Review: ‘Lost Solace’, by Karl Drinkwater

Sometimes spaceships disappear with everyone on board – the Lost Ships. But sometimes they come back, strangely altered, derelict, and rumoured to be full of horrors.

Opal is on a mission. She’s been seeking something her whole life. Something she is willing to die for. And she thinks it might be on a Lost Ship.

Opal has stolen Clarissa, an experimental AI-controlled spaceship, from the military. Together they have tracked down a Lost Ship, in a lonely nebula far from colonised space.

The Lost Ship is falling into the gravity well of a neutron star, and will soon be truly lost … forever. Legends say the ships harbour death, but there’s no time for indecision.

Opal gears up to board it. She’s just one woman, entering an alien and lethal environment. But perhaps with the aid of Clarissa’s intelligence – and an armoured spacesuit – Opal may stand a chance.

My Review

Tanks to Anne for organising the blog tour and to Karl for sending me a copy of his book.

Opel is on a mission. She has stolen and hacked an advanced ship/AI and gone in search of the mythical Lost Ships. Once there she discovers that she isn’t the only one searching for answers, and several battles ensue.

I loved this novel! I was so engrossed I read the entire thing in three hours. I found Opel and Clarissa appealing and their interactions were very enjoyable to read. Opel’s back story is hinted at throughout but it is only at the end when the reader discovers the true reason for her actions. The society she comes from, hinted at, and spoken about, is fully realised and rather disturbing.

The fights were exciting and Opel’s journey through the Lost Ship sufficiently creepy. The tension kept me turning the page even when I should have been eating my dinner.

A tense, exciting sci-fi adventure, with interesting characters and convincing world-building. Highly recommended.

There is a sequel, which I will have to acquire at some point.


Author bio

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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