Killashandra Ree The Crystal Singer trilogy Anne McCaffrey
The impetuous adventurous young woman with perfect pitch, but a burr in her voice which prevented her becoming an opera singer, Killashandra captured my young imagination from the opening pages. She ends up in a strange and mysterious life; one which offers great rewards but which also offers dangers and limitations, eventually to even one”s own sense of self. As a member of the Heptite Guild on the strange planet of Ballybran, Killashandra becomes a crystal singer – someone who cuts crystal from the bare rock by attuning her cutting instrument to the resonance of the crystal. She has to work hard to succeed, and then becomes successful in the lonely role. I also loved the fact that she was passionate and attractive enough to have a man to follow her into the loneliness of the role. She is an interesting character, not a perfect hero, one with faults and drawbacks – but a real person with whom a real person with her own flaws can identify, in a job which demands hard work, but also offer fabulous rewards.
You were the embodiment of the undeniable advantages of being a crystal singer. Your vibrant youth, charm, invulnerability, indefatigable energy, and resourcefulness.