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Clarissa (Lost Tale of Solace #3) by Karl Drinkwater



If you’re reading this: HELP! I’ve been kidnapped.

Me and my big sister stayed together after our parents died. We weren’t bothering anybody. But some mean government agents came anyway, and split us up.

Now I’m a prisoner on this space ship. The agents won’t even say where we’re going.

I hate them.

And things have started to get a bit weird. Nullspace is supposed to be empty, but when I look out of the skywindows I can see … something. Out there. And I think it wants to get in here. With us.

My name is Clarissa. I am ten years old.

And they will all be sorry when my big sister comes to rescue me.


I have reviewed Drinkwater’s first two books in this series, Helene and Grubane, which I enjoyed very much. This book is completely different and not what I was expecting.  I haven’t read the Lost Solace books with Clarissa’s sister Opal, so I don’t know much about the background there and was a little confused.

It is a fast-paced unique science fiction short story told by Clarissa, a brave and gifted ten-year-old with a big imagination. Being ripped away from her sister by two government agents, one a jerk and one not, Clarissa copes with the volatile situation by living in her head and hoping to see her sister again. As usual, Drinkwater’s world-building is incredible and keeps you on the edge of your seat as a trip on a starship turns out to be a life and death situation. Will Clarissa be reunited with her sister, Opal? I guess I’ll have to read more in the series and find out.

If you enjoy engaging characters in a fantastic otherworldly setting, give this book a try.

Thank you to Mr. Drinkwater for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Karl DrinkwaterKarl Drinkwater writes thrilling SF, suspenseful horror, and contemporary literary fiction. Whichever you pick you’ll find interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

Karl has lived in many places but now calls Scotland his home. He’s an ex-librarian with degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science. He also studied astrophysics for a year at university, surprising himself by winning a prize for “Outstanding Performance”.

When he isn’t writing he loves guitars, exercise, computer and board games, nature, and vegan cake. Not necessarily in that order.

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