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Priestess of the Flame   By: (1897-1970)

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Priestess of the Flame by Sewell Peaslee Wright is a captivating science fiction novel. Set in a distant future, the story transports readers to a world filled with advanced technology, interplanetary travel, and a gripping battle between good and evil.

The protagonist, a courageous and determined young woman named Arlena, embarks on a thrilling journey filled with danger and intrigue. As the title suggests, Arlena becomes a priestess, becoming entwined in a mystical flame that holds significant power. This flame becomes the ultimate weapon against a formidable and sinister force known as the Shadow Brotherhood.

Wright's masterful storytelling brings the futuristic world to life with vivid descriptions and detailed world-building. From towering metropolises to barren wastelands, readers are transported to various locales, each with its own unique atmosphere and character. The author's attention to detail immerses readers in this imaginative setting, making it easy to visualize and become invested in Arlena's plight.

What truly sets Priestess of the Flame apart is the exploration of complex themes such as faith, destiny, and the price of power. Arlena's transformation into a priestess brings her face-to-face with her own internal struggles, forcing her to confront her fears and doubts. Alongside Arlena, readers experience a journey of self-discovery, watching as she evolves from a hesitant protagonist to a powerful and confident leader.

The supporting characters in the novel are well-developed and contribute greatly to the overall plot. Arlena's allies offer friendship, wisdom, and occasional comic relief, adding depth and nuance to the story. The interactions between the characters are natural and engaging, making it easy to root for their success.

One aspect of the book that might leave readers wanting more is the pacing. While the story is filled with action and suspense, there are moments where the plot feels slightly rushed, with important events unfolding quickly. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the novel.

Wright's writing style is fluid and accessible, allowing readers to effortlessly connect with the story and its characters. His prose is engaging, making it difficult to put the book down. The author's ability to create tension and build suspense keeps readers on the edge of their seats throughout the narrative.

In conclusion, Priestess of the Flame is a thrilling science fiction adventure that effortlessly combines futuristic technology with timeless themes. Sewell Peaslee Wright's captivating storytelling, dynamic characters, and imaginative world-building make this novel a must-read for fans of the genre. With its strong female protagonist and thought-provoking exploration of faith and destiny, Priestess of the Flame will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series.

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Transcriber's Note:

This etext was produced from Astounding Stories June 1932. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

[Illustration: " Be still! The power of Liane is absolute here! "]

Priestess of the Flame

By Sewell Peaslee Wright

[Sidenote: Commander John Hanson recounts the extraordinary story of Liane, Priestess of the Flame.]

I have been rather amused by the protests which have come to me regarding the "disparaging" comments I have made, in previous tales of the Special Patrol Service, regarding women. The rather surprising thing about it is that the larger proportion of these have come from men. Young men, of course.

Now, as a matter of fact, a careful search has failed to reveal to me any very uncomplimentary remarks. I have suggested, I believe, that women have, in my experience, shown a sad lack of ability to understand mechanical contrivances. Perhaps I have pictured some few of them as frivolous and shallow. If I have been unfair, I wish now to make humble apology.

I am not, as some of my correspondents have indicated, a bitter old man, who cannot remember his youth... Continue reading book >>

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