RELEASE DATE: August 27th 2019
AUTHOR: Hafsah Faizal
GENRE: Young-Adult, Fantasy, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: Macmillan Children’s Books
People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.
Nobody knows that Zafira is the Hunter. Forced to disguise herself as a man, she braves the cursed forest to feed her people. If she is exposed as a girl, all of her achievements will be rejected.
Nasir is the infamous Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If he refuses he will be punished in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya – but neither wants to be. And when Zafira embarks on a quest to restore magic to her suffering world, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve magic and kill the hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds, and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine . . .
Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, Hafsah Faizal’s We Hunt the Flame – first in the Sands of Arawiya duology – is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.
Enemies to lovers is my all time favorite trope and this book didn’t disappoint me. It’s Hafsah Faizal’s debut novel. Even though I had issue with the pacing, overall I enjoyed it. I really liked the Arabia setting, the diverse cast, the sibling relationship, the friendships, and the female empowerment. It has an intriguing concept, but it has the usual fight against the darkness trope which is pretty much common in most YA fantasy novels.
Zafira is the only female Hunter in her town because in her world women aren’t supposed to do those type of works. She disguises herself as a man to feed her people. She’s the only one who can enter into the cursed forest to hunt and return safely. When a mysterious silver witch appears before her claiming that she has the ability to restore the lost magic, Zafira embarks on a dangerous quest. Nasir is the infamous Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If he refuses he will be punished in the most brutal of ways. In his new mission, Nasir was ordered to kill the mysterious hunter, and retrieve the magical artifact that can restore magic. When things doesn’t go as planned, he teams up with others thinking he can kill them later after he gets what he wants, but he didn’t expect to fall for the hunter.
I liked Zafira! She’s fierce, independent, brave, and a selfless character. She would do anything to protect her loved ones. Nasir was a typical morally gray character. He struggles with his emotions, and he’s forced to follow his evil manipulative father’s every command because he knows all his weakness pretty well. Even though I felt bad for him, I wish he was more stronger than that. Next we have, Nasir’s cousin Altair. I think he’s my second favorite character. He’s so much fun and witty, but he has secrets of his own too. We also meet more characters in the second half, but I don’t want to spoil the fun for you guys.
This was a character driven story and the first half was mostly slow paced. The real action begins when our characters arrives at the dangerous island named Sharr. I loved the mystery surrounding the lost magic, and the quest to restore it. It’s always fun when characters band together in a quest. There are multiple twists which kept my interest till the end. The romance was decent, but sadly it’s not too intense as I thought it would be. I loved the author’s lyrical writing style. The book was written in dual POV’s. The world building and the magic was great. It’s a world inspired by the Ancient Arabia. I struggled with some words because I’m too lazy to check out the glossary. The magic was interesting. I liked the desert setting of Sharr, the demonic creatures named Ifrits, and also the story of six sisters. I hope we get more adventure and magic in the sequel.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book! The ending left me wanting for more. Despite few issues, I think it was a good start to a new series and I’ll look forward to the next one.
If you love YA fantasy, complex characters, and an enemies to lovers trope.
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