Book Review: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)

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. (Goodreads synopsis)

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

Zafira is a great character who rejects the customs of her people, so that she can make an impact. I really liked how she had a balance of strength, but also had so naivety and gentleness. I found Prince Nasir as such an interesting and multi-layered character, whose motives you completely understood.

This book definitely went in unexpected directions and every time I thought I knew the direction of the story, something would happen that would make me wonder where we were going next. The romance in the book, while not unexpected, was definitely a slow burn that I was completely behind and totally made sense. There aren’t a whole lot of full action scenes and the reveals were well placed. This is a quieter fantasy novel and I really enjoyed that.

Overall, if you are someone who is looking for a unique fantasy setting with magic, a slow burn romance, and characters you totally want to get behind, I would recommend We Hunt the Flame. I feel like more people should definitely be talking about this book.

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