Title: We Hunt the Flame
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Published by: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release date: 8th August 2019
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.
Firstly, thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy of We Hunt the Flame via Netgalley!
Do you ever just know when going into a book that you’re really going to love it? That was how I felt when I started We Hunt the Flame. I’ve been excited about this book ever since I first saw it announced, and there’s been a lot of hype around it since, which I think is well deserved! It had everything I love: enemies to (almost?) lovers, a magical quest, and found family, so basically all the ingredients to the recipe for my perfect book!
We Hunt the Flame follows Zafira, a girl who disguises herself as a man to hunt in the Arz, the forest where no other person can enter, and Nasir, also known as the Prince of Death. When they’re sent on the same quest with very different instructions, they meet others and discover that there is more to the story than either of them have been told. I loved the characters in this book — they all worked so well together and there was so much character development for both Zafira and Nasir, but I especially loved Nasir’s development throughout the book. I’m so excited to see where book 2 takes them both. I adored the rest of the crew, too and I think it’s safe to say that Altair is my favourite. He was the walking ray of sunshine of the group, and I also found Kifah and Benyamin’s interactions so much fun.
The writing in this book was nothing short of beautiful and the world-building was done exquisitely. There are so many gorgeous quotes in this book and I can only imagine how amazing all of the fanart is going to be. I was completely hooked on this story and the end of every chapter left me wanting to keep reading — I never wanted it to end! And THAT EPILOGUE. Oh my goodness, I do not know how I am going to manage the wait for book two! If you haven’t picked this book up yet, please do so and come join me in my suffering while I wait.