*This is an ARC review. I received a copy of the eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and all thoughts/opinions in this blog are purely my own*
Book: The Candle and the Flame
Author: Nafiza Azad
Genre: YA Fantasy
Expected Publishing: 14 May 2019
Purchase Link: Amazon US (ships to the UK and is the cheapest option)
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.
But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.
I loved this book! At first it was hard for me to get into, but around 20-30% (basically when I saw the first piece of action) I was hooked! From then, it took me a day or two to finish off the book and then quietly reflect just to realise I wanted more. I want to see more of Fatimah Ghazala and Zulfikar!
One of my favourite parts about this book is the way it just brings the cultures to life and the seamless introduction of this place that has so many religions and cultures just living together. I also loved seeing so many of my favourite sweet treats and many items that I still use the Urdu term for just being casually mentioned because it’s so normal for me.
Another thing I loved is the importance of names. In Islam (Or at least as my family believe in it… not too sure what different sects take on this) but we believe that names are important. More often than not, we tend to notice that people we know with similar names have similar personalities and it was so nice to see that in this book! Here are some of my favourite quotes that may not be in the final copy but I loved them!
o as a fun extra… my name is Anisha and it means deep-thinker, sensitive and high. For me… this is more than true as I am sensitive to a lot of things around me and honestly hate a confrontation because I’ll take things too seriously? I don’t know but I’m very sensitive about a lot of things. Deep-thinker… I hate this about myself but I’ll dig myself a hole by overthinking and this is one of those where I will randomly at times just think too deeply on the most common issue. I’m not sure where high fits into all of this but there was a period from the age of 11-15 ish where I was far too hyper (we don’t talk about that here 😂).
Now onto a thing I didn’t like… it was the lists.. this may be me just being picky and nit picking but I did reach the point where I ended up skimming t the listed items when they came up. Aside from that, there’s not much I didn’t like.
And here’s my younger sister, Bellatrix (aka Ruqayyah), cosplaying a scene from the book!
In summary… Nafiza wrote a masterpiece that shares culture and religion in such a beautiful, harmonious way! I loved being able to see a reflection of a part of my family life within some of these characters! I hope to see Fatimah Ghazala and Zulfikar in the future again!