Ever since this book came out, I’ve been wanting to read it! I finally found a copy at my local used bookstore, in perfect condition, and I immediately scooped it up. Not only is the cover utter gorgeousness, but the inside is just as incredible. I fell so deeply in love with this book. Thank you to my friend Cathy @acasefullofbooks for buddy reading it with me! I had such a fun time reading it bit by bit (though it took everything in me not to binge read it :D)
Title: We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Genres: YA Fantasy
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.
I have SO. MUCH. TO. SAY!
Zafira has made it to my top favorite female protagonists of all time. I love her ferocity, her love of her family, her weaknesses and all of her strengths. Being in her POV was so much fun. Nasir is honestly the same for me. This boy!!! He has so much wonderful angst in him, and I was so pleased to see him grow. The emotions from the two of them just came off the page for me—I just have so many feels for this book. The rest of the zumra… just wow. Each character came alive for me. Each had their own voice, their own personality. I ADORED their banter. Wow. I haven’t experienced so much amazing banter in a long time, and I am HERE FOR IT.
This book is a CHONK, so I was admittedly a little bit intimidated going in. What I wasn’t expecting until I buddy read this book with Cathy is that it is super fast paced. The chapters are really short, which made it easier for me to get lost in the story as I just wanted more more more! It’s part fun, part scary, part totally engrossing all at the same time. There are so many plot twists that just blew my mind, it made it so hard to put the book down when I didn’t want to get ahead.
One of my favorite parts of the book was the world building and magic system! It’s so cool! I loved going through the world as Zafira and Nasir explored it—the descriptions are so gorgeous, though I never felt it was too much. I also loved learning more about the monsters and the magic, and I’m really excited to see how this is expanded in the sequel.
- The villain seemed kind of cliche at first, but I loved how he became more and more complex as we got to know him (both the main villain and the secondary villain).
- There are a few minor characters that I’m positive (or rather I’m hoping) will become more prominent in the sequel. I’m so excited for that!
- Get ready for ALL the feels! Hafsah doesn’t pull her punches in this book!
This book is one of my favorite fantasies now! I loved it so much, and I think fans of YA fantasy should pick this one up! I’m obsessed 😀