Solace and Grief

Solace and Grief

Solace Morgan was born a vampire. Raised in foster care, she has always tried to keep her abilities secret, until an eerie encounter with a faceless man prompts her to run away. Finding others with similar gifts, Solace soon becomes caught up in a strange, more vibrant world than she ever knew existed. But when the mysterious Professor Lukin takes an interest in her friends, Solace is forced to start asking questions of her own. What happened to her parents? Who is Sharpsoft? And since when has there been a medieval dungeon under Hyde Park?

A young adult urban fantasy novel, now available at most Australian bookshops and elsewhere through the power that is Internet. You can view the book trailer here. For those with a Kindle, Solace & Grief is now available in ebook format here.

What the reviews are saying:

‘Melbourne author Foz Meadows has written a well-plotted novel…Solace is such an appealing character as she learns to accept who she is. It’s a little Scooby-Doo, a little bit Buffy and a lot of fun for readers 15 and up.’ – The Sunday Age

‘…a clever and funny supernatural romp, with a chilling underside to it…a smart and appealing read for the Vampire Academy crowd.’ – Bookseller + Publisher

This is a vampire novel, and I think it’ll appeal to paranormal romance fans, but also to people who don’t like the whole vampire trend. It’s just different enough to make it refreshing but also appeal to the people who already love books like these.’ – Steph Bowe, Hey! Teenager of the Year

‘This one really does have it all…Meadows’ language is descriptive and evocative and her imagination seemingly limitless. Through her well-crafted narrative she creates a sense of menace and mystery that is threaded through even the more light-hearted scenes. Her characterisation, too, is excellent. Foz Meadows is a name to watch.’ – Jenny Mounfield, Buzz Words

‘This is an absolute ripper of a debut from a young Melbourne writer. It’s in the realm of young adult urban fantasy, recommended for 15 years plus, but deserves to win a much broader audience.’ – The Sun Herald

  1. Foz

    Just letting you know I have read your book and there will be a review of it coming up the April issue of the webzine, The Specusphere. Ill let you know when the review is posted and the link is live – won’t be for a few weeks.

    BTW – loved the book!

    Best wishes
    Astrid Cooper.

  2. fozmeadows says:

    Yay! Thanks Astrid – glad you enjoyed it πŸ™‚

  3. Grace (yet another Capsicum Girl!) says:

    Hi Foz,

    I just caught the last few minutes of a nine news article about tunnels and a lake under Hyde Park. I thought this was really interesting, having recently finished Solace and Grief.

    So, my question is was this the inspiration behind the dungeon underneath Hyde Park? Or is it just a creepy coincidence?

    Kinokuniya Capsicum Girl

  4. fozmeadows says:

    Hi Grace,

    That is a totally creepy-awesome coincidence! Will definitely have to look into it. Thanks for telling me!



  5. fozmeadows says:

    Cheers! I was just thinking about that today πŸ™‚

  6. Rainbow.Rawr says:

    Hey just writting to ask when the next one comes out?? I loved this one and I can’t wait.

    • fozmeadows says:

      Glad you liked it! I don’t have a release date yet for The Key to Starveldt, but the book is written and I’ve given the manuscript to my publisher, so I should have some news soon.

  7. Amy says:

    just wondering when the 2nd book is coming out?? i really wanna read it because solace and greif is such a good book! have you considered trying to make it a movie of something?! i just luv the stoyline! I’m addicted to it like vampires to luv!
    anywayz plz get back 2 me, and anyone that knows when the nxt book is coming out plz email me at πŸ˜‰

    • fozmeadows says:

      Thanks Amy! Right now, it looks like Book 2 will be out sometime next year. I’d love if someone wanted to adapt it, but sadly, that’s not up to me!

  8. Amy says:

    i mean vampires to blood woopseys lol

  9. lauren says:

    hey i was just wondering when the second book to the rare will be out . i read the first book solace and grief and i really loved it .if you could please email me the date if known that would be awesome..thanks

    • fozmeadows says:

      Hi Lauren,

      Glad you liked the book! I’m just editing Book 2 now – I don’t have a release date yet, but it will be next year some time, and I’ll blog about it when I do πŸ™‚

  10. lauren says:

    hey i was just wondering if you have any dates on when the second book to the rare will be out. im really excited i love to read books i read at least 4 a week.. im actuly writing a book myself. anyhow if you could let me know when your second book to the rare comes out that would be awesome.. i think i sent you a friend reqest on facebook.

    • fozmeadows says:

      Hi Lauren,

      Book 2 should be out sometime in late 2011 – I’m working on the edits for it now. Glad you liked Solace & Grief!

  11. Becca says:

    Hey, i just wanted to say that i really loved Solace and Grief and cannot wait for book 2 xD All the characters are just so brilliant!! =)

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  13. Ash says:

    hey foz,

    i loved reading solace and grief, though it has been a little while as i read it when it first came out and since then i have been wait for the 2nd one to come out…i was just wonding if you have a release date or a rough date on which it will be released, i look forwards to reading it when it hits the shelves


    • fozmeadows says:

      Thanks Ash! The next book should be out late in 2011 – I’ll post a more accurate date here as soon as I have one πŸ™‚

  14. shannon says:

    hey i just wanted to congradulate you on a very fantastic novel……loved every minute of it and in some parts it was that intense that i couldnt put it down……just wondering if there will be any kind of romances between any of the “rare friends”in any of the carry on books????

    • fozmeadows says:

      Thanks Shannon – glad you like it! There’s definitely some romance between the other characters in The Key to Starveldt, but I can’t say who – you’ll have to read it and see πŸ˜‰

  15. Brooke says:

    its later in 2011 i don’t know how much longer i can wait! hahahah tell your publishers to hurry up your fans are dying for more

  16. Nirali says:


    I just finished reading Solace & Grief which was Amazing. I kinda feel out of date because the second book’s already out and I MUST get it ’cause I really enjoyed the first book. I was just wondering if you could give me some tips on writing because I write my own stories and I would also like to publish one day, once I’m done with school and all.
    I’m looking forward to read The Key to Starveldt =D and I hope Solace and Glide get together. I love his character eventhough he betrayed Solace, not that I don’t love the others. I do, but Glide’s my favourite.


    • fozmeadows says:

      Thanks Nirali – glad you liked the book! The best advice I can give you is to persevere and finish things – the more you write, the better you get, but you could be the best writer in the world and it wouldn’t matter if you never finished anything. So keep at it, and never be afraid to let the story take you somewhere unexpected, because that’s often when the most interesting things can happen πŸ™‚

  17. Nirali says:

    Thanks Foz, this advice really helps and I’ll keep it in mind. =)

  18. theEagleWingedCheetah says:

    can you say When will the third book will roughly come out?! I’m going to DIE if you don’t answer!

  19. Bec says:

    Just finished Key to Starveldt (devoured it in one afternoon because it’s just *so good!*) and I absloutely love what you’ve done with the characters. Very eagerly awaiting the next book πŸ™‚ Oh, and I love that my faith in Aussie writers – especially YA – has been restored. It was incredibly refreshing, if a little jarring at first, to read a paranormal book set in Sydney, of all places, where I could recognise places and names and really get carried away with the realism of it all, (insofar as you can in such a story) rather than a non-descript country town in america as they so often are.

  20. Aspen Mae says:

    Any word on book three, Foz? I’ve been dying for it since TKTS, and recently I got my sister to read the series (not an easy task, she’s 12 and cat obsessessed and refuses to read anything with a human protagonist. I managed to sway her with Duchess and Manx) and after a slight period of grief following the finale, she was very impatient for the next book. I can not wait for the third book, please hurry!

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