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We Hunt the Flame

(Sands of Arawiya #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  189 reviews
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 displaye
Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Hafsah Faizal It does not! The characters live in a fantasy world inspired by ancient Arabia. In the real world, the region has far more religions than Islam alone.…moreIt does not! The characters live in a fantasy world inspired by ancient Arabia. In the real world, the region has far more religions than Islam alone.

That said:
1) I didn't feel comfortable mixing Islam with fantasy/something so unreal.
2) I didn't want my identity to be paired with my debut.
3) WE HUNT THE FLAME is further proof that Arab =/= Muslim and vice versa.(less)
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شيماء ✨
There are some things you just never really get over. Like your first broken heart. Or when Netflix canceled ODAAT. Or when one of your most anticipated releases of 2019 doesn't live up to your expectations.

Hafsah Faizal
Oct 30, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The first ever "review" for my book. The story of my heart. The characters who tormented me for four years until their plight reached the written page. I can't wait to share this story of a girl, a prince, a general, elves, and a world worth fighting for.

Thank you to every soul who adds this, reads this, and cherishes this. ♥
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i had an opportunity to read this early and i'm pretty jealous of myself :) this book is INCREDIBLE and i'm pretty sure i've found my book husband.

official blurb:

Hafsah Faizal’s voice is not one that simply speaks, but sings across the page. WE HUNT THE FLAME is a spellbinding tale filled with deception, political intrigue, and atmosphere that lives and breathes—I am obsessed with this story.
may ❀
Nov 10, 2017 marked it as gimmie
Shelves: asian-authors
i mean, i can't be sure, but i think this book is going to single-handedly save 2019

just putting it out there
After finishing a fast-paced, action-packed YA Fantasy book (Wicked Saints), it was hard getting into a slow-paced, thought-driven story. I was going to say ‘‘character-driven’’ because there’s a lot of saying hello and goodbye to different people, but the protagonists are not particularly three-dimensional and it’s a very descriptive novel.

I don’t mind description as a general rule because it helps set the scene and helps us understand why certain characters are behaving in unexpected ways. I d
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Buckle up, because it's story time.

I first joined the online community as a YA book blogger. I remember absolutely loving the bookish people I met, both via blogs on Twitter, but also feeling isolated. Because there was no one like me in the community.

Until I stumbled onto a little blog called Icey Books, run by Hafsah Faizal.

I watched Hafsah grow her blog into one of the most popular sites, start a kickass design business, and create the most beautiful of author websites. She's always been s
Roshani Chokshi
I had the opportunity to read this debut as an advanced reader copy, and enjoyed it so much I gave it a blurb! Here's my official take: “A sparkling debut, full of mystery and magic, vivid characters and rich language.” Also, I cannot express how happy it makes me to see so much fabulous representation for women of color. I wish I had this when I was younger!
Jessica Khoury
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so fortunate to read this early! Richly imagined, intricately woven, cinematically told. It’s Hunger Games meets An Ember in the Ashes.

My official blurb:

“Fresh, bold storytelling populated with vibrant characters marks Hafsah Faizal as an explosive new voice in fantasy. Charged with adrenaline and romance, WE HUNT THE FLAME held me enthralled and desperate for more!”
I LOVE THIS BOOK. ALL THE CHARACTERS ARE PRECIOUS CINNAMON BUNS AND I SHALL WAIT UNTIL AN OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS IS REVEALED BEFORE I SAY MORE. It's basically like Assassin's Creed meets Lord of the Rings meets the Hunger Games in an alt-Arabia.
Jan 09, 2019 marked it as to-read

I am so honored to be a part of the street team, to help boost this beautiful story!

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Azraa F
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Nasir Ghameq entering your life:



Vicky Who Reads
Jan 11, 2019 marked it as to-read

this is so good april needs to come sooner I M E A N

intrigue and sooo much strong worldbuilding already and I am here for the swoons why is it not april yet

full review now on my blog!

"He paused and met her eyes. If a poet were to describe them, he would say to look into her eyes was to see the sea's first glimpse of the endless ripples. Or something like that. Nasir was no poet."

Zafira is the infamous Hunter of Arz, disguising as a man and venturing into the cursed forest to feed her people. Women in her caliphate are not respected and married off to men if they exhibit signs of autonomy. Therefore, the caliph discovering she’s a woman would dimi
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I got an early peek at WE HUNT THE FLAME and oh what a gift it was! Hafsah Faizal wrote a dark, beautiful story that made me FEEL. The language slipped around me like threads weaving magic, some lines so full of emotion I read them again.

And again.

Zafira and Nasir were more than characters on a page—they were flesh and blood, full of darkness and hope. Their inner struggles were as much a journey as their trek into a strange, shadowed land. And although the kingdoms may have lost all magic, it l

DNF @ 30%.

So sad that this didn't work for me. Full RTC closer to release date.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of rich Arabic ya fantasy
Love is for children, said the girl. Death is for fools, said the shadow. Darkness is my destiny, said the boy. Allegiance is my undoing, said the eagle. Suffering is our fate, said the beauty. And they were all horribly wrong.

A story that promises richness of Ancient Arawiya, tortured assassin princes, and brave maidens who will definitely save the day: sign me in! I was so very excited to read We Hunt the Flame, especially because it was written by a Muslim author writing about Muslim cultur
Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
Book: I'm a cross-dressing fantasy epic with stolen artifacts and Middle Eastern influences

Me: Cool, that sounds amazing.

Book: Also, there's going to be an enemies to lovers romance where the prince is probably going to try to kill her at some point.

Sheharzad ⚘ (hiatus)
Nov 10, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-fantasy
i'm so ready to devour this gimmegimmegimme
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
I keep looking at this cover and I think I liked the old one more.
Re-reading the synopsis has me wanting this more and more
The cover is somewhat reminiscent of Aladdin to me, so I like it!
Finally, it has a release date =D
...set in a richly re-imagined ancient Arabia...
julianna ➹
buddy read with fadwa <333 and unfortunately not melanie :((
Rachel Strolle
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Nov 10, 2017 marked it as to-read



Joan He
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Okay so I'm the first to admit that I generally do not read books with quests because I'm simply not the target reader BUT.

I am a sucker for PAIN and that's where Hafsah sucked me in. WE HUNT THE FLAME excels at portraying what it means to be unloved, to be forsaken, to have nothing but your own individual grit to rely on. The setting, the emotions, the words simply breathed what it means to have had once and then lost. From there, the book steadily builds and draws you into the pain of HOPING,
Katie Zhao
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Believe the hype, people. It's been some time since I've picked up a fantasy this immersive and after devouring this book in one day, I'm simply awestruck by the incredible world and characters that Hafsah Faizal has created. Zafira and Nasir are two strong, amazing protagonists who, despite their wishes otherwise, complement each other well as they travel across the land of Sharr. Their dialogue exchanges are so well-written, full of great wit. And the side characters, too, are well fleshed out ...more
Mary H
Oct 31, 2017 is currently reading it
To paraphrase Parks & Rec:

"Come on, give me it.
Give me it.
Give me it.
Come on, give me it.
Just give me the [book].
I'm sorry, please.
Kori (_livelaughread)
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really really enjoyed this debut! It’s definitely a little slow at the beginning, but after the first 130 pages it seriously picks up and I read the rest of the book in a day.

I lovvved the character arcs and all of the sass and banter we received. I’m usually pretty sold just on those two things! The romance was really well written and I found myself gasping out loud at a few of the plot twists. I’m a little sad I read it so early though because now I have to wait forever for the sequel!

My on
Amy Risner
Jan 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
I am so excited to announce I am part of the street team to help promote this breathtaking book!

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Morgan Al-Moor
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a very special read. Few are the books that manage to capture the Arabian setting correctly, and most usually fall into the trap of exoticism, where the focus is pretty shallow and unconvincing.

Hafsah Faizal's debut blew me away with its incredible world-building and unbelievable attention to detail. This is a book written by an author who knows what she's doing, using sharp prose to gorgeously portray a lovely Arabian-inspired fantasy world. The language, the idioms, the food, the trad
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love love love love this books ! Not gonna talk much for now but just for you know :

That was so good, the world building is amazing, the characters are too and i just can't wait to re-read the finished copy <3
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
i was lucky to receive a copy at YALLFest and i just gotta say—none of you are prepared whatsoever for 2019 and its books, especially this one. it was so perfect. the plot was amazing and nothing seemed rushed, which, of course, let me just admire the characters for so much longer.
nasira is a precious boi who can not and shall not be harmed again. the same is said for everyone else here. i don’t care if they’re literally murderers.
also. plot twists! so many and i appreciate all of them.
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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 ...more
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