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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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Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by Scholastic
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Nafiza
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This book is about many things but it is mostly about women being women in the most fantastic ways possible.
شيماء ✨
I genuinely wouldn't know what to do if I had this book, I would probably just sit there and stare at it because it's so pretty my eyes are permanantly heart-shaped

plus, this is an Asian inspired feminist fantasy set along the Silk Road with a kickass heroine and I don't see how it can get better than that.
megs_bookrack
PREORDER PLACED!!!



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

My goddess.
It's gorgeous!!!

Elise (TheBookishActress)
Apr 13, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
releases: 14 May 2019
it’s a historical fantasy set along the Silk Road... wow... god bless the trend of more diverse locations in upcoming YA lit
Acqua
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Candle and the Flame is unlike every other YA fantasy novel I've read, and I love it for that.
It's a slowly-unfolding tale about politics, family and love set in Noor, a city on the Silk Road, and 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
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may ❀
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as gimmie
Shelves: asian-authors
this cover is prettier than me and im totally okay with that

ALL THESE ASIAN INSPIRED FANTASIES ARE MAKING ME WEAK 2019 did it y'all, it saved YA
Angelica
Apr 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
I just got an ARC of this and I am honestly say excited I could die right now!

question: who do I have to bribe so I can get an ARC of this? I want it! I need it!
Mary S. R.
Dec 25, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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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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Rebecca
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
Khadidja ~on hiatus~
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
THIS COVER!!!!!!! SOMEBODY HOLD ME
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Wow, I feel like I might slowly outgrow my aversion to cover models if they're as spectacular as this
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Ooo...this sounds so promising
Riza
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nafiza Azad's debut novel is, at the end of the day, a book about family. It is a pleasant reminder of how homes are made from gulab jamun shared over tea, books passed around, a loved one's laugh over the drivel of those who fail at the art of making sense, colloquies on philosophy, and sometimes, by just being.

The beauty of this book lies in the way it discovers emotional sensitivity. I've grown tired of reading books that promise to give you "such a rush of emotions" and end up being a disapp
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Fari
Feb 19, 2019 is currently reading it
Shelves: arc-tbr
Edit: Guess who got their hands on an ARC? Can't wait to devour this! Currently vibrating out of my skin


It feels so good to read the summary and see names like Fatima or words that are so familiar to me like djinn and maharajah (and knowing how to pronounce them lmao this happens -3% of the time with fantasy). Also, the author's a hijabi and Canadian. The book sounds interesting and all these details make my chest ache a little. I can't wait !!
Rob
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a beautifully wrought story of magic, religion, food, adventure, kick-ass women, and mythology. Nafiza is an incredibly talented writer, and her world-building is sublime. I got so hungry reading the descriptions of food and the smells of the market, and I got thirsty just reading about the heat and the almost endless desert sands. I can't wait for this one to come out in May so others can experience this extraordinary novel!
Giulia Rita Herondale
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Italian review soon

The candle and the flame is a very nice debut novel.
The world building is intriguing, and I really appreciated the way the author talks about the djinni. I'd like to read more stories set in this world.
The plot isn't deepened in some points, but the story is really interesting, in fact I couldn't stop reading.
The characters I liked the most between the various pov are the main characters, Fatima and Zulfikar, but in some points they didn't convince me. Especially the developme
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mahana
ARC kindly provided by Scholastic Press via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Addie Thorley
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away!!! It is absolutely stunning. From the lyrical writing, to the well-drawn characters, to the story itself, which had all of my favorite things: simmering rebellion, complicated sibling dynamics, unique magic, a swoony love story, and DJINN! Gahhhh! It's just so beautiful. I especially loved Fatima. She's a force to be reckoned with. And the name giving magic was fascinating. And the world building is masterful. I could smell Firdaus's book shop and taste the delicious food ...more
Tanya Tate
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-and-beyond
This is probably the most prettiest cover I have ever seen and I seen some pretty covers in my life.
Divine Anas
I'm getting hyped up for all these new diverse books I'm wanting to read. MORE ASIAN REPS FOR ME!!! PLUS THAT COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL WTFFFF??
mith
Nov 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-publication
y'all, this cover is fucking gorgeous.
fatima♐
that cover is so damn beautiful I wanna marry it 😻
annnd, I'm sooo here for a kickass heroine who's also called Fatima 🌚🌚🌚
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Aug 22, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019
djinn in a city along the silk road??? the road i've studied for a loooong time in chinese history class??? heck freaking yes
Alice
Apr 15, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Note: ARC provided by the publisher from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review! Thank you.

Very excited to get into this!! I'm gonna be on a long plane trip so this was a timely e-ARC approval.
Christina
Oct 13, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The cover looks captivating and I’m excited to see this story in 2019 to unfold!
Ms Hala
Apr 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
I was honored to have been trusted with the early draft/manuscript and I couldn't put it down. Strong female protagonist and elements close to my culture had my attention from the very first few paragraphs. Congratulations Nafiza!!
April
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What did you like about the book? Everything! I sank into this novel with joy and an unexpected but entirely appreciated love for the world the author built and the characters she brought to life within the pages. The plot is good: Fatima lives a simple life in the city of Noor: a city ruled by a maharajah and protected from chaotic, tainted djinn by the Ifrit: djinn of order and reason. One day, during a visit to her favorite book shop to deliver a book, things go terribly awry and she finds he ...more
Jenny Ferguson
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A stellar debut. I found myself immediately falling into the world of Noor. Azad's prose is stunning and lush and wow, I want to surround myself in the worlds she creates. I want to eat there. I want to love there.

That's power.

I loved the 3rd person present tense narration. It reminds me of the power of 3rd--especially in a sea of YA 1st person novels.

I found the pacing a little slow, and my... worry about things at the end wasn't as intense at it could have been. Spoilers aren't my thing. But i
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michelle (magicalreads)
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arcs
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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, will be released by Scholastic in 20 ...more