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She was one of the Crystal Singers, the elite, 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 herself isolated at the very heart of the planet, knowing that she alone had the power to confront and destroy the evil that had permeated the world of Optheria.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552125567
ISBN-10: 0552125563
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 106mm x 20mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Corgi Books
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Sep-1986
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


US Kirkus Review » Killashandra Ree, expert Crystal Singer (miner) of the planet Ballybran, is tempted to take a working vacation on planet Optheria, where the reverberating white crystal she has cut must be used to repair a sabotaged music synthesizer for the upcoming annual festival. Optheria turns out to be a severely repressive planet, run by a committee of rigid old men whose grip on power is fierce and unrelenting, and who have evolved elaborate methods of preventing their citizens from leaving the planet. Soon after her arrival, Killashandra is abducted by handsome, rascally Lars Dahl, a secret anti-committee resistance worker. Abandoned by Lars on a desert island, Killashandra swims to a larger, populated island, where soon Lars shows up - and fails to recognize her; they become passionate lovers. Later, Killashandra agrees to help Lars expose Optheria's great evil: the synthesizers are actually illegal subliminal projectors used by the committee to keep the population docile and receptive. So, aided by fellow crystal guild member Trag (he was sent to investigate Killashandra's disappearance) and Lars, Killashandra repairs the synthesizer while covertly destroying the hidden subliminal projectors. Finally, Lars, after a few mishaps, becomes a Crystal Singer, joins Killashandra on Ballybran, and everyone lives happily ever after. Decorative work, then, but uncompellingly paced, very poorly orchestrated, and with a generally makeshift air - and much will remain mysterious if you haven't read Crystal Singer (mass-market paperback only), to which this is a sequel. Issuing this hardback follow-up to a paperback-only opener - an obvious cash-in on McCaffrey's recent bestsellerdom - is guaranteed to annoy the fans, who will probably manage to restrain their impatience until the paperback comes out. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey was one of the world's leading science-fiction writers, and won both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as the Margaret A. Edwards' Lifetime Achievement Literary Award. Born and raised in the US, although of Irish extraction, she spent the last years of her life in Ireland, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains. She died in 2011 at the age of eighty-five. She is the creator of the Dragons of Pern series. Her website is

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