We Hunt the Flame
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 sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir d...more
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)
The spell We Hunt the Flame tries to cast does not land. My memory of the story vanished as quickly as a breath blown over cold glass. My indifference was such a palpable thing that my turning the last page was accom ...more
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. ♥
wow. i am pleasantly surprised by this! i think it helped that i didnt have any expectations going in and that i was totally in the mood for some exotic ancient arabian magic. so this is just what i needed!
the main thing carrying this story is definitely the arabic representation. it just gives the story a lush and cultural feel that is much needed in the book world. had you taken that away, would this still be worth ...more
i cant even begin to explain how much this book means to me (but im going to try
but we aint here to cry (yet) we’re here to scream until our voice gets hoarse (BC IT WAS SO BLOODY GOOD)
the arabian world that Hafsah built felt so vibrant and concrete to me. the descriptions, the imagery, the eloquence of the language used ...more
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.
“ People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.”
Disclaimer: ARCs provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review!
🌟 I have been waiting patiently for this book since it was in the writing stages and was recommended to me! I mean a fantasy with Arabian Settinng written by a Muslim Author? I couldn’t ask for more!
🌟 Now the book had a solid start, the first two chapters have ...more
⭐⭐ angry stars.
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I know, I read this book a week ago and I'm only writing this review just now. I KNOW I SUCK. And now I don't remember 70% of the book because it's that forgettable and it's been a week.
Anyway, do I even need to present We Hunt The Flame? It's been all over booktwitter (and I'm not even on it) and everyone keeps talking about it. It hit the NYT Bestseller list already and the int ...more
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 ...more
I'm currently reading this book! It sounds good and intriguing. I'm also in the mood to read a fantasy book and I'm ecstatic to start reading it! ☺
Have you read it? And did like it? Or do you plan to read it?
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.
Me: SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MOTHERFUCKING MONEY
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 ...more
// buddy read with picasso (tag later)
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!”
Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a review copy!
Okay, here's the thing.
The first bit and the last bit of the book = LIT
The 300 pages in the middle = LIT...ERALLY NOTHING HAPPENS
Things I loved:
- the writing is GORGEOUS. Faizal has an actual gift, it's so beautiful.
- the feminist undertones. It's clear that the main character lives in a world where women are oppressed and is fighting to change it.
- ENEMIES TO LOVERS!!! (literally enemies - he's a murderer/assassin who ...more
We Hunt the Flame was a book about discovering and owning your own identity against the backdrop of a world inspired by Ancient Arabia. I liked it but I still felt underwhelmed by its.... 'averageness' especially because it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year.
It was set in a fictional country called Arawiya that was divided up into caliphates. It used to have magic but ...more
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 Arabian cultu ...more
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 ...more
This book was a mindblowing experience. It was everything I wanted out of a story inspired by Arabian Nights and also the characters are so broody and I wanted more of them?
Some thoughts on the book:
- Altair is my favourite, in all of his flirtatious, confident glory. In fact he was the shining light in this whole book.
- It's so quotable and filled with beautifully written descriptions.
- Loved the magic and the desert setting, with all the ifrits, magi, Tale of the Six Sisters, Sultan ...more
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 ...more
This was a diverse but very boring debut. I finished it after a month even after downloading the Audible edition and listening to it at 1.5x speed. Sadly, the prowess of both narrators did not compensate for the slow pace of the plot. I'm not a stranger to flowery writing; I love the lyrical voices of Roshani Chokshi, Mary E. Pearson, and Marie Rutkoski. However, this book proves that there's no point to excellent telling ...more