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Description - Crystal Line by Anne McCaffrey

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 new, beautiful, unfathomable manifestation was discovered, Lars and Killashandra were the team asked to explore the 'Jewel Junk'.All those who had previously encountered it had died.Only the Crystal Singers, with the immune system of Ballybran in their blood, were thought to stand a chance of survival.The 'Jewel Junk' was brilliant and mysterious, and became even more so when fed with some of Ballybran's precious crystals.But it was to be twenty-five years before the planet Opal released one of its secrets - a secret that was to prove the salvation of Ballybran and the Crystal Singers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780552139113
ISBN-10: 0552139114
Format: Paperback
(178mm x 106mm x 20mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Corgi
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1993
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - Crystal Line by Anne McCaffrey

US Kirkus Review » Third in McCaffrey's Crystal Singer series (Killashandra, 1985, etc.) - the life and times of a group of humans infected with the symbiotic longevity crystal of planet Ballybran, and upon whose abilities to locate, mine, cut, and tune crystal the galactic economy depends. This time, Killashandra and her longtime partner Lars Dahl are assigned to investigate a weird new maybe-sentient life form, the Junk; they give it some Ballybran crystal to chew on. Later, when the crystal singer Guild Master dies, Lars takes the job to Killashandra's rage; she storms off-planet to have an affair with a sympathetic fisherman. Meanwhile, Killashandra's memory begins to deteriorate - she is nearly two centuries old - and the Guild, whose members are hidebound and whose methods are archaic, starts to feel the pinch of competition. At first contemptuous of Lars's radical new ideas, Killashandra finally accedes; and, with the help of the now crystal-powered Junk, regains her lost memories, though forfeiting her ability to work with the prized black form of the crystal. Pure soap-opera, offering just enough ideas, plot, and involvement to keep the fans happy and maybe tempt one or two new ones. (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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