Book Review: We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

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We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal
My Ratings: 4/5

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 king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways.

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact 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, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

Trigger Warnings: Character Death, Murder, Misogyny, Child trafficking, child slavery, minor section of child abduction, torture, grief, PTSD/trauma

“Together, we will raise the dunes from the earth, and rain death from the sky. Together, we are capable of anything.”

There are so many books nowadays for a variety of audiences in terms of diversity. However I am confused what took so long for an Author like Hafsah Faizal to come around and finally write a YA Fantasy book that features Arabian/Muslim world setting with all top cast of characters. I do not understand why the industry haven’t done that before. Sure you might say now we are getting more and more releases featuring POC authors writing and giving us more colorful authentic representations then the same thing over and over again. But that’s another discussion for another day, right now we are here talking about We Hunt the Flame. I absolutely adore it.

“We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves.”

When I opened this book for the first time my eyes stared at the map of this world and I knew I won’t be able to stop reading. I just had this gut feeling this story would be exciting journey with a captivating duo that would lead me to incredible places. That they would evolve, face their insecurities and finally get some resolve in their life. Nasir and Zafira are lovable and each one shrouds in layers. Zafira uncertain of her place at her home under stupid regional rules indicating her role in society and her capabilities as a huntress and Nasir the heir to throne and his father’s executioner and most fearsome weapon that’s self hating himself each day, questioning if he is as bad as his father, the sultan. Now comes a chance to bring back magic to their lands and everyone wants it for their own selfish intentions and both of our leads are imperatively thrust into this. Our other characters like Altair, the general who you don’t know where his royalties lies, Kifah who’s past was bad yet it won’t undermine her resolve and Benjamin trying to fix everything but can’t do it by himself. Everyone is not two dimensional, they are all real, they all spent time together and you feel this camaraderie with this trope and their goal to fulfill and the danger that awaits them in the mythical prison island, Sharr.

“If I told you my name, would you bow?” His voice was soft. A melancholy caress. He lifted his chin when understanding dawned on her face. “Or would you flee?”

Nasir and Zafira relationship is by far one of best enemies into lovers I’ve had the chance of reading in a very long while. They both fight against one another but when they are force to put down their differences and work together they do it splendidly. They become allies soon friends and by the end of the book perhaps lovers or we shall wait to see how that will be resolved by the end of things. I do find the pacing of the book to be a bit problematic, we move too fast, some moments feel a bit preposterous but because this is a Debut you gotta forgive that.

If you are tired of reading the same typical YA Fantasy book with no interesting setting then this one will change that. We Hunt the Flame is great, has a cast of POC characters, great humor, intense action and the romance, so sizzling. Go and give it a try 🙂

Is it Diverse? Muslim/Arabic all cast characters and mythology

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