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. ♥

  • 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 ❀

    i cant even begin to explain how much this book means to me (but im going to try

    with this review) i'm just so happy to see a middle eastern inspired fantasy get so much hype and recognition, I could weep

    but we aint here to cry (yet) we’re here to scream until our voice gets hoarse (BC IT WAS SO BLOODY GOOD)

    the arabian world that Hafsah built felt so vibrant and concrete to me. the descriptions, the imagery, the eloquence of the language used

    i cant even begin to explain how much this book means to me (but im going to try

    with this review) i'm just so happy to see a middle eastern inspired fantasy get so much hype and recognition, I could weep

    but we aint here to cry (yet) we’re here to scream until our voice gets hoarse (BC IT WAS SO BLOODY GOOD)

    the arabian world that Hafsah built felt so vibrant and concrete to me. the descriptions, the imagery, the eloquence of the language used, absolutely brilliant.

    you can definitely tell that she took the time to construct the culture and let the reader familiarize themselves with the world through very specific scenes (traveling through the azr, a side character’s wedding, the snow/sand parallel, the palace, etc. etc.)

    I loved the different settings we got to visit and the drastic change in scenery and omg the descriptions of the FOOD (!!!!!)

    basically this was me when it came to ‘highlighting the important quotes’

    the characters own my heart, they were written in such a deep, realistic, and complex way.

    they all have motivations and fears that are respective to their situation. their backstories are realistic and revealed in such a timely manner, sprinkled throughout the book. I became so attached to them all so quickly, I want to cry just thinking about it

    (zafira)

    also theyre all hilarious, witty, little monsters that do nothing but snipe at each other and

    I.

    LOVE.

    IT.

    AND THEYRE ALL SO FRAGILE AND PRECIOUS AND EMO. especially nasir, the love of my life, hes so broken 😭😭😭

    MORE LIKE, GOODBYE TO MY HEART BC ITS RUINED

    (nasir)

    Oh

    My

    God

    This romance

    my entire existence. The chemistry between nasir and zafira was

    .

    when we reached their scenes I was so engrossed, I lost track of time, my surroundings, and my dignity (bc I was SCREAMING at them to STOP being so stupidly sTUBBORN)

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    - Our queen really SNAPPED with that iconic line

    - i think the most exciting part of their relationship is how EVERYTHING is pitted against them

    - nasir is the prince of the opposing land, sent out to kill her and she is the huntress that’s supposed to save her people. they hate each other from the start, they are both stubborn arrogant idiots who keep DENYING their feelings and causing fights for no reason AND YET

    - Honestly I’m going to stop talking about them, bc if I start I will never end

    -

    (benyamin)

    - EVEN THE SIDE CHARACTERS (especially the zumra) CAUSED ME PAIN

    - altair: altair would probably be offended to even be CONSIDERED a side character. he’s ridiculous and haughty and absolutely hilarious and i love how he always has some quick retort ready. hes also a tragic baby and I want to protect him :(

    - deen: this soft boy, my optimistic son. he needs to be protected at all costs and deserves a metal for putting up with zafira and his sister tbh

    - kifah: a queen amongst us peasants. she ain’t afraid to cut a bish and remains to be the most level headed member of this zumra of misfits

    - benyamin: honestly, hes like the rest of us, exhausted. this boy has been through too much to still be speaking in riddles and yet here he stands

    - one character that I WISHED we got to see more of was zafira’s sister, Lana. We get to see some of the relationship between the two sisters but it kind of felt shallow compared to the other relationships in the book

    (kifah)

    -

    - i felt that the plot was structured relatively well. the beginning took some time to develop and the middle did stretchhhh along but once the action started, the book really picked up

    - and MAN was there action

    - the twists and turns that came towards the ending were so shocking and exciting and left off at SUCH a great place for the second book to pick up

    - i honestly want to weep at the epilogue, I was caused Pain

    - i can see the criticism some reviewers have mentioned about how the book felt very similar to most ya fantasy novels. it holds many familiar tropes and follows a foreseeable story arc that most readers are aware of

    - but I also find that it stands apart from the others bc of the complexity of the characters and the developed fantasy world. the arab aspects of the book were so REFRESHING to read and I thought it added a lot of extra depth to the story

    - so, I think the criticism is fair to point out, but it don’t think it will ruin your reading experience

    - basically, im saying PICK IT UP AND CRY WITH ME BC I LOVE IT SO MUCH AND THE !!!!!EPILOGUE!!!!

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

    5 stars!!

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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

  • jessica

    wow. i am pleasantly surprised by this! i think it helped that i didnt have any expectations going in and that i was totally in the mood for some exotic ancient arabian magic. so this is just what i needed!

    the main thing carrying this story is definitely the arabic representation. it just gives the story a lush and cultural feel that is much needed in the book world. had you taken that away, would this still be worth

    wow. i am pleasantly surprised by this! i think it helped that i didnt have any expectations going in and that i was totally in the mood for some exotic ancient arabian magic. so this is just what i needed!

    the main thing carrying this story is definitely the arabic representation. it just gives the story a lush and cultural feel that is much needed in the book world. had you taken that away, would this still be worth 4 stars? maybe. maybe not. the characters are decent, but there is soooo much introspection. if abundant detail and constant thought narration is not your thing, that im not sure this will work for you. but i thought the characters (specifically altair) were interesting enough that it didnt bother me. also, the pacing is quite slow. the action-packed twists and turns dont happen until the very end. so if you dont mind a slow burn, plot-wise, then this might be your thing. but overall, its the magical and cultural feel of the story that makes it worth reading.

    i know this wont be everyones cup of tea but i quite enjoyed it. i mean, i dont enjoy the cliffhanger and having to wait a year for the sequel (lol), but this is still an enchanting story.

  • Reynita Maharani ★ The Night Reader ★

    I dived into this book ecstatically because it sounded so good and intriguing and honestly I thought that I would love this book after reading it. well, the book was indeed good but I have to admit that I didn't love it. I wanted to love the book but I couldn't. I liked this book though and I did not regret spending my free time by reading this book.

    The writing style in this book was pretty and I liked it and I also loved that this book made me open dictionary a lot because

    I dived into this book ecstatically because it sounded so good and intriguing and honestly I thought that I would love this book after reading it. well, the book was indeed good but I have to admit that I didn't love it. I wanted to love the book but I couldn't. I liked this book though and I did not regret spending my free time by reading this book.

    The writing style in this book was pretty and I liked it and I also loved that this book made me open dictionary a lot because of the vocabularies that I didn't know because that way I could increase my knowledge about vocabularies! the plot of the book was slow-paced but it did not drag on or boring. I think this is the kind of slow pacing that does not make you feel bored because in that moment you also get to know the characters and all the things that happen are also interesting to know.

    The characters were also pretty good. They weren't boring at all especially Altair. He's pretty funny and made me laugh and roll my eyes a few times and I loved Benyamin! he's so wise and his words soothed my heart. I have massive respect for this guy. He's my favorite character in this book. But the main characters, Zafira and Nasir, I don't know what to say about them. Zafira didn't annoy me but she's also not my favorite character. She's just ... fine. On the other hand, Nasir quite annoyed me. Look, I feel sorry for him but most of the time when I read his POV, I felt annoyed. I both understood and didn't understand him. Does that even make sense?

    there's romance in this book. To my delight, it was slow burn and enemies to lovers kind of romance. YAY! but to my disappointment, the romance wasn't as good as I thought. It lacked romance spark or intensity or whatever it was that could make me squeal or melt my icy heart. I initially thought that there was a love triangle but thankfully it's not. So if you're like me, that you avoid books that have a love triangle, then don't worry! it may seemed that way, but I don't think it is.

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  • 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!

  • Chaima ✨ 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.

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