Book: We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1)
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Genre: YA Fantasy
Date Published: 14 May 2019 (US), 8 August 2019 (UK)
Purchase Link: Book Depository
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 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.
First an foremost, I had such high hopes for this book! Ever since the first few ARCs went out and I began to see it popping up on Twitter around January and February, I started to anticipate the release date! The book was extremely hyped. And it was well worth every single bit of praise. I absolutely loved this book! I’m not one for poetry so when I saw reviews stating the writing was “poetic”, I began to doubt how much I’d love the book. But it was perfection. I loved the descriptions, the characters, the relationships! I also loved how words like “habibi” weren’t slanted and were just a part of the story! It’s such a small, simple thing but none of the Arabic words needed definitions as the context always seemed to translate the words!
“We Hunt the Flame, the Light in the Darkness”
The characters were perfect in their imperfections! I loved seeing the characters develop and the layers unfold. More than anything, I loved how their relationships with each other build. Who doesn’t love a group of misfits that want to kill each other but then begin to care for each other? The Zumra is basically my favourite group now!
“A thousand leagues and a thousand sands. For you, a thousand times I would defy the Sun.”
And it’s not the just the main characters! I loved the side characters, Yasmine and Deen most of all! They were perfect and their love for Zafira was awe-spiring. And Deen. Oh, Deen. The plot built up beautifully from the beginning and I can’t wait to see where the sequel takes the characters!
“Be as victorious as the name I have given you, and bring the desert to it’s knees.”
The relationships between the characters were amazing. You got to see the building trust between them. Altair is perfect. His jokes and the way he pushes all of Nasir’s buttons is exactly how I envisioned his relationship with Nasir and Hafsah delivered on it perfectly! Nasir and Zafira, on the other hand. It was the best enemies-to-lovers I’ve ever read.
“Love is for children, said the girl.
Death is for fools, said the shadow.
Darkness is my destiny, said the boy.
Allegiance is my undoing, said the eagle.
Suffering is our fate, said the beauty.
And they were all horribly wrong.“
I only have one problem with it’s book. And that is the ending. I was not prepared for the cliffhanger nor am I patient, so the wait for We Free the Stars is killing me. All I have to do is remember the epilogue and that’s it. I would definitely recommend reading this book, if not for the plot then definitely for the characters!