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Book review: We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Title- We Hunt The Flame

Author- Hafsah Faizal
Publisher- Pan Macmillan India
Format- Paperback
Pages- 496
Genre- Fantasy
Publication date- 27th August 2019
Ratings- 3.8/5

Book blurb:
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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ first in the Sands of Arawiya duology โ€“ is a breathtaking debut about discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

My review:

๐“ฆ๐“ฎ ๐“ฑ๐“พ๐“ท๐“ฝ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ฏ๐“ต๐“ช๐“ถ๐“ฎ, ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ต๐“ฒ๐“ฐ๐“ฑ๐“ฝ ๐“ฒ๐“ท ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ญ๐“ช๐“ป๐“ด๐“ท๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ผ, ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฎ ๐“ฐ๐“ธ๐“ธ๐“ญ ๐“ฝ๐“ฑ๐“ฒ๐“ผ ๐”€๐“ธ๐“ป๐“ต๐“ญ ๐“ญ๐“ฎ๐“ผ๐“ฎ๐“ป๐“ฟ๐“ฎ๐“ผ.

This was book had every element to be a great read but still couldn’t satisfy me. Also, I hate when books with pretty awesome covers doesn’t meets my expectations.

I loved the writing style of author and being a debut book this totally deserves appreciation. The descriptions of arena and sceneries are intensely portrayed and world built by Hafza Faizal was strong and vibrant. It’s infused with beautiful poetic and rich literal quotes. Around first 150 pages I was absolutely loving the pace and then it was slow, very, very slow! And it almost got back to the pace in the last 80 pages. Perhaps it was more of a thought-driven plot.

This book was somewhere between Lord of the rings and The Hunger Games. There were many elements in this book that I’ve already read previously and I’m saying that it’s copied but I was indeed expecting to read few more fresh aspects as it was one of most anticipated book of this year.

I liked the secondary characters of Benyamin and Altair more than Zafira and Nasir. I especially loved Altair. He is a true gem. The enemies to lover relationship between Nasir and Zafira was definitely interesting. Also, the complex father-son relationship between Sultan and Nasir was something that caught my attention.

Despite being slow paced I quite liked the book because of its entrancing narrations and descriptive quotes. It was intence, character- driven and pretty much dark read and I’m kind of looking forward to the next book. Recommending it to read without having high hopes, you’ll love it more.

Thanks to @panmacmillanindia for the #gifted copy.๐ŸŒป

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