Book: We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Published May 2019 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux|472 pages
Where I Got It: I own the hardcover
Series: Sands Of Arawiya #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.
Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.
I really liked We Hunt The Flame! It was a great read, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Arawiya is a very vivid place, and it felt so real. Like it was a living, breathing place, and it really had a life of its own. Arawiya was the perfect backdrop for the story, and it really felt like it was a character as well. I could picture everything that was happening so perfectly, and Faizal did such an amazing job at describing everything.
Zafira and Nasir were both interesting, though I liked Zafira a little bit more than Nasir. I’m not sure why, but I felt like we got to know Zafira a lot more than Nasir. I was definitely a lot more interested in her story, and I really felt for her. She had a lot going on, and she really wanted to do right by her people. Still, both Nasir and Zafira have their own really unique stories and I could definitely tell that Faizal put a lot of thought into their backgrounds and how it informed them as people.
The names and places did get a little confusing at times, and I did have some trouble keeping up with who was who. I don’t know if it’s because it took me quite a while to read it, or if I wasn’t paying enough attention when I was reading it, but sometimes I had a little trouble with names and places.
The world is pretty distinct, and while some elements of the story is pretty familiar- you read enough YA fantasy, and eventually, everything starts to blend together- the world stands out. I don’t think there are many worlds like this one, and I don’t know if it’s because of how it’s described or just the world in general, but it’s pretty distinct, at least for me.
The story does move pretty slow, but there’s enough going on that I stayed pretty interested in what was going on. And with how the book ended, I can’t wait to see what happens next.
4 stars. I really liked We Hunt The Flame, and I thought the world was very vivid and unique. I did have some trouble keeping some of the characters and places straight but We Hunt The Flame is a great read!