We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1) by Hafsah Faizal

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)

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. B...

Details We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)

TitleWe Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)
Release DateMay 14th, 2019
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)

  • 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: I really did not like this book. And none is more stricken by this than me.The spell We Hunt the Flame 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 pa...
  • Hafsah Faizal
    UPDATE: if you're in need of a glossary and pronunciation guide, look no further!_______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. ♥
  • jessica
    ‘we hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves.’ 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...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    May Owlcrate Box! Click on the link below my picture to see all of the goodies! THE GOODIESI hate when I don’t like books with freaking awesome covers!!! 🤬Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
  • may ❀
    full review posted i cant even begin to explain how much this book means to me (but im going to try and fail with this review) i'm just so happy to see a middle eastern inspired fantasy get so much hype and recognition, I could weepbut we aint here to cry (yet) we’re here to scream until our voice gets hoarse (BC IT WAS SO BLOODY GOOD) Writing/word building: the arabian world that Hafsah built felt so vibrant and concrete to me. the descriptio...
  • 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.
  • Hamad
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “ People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.” 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!🌟...
  • Lola
    After finishing a fast-paced, action-packed YA Fantasy book (Wicked Saints), 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 unders...
  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the villain's quest)
    “Be as victorious as the name I have given you, and bring the desert to its knees.” ⭐⭐ angry stars.Instagram | blog 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 that forgettable and it's been a week. Anyway, do I even need to present We Hunt The Flame? It's been all over booktwitter (and I'm not even on it) and everyone keeps talking abo...
  • Aneeqah
    Buckle up, because it's story time. I first joined the online community as a YA book blogger. I remember absolutely loving the bookish people I met, both via blogs on Twitter, but also feeling isolated. Because there was no one like me in the community. Until I stumbled onto a little blog called Icey Books, run by Hafsah Faizal. I watched Hafsah grow her blog into one of the most popular sites, start a kickass design business, and create the most...
  • may ➹
    this book did a complete 180, and instead of falling asleep reading it, I have fallen in love with it// buddy read with picasso (tag later)
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  • Jessica Khoury
    I was so fortunate to read this early! Richly imagined, intricately woven, cinematically told. It’s Hunger Games meets An Ember in the Ashes. My official blurb:“Fresh, bold storytelling populated with vibrant characters marks Hafsah Faizal as an explosive new voice in fantasy. Charged with adrenaline and romance, WE HUNT THE FLAME held me enthralled and desperate for more!”
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    3.5 stars!Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a review copy!Okay, here's the thing. The first bit and the last bit of the book = LITThe 300 pages in the middle = LIT...ERALLY NOTHING HAPPENSThings I loved:- the writing is GORGEOUS. Faizal has an actual gift, it's so beautiful. - the feminist undertones. It's clear that the main character lives in a world where women are oppressed and is fighting to change it. - ENEMIES TO LOVERS!!! ...
  • Asma
    I LOVE THIS BOOK. ALL THE CHARACTERS ARE PRECIOUS CINNAMON BUNS AND I SHALL WAIT UNTIL AN OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS IS REVEALED BEFORE I SAY MORE. It's basically like Assassin's Creed meets Lord of the Rings meets the Hunger Games in an alt-Arabia.
  • Umairah | Sereadipity
    "We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves."Plot: 3/5Characters: 4/5Writing: 4/5We Hunt the Flame was a book about discovering and owning your own identity against the backdrop of a world inspired by Ancient Arabia. I liked it but I still felt underwhelmed by its.... 'averageness' especially because it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year.It was set in a fictional country called Arawiya that was div...
  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    I loved this with all my heart!RTC---------Your girl got an ARC! 😍
  • Nastassja
    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. A story that promises richness of Ancient Arawiya, tortured assassin princes, and brave maidens who will definitely save the day: sign me in! I was so very excited to read We Hunt the Flame, especially because it was writt...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    it was shaky at the start, but I really got invested later on! ahhh
  • mahana
    full review now on my blog!"He paused and met her eyes. If a poet were to describe them, he would say to look into her eyes was to see the sea's first glimpse of the endless ripples. Or something like that. Nasir was no poet." Zafira is the infamous Hunter of Arz, disguising as a man and venturing into the cursed forest to feed her people. Women in her caliphate are not respected and married off to men if they exhibit signs of autonomy. Therefore...
  • Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
    4.5 starsThis book was a mindblowing experience. It was everything I wanted out of a story inspired by Arabian Nights and also the characters are so broody and I wanted more of them? Some thoughts on the book:- Altair is my favourite, in all of his flirtatious, confident glory. In fact he was the shining light in this whole book.- It's so quotable and filled with beautifully written descriptions. - Loved the magic and the desert setting, with all...
  • Heather
    I got an early peek at WE HUNT THE FLAME and oh what a gift it was! Hafsah Faizal wrote a dark, beautiful story that made me FEEL. The language slipped around me like threads weaving magic, some lines so full of emotion I read them again.And again.Zafira and Nasir were more than characters on a page—they were flesh and blood, full of darkness and hope. Their inner struggles were as much a journey as their trek into a strange, shadowed land. And...
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    I wanted to love it. But it was really just okay. *Review to come*
  • Lena
    I...wow. What a surprisingly good book. I never thought I would end up loving this as much. The beginning was rather slow but around halfway through the story it really picked up its pace. I adored the dynamics between the characters, their banter and sarcasm and hope for goodness in their world. The Arabic setting was incredible, the desert heat was almost palpable, and the tidbits of forgeign language really made me feel like I was someplace fa...
  • Joan He
    Okay so I'm the first to admit that I generally do not read books with quests because I'm simply not the target reader BUT.I am a sucker for PAIN and that's where Hafsah sucked me in. WE HUNT THE FLAME excels at portraying what it means to be unloved, to be forsaken, to have nothing but your own individual grit to rely on. The setting, the emotions, the words simply breathed what it means to have had once and then lost. From there, the book stead...