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Review: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1)  by Hasfah Faizal

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.

Published 14 May 2019 |  Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux BYR  |  RRP: AUD$18.99

My Blurb (4 / 5 stars)

I think the first time I found out about this book was from this teaser by the author:

Such catching lines paired with awesome images of synchronised colours – I really could NOT wait to read this one. This teaser was posted quite early so I saw it quite a number of times and I think that was probably why when I actually read these lines in the book, I didn’t really feel the power anymore… I’ve still really enjoyed the story though.

As the above image hinted, there are 2 perspectives in this story: Zafira, the Hunter, and Nasir, the Prince of Death. I loved Zafira; she’s feisty but she’s also hiding a lot of hurt. I’m not quite so keen on Nasir… he may be hot (there are definite sparks there and I loved that) but I feel like that he’s so focused on one thing that he’s not seeing what he should see and therefore, he looks weak. Then again, this may be a lesson he’d have to learn from Zafi 😉

We Hunt the Flame was a very engaging story. I gorged myself and had to pay for it the next day with only 5 hours of sleep 😪 BUT NO REGRETS! Zafi and Nasir drew me in and there was no stopping til I reached the end. I loved this new world of Arawiya with its diverse settings and casts; it ended up being a much bigger world with a whole heap more people & other beings and worlds away from mine own.

I do wish that secondary characters were developed more but then again, their stories may come later on seeing that it is only the first book.  And that ending! Oooh! He may turn or he may not… I can’t wait to read more of his backstory and his choice!

If you love a historical sort of fantasy, you’ll not be disappointed by this book. We Hunt the Flame will take you to a very cold place then a very hot one and you’ll never want to leave. It is a story filled with hurt, revenge, love, magic, and hope. For now, I’m in a world of pain waiting for the next book.

Thanks to Pan MacMillan Australia for copy of book in exchange of honest review

About the author

Hafsah Faizal is an American Muslim and brand designer. She’s the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. When she’s not writing, she can be found dreaming up her next design, deciding between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim, or traversing the world. Born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in Texas with her family and a library of books waiting to be devoured. We Hunt the Flame is her first novel.

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