Anne McCaffrey
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The crystal singer returns in a sequel that is better than the first book. This musical mystery story uses elements of politics and isolationism to add to individual character goals.

Where the first book was coming of age, this book presents the main character as an adult. When sent as a guild representative to perform a job on another world, she must adapt her outlook, especially when external forces try to use her to achieve their own goals. Where the first book was about her job (crystal singer), this book is about her.

The plot that drives her to this new assignment is somewhat contrived. Unlike the first book, this one focuses on the politics of a single planet. The descriptions of the islands are rich, which lead me to believe McCaffrey wrote some or all of this part on island time. An enjoyable read.