus, which is of course the same work as I read. Oh well, I'll just add my review anyway.

Anne McCaffrey is described as an author who wants women to be portrayed realistically in fantasy novels. She certainly succeeded in portraying a likeable heroine. From the first page I was attracted to this arrogant, slightly airheaded, but smart and resourceful woman, that gets h
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Maria Elmvang
Jul 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
This omnibus has the entire Crystal Singer trilogy ("The Crystal Singer", "Killashandra" and "The Crystal Line") in one book.

Over all, a 4.5-star trilogy, even though the first book is definitely the best. I guess I'd rate them 5, 4.5 and 3 respectively. I loved reading about how Killashandra learned how to cut crystal in the first one, and her relationship with Lars in the second. The third book couldn't quite live up to the two first ones, and took me a lot longer to finish. It's not boring as
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Robert
Sep 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
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Amie
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Overall, I really liked this trilogy. I think that the character development and world building is really interesting, and believable. The main character Killa was easy enough to like, and I could relate to some of her characteristics, even though she isn't really anything like me overall - and I think most people probably could, which is good in a book usually.
The three books could be read separately but are even better together, as each links really well, with moments in the third book linkin
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Blake
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
(FYI I tend to only review one book per series, unless I completely change my mind on a series, so want to change my scoring down a lot)

How I rate Stars: 5* = I loved (must read all I can find by the author)
4* = I really enjoyed (got to read all the series and try other books by the author).
3* = I enjoyed (I will continue to read the series)
or
3* = Good book just not my thing (I realised I don't like the genre or picked up a kids book to review in error.)

All of the above scores means I would r
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Theresa
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
Crystal Singer Omnibus
McCaffrey, Anne
Crystal singer, killesandra wants to find somewhere she can make a name for herself she happens to mea a crystal singer on holiday and fall in love with him. a captivating story of women and life

Killashandra 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
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Anne
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This was a re-read, I read these when I was about 15. They're not bad books, but not great, either. I was deep into my Anne McCaffrey phase, though, and re-read mostly out of curiosity. Not terribly well written, but the concepts are interesting and relatively compelling, though the main character gets kind of obnoxious pretty quickly. Also in the third book, there are these long, pointless off-world scenes that are just so unnecessary. ...more
Mel
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pure-fantasy
The Crystal Singer is my comfort book. It has lots of problematic things but it is also a lovely Fantasy/Sci-Fi romance/growing up story. I never felt any inclination to read any other books that might be set in the same universe. This is simply my chocolate cake after one too many bad fantasy books. hmmmmm, it's almost time to pull it out again ...more
Jemma
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Crystal Singer
I liked the idea of a Crystal Singer, I found it interesting. But I didn't like the characters or their morals and there was no plot.

Killashandra
The plot was good in this one but unfortunately the characters showed disgusting lack of moral and it has put me off reading the last book.

I would not recommend this book
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Caitlin Kinsella
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have loved Anne McCaffery since I was a kid, and this remains one of my favourite trilogies. Following a feisty, flawed heroine who is determined to be the best (whatever and however) this book is based on an intriguing a sci-fi premise that still gives me a twinge of longing to set a mountain range alight with crystal song - whatever the cost.
Sarah
Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it
yes anne mccaffrey's books are slightly dorky but i loved them when i was younger and they are still great as comfort reading when i'm feeling sad. it's so convenient that they published a version with all three books. score! ...more
Rattyfleef
Jun 10, 2011 rated it liked it
First two are better than the third, but enjoyable. Not a huge fan of her fantasy but have a soft spot for her science fiction. Undemanding and won't change the inside of your head. Good for a lazy afternoon in a hammock somewhere. ...more
C.
Apr 07, 2007 rated it it was ok
Just couldn't get into it. As a kid I could (and did) choked down a lot of mediocre fantasy, but I just couldn't do it with mediocre sci-fi. ...more
Kathy Kaylor
Mar 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I loved all the crystal singer books.
Nicholas Burke
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book was great wish there where more along the same lines of this. I want to know what goes on with the junk
Linda Wallis
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Next to the Dragons of Pern, this series is my favourite!
What a heroine Killashandra is!
Pat Stearman
Jul 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great characters, really loved this series.
Nikka102
Oct 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Not sure why I like this trilogy so much, but it is comfort reading for me. I enjoy it more than the more famous Pern (Dragon) books by McCaffrey.
Melanie's
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Just reread this again .... amazing .... definitely one of my all time favorites!!! V""V ...more
Carleen
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my favorite books, I read it from time to time for a good dose of escapism. Killashandra is a fun, strong female character who grows immensely through the course of the three books.
Helen
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
An old favourate - the best is book two, imho.
Elizabeth
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
I am reading the first book here. I like it so far!
Laurie (Mots Insatiables)
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Discovered it randomly during my internship in a bookshop and I adored it!
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Crystal Scharlott
May 23, 2015 rated it liked it
I couldn't support the science part of this sci-fi book. There also seemed to be parts of this series that were inconsistent with other sections. ...more
Nick
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book multiple times. I know it's not the most well-written sci-fi book, but for some reason I just love it. ...more
Jim Barnabee
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is just a cool, odd little book that doesn't really fit in any pure genre (but scifi really). ...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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Other books in the series

Crystal Singer (3 books)
  • Crystal Singer (Crystal Singer, #1)
  • Killashandra (Crystal Singer #2)
  • Crystal Line (Crystal Singer #3)

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