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Shadows of Flames A Novel   By: (1863-1945)

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Shadows of Flames takes readers on a captivating journey through a world where passion and desire merge with darkness and tragedy. Amélie Rives' novel explores the complexities of love and the devastating consequences that can arise from unchecked emotions.

Set in the backdrop of a picturesque town, Rives' vivid descriptions bring the scenery to life, immersing readers in a richly atmospheric setting. The author's attention to detail is evident, effortlessly transporting us through the twisting streets and hidden corners of this alluring place.

The characters in Shadows of Flames are an intriguing mix of individuals, each with their unique struggles and motivations. Rives masterfully develops her cast, presenting them as multi-dimensional and flawed. Their deeply complex relationships lay the foundation for the events that unfold, and the reader is left eagerly turning the pages to discover their ultimate fates.

Through her evocative prose, Rives deftly explores the darker side of human nature, delving into the depths of obsession and the destructive power of unrequited love. Themes of betrayal, revenge, and redemption intertwine, keeping the plot taut and filled with suspense. As we navigate the story's twists and turns, we are compelled to question our own understanding of morality and the lengths we would go to protect those we care about.

What sets Shadows of Flames apart is Rives' ability to infuse the narrative with an almost poetic quality. Moments of intense passion and heartbreak are beautifully rendered, capturing the emotions of both the characters and the reader. The author's command of language is evident, and her lyrical style enhances the overall impact of the story, leaving an indelible mark on the reader's imagination.

While Shadows of Flames is undeniably a work of literary fiction, it also contains elements of mystery and suspense. The narrative unfolds at a steady pace, allowing readers to become fully immersed in the plot while also leaving room for introspection. The delicate balance between character development and plot progression is expertly maintained, ensuring that no aspect of the story feels rushed or superfluous.

In conclusion, Shadows of Flames is a remarkable novel that explores the depths of human desires and the unpredictable consequences that arise when passions run unchecked. Amélie Rives' prose is both haunting and beautiful, creating a narrative that lingers long after the final page has been turned. This is a book that will satisfy readers seeking thought-provoking storytelling and an enthralling journey into the shadows of the human soul.

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Shadows of Flames

Amélie Rives, Alfred James Dewey, Frederick A. Stokes Company

SHADOWS OF FLAMES

[Illustration: "'And it came to me that we were all like that like little flames casting shadows in some greater light. And that our passions were also like little flames that cast shadows of sorrow ... regret ... despair ... weariness....'" Page 27 ]

SHADOWS OF FLAMES

A Novel

BY AMÉLIE RIVES (PRINCESS TROUBETZKOY)

Author of "The Quick or the Dead," "World's End," etc.

WITH FRONTISPIECE IN COLOR BY ALFRED JAMES DEWEY

NEW YORK FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1914, 1915, by AMÉLIE TROUBETZKOY

TO MY FRIEND VIOLA ROSEBORO WITH MUCH LOVE

I

Sophy smiled at her image in the mirror, and her grey eyes smiled back at her. The shadows under them warm, golden stains like those on a bruised magnolia leaf gave them a mysterious, impassioned look. She felt that she was going to have a happy evening.

In those days, in the early '90s, electric light was not much used in the houses in Regent's Park. Candles in brass sconces lighted her dressing table. They brought out flickering shimmers from her gown of white brocade. Sleeves were full that year. The transparent masses of azalea pink, drooping on either side of her slender body, made it look slenderer... Continue reading book >>




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