The Candle and the Flame By Nafiza Azad [Review]

The Candle and the FlameRELEASE DATE: May 14th  2019
Nafiza Azad
    Young-Adult, Fantasy, Magic.
PUBLISHER:   Scholastic


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, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.

But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.

Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.



MY REV (Copy)

The Candle and Flame is Nafiza Azad’s great fantasy debut novel. First of all, let’s talk about that cover which looks absolutely gorgeous. It was the first thing that grabbed my attention and after reading the synopsis, I was sold because I couldn’t resist any book that has Jinns. This  was a beautiful read filled with feminism, magic, female friendship, cultures, religion, and light romance. It’s a character driven story and mostly a slow paced read. I’m usually not fan of slow books but I still found this very enjoyable. The writing style and the world building was pretty good.

 Fatima was a strong protagonist who is loyal, caring, stubborn, sweet, and brave. She’s very fond of her elder sister Sunaina whose parents adopted her when she was a little girl. She’s an independent girl and doesn’t like to follow old rules. Her feelings and emotions felt very realistic. She’s an admirable character and enjoyed her growth throughout. Zulfikar was a broody and aloof djinn who is the protector of Noor. When he meets Fatima, he’s surprised to find djinn’s fire in a human’s body. The relationship between Zulfikar and Fatima was nearly a insta-love but it didn’t bother me much because I liked watching them together. This book also has great female friendship. I absolutely enjoyed Fatima’s three friends. They’re pretty fun. Coming to the secondary characters, I liked Fatima’s sister Sunnaina, Rajkumari Bhavya, Rajah Aarush, and Rani Aruna.

It’s mostly a character driven plot so if you’re expecting for a fast paced action packed YA fantasy then this isn’t the one for you. I loved the female friendship and the feminism aspect in this book. The Muslim representation was great. The romance was a nice addition. I enjoyed Zulfikar and Fatima’s sweet relationship. The diversity and the culture was another great aspect of this book. I didn’t expect to see Koreans in this book which was very refreshing. It’s kinda impressive how the author cleverly connected all cultures from different regions in one book. A little friendly warning that don’t read this on an empty stomach because the tasty foods mentioned in it will definitely leave you drooling and hungry. The writing was beautiful and vivid. The book was written in third person pov shifting between multiple characters. The world building was perfect. I really loved the world of Noor filled with magic, and supernatural creatures like Shayateen, Ifrits, and Ghul. The author brought this city to life through her vivid writing.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book! It’s too bad that it was a stand-alone read, I would love to explore more of this world. For a debut, it was a good start and I’ll look forward to her next work.

Recommend it?

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a character driven YA fantasy filled with feminism, and great female friendship.


[4/5 Stars]

17 thoughts on “The Candle and the Flame By Nafiza Azad [Review]

  1. anovelglimpse July 1, 2019 / 2:44 am

    I’m glad this was better for you than your last read. It sounds like there were a lot of good things going on in this one!


  2. Sofii @ A Book. A Thought. July 1, 2019 / 3:15 am

    Amazing review, honey! I’m glad you enjoyed the book. I still don’t get over that beautiful cover 😍👏🏻💕


  3. confessionsofayareader July 1, 2019 / 7:14 am

    Great review! I am not a fan of most slow paced books, but I have been curious about this one.


  4. Trang July 2, 2019 / 8:53 am

    I always loved character-driven plot so this one seems like quite a catch for me 😀 ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  5. The Candid Cover July 4, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    I’m surprised that this is a standalone! As a blogger, that excites me because I can squeeze it into my schedule, but sometimes a fantasy novel has me wanting more. It sounds fantastic! I am so happy that you enjoyed it. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions July 6, 2019 / 1:48 am

      Yeah, Standalone fantasies are pretty rare these days! I hope you enjoy this book if you decide to give it a shot! Aww Thank you! 🙂


  6. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer July 6, 2019 / 2:55 am

    If though this wasn’t a fast paced read I felt like there was a ton of stuff going on with different characters so something was always happening. I’m so glad you enjoyed it Raven. ❤️ Maybe she has another book in her for this world! One can hope. 😀

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions July 11, 2019 / 1:36 am

      Thank you! I agree! The story never left me bored. I hope there’s another book in this series! I would love to see a spin off or maybe a companion novel with Rajkumari Bhavya as the main protagonist.


  7. theorangutanlibrarian August 20, 2019 / 2:44 am

    Love this cover! Glad this was such a good debut, even if there could’ve been more to this world! Excellent review!

    Liked by 1 person

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