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More McCaffrey Magic.
on 3 February 2003
Once again, Anne McCaffrey uses her love and knowledge of music - specifically vocal music, to unusual effect. Here is a wonderfully easy to read science fiction story about an amitious young woman with the drive and determination to prove her abilities to humanity. Failure is not an option and this beautifully emotive story leads the reader on an amazing journey to the world of Ballybran, home of the Crystal Singers. On Ballybran the only successful method of extracting living crystal from the native rock has been to cut it with a sonic cutter, keyed by a human voice possessing perfect pitch. The spirit of adventure and the sheer determination and drive of Killashandra makes for a satisfying read, even if the ending is a little predictable.
Anne McCaffrey has long been one of my favourite authors and I have read this book many times. This is fantasy where you live through the traumas and thrill with the achievements of the lead character. It is superbly written and never fails to lift my mood whenever I read it. I would recommend it for anyone aged 12 and up.