We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal
People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.
Nobody knows that Zafira is the Hunter. Forced to disguise herself as a man, she braves the cursed forest to feed her people. If she is exposed as a girl, all of her achievements will be rejected.
Nasir is the infamous Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If he refuses he will be punished in the most brutal of ways.
Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya – but neither wants to be. And when Zafira embarks on a quest to restore magic to her suffering world, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve magic 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, Hafsah Faizal’s We Hunt the Flame – first in the Sands of Arawiya duology – is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.
↦ “Together, we will raise the dunes from the earth, and rain death from the sky. Together, we are capable of anything.” ↤
Trigger warnings: blood, trauma, murder, manipulation, abusive father, absent & sick parent, torture.
We Hunt The Flame burns brightly in passion and fierceness to prove, to live, and to save those you love—including oneself—from the dangers seeping in through oppression and tyranny at the hands of a ruler, at the hands of a father, at the hands of a cursed cold choking one’s house.
A young woman disguised as a man dips her hands into the icy forest for food and survival, a young man whose loyalties as an assassin lies with the king is on his toes for any command, and a story that brings these two embodiments of sacrifice and cold-heartedness on a land that burns under the sun and inchmeal, melts away the icicles of dread, hate, and distrust to let compassion, friendship, and love flow.
With years of political powerplay acting as a spark to ignite a war and with a curse that’s slowing seeping an eternal winter into the kingdom, Zafira —the Hunter—sails on a quest to search for an artifact that can possibly bring back the lost magic to this kingdom, and Nasir —the assassin—is tasked to retract the same but also, kill the Hunter. And so it commences: a journey filled with threats, monsters, and forced companionship.
Acquaintances lost and acquaintances found, the bonds gradually strengthen through distress and faith to form a squad—the zumra . On a land that shines brightly under the glaring sun and darkens under the starry night, emotions rise like the smoke from a scorching bonfire , feelings that can’t be phrased but can be seen through the protective stance, the sassy exchanges, the rebellious decisions, and the tip of a blade on one’s throat.
Set in ancient Arabia, the worldbuilding transports with ease and the lyrical writing soulfully infuses the story with culture and language. An intense romance simmering like a delicacy you wish to devour but can only wait for, and an equally intense portrayal of how parents, expectations, and responsibilities can hammer someone.
☾ Read this fast-paced fantasy romance for a world craving the lost magic, for twists that surprise with subtlety, for the monsters that lurk, and for beautiful words that perfectly encapsulate everything. ☽
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