We Hunt The Flame |Book review

We Hunt The Flame | Book review

Author: Hafsah Faizal

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Release date: 8th August 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Page count: 480

Publisher: Macmillan children’s books

Goodreads synopsis: here 

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 . . .

 

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I honestly don’t know where to start. I don’t know if I can express my love for this book enough, the way it lured me in, captured my soul and made me fall head over heels with the words and characters. I marked nearly every page, every word. I can’t stop thinking about this book, I could not stop thinking about it when I took breaks to do work, I couldn’t stop thinking about it when I was cooking or when I was in bed trying to sleep.  This book followed me everywhere, it devoured me and I loved every bit of it.

We hunt the flame is a world set in Ancient Arabia, following main characters Zafira and Nasir. One a hunter, the other an assassin. Both with their own role and responsibilities. Zafira disguises herself as man and braves the Arz, a cursed and treacherous forest to feed her people. Nasir, the crown prince and deadliest assassin must serve his cruel father’s will. A darkness is spreading in the kingdom. Zafira is sent on a mission to retrieve an artefact that can restore magic and perhaps save her kingdom. Nasir is also sent to retrieve this artefact and to kill the hunter. The mission becomes more dangerous than they both expected as an ancient evil rises.

We Hunt the Flame is unputdownable. The world building, the characters and the electrifying romance. Hafsah Faizal’s words are addictive, every word purposeful, woven together to create an enchanting world. The story is dark, passionate and rich. This story tugs at your heart and creates butterflies in your stomach. I laughed, I swooned and I cried.

The world building is flawless and strong. It is compelling and descriptive. The readers can imagine the rich and dark settings of Arawiya. I felt like I was I was in the story with these characters, I felt like I was in Arawiya. I was a captive and I didn’t want to leave. The characters stole my heart. Both main characters had flaws and as the story developed so did they. We saw the struggles of Zafira, who didn’t want to be defined by her gender, who wanted to prove to the world, women are underestimated, women are more than objects. Nasir is also fighting a darkness from consuming him. I felt such a deep connection to these characters, I loved Altair so so much, he makes me giddy with his easy charm, wit and innuendoes, although beneath all this he is smart and cunning and probably knows more than he lets on. Benyamin a man with many secrets and Kifeh, a fierce warrior out for vengeance. A Zumra (gang) formed in the heat of a battle against an ancient evil. The characters stole my heart and blew me away. This is a book that will take me a long time to get over. If I even can.

“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?”  

Oh the romance. Can we talk about the romance please?? I am drowning in feels. The romance is consuming and intense. I am an absolute sucker for enemy to lover romance. The romance wasn’t rushed and the attraction developed beautifully throughout the novel. I ship this so hard and I can’t wait to continue reading about them in the next book.

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This book and characters are a work of great depth and intensity. The story was fast paced, full of action and plot twists that I never saw coming. I usually always predict the plot twist but never in a million years would I have saw what was coming. All the twists and turns slapped me in the face and left me speechless, which is something I love because for me that is one of the elements of an excellent book. AND the ending!! the torturous cliffhanger… why did you do this to us Hafsah?!!!

This book fulfilled all its promises, it was everything I wanted and more. This story is exquisite and Hafsah Faizal hypnotises you with her poetic writing and metaphors. She paints a vivid imagery in your head, capturing your heart and soul.  I love the Arabic language and I really appreciated the snippets of Arabic. Hafsah Faizal has a way with words.

                      RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Believe it or not, this is my first 5 star read of 2019. Every book I’ve read, either 4 stars or 4.5 but this is the first book that I had no doubt. This book deserves all the stars.

Thank you to Hafsah Faizal and Macmillan books for sending me a copy to review. All opinions are my own. 


 

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