Book Title: We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1)
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: May 14th 2019
Why I chose this?
This was one I found on NetGalley and thought it was a little weird that it was on there considering the published date was May 2019. Not sure if this is another version of the same book coming out or not but either way I got accepted for this.
What it’s about
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 sultan. 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 Zafira and Nasir 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 sultan 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.
What I Thought
I would first like to point out that the glossary of names and pronunciations would have been better at the start of the book and not the end as I’ve now realised I’ve not pronounced half of the words right and I feel bad for butchering another language. I would like to give a heartfelt apology to the author.
This is the first book in a while that I’ve read which has had a middle Eastern setting and it has been rather refreshing. Although I did butcher the pronunciations I did like the infusion of some of the terms used.
The two main characters, Zafira and Nasir, are lovable but my favourite has to be Altair. He is the comic relief of the book. However, each and every one of them has a brush with darkness.
I enjoyed the writing and the twists and turns of the plot once we truly got into it. I was a little bit worried after the slow start but I was reeled in and was unable to put it down. I cannot wait to find out what is going to happen next.
ARC provided free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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