I'm finally getting to review We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, which is yet another book I shared in my earlier post about the books from 2019 that I looked forward to read. It is definitely one of my favorite books of 2019, and I really hope that if you read it, you comment your thoughts. If not, I really hope you continue reading so that I can convince you to pick it up.
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.
We Hunt the Flame was one of my most-anticipated 2019 books. I was really excited for the potential of this book, and the fact that it promised a strong female lead and a dangerous prince in a quest to restore lost magic. Hafsah Faizal created a world with unique magic and unusual characters teaming up. I truly loved the characters and their personalities!
The book is divided on three acts. The fist consists on the world building and getting to know Zafira and Nasir–our narrators–in their own domains, kind of to know where they come from and their reasons to join the quest. The second act consists on their time in Shar, a prison island that contains the Jawarat–the artifact needed to restore magic. Shar is where the zumra (gang) finds a way of coming together to get out of there alive, there are a couple of side characters that aren't mentioned in the description but are super pomportant part of the zumra, like Altair, Kifah, and Benyamin. There are endless threats and monsters that lurk in the shadows ready to attack them. In the third act hidden forces are unveiled, changing the order of everything. I'm not going to go into details for the sake of not revealing any spoilers, but that this act is what sets the conflict for the sequel.
I need to mention that WHTF is so culturally rich in a way that makes me proud. Hafsah Faizal includes language, food, and clothing from ancient Arab roots. I was most excited about the language, because some words were similar to Spanish, and it was amazing the way foreign words empowered the characters gave them a stronger personality. The writing is beautiful, the plot is intense. I really can't wait for We Free the Stars, where I know Zafira and Nasir will have to find a way to be true to who they are.
Reading Challenge No.: 27/45
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Publication Date: May 14. 2019
Length: 469 pages
POV: 1st Person. Dual POV: Zafira and Nasir
Series or Standalone? Series!
"People lived because she killed."
Favorite Character: Nasir, my prince of death.
Add We Hunt the Flame to your Goodreads, here.
Thank you for ready my review for We Hunt the Flame,
Thursday you'll have my review of The Wicked King, and I'm so excited because today Queen of Nothing comes out and you bet I'm going to the bookstore on my way home from work.
Next week I will post my reviews for There's Someone Inside Your House and Serpent & Dove.
I'm currently reading American Royals and Book One of Cardcaptor Sakura's Manga.
What are you currently reading? What should I read next?
Subscribe or follow me on social media to get updates every time there's a new blog post.