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Fiction Book Reviews

Science Fiction | Chasing Solace | Karl Drinkwater

Chasing Solace is the follow up to Karl Drinkwater’s Lost Solace (which I loved – you can read my review here).  Opal and Clarissa were my top kick-ass heroines of 2018 and I couldn’t wait to see what adventures we’d be getting into in deep space in book two. 

Book cover Chasing Solace Karl Drinkwater

The legendary Lost Ships exist, and they harbour nightmarish horrors. Opal knows. She barely survived her first encounter with one.

Despite escaping, she failed to find what she was looking for: her lost sister. Now Opal must board a second derelict Lost Ship to seek answers, and it’s even more monstrous, a sickening place of death and decay. To make things worse, the military government wants her, dead or alive. Considering their reputation, dead may be better.

To find her sister, Opal will risk everything: her life, her blood, her sanity. There’s always a price to pay. Armed with her wits, an experimental armoured suit, and an amazing AI companion, she might just stand a chance.

Chasing Solace by Karl Drinkwater is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats.


Stopping off for supplies before journeying on to find the Lost Ship, not only Opal’s willingness to face adversity but her ethics and morals are once again very clear.  In Chasing Solace we also get to see her vulnerabilities and this made me feel very protective of her – something I hadn’t felt in Lost Solace.   

As a response to their experiences on the previous Lost Ship, Athene has upgraded and modified and I was looking forward to seeing her in action.  I wasn’t disappointed!  Athene’s ‘humanity’ in her communications with Opal show a gentler side which only made me love her more (I never thought I would say that about an AI …).

I’ve loved how their characters have developed, their vulnerabilities making them even more of an unstoppable force that you certainly wouldn’t want to be up against.  Formidable.

Once again, the challenges and action move at a fabulous pace, raising blood pressure and adrenalin!  The factory caverns on this Lost Ship are (in my opinion) much more deadly and horrific than before.  So descriptive I could feel my stomach churning at times … love it! 

Opal’s experiences onboard are nebulous and the purpose they move us towards?  Mind blowing.  Totally.  I LOVED the Null zone and the Oracle.  I’m in awe of the imagination needed to create this. 

Karl Drinkwater has the skill of leaving us on a cliffhanger at the end of chapters making it near impossible to stop reading.  Expect late nights and longer reading sessions.  And if the story affects you the way it has me, expect your dreams to take place in deep space on a Lost Ship with unknown adversaries.

Simply outstanding.  5* of awesomeness.

Author photo Karl Drinkwater

Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but lived in Wales for twenty years, and now calls Scotland his home. He’s a full-time author, edits fiction for other writers, and was a professional librarian for over twenty-five years. He has degrees in English, Classics, and Information Science.

He writes in multiple genres: his aim is always just to tell a good story. Among his books you’ll find elements of literary and contemporary fiction, gritty urban, horror, suspense, paranormal, thriller, sci-fi, romance, social commentary, and more. The end result is interesting and authentic characters, clever and compelling plots, and believable worlds.

When he isn’t writing he loves exercise, guitars, computer and board games, the natural environment, animals, social justice, cake, and zombies. Not necessarily in that order.

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Qualified as a Sleep Consultant, Dyslexia Therapist, Reiki Master, Mental Health First Aider and Mindfulness Practitioner, my passion is for sharing anything that will make life easier. My love of reading, crocheting, being out in nature and positive psychology are all things that help me unwind.

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