Title: We Hunt the Flame
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
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.
While it did take me a bit to get into this story, I did enjoy it by the end. It does have a super slow start and there are some parts I could have done without, but I did get into it. It’s mostly the characters that have me hooked, but I did love the mythology as well. Seriously though, can I get some more of that banter please?
You have Zafira, a hunter in disguise who is just trying to help her people while trying to overthrow the patriarchy. Nasir is the secretly soft assassin prince playing a part to please his father. Then there is Altair, who is basically just hanging around having a good time. Seriously, he’s the comedic relief that balanced out the story because he’s supremely charming and arrogant as all hell and it’s hilarious. There are some more fun secondary characters, but who would I be if i spoiled all the fun?
There is some romance in this story, but it’s a total slow burn/hate to love. It’s a love that demands sacrifice and it’s pretty consuming, but not distracting from the overall story. Basically, I need more because I have a total soft spot for romance.
I’m also going to take a moment to talk about how many crazy twists there were! I am ALL for the twists, and I saw one coming, but the other? NO FREAKING WAY. And then the book had the audacity to throw another one at me as if it hadn’t just casually tossed out THAT. I love when a book surprises me, and this one definitely threw me for a loop!
This book has adventure, magic, twists, romance, sacrifice, betrayal, and more. I’m insanely excited to see where the sequel goes. All I know is that I need more of these fantastic characters and I’m so nervous for my faves after that ending!