We Hunt The Flame Book Review by Melleny Smith
We Hunt The Flame is the highly anticipated debut from Hafsah Faizal. This beautifully written fantasy is inspired by ancient Arabia and contains various traditions and food from the Middle-East. Zafira is The Hunter but if she reveals who she is, all of her accomplishments will be undermined. Nasir is the Prince of Death who cannot reveal his compassion without being punished by his father. Both are asked to complete a task that will change their lives and the fate of Arawiya forever.
Whilst the book does not do anything new in regard to the genre, I found myself attracted to the characters and an ending that left me asking what’s next. Arawiya is a unique world with a complex political system. I have to admit that the world building fell flat for me. I felt as if the effects of the Arz wasn’t fully explained and I got confused in the beginning by the opposing views presented by Zafira and Nasir.
"Arawiya is a unique world with a complex political system." - @Abooktropolis #bookreview #wehunttheflame
I loved the feminist undertones that Zafira brought with her perspective. Whilst Zafira does struggle with making the identity of The Hunter her own, she refuses to stand idly by and fall into the misogyny that the older men of her community teach. Zafira does not verbally defy the words of the elders but her actions speak loudly against their practices.
We Hunt The Flame is a slow-burn fantasy with an explosive ending that will leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more.
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"We Hunt The Flame is a slow-burn fantasy with an explosive ending that will leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting more." - @Abooktropolis #bookreview #wehunttheflame
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