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We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, 1) (udgave 2020)

af Hafsah Faizal (Forfatter)

Serier: Sands of Arawiya (1)

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Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man to brave 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 king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed compassion, his father would brutally punish him. War is brewing in Arawiya, and when Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover an artifact that can restore magic and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs--and the prize they seek poses a threat greater than either can imagine. Set in a rich world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a story of conquering fear and taking identity into your own hands.… (mere)
Medlem:lin.ryals
Titel:We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya, 1)
Forfattere:Hafsah Faizal (Forfatter)
Info:Square Fish (2020), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
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With her limitless imagination and ideas, Hafsah Faizal has beautifully woven myriad twists and turns into WE HUNT THE FLAME, that transports us to the fantasy world of the legendary Arabian heroine, Zafira Iskandar.
In this mythical ancient Arabia, Zafira and a group of courageous, fearless and ingenious individuals go on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that would save their land and their people. Their mission takes them on an extraordinary adventure that is brimful of surprise after surprise, including a subtle blooming romance!
If you enjoy reading myth and folklore, let the brilliant Hafsah Faizal take you to her imaginative fantasy land where you would be lost in reverie.
I would like to thank BookishFirst for the opportunity to indulge myself in this wonderful novel, and am looking forward to reading Hafsah’s future books. ( )
  Emily_Wai_Catan | Feb 28, 2021 |
buddy read with halima!

wow. this was one of the best books i’ve read in a long time. the world, the characters, the writing style…all of it was so perfect. absolutely in love! ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
I will admit that it took me a few chapters of the dual point of views to understand enough of this world to really start enjoying it. I was worried I was missing something, but this author unfolded this world, drew me in, and never released me. I couldn't wait to get back to reading every night as the world felt so real, the characters were complex and ones to cheer for, and the stakes set high for them.

The alternating point of view chapters built the tension and suspense. The writing is some of the best I've encountered--the metaphors are original and fitting to the world. One of my favorites was on page 399: "Her heart pounded as fiercely as if she were running for her life." The banter and sarcastic humor surprised and delighted me and even made me laugh. The chapter endings always made me want to turn the page.

This story is so much more than a fantastical world in which characters battle and compete to restore their former lives, it's a story of learning to be yourself, learning to let yourself love and be loved, and a story of friendship and family. I'm excited to read the final book in duology. ( )
  DanielleHammelef | Feb 3, 2021 |
I really loved We Hunt the Flame. It is a well-written fantasy inspired by Middle Eastern culture. The world building is skillful, the magic system fascinating, and the characters complex. The land of Arawiya once vibrant and flourishing, has lost its good magic, has become cursed and suffers under a cruel Sultan. Zafira is the legendary Demenhune Hunter who masquerades as a man to brave a dark, treacherous forest called the Arz so that she can feed her people. The Arz is invading Arawiya, threatening to destroy it. Zafira is offered the chance to venture to a mysterious island in a quest for an artifact that will restore good magic to her land and defeat the Arz. Nasir, the Sultan’s son, an assassin who does his bidding, is tasked with using Zafira to find the artifact and then kill her. They are joined on the island by other characters, with their own, at first, mysterious agendas. I liked all the characters and watching how their relationships grew and changed. I loved Altair and Kifah. There were some quite unexpected twists. Lush descriptions of the setting, people, clothes and food abound. The romance was slowly developed and did not dominate the story. I am grateful to have read this right as the sequel is published so I don't have to wait. Highly recommended. ( )
  PennyOlson | Feb 2, 2021 |
A very quick enjoyable read for me personally, but it wasn't particularly memorable. I really enjoyed the idea of many of the concepts in the book. Magic disappearing from the land leading to sexism and political turmoil is incredibly neat. The two MCs, Zafira and Nasir also are wonderfully opposed at the beginning. Unfortunately, the execution falls flat.

The first few chapters were engaging as it established this mysterious quest, but it quickly began to drag. By the time the entire cast came together on the island, I was bored, and from there, it was Zafira and Nasir pining after each other but without any character development. The ending felt rushed and unearned with complication thrown in for the sake of complication than anything meaningful. Everything fell into predictable beats to the point I was surprised that it wasn't a surprise.
I mostly enjoyed the book for the potential, and I may read something from Faizal again after they've had the time to develop their craft a little more.

Worldbuilding: 3.5/5
Cool concept, but very barebones and therefore average.. It felt more like a standard fantasy world with an Arabian paint job. There were also some inconsistencies such as Zafira needing to hunt to provide for her village, implying they had food shortages. But the wedding had an impressive feast, and outside of mentioning it a few times, none of these characters act like they're used to dealing with scarcity. I do commend the author for making the world feel like it had breadth with the vast political climate. I wanted to explore the world but was left with an island. A very boring island.

Characters:2.5/5
Interesting idea, but never develops into anything nuanced. They had weaknesses and strengths, but it didn't seem to have a significant impact on the plot the further the story went along. More often, they acted as caricatures. The side characters were funny, and brought some much needed levity, but were very flat. There wasn't enough time to explore them, and they ended up feeling more like random hitchhikers. I didn’t care whether they lived or died.

Plot: 2/5
Does what is promised with a sequel hook. Everything, including the big twists, were predictable.

Writing: 3.5/5
Above average. The flow was nice. While nothing to write home about, the prose is better than many average fantasy novels and makes it easy to breeze through the book.

Enjoyment: 3.5/5
Quick read which I don't regret, but ultimately forgettable. ( )
  AmintaDefender | Jan 20, 2021 |
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Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man to brave 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 king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed compassion, his father would brutally punish him. War is brewing in Arawiya, and when Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover an artifact that can restore magic and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs--and the prize they seek poses a threat greater than either can imagine. Set in a rich world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a story of conquering fear and taking identity into your own hands.

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