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

we hunt the flameTitle: We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, #1)
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Rating: ★★★

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.

We Hunt the Flame: ★★★★

Originally, this novel was listed as a retelling of Aladdin, but I only see a small similarity to the original story. What starts out as a slow-paced read quickly turns into one of action and suspense. I was hoping for some more of the Middle Eastern influence incorporated in the story, but I didn’t get much besides for a mention of food here and a little geographic there.

There once was a boy with a future.
Until all he had left was his past.

I’ll be honest. Faizal crushed me with the death of my favorite character. Which, like always, the authors like to crush my dreams and have the protagonist choose the guy I don’t want them to. And then I fall for another character and it seems he may be turning evil wahhhh!


The Hunter is depicted as a hero who provides food for her village, a legend, feared for her constant survival in a deadly forest. But what secret lies beneath those clothes?

The Prince of Death is a legend in his own, killer of those who defy the king. What is he hiding?

We find two people whose appearance seems to be fearless, but who are actually a lot weaker. I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m not sure if I buy it.

Let the games begin and the deception fly!


We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves. You are like Tamin. You remind me that hope is not lost.

I’m interested to see how the story will play out. It was surprising that epilogue included someone very briefly touched upon in the novel. I don’t think I’m ready for a story with her viewpoint. I want the story how it is now finished first before we head somewhere else!


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