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 sultan. 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 Zafira and Nasir 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 sultan 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.

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We Hunt The Flame is a young adult fantasy set in ancient Arabia that gives a one true pairing and a soulful narration.

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 world-building 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!

my rating ↣ ★★★★★

Buy the book: Amazon US | Bookshop UK | Amazon IN


7 replies on “Book Review: We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

  1. This is a big anticipated read for me. I haven’t picked it up yet because I’ve been waiting for the sequel that way I won’t have to wait to see what happens next. But, I’ll admit that the anticipation is wearing me down haha. Amazing review; it just adds to my growing fascination. 🙂


  2. Great review!! We Hunt The Flame is high on my TBR and I am hoping to get my hands on it soon!


  3. we hunt the flame is super high on my tbr, so i’m really glad you enjoyed it!! it sounds like such a wonderful book, and comparing it to these violent delights (one of my favs) makes me all the more excited! lovely review 💘


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