We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal *Alexa’s Review*

Posted May 9th, 2019 by in *Review / 0 comments

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal *Alexa’s Review*We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: ARC
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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.

3 Stars

This is a book that everyone is talking about. Oh the HYPE!

When I started this one I was two pages in and I honestly thought about putting it down. The prose that the author uses to start the story is so heavy and thick that it seems almost silly and trying too hard. What on earth do you do with a book that you want to quit after a page or two!?! I have never had this happen before.

However, I wanted to see if the story would take off after the first introductory pages so I kept reading. I found that the prose was still there but it did calm down a little and it was easier to connect with the characters and enjoy the story.

I really love Zafira, she is passionate, a hunter, a feminist, and a great friend. She does what she must in order to help her village and she is not afraid of the woods that most people fear. She risks going into dark magic every day if it means a meal on the table for those she loves the most. I found her to be a great heroine and one of the shining pieces of this book.

I also really loved Nasir because I knew he was more than meets the eye. He is rugged, a prince, and hates his life. I connected with him so much throughout the story. He just grabbed my attention every time he was on a page, it was hard to pay attention to anything else.

So lets talk about what I didn’t love as much. The whole second half of the book.

I loved Zafira and Nasir. I did not love them when they were on the page together. They just felt forced and I did not like the small sparks and romance between them. It never fit for me. I also did not like that during the second half of the book the prose came back full force and we were forced to read about the landscape and journey in such exhausting detail. While I’m sure some die hard high fantasy lovers will go crazy for these pieces of the story, I started to get bored. Zafira and Nasir did not belong together and their quest was more and more convoluted as the story went on.

I did appreciate some of the big reveals of the storyline and I read to the end so I could see how it all wrapped up. As far as I’m concerned the end of this story is the end of the series for me. I felt the ending gave me enough and I don’t think I can read this much prose again. Can I just take Zafira and Nasir home and never let them see one another?!

Alexa

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