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The Candle and the Flame

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,895 ratings  ·  544 reviews
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population -- except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, N ...more
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Published May 14th 2019 by Scholastic
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chai ♡
*vigorously shakes a magic 8 ball* will 3 star ratings ever stop being so awkward?

The book is rich when it comes to the fantasy landscape and the magical structure but it's largely devoid of emotional power and the distant, almost detached narrative voice not only keeps the characters at arm's length but also often dampens the experience. The novel also wears its genre tropes on its sleeve and the romance was a bit on the nose. I was most impressed, however, by the subversive thematic elements (
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-wrote-this
This book is about many things but it is mostly about women being women in the most fantastic ways possible.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hey y'all, it's your girl, back again with another conflicting book review. You know, the usual.

Again, this is another book that I am unsure about. On the one hand, I was super into it. On the other hand, it feels like nothing much happened?

This book moves at a very slow pace, let's just put that out there. If you like action-packed, fast-paced novels, this ain't the one for you. In fact, this book isn't so much plot focused as it is character focused, and honestly, those are my favorite types o
may ❀
honestly this was everything i wanted The City of Brass to be.

i was unexplainably invested in this romantic pairing and if you ask me why, i would not be able to give a coherent answer. 🤷

4 stars


this cover is prettier than me and im totally okay with that

I want this cover as an art print on my wall.

My goddess.
It's gorgeous!!!
“The desert sings of loss, always loss, and if you stand quiet with your eyes closed, it will grieve you too.”


My grief is of a different kind, gentle reader, for I was highly anticipating The Candle and the Flame, with its desert fantasy setting, feminist themes, and promise of magic. And now I'm bitterly disappointed. Today we're mourning the very last time I ever gave a shit.

*shakes fist*

I just. UGH. I wanted to love Nafiza Azad's debut so much. I mean, look at that cover! I weep from its b
The Candle and the Flame is a slowly-unfolding tale about politics, family and love set in Noor, a city on the Silk Road; it's the kind of really detailed, atmospheric fantasy I can't get enough of.

I struggled with it at first. I often do, with slow-paced novels, but what made this one particularly hard to get into was the omniscient narration in third person present, very jarring at first, but which I started to see as beautiful once I got used to it. I don't have any problems with it, as it's
may ➹
3.5 stars


I adored the main character, Fatima Ghazala. She grew so much throughout the book and she was so fiery (both literally and metaphorically). I thought she was a strong character, both when it came to her development and her personality, and I loved reading about her!

The themes of empowerment, specifically female empowerment, were so amazing? In this world, there’s a lot of misogyny, but it’s always called out, and seeing all the women in this book be so strong and f
Tomoe Hotaru
16 Sep. '19
How can something so mind-numbingly underwhelming receive such overwhelming praise?

If you want receipts, check my reading progress down below.

The entire background surrounding this book would have made it so easy for me to fall in love with it. Islamic-inspired mythology? A Muslim female protagonist as its central lead? An own-voices publication, no less? It all promised something unique, refreshing, in the saturated world of YA Fantasy, and I was rooting for it so much.

[ sourc
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Yet another disappointment of 2019.

This story just didn’t stick in my mind, or really make any sort of coherent sense within the story that was being forcibly told.

The writing was so bland. The world building was good, but the characters were so one dimensional I couldn’t invest in any of them.

Honestly I couldn’t detail much of the plot. Apart from our protagonist’s skill set and development (debatable) the rest just seemed to be thrown in like a wild game of Tetris.

I need to stop beautiful cove
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
CW: violence, death of loved ones, murder, stabbing, poisoning, sexual harassment, grief, burning.

For some reason, I pushed away reading this book for a LONG time because I got it inside my head that I wouldn't like it, and I'm the biggest dumbass because I?? loved it???

The writing was lush and magical, the world enveloped me and sucked me into the story. It felt both familiar and new at the same time. Like, I knew all the creatures: Iftrit, Shayateen, Quareen, Ghul, etc. But I always love to se
Sep 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Main reason why I didn't enjoy this book is because I had completely a different expectation. Young adult romance is actually a genre I like, but for some reason I really wasn't expecting it or looking for it when I bought this book (there goes two weeks of groceries). I bought this book even though ordering English books online is SOOOO expensive, because it has Muslim rep! So cool, right? Especially in fantasy genre, which is my favorite.

Before I continue with the review, I want to apologize a
Rachel Hartman
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I blurbed this book, and it is certifiably delightful!

For me, I think my favorite part was how hopeful it is. You have all these different people -- different religions, ethnicities, outlooks, histories, to say nothing of the magical djinn -- and they're all living together at this great crossroads of the world, and they're finding ways to understand each other and get along. Not that it's always easy! But people of goodwill, this book seems to say, can work to find a way (often through food, h
♡ Half Blood  Prince ♡
Everyone. In this book. Is a complete, and utter, useless. moron.

Main Characters? Moron.
Royal family? Moron.
Rebels? Moron.
Antagonistic djinn-clann? Morons!!!

They could've all been replaced with a collective sack of potatoes for all the contribution they made to the plot. They'd have just as much driving force, after all.

so i decided to go on ahead and read this book despite warnings from my friend, mainly because of all the other people who told me how different and diverse this book is.

this rev
Fafa's Book Corner
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner!

Beware spoilers ahead!

Trigger warning: Grief

Rep: Indian, Pakistani, and Arab characters. Other Asian ethnicities present. Hindu and Islam are some of the religions present. Along with those religions comes culture. Such as food and clothing. It is hinted that Bhavya is/was fat.

I received an ARC via the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. However this review is based on the final version. This review is written for the #TheCandleAndTheF
Vicky Again
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

It was a solid 4 until I got to the last 100ish pages and then teared up

def recommend!!!
Mary S. R.
Dec 25, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together.

A magical book set along the Silk Road based on Middle-Eastern myths? WOW.
I LOVE how diverse fantasy books are becoming! Personally that's one of my fave things about the genre: how it can embrace and explore such different cultures and still keep true to their beauty and origins

However, the city bears scars of its recent p
julia ♥
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-arcs
read the full review on my blog: here

"The desert sings of loss, always loss,
and if you stand quiet with your eyes closed,
it will grieve you too."

Ever since laying eyes on this over-the-top GORGEOUS cover, I've been in love with this book. The Candle and the Flame pulled me in with its enchanting premise and I couldn't wait to devour it. Imagine how elated I was to see I could read this beauty early! The Candle and the Flame blew me away with its fantastical story and Nafiza's magical writing
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

DNF at 40%

Sadly, I DNFed it. I think this is a case of "It's me, not you". I wanted to give a million stars to this book, (I even pre-ordered it) because:
- Intricate Multicultural Universe
- Diversity
- Lush sceneries
- Amazing Female Friendships
- Women Empowerment
- DJINNS, I mean, who doesn't like DJINNS?
- And that lovely cover.
But unfortunately, it was really hard to stay focused.
There were too many POV's, t
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The Buzz

When I saw the cover reveal for The Candle and the Flame on twitter that pretty much decided me. It was soooo gorgeous! I HAD to know if it was a story I would love or not... Previously I've not had good luck with Djinn stories so I was seriously scared... But this ended up becoming one of my top books of 2019!

The Premise

We start The Candle and the Flame on the Silk Road and find our way to the city of Noor. What an incredible descripti
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s probably more of a 3.75 but I’m rounding up.

I really didn’t know much about this book and I only became interested because of that gorgeous cover and the vague idea that it’s based on Muslim culture. But what happened between the pages of this really surprised me and I can say confidently that it’s been a while since that has happened in a YA fantasy.

I’m not usually someone who looks for atmospheric world building but am more satisfied by extensive magic systems, but this world of Noor rea
Colleen Houck
What an interesting book! This is a strong heroine you'll want to root for and I love the concept of the Djinn being summoned or named into a human form. The world and powers are fascinating to explore.
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
*Thanks so much to Scholastic CA for providing me with an ARC! Though the quotes I used are beautiful, they are from the ARC and subject to change.

*Buddy read with Rendz!

I have never before read a story where the main character’s life is so routinely divided by adhaans and their subsequent prayers. All those halal romance jokes and complaints about rishta ettiquete were hilarious. I’ve read 2 other books/series this year with Muslim characters but the oth
Ground breaking and immersive paranormal YA that evokes all the beauty, richness and diversity of the ancient cultures, faiths and languages of the Silk Road. "The Candle and the Flame" foregrounds exploits of the legendary Djinn: beings of smokeless fire and denizens of two worlds, earth and Al-Naar, whose names are embedded above their hearts, and act to shape them on earth. In the teeming city of Noor — the city of a thousand faces, colours and languages and surrounded by both unforgiving des ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
And so the cycle of disappointing, mediocre YA fantasies continues. Yep.
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF - 50%. I'd call the writing wooden, except I've spent too much time looking at wood under microscopes and find the stuff an eloquent storyteller of evolutionary triumphs and physiological adaptations. No, the writing in The Candle and the Flame is the kind that makes me start nitpicking rather than reading - tallying up unnecessary adverbs, cringing at the stilted quality of all interactions, and wondering what the hell is up with everyone's circulation in this book that there is so much bla ...more
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, arc, 2019
"No matter how short our hours are or how swiftly time flees, there is life."

I really wanted to like this book more than I did. But it felt like it had more potential and that Nafiza Azad could give more. I'm glad for the representation and what she and the other Muslim authors are doing, especially in 2019. I'm proud of them and happy for them. They are achieving milestones.

The plot is great, the characters are good, but they I did not fell very attached to them and the characters' development
Cindy ✩☽♔
Aug 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
Wow, I feel like I might slowly outgrow my aversion to cover models if they're as spectacular as this
Ooo...this sounds so promising
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Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in BC, Canada where she reads too many books, watches too many Kdramas and writes stories about girls taking over the world. Her debut YA fantasy, THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME, was released by Scholastic in 2019.

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