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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!