We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Genres: Sci-fi Fantasy, Teen & YA
Publication Date: 8 August 2019
Synopsis/Blurb (taken from Goodreads):
“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 king. 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 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 king 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.
Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.”
My Thoughts & Review
I’d heard and seen so many post’s about this book on social media so when I saw that this book was available to request on NetGalley I was so excited, and even more so when I got the email to say I had been approved.
So, let me start with what I loved about this book. I thought this book started off very interesting. It has a really good plot which is very different to your normal fantasy books. I liked how it was based outside the usual western style fantasies that you normally see. In fact, I’ve personally not read one, and think more diverse fantasy books are needed.
I also loved the way this book was written. It’s full of beautiful descriptions, which helped in create a great world. And I loved reading and discovering more about the Sharr world.
The characters started of interesting but Sadly, after the great start to this book I started to struggle with it. I felt all the character’s started to feel like they weren’t developing as much and that they all started to feel the same (hope that makes sense). I also felt couldn’t connect with any of the characters and no particular character stood out at me by the time I reached the end of the book.
Another thing I struggled with while reading this book was the pacing. I started off really well when I reached the middle section it just slowed down way too much for my liking and in fact at this point I started to skim read parts of it. It does pick up by near to the end but my this point I started to lose interest in the book.
All in all, I’m personally a little disappointed in this book. I tried really hard to like it but just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong this is a good debut novel and I know loads of people have loved it to bits, but sadly this one just wasn’t for me.
Even though this wasn’t a great read for me I would recommend it, especially as so many others have really enjoyed it more.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Pan Macmillan for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.
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