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The legendary Lost Ships exist, and they harbour nightmarish horrors. Opal knows. She barely survived her first encounter with one. Now she’s going back.
CHASING SOLACE by Karl Drinkwater, is now available. Sequel to the sci-fi horror Lost Solace, where a lone woman explores a strange and terrifying spaceship recently returned from somewhere else. Hints of Aliens, Event Horizon, and Pandorum add to the suspense.
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.
15 April 2019 (e-book)
7 July 2019 (paperback)
Hey everyone! Let me tell you I WAS SO EXCITED that Anne from Random Things Tours was doing a blog tour for Karl Drinkwater’s second ‘Lost Solace’ book, Chasing Solace. I had been so very kindly given an eCopy of this from Karl himself, but, I completely forgot about it in my haste to sign up for like a billion blog tours last year and was just a ninny.
So what better way to make up for it by excitedly being able to read it for this tour?
I LOVED Lost Solace and if you need more proof of that, please check out my review for the first book in this series, here.
Opal is still hunting for her sister, there are other lost ships out that and thanks to Athen, previously known as Clarissa, she has help in hunting them down.
Opal and Athene have now pinpointed the location of the second lost ship, or what will be its location. [They had help in this but if you haven’t read the first book, I’m not here to spoil that for you] But is Opal ready to go back into the haunting world of lost ships when it nearly killed her for the first time?
Of course, she is, if for no other reason than to save her sister.
The banter and bond between Opal and Athene have only grown, and I loved their banter and conversations. Seriously the highlight of the book for me is their relationship and well the scary vibes that is the lost ship itself.
Also, Opal has a teeny ‘problem’ that doesn’t involve the monsters on the lost ship, there’s an assassin after her. How did they find her, and who are they working for? Read to find out!
This lost ship is scarier than the first! We have more monsters/creatures, and though there are more ‘faces’ to them, it doesn’t make it any less terrifying nor did it make me anticipate any less, haha. I was on the edge of my seat as I read this! If you all ever glance at my twitter, I was screeching about it as I read it.
There is more technical jargon in this second book, and though it’s needed there were times my tiny nonscience brain had to go back and clarify, still I really enjoyed that so much research and effort went into this and I feel like it all just enhanced the experience.
Aside from Athene, we also have suit Athene who seems to be gaining some independence, and again, no spoilers, but that was another point of the book I really, really enjoyed.
Does Opal find her sister? I won’t tell you but I will say this, WHERE IS MY BOOK THREE? WHAT TYPE OF ENDING IS THIS?! DON’T DO ME THIS WAY DRINKWATER.
Opal is still one of my favorite protagonists ever and this is still up there on a level with Metro 2033 as far as the fear and monsters go in the SciFi horror world.
4.5 Cups of coffee from me, and it’s going on my faves list. Thank you to Anne and the Author for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review as part of the tour.
About the Author
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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