We Hunt The Flame – Hafsah Faizal | Review

Thank you so much to PanMacmillan for sending me a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I recently read We Hunt The Flame as part of my N.E.W.Ts readathon TBR and I was excited, but also really nervous as I’d heard nothing but good things.

This is my review.

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Title: We Hunt The Flame

Author: Hafsah Faizal

Pages: 469

Publication date: August 2019

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9780374313647

Genre: YA/Fantasy

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Blurb:

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 . . .

Thank you so much to PanMacmillan for sending me a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Firstly, can we just take a second to appreciate that beautiful cover?! Isn’t it stunning? Done? Okay good.

We Hunt The Flame is a debut novel inspired by ancient Arabia. I’m not really familiar with anything to do with ancient Arabia, the language and culture so I was a little nervous going into this book.

I need to also just say, this book has one of the most beautiful maps I have ever seen in any book and whilst it isn’t overly detailed, I found myself staring at it for over 10 minutes before I even started the book.

WHTF opens up and we meet one of our main characters, Zafira. Zafira is a huntress and hunts to feed the people of her, I want to say city but I could be lying, however the people don’t know that she is a female as she dresses as a male to do her hunting. She has a horse called Sukkar and together they manage to navigate the deadly, cursed forest called the Arz.

Next we meet our second main character, Nasir. Nasir is the Crown Prince of Arawiya, being son the the Sultan. Nasir’s mother died but not before she trained him to be a deadly assassin AKA the Prince of Death. But again, nobody knows who the assassin is apart from those closest to him.

From the very start we are thrown into their stories with the chapters switching POV between them both. They don’t know of each other when we first meet them but it was nice to have a little insight into their backgrounds and how they came to be in each other’s company.

I’m going to say right now, this book starts out slow with some pretty long chapters. Whilst I found the beginning slow, I was never once bored, I literally devoured this book. Towards the end the chapters get a lot shorter and the book picks up pace quite a lot.

The writing in WHTF is very lyrical, beautiful and flows really well. Sometimes with so many POV changes or short chapters I find the writing gets really stunted but I never felt that way with WHTF. It’s really hard to believe that this is a debut novel.

The descriptions were lush and created a vivid world so much so that I felt like I was there along side our protagonists and I loved every minute of it. I found myself getting really lost in this book, is sit and read for what felt like 30 minutes and before I knew it I’d read 200 pages.

The characters in this book are fierce, beautifully written and compliment each other so well. I have to give a special shout out to Altair and his banter, I found myself giggling at some of the things he would say. All of the characters were amazing, I don’t think I even disliked one of them, not even the villain.

I’m really looking forward to the second book in this duology, if you’ve read this book, I’m still shook by that epilogue…like literally I’m sat here with goosebumps and a face like this > 😱

Really well done to Hafsah, this book is nothing short of amazing and thank you so much for sharing this story with us. It is an honour to have read it and I cannot wait to see what you write next!

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