REVIEW: Little Girl Lost by Tristan J. Tarwater
Tavera is a child passed from hand to hand as a source of cheap labor in the underworld of the Valley. When she finds herself at the mercy of the vicious sausage maker, the elderly Madame Greswin, she discovers secrets from the woman’s past and the consequences leave Tavera fighting for her life.
“Little Girl Lost” is a short story and prequel to “Thieves at Heart”, the first novel in the series “The Valley of Ten Crescents”.
This is a prequel to Thieves at Heart but can definitely work as a standalone story as well. I began reading Thieves at Heart but decided I wanted to know more about Tavera to start so I settled down to read Little Girl Lost and I was not disappointed at all. This story has wonderful flow and divulges just the right amount of background to keep the story compact yet hold your interest and make you gain a lot of compassion for Tavera.
Tavera a small half-elf child has had an extremely tough life already and is determined to do what she needs to make things easier for herself and keep a roof over her head and food in her belly. She is a very easy to connect to character and I was rooting for her and hoping her story would have a happy ending. Things seem to start off well for Tavera when she is bought by a creepy old lady to do work around her shop only to go horribly wrong just a short time later, due in part to Tavera’s childlike curiosity. Yet, the author allows this story to end in a happy place for Tavera before picking up again in Thieves at Heart.
I really enjoyed the author’s writing style. It was extremely descriptive and gave you the ability to imagine the sights, sounds and smells taking place in the story. I would highly recommend this to anyone and can’t wait to finish reading what happens to Tavera next.
Available at Amazon: Little Girl Lost (The Valley of Ten Crescents)
Author’s website: www.backthatelfup.com
Book received from author in exchange for an honest review.