Sorrow's Heart: An Origins Story

(The True Tree Chronicles)

Fiction - Fantasy - General
158 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2016
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Author Biography

G. S. Scott works at a civil engineering firm in Lansing, Michigan. He enjoys writing all types of fantasy stories and poetry. He is active in local writing groups and is an avid gamer. He enjoys local theater with his wife, Sarah. They share their home with her wonderful cat and their somewhat overenthusiastic dog.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

An evil priest in service to the Lord of Chaos is performing gruesome experiments on children and animals, yet a nameless young girl seems to rise above it all in Sorrow’s Heart by G.S. Scott. As this innocent child develops into a young woman, she begins to show signs of an ability Master Ruddick seeks, as well as other features that appeal to the wicked man. Isolated from virtually all of society, with no connections to family, the girl finally makes a few friends, but does not know what to believe or how to react to the few people she comes in contact with. Deeper forces appear to be at work as the girl continues to enjoy some privileges interspersed with her painful experimental sessions. Will there be some way to escape from Ruddick or will the nameless girl only end up being one more sacrifice to his insanity?

Wow! This is a powerful story and I hope there will be more to see how she evolves and what the benefits of her powers may be. In a relatively short novel that takes place entirely inside of one building, G.S. Scott creates a deeply disturbing world with an amazing assortment of characters. Sorrow’s Heart not only explores the depths of Ruddick’s depravity, it also chronicles the nameless girl’s ability to withstand the horror of psychic and physical abuse (some of which may be unsuitable for younger readers), and maintain some sense of self. In spite of the horror and sexual abuse which is vaguely described, there is actually an element of beauty that comes through in the end. The question is whether the girl can take advantage of what she has begun to learn or if the real horror is that there is no escape. Read this riveting story to find out!

Jack Magnus

Sorrow's Heart is a dark fantasy novel written by G.S. Scott. Life was harsh in the priest's house. She, her brother, Rosh, and the other children lived in cages in the basement along with the animals Master Ruddick used in his experiments. During the day, they would be released from their cages to clean the house and perform domestic chores. They didn't have any clothing to wear, as they were never allowed out, and clothing cost money. The master performed experiments on his human charges, and it felt to her as though someone was slicing through her brain with knives when she was the subject. She and Rosh had been there for so long, for most of their lives, though the other kids never lasted very long. Their time for the master's in-depth experiments on his terrifying, bloody table always came too soon, and the caged ones knew it was only a matter of time until the screaming stopped, and they would see the latest child's lifeless body lying on the heap of animal corpses. The basement was a terrifying place at best, but when the screams of the tortured rang out through the room, it was a horror. When Rosh's eyes changed, and Master Ruddick's experiments led to his death, she decided she would keep strictly to herself and let no one in, not even the frightened girl who tried to be her friend and who kept on asking her name. She had no name, and her family hadn't wanted her.

G.S. Scott's adult fairy tale, Sorrow's Heart, is a stunningly dark and beautiful coming of age tale. Scott's heroine's stark and miserable existence at the hands of Master Ruddick, a priest of Chaos, seems doomed to end in that charnel dungeon of a basement, but only after a lifetime of excruciating torment and servitude. And then, something special happens. A most unlikely friend appears, one who changes her life in the most unexpected ways. This lush and decadent tale pitting innocence against the corrupt and worldly priests of Chaos has strong roots in the Germanic fairy tales children delight in, while some adults invariably suppress a shudder when realizing quite how dark those old Grimm and Andersen tales really were. Sorrow's Heart is a captivating fairy tale with elements of a psychological thriller woven throughout. Scott's plot is the stuff of high dark fantasy, and his characters transcend the archetypes one normally encounters in such works. His writing is spare, elegant, and perfectly suited for this most unusual and compelling coming of age story. Sorrow's Heart is a dream of a tale, and G.S. Scott is now on my list of authors to watch out for. This dark, yet illuminating fantasy is most highly recommended.