Lost Solace is a clever space horror with a feisty ball-buster female lead!
I’m a big fan of Karl’s horror writing so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Lost Solace. You can read my review of Karl’s horror collection here.
About the Book
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.
When you want to escape to outer space for a scary, intergalactic adventure!
My Thoughts on the Book
Opal is essentially a space pirate, she has stolen a ship, hacked into its’ artificial intelligence and has her own hidden agenda.
Opal has programmed the ship’s AI to her settings and named her Clarissa. But Clarissa is no normal AI and displays strange traits. They are the key characters for most of the books and they develop a close, but curious relationship.
Before the horror starts, tension is added to the story with the isolation of the Opal and her yearning to find one of the mythical ‘lost ships’. When Clarissa detects one of the spaceships, Opal sets out to board it in an awesome space suit. I want one! The atmosphere on the ship is claustrophobic, it is ‘alive’, although abandoned and strange horrors wait around every corner – enter alien robots and mysterious substances. I’m slow to divulge any more but there are lots of weird, tense and eerie scenes on the ship.
Opal is a mysterious and sometimes angry character, but there are small glimpses of her softer, human side. She is a force to be reckoned with and I would hate to have her as an enemy!
The descriptions of space, the ships and the gadgets were excellent, allowing me to easily imagine the scenes. The cleverly created action sequences kept the pace of the story moving. As with Karl’s other books, the writing is excellent and to the point.
This is an thrilling space horror with an unconventional female friendship at the core. I think this would appeal to fans of adventure, Sci-Fi and horror. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment.
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About the Author
Karl Drinkwater is originally from Manchester but has lived in Wales for half his life. 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.