Sisters of Sorrow

Written by Axel Blackwell
Category: · Teens & Young Adult

Anna Dufresne lives in a factory that eats children. If the brutal machines don’t kill Anna, her guardians’ neglect and abuse surely will. The only thing this abandoned teen wants is out. But the factory is inside a stone fortress, on an island, where people are sent to be forgotten. It serves as a dumping ground—both for orphans who are not welcome at finer institutions, and for nuns who have disgraced the Church. The walls of Saint Frances du Chantal’s Orphan Asylum hum with secrets and buried scandal.

In the catacombs below the factory, something long dead, something almost forgotten, stirs. It offers Anna a key, and promises freedom, if she will seek it out when she escapes. She knows her plan will endanger the other children, but Anna cannot resist the call of freedom.

Her escape attempt triggers a chain reaction of chaos, shaking the orphanage to its foundation and laying bare its deadly secrets. As Anna flees into the night, she discovers that the evil nuns were the least of her worries. The swirling mist of the island hides terrors more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

*Warning: This story contains sinister nuns, morally ambiguous witches, unhinged orphans, and an industrious living dead thing.*

Interview with the Author:

Q1: Is this a book about evil nuns verses witches?
The book has evil nuns and witches for sure, but what is more terrifying is the creature living in the catacombs below the orphanage.

Q2: Creature? What kind of creature?
It’s an awful undead mistake of magic, and it wants Anna.

Q3: Can you tell us about the main character Anna?
Anna is a teen abandoned by her father. She is fraught with guilt over her role in her brother’s murder and her mother’s suicide. At the factory, she is responsible for fifteen younger girls. She is desperate to escape but is torn between freedom and loyalty to her girls.

Q4: Can you tell us a little about the setting?
This story takes place in an orphanage hidden away in the foggy, brooding coastal islands of Washington state. It is set in the early 1900’s. The children are expected to earn their keep by making shoes in a factory full of menacing machinery.

Q4: What genre is Sisters of Sorrow?
It has elements of horror (Lord of the Flies) with the adventure of a Spielberg movie (Goonies) and a little bit of dark fantasy thrown in.

*A Novel of Magic, Madness and Survival… with very Peculiar Children*

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