Chasing Solace (Lost Solace Book 2)

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.

Book Length: 430 pages / 95,500 words
ISBNs: Paperback 978-1-911278-14-6 / E-book 978-1-911278-13-9


"More drama, more space fights, more internal struggles and the horror ante is increased.
Again, the most wonderful part of the novel is the friendship between Opal and Athene. There are some truly devastating and emotional scenes between the two characters.
But don’t be fooled by that, there is grotesque, terrifying horror and a couple of claustrophobic scenes that made my skin crawl.
There is a sense of dread and of horrifying secrets from the get go. The action builds steadily, poor Opal must be absolutely wrecked! But she’s feisty, resourceful and very much human.
Chasing Solace is the perfect sequel to Lost Solace, building on companionship, horror and the search for Opal’s sister."

-- Banshee Irish Horror Blog

"This sequel to Lost Solace picks up where the horror of the first book left off. Lead character Opal is hunting for her sister, lost in the universe - and that means trying to find answers in the Lost Ships, strangely monstrous vessels that seem like haunted houses in space.
The first book had plenty of horror, this book layers on the grotesque, for the ship she has to explore this time is a space abattoir, slicing up giant pieces of meat for the galaxy's consumption.
The channels of the ship run red as she makes her way through the charnel house with only her artificial intelligence vessel as a companion.
One by one, all of Opal's assets are stripped away - leaving her trying to survive alone in the most dangerous of environments.
I compared the first book to the movie Event Horizon - and that holds even more so here. I look forward to whatever horrors await in future."

-- Altered Instinct

"They find the ship and Opal gets suited up and off she goes….and things get horrific. The ship is a food production ship, they grow Chattel….animals for food, with less bone and more meat and something else is roaming the dark. When Opal finds something sticky and web like, my heart skipped at beat….not spiders!!! No, not spiders exactly…a thing of nightmares. This is non-stop action, with a strong Ripley-esque female character and her relationship with the AI Athene, a real friendship and they rely on each other. Gruesome, fun and emotional too. Brilliantly immersive and entertaining. I can’t wait for #3 in the series."
-- The Bookwormery

5* "A compelling, suspenseful story of survival and quest. The author writes horror, and this does have some horror aspects - most of the book is the protagonist making her way through a deserted spaceship that's an abbatoir, with all of the disgusting fluids, sinister tools, and reminders of industrial-scale suffering that implies. Plus monsters trying to eat her face.
There are, near the end, some genuinely alien-seeming aliens in a genuinely alien-feeling setting, which is hard to do and, here, is well done."

-- Mike, Goodreads

5* "Coming to the end of Chasing Solace is not unlike saying goodbye to a new friend you got to know intensely well, in a very short time, only to then have to see them to the airport, realizing you’ll likely never to see them again.
Sappy drivel? Perhaps. But Chasing Solace—along with its prequel Lost Solace—was one of the most enjoyable novels I’ve ever read. Drinkwater is a master on so many fronts: his narrative ability is exceptional, his prose is extraordinarily deep and poignant and his ability to make you really care about the protagonist and her unusual best friend is magical! Far more than just another beautifully written sci-fi novel, he brings to life his characters in ways I’m still marveling over. Opal and Athene will live forever in my memory as two of the greatest characters I’ve ever come across.
Pacing and tension are just superb as well. The Lost Ships are one of the creepiest settings I’ve ever come across and I have a hard time with the fact that I won’t be able to follow Opal thru the dark, cold, green-flecked corridors any more. Ah well... Really great, great stuff!"

-- Taig, Goodreads

5* "A sequel worthy of the original. Having read Lost Solace in a couple of days, I purchased this book immediately. Even more action packed than the first book, with excellent development of the characters (both organic and non-organic). The final mind-bending chapters are a real entertaining read."
-- G. J. Sutherland, Amazon

5* "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."
-- Jera's Jamboree

"Opal takes on a second lost ship. Where the first appeared to be a liner, this is at first sight a 'gigatoir', a massive space-based abattoir - surely the most perfect version of an Alien-style scenario, where the whole ship is in effect the monster. Here, though, as was the case in the previous book, Drinkwater makes sure that things are rarely what they seem. Later in the book we get an experience that reminded me of the end of the movie 2001, A Space Odyssey."
-- Popular Science

5* "This book surpassed all my expectations – Opal is back, feistier than ever, the AI has evolved into a sentient being called Athene, and it’s non-stop action for two-thirds of the book as Opal continues her search for her sister.
The tension begins on the first page, and carries on all the way through almost to the end. There’s a new lost ship, and it’s even scarier than the first one, with a nightmarish layout of an abandoned abattoir inhabited by creatures only Drinkwater’s mind could come up with! I couldn’t put the book down, I had to find out what happened next as Opal makes her way through the spaceship, trailed by…well, you’ll have to read it to find out!I love how the author gives his AI personality and characteristics that you can relate to – even the AI in Opal’s spacesuit grows on you, leading to a heart-wrenching scene at the end. While Athene fights her own battle with another AI, where the author gives free rein to his imagination.

There are some incredible scenes in this book, some that will keep you on the edge of your seat, others that will take your breath away with the intricate detail and beauty of the narrative."
-- Pink Quill Books

5* "Having already established the dynamic relationship between Opal and Athene in the first book, Drinkwater loses no time diving straight into the action with the sequel. [...]
Drinkwater wisely takes what the reader might expect and shifts it on its head, upping the stakes while introducing new elements we haven't yet encountered. First off, the lost ship in this book has been taken to the next level, with some serious creep factors that made for a fascinating and eerie setting. This was one of my favorite parts of the original book, and seeing Drinkwater continue to make the setting and lost ship almost a character unto itself continues to add dimensions to this series you don't often find in sci-fi.
Without going into spoilers, my favorite part of this book was the change in relationship between Opal and Athene, with conflict hitting in multiple and unexpected layers. A new character of sorts is introduced, with its own unique arc, which was surprisingly gut-wrenching, but that relationship between Opal and AI is what makes this series so unique.
Aggressive action, elements of horror, and some well earned twists and turns elevate this sequel from what could have been a mid-book slump. And for those hard-core sci-fi lovers, there are plenty of experimental yet scientifically grounded ideas floating throughout this book. Drinkwater's stretching his abilities here but proving he's got the chops to do it. Looking forward to seeing how this series concludes."
-- The Behrg

5* "Excellent sequel. I found this book was much more a horror and supernatural genre than the first book (Lost Solace).
I suppose I'm a glutton for punishment since I don't really enjoy horror and lean toward hard science fiction. It's just that Karl Drinkwater is such a master writer that I basically like everything he produces. His books, Cold Fusion 2000 and 2000 Tunes - loved them. Both are basically about love and growing up and have nothing to do with sci-fi. I wish he'd take on more projects like these.
As in the first book, Chasing Solace is a character driven story with a single protagonist and a couple Artificial Intelligent partners. Non stop action, but the interaction between the main character Opal and the A.I. is priceless and is the centerpiece of this book and also Lost Solace. It's so intimate and oft-times funny. Most sci-fi books seem to have so many characters I lose track of who's who, but to pull off a story with a single character, and keep it so interesting throughout is a difficult task."

-- KHB, Goodreads 

5* "The interactions between Opal and her AI are the highlight once again. Funny and humanising - humour is used again with great effect to break up the horror. 
If you liked Lost Solace then this is a great addition to the series. Whereas the first book reminded me of Alien and Event Horizon, Chasing Solace reminded me more of 2001 and Interstellar if they were written by Stephen King.
Chasing Solace fleshes out the universe nicely and adds other social context. Even without the horror elements this would be a great read for any sci-fi fan."
-- Ally Rowan, Goodreads 

5* "An excellent Sci-Fi/action saga! I've had a hard time finding books that were interesting and enthralling enough to keep my attention to the end the past few years. I loved "Lost Solace" when it came out by Drinkwater and was excited to hear a sequel was in the works. The author here does not disappoint.
Opal's search for her sister brings her to a second lost ship, one even bigger and more dangerous than the last, with even more insidious threats. We also see more of the universe Opal lives in and how twisted it really is under the surface level that most people live in.
Probably the best thing about this book, is even though it's the second in a series, you don't have to read the first to understand and get into it. Drinkwater's writing is so thorough, that you can easily enjoy this book after or before the first one, and I would absolutely encourage anyone who loves sci-fi to jump into either one to start this journey."
-- Shaun Horton, Amazon

5* "I enjoyed this book even more than the first. Lost Solace left me wanting to see more of the world Opal inhabits, and Chasing Solace delivered in spades. Some question were answered, and some more were raised, but despite that the book has a satisfying conclusion.
Opal is on the run from the UFS still, aided by her sidekick A.I., Athene, who you will remember as Clarissa from book one. Once again, they encounter a lost ship, but in no way does it feel like a rehash of book one, there are new eldritch horrors to face, and new enemies to face in combat. There is plenty of action to be had, and more touching moments between Opal and Athene. The interactions between Opal and Athene are absolutely the highlight of this series, trying to humanize an artificial intelligence is no easy task, but once again, Drinkwater delivers.
The prose again, is easy to read, as well as relatively short chapters that are easily digestible. And of course, the descending chapter numbers are back! There are parts that are poetic, fast-paced, hilarious, and heart-felt, and one scene in particular that I dare say, is mythological? Let's just say I hope that Athene finally gets the payoff of kicking a digital avatar in his unmentionables in book 3.
All in all, a fantastic read, and I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for the series!"

-- John-Michael Lelievre, Goodreads 

5* "What a fabulous read. For me, this is very much a character driven novel, with Opal's voice at its core. There are also beautiful and funny scenes between Opal and the AI spaceship, all set in the vast expanse of Space. You really get a sense of their remoteness and that they depend upon each other. These scenes are beautifully written. Chasing Solace is an adventure story about a lost sister. It's full of action, pathos and human emotion. It's also stunning and I loved it!"
-- Brew and Books Review

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