Book Review

Lost Solace – Blog Tour

Lost Solace (cover)


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

This was my first Drinkwater book and probably my second only ever Scifi thriller, and let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed!

The first thing that really caught my attention from the first page, was the amazing atmosphere that Drinkwater gives us.

Opal is this mysterious and intriguing character, and you want to know what motivates her through her decisions and actions for finding and going after the ‘lost ship.’

A lot of this reminded me of Metro 2033 in where you didn’t have to see what the ‘monsters’ were to be afraid, Drinkwater builds up this suspension and tension and even after knowing what some things look like, fear is built up in the unknown.

He weaves Opal’s motivations, her ship AI Clarissa, and the lost ship into this incredible story.

More on Opal, she is just this wonderful protagonist, she’s quick thinking and when you find out what motivates her, you only want to cheer her on even more. Not to mention I truly believe Drinkwater has a real talent for writing action scenes, which isn’t always easy with Scifi [in my opinion it’s way too easy to get too wordy and lose the thread of it all]. I was completely engrossed in Opal and every step she took.


Clarissa the AI was my favorite. There’s just no way I couldn’t love her, I have a thing for awesome AI characters, they always end up being the ones I love best. She wasn’t supposed to be so ‘human’ like but whatever Opal did to her, and Opal’s unsure sometimes just what she accomplished, it turned her into an AI with a sense of humor and true concern for her human.

The ending only left me wanting to rush out and buy book two but I will have to wait for my book buying ban to be over, but be rest assured the moment I can buy it, I will because I am completely hooked and I know this review was more of a fangirl tirade. I’m sorry haha.

Lost Solace was a bit Mass Effect meets Metro 2033 for me and I couldn’t think of a more wonderful combination.

About the Author

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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.

Author Links

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The Rest of the Tour

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By TheCaffeinatedReader

A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

11 replies on “Lost Solace – Blog Tour”

What a brilliant and thoughtful review! Thank you! When I wrote Clarissa I never realised how positively people would respond to her. I thought it was just me who admired her. She is key to Chasing Solace too. Here’s some insider info: I’m just finishing a spin-off novella which includes a lot of Clarissa. Once I act on beta reader comments and tweak it a bit, it’ll be off to the editors. Anyway, I’ll try and pop back here during the week in case anyone wants to ask me questions in the comments. Thanks again!

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I hadn’t heard of Jarvis, so your comment sent me off to do research. It’s quite spooky. The funny thing is, even though I write scifi, I’m quite old school in regards to some tech. I’ve only ever owned one mobile phone, and it doesn’t have Google Play or apps on it, and I never use voice recognition assistants. So the idea of my (very old traditional and beautiful Georgian) house being controlled by software makes me shudder!

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Wow. Wait. You dont know Marvel? The Avengers? Iron Man?

I am at a loss for words. Not that there is anything wrong with it. In fact I’m sure there is quite a lot to be said for it. I just.. it is just. Like… I dont even know what to say. Its Jarvis

Somehow I feel like i should apologize. 🤦‍♀️

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Ha ha, no, it was new to me! I used to be into superhero stuff many years ago as a teen (particularly British ones like Zenith in 2000AD), but I have gone off them in recent years, probably because the many films I’ve watched have been awful (with the exception of the more recent two Batman films and the first Guardians of the Galaxy). All the others – Iron Man, Spiderman, Superman versus Batman or whatever it was, Wonder Woman – I’ve just found derivative and boring. Same with computer game versions. I think it is because I have consumed so many stories over the decades (and judged in competitions) that one of the greatest crimes of any film or book or game for me is feeling like I’ve seen it all before. That’s probably why I champion anything that I feel is different, even if there are other issues with it. Two of the books I praised most in recent years had some major issues, yet they blew me away with the originality, and that over-rode slick presentation (for me). But I realise I am banned from the superhero club. 🙂


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