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We Hunt the Flame

av Hafsah Faizal

Serier: Sands of Arawiya (1)

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Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man to brave 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, her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed compassion, his father would brutally punish him. War is brewing in Arawiya, and when Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover an artifact that can restore magic 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--and the prize they seek poses a threat greater than either can imagine. Set in a rich world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a story of conquering fear and taking identity into your own hands.… (mer)
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diverse teen fantasy fiction (magic and alternative gender roles in an alternative ancient Middle East)

This sounds like it would be really good, but I will need to read it in print instead of audio--at least until I get a feel for the setting and characters, it is just too hard for me personally to absorb/process as an audio. I am impressed with the high quality of the narration (by the talented [a:Fiona Hardingham|6080025|Fiona Hardingham|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/u_50x66-632230dc9882b4352d753eedf9396530.png]; [a:Steve West|737890|Steve West|https://s.gr-assets.com/assets/nophoto/user/m_50x66-82093808bca726cb3249a493fbd3bd0f.png] is also credited but I hadn't gotten to his part yet)--perhaps I can read the second book as an audio.

update: I finished the print version of this, and gave it 3 stars (enjoyably good, and especially awesome for a debut novel!)
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
diverse teen/adult fiction (magic and monsters in a dystopian Ancient Middle East; author is American Muslim niqabi but the book's characters have their own fictional religions)

this is pretty awesome for a first novel! Lots of adventure and interesting characters, and I enjoyed the author's writing style. Looking forward to reading more from her.

Parental notes: contains knife/sword violence, dark magic, adult humor, and some steamy necking/kissing scenes.

Note: I had previously started to read the e-audiobook of this book, but found that my brain wasn't able to pick up enough details about the characters and setting (I have some auditory mental-processing issues that I hope to improve), despite the excellent talent of the narrator(s). I was able to absorb much more by reading the print version. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Didn't finish this one.

There are only four things wrong with it: (1) It's a YA; (2) it's a high fantasy; (3) it's 400 pages long, and (4) according to the reviews, it's the first part of a duology. Nope, nope, nope.

From what I did read, it seems largely derivative of a whole slew of its brethren. The biggest difference I could see was that this one is set in a medieval pseudo-Middle East rather than a medieval pseudo-Europe.

There’s a complex backstory about magical beings fallen or driven from power, which takes a while to unravel, and an evil sultan (think high king), and a spunky young girl who takes on a male identity to serve the people of her village (think Katniss without the TV exposure)

Then she gets an invitation / summons from The Silver Witch (whose intentions we do not know) to journey to a near-mythical island and retrieve a mysterious Something which will restore magic to the land. When the sultan finds out about the journey (but not the identity of the seeker), he charges his son (who is also his designated hit man) to follow along and, once the Something is in hand, to kill the seeker and bring the Something back to him.

That was the point at which I bailed.
  LyndaInOregon | Jun 11, 2021 |
With her limitless imagination and ideas, Hafsah Faizal has beautifully woven myriad twists and turns into WE HUNT THE FLAME, that transports us to the fantasy world of the legendary Arabian heroine, Zafira Iskandar.
In this mythical ancient Arabia, Zafira and a group of courageous, fearless and ingenious individuals go on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that would save their land and their people. Their mission takes them on an extraordinary adventure that is brimful of surprise after surprise, including a subtle blooming romance!
If you enjoy reading myth and folklore, let the brilliant Hafsah Faizal take you to her imaginative fantasy land where you would be lost in reverie.
I would like to thank BookishFirst for the opportunity to indulge myself in this wonderful novel, and am looking forward to reading Hafsah’s future books. ( )
  Emily_Wai_Catan | Feb 28, 2021 |
buddy read with halima!

wow. this was one of the best books i’ve read in a long time. the world, the characters, the writing style…all of it was so perfect. absolutely in love! ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
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Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man to brave 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, her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed compassion, his father would brutally punish him. War is brewing in Arawiya, and when Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover an artifact that can restore magic 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--and the prize they seek poses a threat greater than either can imagine. Set in a rich world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a story of conquering fear and taking identity into your own hands.

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