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Solace Lost

(Pandemonium Rising #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  27 reviews
During times of war, no one goes unscathed. By Ultner, even in times of peace, few can escape suffering. Ardia is on the brink of civil war, though most citizens are woefully unaware of this fact.

Fenrir de Trenton, a disgraced guardsman-turned-ineffective-criminal, is accustomed to taking orders. So much so that, despite the danger, he finds himself neck-deep in the poli
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Published April 10th 2018 by Dragyn Press
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Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grimdark fantasy fans
Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

A brutally gripping story tinged with despair; Solace Lost is a character-driven grimdark fantasy debut that earned its title mercilessly.

Solace Lost is Michael Sliter’s debut; the first book out of four in the Pandemonium Rising series. Before I begin my review, I strongly urge that you read this novel only IF you’re a grimdark fantasy enthusiast. I don’t usually include content warnings in my review but I feel like this book truly warranted/>A
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“My son, ‘ strife befalls us all. A weak man lets it define him, while a strong man lets it expand him.’”

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★ The First Law meets Game of Thrones in this great debut for fans of the grimdark fantasy genre! Don’t let the fact that this is self-published fool you, I have discovered many hidden gems in the self-published world and this is definitely one of them!

★ I am not good at explaining wh/>
Michael Sliter
Jul 20, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)

All future updates will be on my review page for Wisdom Lost, which is out now!


Half of Wisdom Lost is edited and back in my hands, and the BEAUTIFUL cover is shaping up nicely, as is the second map. I'm thankful to have awesome editors, artists, and designers who can do this type of thing. The sketch I made for the cover was child-level bad, and some typos were embarrassing.

I haven't picked a release date yet, but that should be announ
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If the star rating and the admission that I purchased book two before I even finished the first in its entirety doesn't communicate what I thought of this book, then I'll be more forward:

Dis SOOOOOO Good!!!!!

This needs soooo much more love than it has received and then some, piled up high to the top with attention and praise!!

This author is going places!!! This is a debut??!!! I would never be able to tell! It seems so polished and cohesive?!!!

Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ardia is on the brink of war. A tyrant, a mystery, and an enigma seek to bring the populace to its knees in submission, while horrors driven by hunger and rage are to be unleashed to drench the land in blood. The lives of four individuals are entwined, their sole purpose is to stop the vileness from prevailing, but the world is set on trying them every step of the way. Where magic and savagery prevails, will they be able to hold back the tide of destruction, or will their country be ultimately c ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's always amazing feeling to find a hidden book-gem (thanks Petrik for his review that convinced me to read it). If you are a grimdark fan, then I strongly recommend to read this book.

The author has a knack for interesting, believable and consistent characters. We follow lives of a farm girl, a maid, a thug and a mercenary who are trying to survive in this world. This world is merciless and naive and weak won't get far. I appreciate that author chose to have seemingly unimportant characters a
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good solid 3.5 stars. Excellent written, good solid world building and character building, will be reading the next books in this series.

Highly recommended to all my goodreads friends.
Peter Buckmaster
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-grimdark
This book really impressed me. Four main characters, each getting several POV chapters, and each of them very well fleshed out. Even the least noble of them has his redeeming qualities. And Hafgan is a great creation!
The world building is done with depth but does not rely on info dumps, which makes the reading that much more enjoyable. Layers of the world are introduced as are layers of the story. You feel yourself sinking deeper into the world without losing a sense of where you are. I th
Adam Douglas
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of fantasy. A. Lot. Of. It. It's not often that I'm moved to actually write a review on one but for the one, I felt compelled. Michael Sliter is a very talented writer. The story telling is solid and he does a great job of introducing you the the world, the mechanics of that world and the characters without it getting the the way of the story. I really look forward to reading the second one and I was happy to see the author's comments that he's making progress on it (looking at you ...more
Jennifer Collins
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In creating the cast for Solace Lost and this world of epic fantasy, Sliter managed to bring to life a cast of characters that are worlds apart, and wonderfully believable. As their stories interweave and the world they live in itself comes to life, this is one of those books that gains its own sort of building inertia--in the beginning, I didn't want to put it down, and is it continued, I couldn't. Sliter's seamless writing and striking narrative pull together into a book that is the reason I s ...more
Bill Ready
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to receive a pre-release review copy from the author and I was not disappointed! Solace Lost is an engaging read from beginning to end in the fantasy style of Lord of the Rings or Game of Thrones. The book takes the time to develop multiple story lines with deep characters and culminates with all the story lines coming together into a final crescendo that will leave the reader wanting more. Solace Lost is an excellent story that all fiction lovers will enjoy.
Simon Woods
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant beginning to a fantasy series with a plot that really picks up the pace towards the end. Can’t wait for book 2!
William Jonson
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a free copy of the book as part of u/esmerelda-weatherwax's TBRindr project in exchange for an honest review.

Book Description via Amazon: A story of love lost and family destroyed, of bigotry and belonging, of suffering and strength, and of religion and magic, SOLACE LOST grows from a character-driven tale to something grand in scale, perhaps even involving the gods, themselves.

In Solace lost we alternate between a few main characters:

Fenrir D
Garett Foster
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A compelling and exciting introduction to a new world.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The author does a good job fleshing out a world that is both deep and fascinating. Even more impressive, he does this through the actions, adventures, and observations of the characters, making the experience of the world immersive and organic. The characters are each slightly fanciful in their own way, yet believable and approachable. Chapters are tol
Alexia Cambaling
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, indie
Trigger Warnings: Graphic Descriptions of Rape, Violence, Mentions of Abortion, and Miscarriage.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Solace Lost is a story told in the POVs of Fenrir de Trenton, Emma Dram, Hafgan Iwan, and Merigold Hinter. All of these characters become or were already connected to one another at the start of the story. As the book's title suggests, this is not a happy tale.

Be warned, this is not a book for the faint of hear
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review. Overall, I enjoyed this book and I will read the sequel. The worldbuilding is good and leaves you wanting more, and you can also tell the author knows more. That latter bit is important, because it makes the writing stronger. For those who have issues with mistreatment of women, however, just be forewarned that there is a rape about 20% in and there are additional concerns throughout. They aren't gratuitous but they can feel overdone as ev ...more
Matt McAbee
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book through TBRindr to leave an honest review.

Solace Lost follows the lives of several people caught up in the decent of a country into war. Fenrir the fallen soldier, disowned by his father. Emma the mangled servant girl, Meri the serving girl at the inn, Hafgan the humanoid foreigner. All of them cross paths during this fantastic tale of a countries descent into civil war.

The book is very well written and a total pleasure to read. I highly recommend this
C.D. Tavenor
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
TRIGGER WARNING: Before we dive into the depths of this review, I want to emphasize that readers of Solace Lost should be ready for very mature, adult content. The story grapples with trauma resulting from sexual assault, and the scenes may trigger some readers.

Solace Lost, by Michael Sliter, explores a dark fantasy world rife with murder, magic, and mayhem. Its principle characters, Fenrir and Merigold, experience tragedy after tragedy on their journey toward finding some semblance of peace in
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was just browsing and looking for book suggestions when I came across this title on Reddit. It seemed exactly what I was looking for, so I thought I`ll give it a try. And it was definitely worth those few yets I paid for it :)

I don`t know why a dark and depressing story like this captivates me this much. But the brilliant characters(!!!), plot and worldbuilding help for sure. (Plot and worldbuilding are kind of hazy this early in the series, but we know quite a lot about the characters
Shalini Nemo
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

First Impressions (15%)
Book opens with Fenrir leading the way, a nasty-piece-of-work protagonist. Worldbuilding is done along the way at this point, leading to another major POV protagonist, Miss Sweetness-and-Sunshine, aka Merigold.

I immediately get the impression that something big is brewing on the horizon, a peek at the ruling powers and Merigold’s latent magic (and fancy for the lassies). I also lik
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4⭐Solace Lost is a dark, multi-POV, character-focused fantasy that entertained the hell out of me. I think anyone who enjoyed A Song of Ice and Fire, or the First Law series will like this one.
Solace Lost is book one in the Pandemonium Rising series. I’ve already started book 2 and I have to say Michael Sliter has created a fascinating world with some excellent characters.
One thing that impressed me is the way the pace never lets up, even when switching between points of view. Sometimes a stor
The Book Dragon
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own
Trigger Warning: Contains explicit sexual and traumatic content, as well as coarse adult language and humor

This book was absolutely amazing. In fact, I’d rate it in my favorite top 10 of ALL TIME. That’s how good it is! We have the main characters Fenrir and Merigold, with main side characters Emma, Escamilla, and Hafgan. With the multiple POVs strewn throughout the book of main and secondary characters alike, the reader gets several different views of this magical world of Ardia, ea
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Never read a fantasy novel before but I'm hooked now! I stumbled on this book and I'm glad that I did! I usually read mystery/suspense novels but I just needed something different. And did I find it with Solace Lost! I loved the world that the author created, along with the multidimensional characters - some that I disliked at first but ended up liking/rooting for. I look forward to the sequel to find out what happens to my favorite characters in this mysterious, dark and unforgiving world. Gre ...more
Luke Kidson
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to win a free copy in a competition.

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Dark, gritty epic fantasy with a diverse mix of flawed characters. The characterisation is solid and relatable, all individual. The take on non-human characters and society was a standout for me.

Overall - epic in scope, don't expect nice, and he does a great job of keeping worldbuilding up his sleeve - you don't get handed how the world or its magic work.

I will happily and eagerly
Nov 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic. Hats off to Sliter who’s captivating writing style weaves together a fast-paced, well timed, gritty fantasy story, with rich world-building and strong character development. While first and foremost a fantasy novel, this book is able to incorporate a fair dose of suspense and humor. I would definitely recommend this book to fantasy readers, as well as others. After finishing it, I passed this on to my significant other – who is admittedly NOT a fantasy book reader – and ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Highly recommend for fans of fantasy with rich world building. Can't wait for the next in the series!
Laura L
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Solace lost - I’m not convinced there was any to begin with !

This book is the start of the tale of build up and start to a war, which will encompass all 4 duchies of the kingdom of Ardia.
The main characters which are focussed on are Fenrir, Emma, Hafgan and Merigold, and many, many more are contained within these pages.
Although at times the characters can be a little 2 dimensional (Emma, at quite a few stages, I really honestly wanted to punch some sense into), at others
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Michael Sliter was born in the deep wilds of Cleveland, Ohio, where he fought off at least two siblings for scraps of pizza. His bedroom, growing up, was a monument to fantasy, containing a stack of worn and well-read books, a medieval Lego civilization spanning half the room, and a very real sword circa World War II.

Though always fascinated with the written word, Michael ended up with only a min

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