We Hunt the Flame

We Hunt the Flame

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 displaye...

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We Hunt the Flame Reviews

  • Hafsah Faizal

    UPDATE: if you're in need of a

    , look no further!

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    The first ever "review" for my book. The story of my heart. The characters who tormented me for four years until their plight reached the written page. I can't wait to share this story of a girl, a prince, a general, elves, and a world worth fighting for.

    Thank you to every soul who adds this, reads this, and cherishes this. ♥

  • Aneeqah

    Buckle up, because it's story time.

    I first joined the online community as a YA book blogger. I remember absolutely loving the bookish people I met, both via blogs on Twitter, but also feeling isolated. Because there was no one like me in the community.

    Until I stumbled onto a little blog called Icey Books, run by Hafsah Faizal.

    I watched Hafsah grow her blog into one of the most popular sites, start a kickass design business, and create the most beautiful of author websites. She's always been s

    Buckle up, because it's story time.

    I first joined the online community as a YA book blogger. I remember absolutely loving the bookish people I met, both via blogs on Twitter, but also feeling isolated. Because there was no one like me in the community.

    Until I stumbled onto a little blog called Icey Books, run by Hafsah Faizal.

    I watched Hafsah grow her blog into one of the most popular sites, start a kickass design business, and create the most beautiful of author websites. She's always been someone I've admired deeply--she's so young, so talented, and to boot, she's like me. It's not often we see Muslims rising to success, and despite all odds,

    .

    I can remember the exact moment I first heard that Hafsah got a book deal. I had an extra hour before my education class, and my friend and I had snuck into the new engineering building to study for a bit. I had an assignment pulled up and everything, before I briefly checked Twitter. And I can't even describe how excited I was to see her land not just a book deal, but a major six-figure-deal with an incredible Big 5 Publisher. I was quite literally in tears. (I've learned I'm so extra about getting excited for my friends, but whatever).

    So imagine my excitement when I somehow finagled my way into getting to read this book.

    I have to admit, I came in with sky-high expectations. There was a part of me that was worried this book wouldn't live up to them. That I would not like it despite deeply loving the pitch and the title.

    But. W O W. Did

    ever blow me away.

    I think it's impossible to describe everything that I love about this book. But I can sure as hell try.

    . It's incredible to me how distinct and well-rounded both Zafira and Nasir are. Both have such wonderfully crafted backstories that so completely inform who they are as people. They're sassy, they're brave, but perhaps most importantly: they're flawed. Both are struggling with their inner demons and I love love love how deep we're pushed into their emotions and their struggles. Their character arcs are so fantastic to witness, because you're really right there with them the entire time. And the secondary characters?! Incredible. There's one character in particular who I

    : I thought they were annoying as heck and expendable. But by the end? I think they might be my absolute favorite. That's some real character growth, y'all.

    . UM. Can we just talk about how amazing this romance is?? Absolutely tantalizing. I'm a sucker for a good slow burn romance, and one that's enemies-to-lovers? Sign. Me. The. Hell. Up. The tension between these two characters was so thick, every moment filled with longing and desire and always something holding someone back. Their scenes are an absolute TREAT to read. I hate romances that suddenly spring up and are based on just attraction (*eyes insta-romance wearily*) but this romance was so believable, and built on something more than attraction. And ohhhh man, some of those scenes. *fans self*

    . I have read so many YA fantasy books. So many. After a certain point, the worlds all start to blend together because they have a similar vibe. Not this one. One of my favorite things about this book is that the setting, Sharr specifically, is so distinct and real that it feels like another character altogether. There is so much intrigue, so much darkness, lurking in the mysterious island that I just fell in love. I'm also a sucker for country politics, and getting a few glimpses of that was so exciting. The myths, the stories, the way misogyny is tackled in this book via the worldbuilding and characters was just so well done.

    . The prose in this book absolutely took my breath away. There is something so lyrical about the writing, each word so lovingly plucked out and put on the page. I've lost count of the number of times I commented "brb going to go frame this", because seriously, these are the types of words that you want to get tattooed. And can we talk about the whip-smart dialogue?! I think my family got tired of me literally laughing out loud during some of the conversations in this book. (As someone who deeply struggles with dialogue in her own writing, I'm more than a little jealous...). But seriously, the beauty of Hafsah's words had me highlighting so many lines in this book. Just gorgeous.

    I could go on forever talking about everything I love about this book, but I'll have to settle for just saying this: run, don't walk, to your nearest bookstore. Because you will want to fall head-over-heels in love with this book just as I did. Hafsah Faizal has crafted something magnificent in this book. And you want a piece of it.

  • Kerri

    i had an opportunity to read this early and i'm pretty jealous of myself :) this book is INCREDIBLE and i'm pretty sure i've found my book husband.

    official blurb:

    Hafsah Faizal’s voice is not one that simply speaks, but sings across the page. WE HUNT THE FLAME is a spellbinding tale filled with deception, political intrigue, and atmosphere that lives and breathes—I am obsessed with this story.

  • may ❀

    so, i finished and im going to be screaming about this book till forever!!!

    if you care to hear more of my ramblings ft. quotes and badly made memes, i did a

    but if you still need more convincing:

    - the prose is gorgeous, it builds the world in such a vivid way (i highlighted wayyyy too many quotes)

    - the greatest trope of all time:

    - the most fierce, deadly, sad, emo squad you've ever met (they all have tragic backstories and need hugs)

    - so much AMAZING inclusion

    so, i finished and im going to be screaming about this book till forever!!!

    if you care to hear more of my ramblings ft. quotes and badly made memes, i did a

    but if you still need more convincing:

    - the prose is gorgeous, it builds the world in such a vivid way (i highlighted wayyyy too many quotes)

    - the greatest trope of all time:

    - the most fierce, deadly, sad, emo squad you've ever met (they all have tragic backstories and need hugs)

    - so much AMAZING inclusion of arabian culture and food

    - enemies to lovers / star-crossed lovers / slowburnnnn

    - the!! epilogue!!

    - nasir, my love

    to say i loved this book is an understatement 🤧🤧 so full rtc soon i guess

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    i mean, i can't be sure, but i think this book is going to single-handedly save 2019

    just putting it out there

  • Lola

    After finishing a fast-paced, action-packed YA Fantasy book (

    ), it was hard getting into a slow-paced, thought-driven story. I was going to say ‘‘character-driven’’ because there’s a lot of saying hello and goodbye to different people, but the protagonists are not particularly three-dimensional and it’s a very descriptive novel.

    I don’t mind description as a general rule because it helps set the scene and helps us understand why certain characters are behaving in unexpected ways. I d

    After finishing a fast-paced, action-packed YA Fantasy book (

    ), it was hard getting into a slow-paced, thought-driven story. I was going to say ‘‘character-driven’’ because there’s a lot of saying hello and goodbye to different people, but the protagonists are not particularly three-dimensional and it’s a very descriptive novel.

    I don’t mind description as a general rule because it helps set the scene and helps us understand why certain characters are behaving in unexpected ways. I don’t, however, think the reader needs to know why the main characters are doing or saying EVERY SINGLE THING. And yet this is what we have here, which means that we basically never need to think… the author does it for us all the time.

    It is beautifully-written. That is hard to dispute, unless you prefer your reads to contain no figures of speech or any kind of lush vocabulary. It’s also elegantly-told. It may contain very little action, the people in it thinking, talking and hypostasizing more than acting in the world and being one with the phenomena, but Hafsah Faizal sure has a way with words.

    I also think it’s a lovely story. It’s dark at times, which I liked, but it feels timeless, like this could be a story told in a hundred years and future robots could still enjoy the way it unfolds and the twists presented. Trust me, if I didn’t like the world or idea of restoring magic, I would not have cared to finish close to 500 pages in less than 3 days. Or at all.

    But now, unfortunately, we have to talk about the one-dimensional characters. It’s not that they don’t have a personality per se, seeing that they talk and behave differently, but if you asked me to create a profile for them on a dating app, I wouldn’t be able to come up with much of anything exciting. But sure, let’s try it.

    Zafira:

    - Good-ish with a bow (or was that Nasir?)

    - Likes to flee (sorry, dude)

    - Has trust issues

    - Will most likely friend-zone you

    - Might kill you if she suspects you of cheating

    Nasir:

    - Murderer

    - Is still not over his not-quite-ex

    - Won’t share anything about himself

    - Will stare at you wordlessly

    - Doesn’t know what he wants

    Would you really go for that? And even though Zafira looks pretty badass, like I said, she flees A LOT. She’s supposed to be this kickass powerful huntress no one can catch but ends up needing help A LOT. Nasir is just… meh. Apparently he’s handsome but he won’t even have a one night stand with you and he’s so not ready to be anyone’s boyfriend so, again, meh.

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  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)

    ⭐⭐

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    I know, I read this book a week ago and I'm only writing this review just now. I KNOW I SUCK. And now I don't remember 70% of the book because it's

    forgettable and it's been a week.

    Anyway, do I even need to present

    It's been all over booktwitter (and I'm not even on it) and everyone keeps talking about it. It hit the NYT Bestseller list already and the int

    ⭐️⭐️

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    I know, I read this book a week ago and I'm only writing this review just now. I KNOW I SUCK. And now I don't remember 70% of the book because it's

    forgettable and it's been a week.

    Anyway, do I even need to present

    It's been all over booktwitter (and I'm not even on it) and everyone keeps talking about it. It hit the NYT Bestseller list already and the internet is buzzing with everyone's opinions about it. So let me add another opinion.

    For those who live under a rock,

    tells the story of this random Hunter who's apparently the best in all the land (but not when an attractive soft boi is in sight) and who has to retrieve some random book that will bring magic back to her world. A prince is sent to stop her, kill her and bring the book to the king who'll use the book for his own gain. But these two obviously fall in love

    do I need to say more? Yes, it's the plot of

    . My thoughts, exactly.

    My main point of the review is this:

    Now, let's delve into the less sympathetic part of this review; the rant.

    1. The brooding prince was boring. He was always being existential over nothing. He's so suddenly attracted to the MC only because of the

    trope. EW. Just ew, honestly it's 2019 we're beyond that

    crap. Basically, the characters were flat and didn't try to be more than the plastic archetypes than the writer started with. She obviously doesn't know who they are and is just shoving romance down our throat to make sure we don't question their individuality and are too busy shipping them instead.

    2. Everyone gets a straight love interest, it wouldn't be a 00s style YA without that. I'm not sure I understand how hard it is to add a non-straight or non-cisgender character. The MC had some great potential but instead, she just

    herself as a man to have an easier life. I wish we could have seen her morph slowly into the persona she has created and maybe question her gender identity but that's a big no-no in a 00s inspired novel. So everyone's gonna be straight. Whatever bitch.

    3. The plot lack of suspense and the tension doesn't build, it feels boring from beginning to end and unimaginative. The quest is a succession of flat events that left me from bored to straight up cold by the end of the book. I was frustrated and couldn't even bother to feign shock at the so-called

    . The plot is bare because the worldbuilding and magic system isn't developed at all and we're not supposed to ask questions.

    In conclusion, We Hunt The Flame is as boring and banal as Wicked Saints was a couple of months ago, and I don't even know if I'm going keep reading new releases labelled under the YA fantasy genre anymore because honestly, they've all been a disappointment this year.

  • Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    Disclaimer: ARCs provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review!

    🌟 I have been waiting patiently for this book since it was in the writing stages and was recommended to me! I mean a fantasy with Arabian Settinng written by a Muslim Author? I couldn’t ask for more!

    🌟 Now the book had a solid start, the first two chapters have

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    Disclaimer: ARCs provided by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange of an honest review!

    🌟 I have been waiting patiently for this book since it was in the writing stages and was recommended to me! I mean a fantasy with Arabian Settinng written by a Muslim Author? I couldn’t ask for more!

    🌟 Now the book had a solid start, the first two chapters have the above quote, each line is for a chapter. I felt like I am going to love it. I mean, I like when authors have beautiful prose and there is a subtle kind of comparison and similarities in lines.

    🌟 I feel like this is going to be a negative review and you can stop here if you will feel offended. I can’t give a book 2 ratings without going into details so here goes nothing.

    🌟 I am going to give a very quick summary and tell me if it rings any bells: There is lost magic in this fantasy world. There is Zafira, our protagonist who disguises herself as a guy and embarks on a journey to restore magic. There is a dark king (wearing a necklace) who is ruthless to his son the prince, Nasir. Nasir wants to prove himself to his father and embarks on the same journey.

    I was so sure I read this somewhere before and then DING DING: Throne of Glass!!!! I felt like this book did not offer something new, I felt like it is a collection of stories I read before but in an ancient Arabia settings.

    🌟 The second thing is the characters which I did not have a connection to, I felt like they had good moments but they sometimes fell flat. I only liked Altair because of his banter but the other characters did not spark much joy!

    🌟 Now the writing was the thing that irked me most, the mix between Arabic and English was a big NO from me! I will give some examples: The King name is Ghameq which means Dark, OK I can tolerate that. Then we have the continuous use of the word (Kharra) which by the way should be written as (Khara) for the correct pronunciation, this word literally means shit. The author used it as an equivalent of shit when something bad happens which we don’t use in Arabic. Imagine a bad situation and the characters go like “Feces, Feces, feces, we must run”. That’s how this sounded to me and it was repeated a gazillion time!

    I should mention that the whole mix sounded weird, because when there is a quote, that means I have to imagine the characters said that, why is it mixed languages then, are you translating to us what they said or are you quoting them as exact. The two situations did not work for me! I think this will not be a problem for non-Arabic speaker but for someone whose first language is Arabic and is multilingual, I couldn’t but notice this.

    🌟 I should mention that the representation itself was not bad, and I really really appreciate how the author kept the religion out of it!

    🌟 Summary: I still think WHTF will get a good success and that makes me happy! I was not happy because many things could have been done better specially that the lights are given to a Muslim author which is not a common thing. The book could be enjoyed for those who won’t be so critical as me. But I think a summary won’t sufice here, so read the whole review or the whole book and decide!

  • شيماء ✨

    I thought of various ways to preface this review; I was even tempted to embroider, to sugarcoat, to essentially reinvent, but now it seems, in the interests of candidness, most expedient to come to the point:

    . And none is more stricken by this than me.

    The spell

    tries to cast does not land. My memory of the story vanished as quickly as a breath blown over cold glass. My indifference was such a palpable thing that my turning the last page was accom

    I thought of various ways to preface this review; I was even tempted to embroider, to sugarcoat, to essentially reinvent, but now it seems, in the interests of candidness, most expedient to come to the point:

    . And none is more stricken by this than me.

    The spell

    tries to cast does not land. My memory of the story vanished as quickly as a breath blown over cold glass. My indifference was such a palpable thing that my turning the last page was accompanied by a sensation of weightlessness, as though a bitter burden had fallen away. I don’t know what I’d expected from this experience exactly, but the world certainly hadn’t been kicked out of its orbit.

    Sometimes people were reckless in their desperation—and no one was more desperate than the Hunter.

    The Caliphate of Demenhur has lived on the edge of starvation ever since the cursed forests of the Arz emerged like a cold mist rising from the earth, winding itself about the trees, and snow mounded up where sand once held the day’s heat. And only one person walks through the darkness of the Arz as if it were a pool to bathe in: The Hunter.

    17-year-old Zafira bint Iskandar is the Hunter, and in order to save her people, she has to dwell in their most harrowing fears. Forced to masquerade as a man because of the wrong-headed people in Demenhur to whom she would only ever be a woman, Zafira braves the soft, boiling darkness every day, fear grating along her ribs, tramped only by an infallible instinct to defend the weak…until the darkness parts one day, and a silver-cloaked witch comes forth, portending Arawiya’s doom lest Zafira treks to retrieve an ancient book known as the Jawarat—a lost artifact that will shore up the threatening tide of darkness and restore magic to Arawiya.

    But while Zafira is grappling to bear up the weight of this daunting quest, Nasir Ghameq—a boy, innocent in youth, in whom the seed of his father’s hatred found fertile ground—is sent to hunt her. The crown prince of Arawiya, known as “the prince of Death”, has a reputation of doling out death at his father’s behest, leaving paths of gore in his wake. But when their paths collide, realization strikes: Nasir and Zafira, alongside some uneager allies whom they happen upon on their hunt, will have to pour their strengths into keeping a much more perilous darkness at bay.

    does very little to differentiate itself from the dozens of other YA fantasy novels that have appeared recently, except that it shifts the center away from western folklore, but not even that saves this novel from being a high concept, disappointingly executed.

    The full promise of

    is swallowed by an overreliance on clichés and gratuitous plot machinery. Once the main arc disengages fully from the shadows, it turns out to be fairly standard for a fantasy novel: A long-lost artifact to retrieve. The threat of dark magic hanging over everything like a shawl. Evil sources scheming. Enemies turning reluctant allies. Everyone is, of course, burdened by a tragic backstory.

    The bare-boned plot of

    meanders, listless and lukewarm, towards a conclusion that doesn't pack as much suspense as it could. Each page felt the length of a night and the boredom of it all was so profound it made me want to scratch my eyes out. Zafira’s quest is utterly non-earthshaking, and the novel often shies away from the full impact of the magical stakes, and as a result, some of the grander moments were robbed of the barest scrapings of gravitas. It is a sign, I think, of how addled I was with tedium and indifference, that it took me some time to realize that I was supposed to stagger, look bewildered, or react somehow to some of the plot twists and revelations, but I was as blank in my unconcern as empty shells.

    Not only does the plot come late, but it also felt like the story was making the deliberate decision not to raise too many questions about the worldbuilding in order to focus, instead, on the character arcs which weren’t even that gripping to begin with. There’s nothing too disagreeable about the writing either, but the pacing and the density of the prose sometimes don’t balance well with the narrative. This was all bad enough but what had lowered my spirit still further is the fact that I picked up this book expecting a story grounded in a stellar Arabian setup, unfortunately, 

    doesn't linger there long—too much of the world is glossed over, or left naggingly blank. As for the characters of

    they are a collection of stereotypes that we oftentimes see in YA books. Most of them are only special to the extent they serve a purpose, and once that purpose is met, they are no longer needed. I would have been more charitable if the novel wielded some wit or clever bits of banter that would serve as a vivid splash on an otherwise dull palette; instead, the exchanges felt forced and utterly tepid.

    I really wanted to love this book, but I guess there are some things you will just never really get over. Like your first broken heart. Or when Netflix canceled ODAAT. Or when one of your most anticipated releases of 2019 doesn't live up to your expectations.

  • Roshani Chokshi

    I had the opportunity to read this debut as an advanced reader copy, and enjoyed it so much I gave it a blurb! Here's my official take: “A sparkling debut, full of mystery and magic, vivid characters and rich language.” Also, I cannot express how happy it makes me to see so much fabulous representation for women of color. I wish I had this when I was younger!

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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