Hellooo lovelies! Happy Saturday! Sorry for the late late post, I’m currently gearing up for a mini vacation to visit my bestest for about 5 days and I never realized how much laundry I had to do…it’s ridiculous. But at least that gives me a lot of time to catch up on some reading.
I finished one of my most anticipated releases yesterday and SPOILER ALERT, I really enjoyed it. I know ya’ll are probably so tired of all of the positivity, but I typically don’t read something that I wouldn’t like? The only books I go into not knowing much about are usually mysteries (like Truly Devious), but I digress.
People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.
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.
When I started reading this book I was immediately transported to Arawiya. Each caliphate is vibrantly described and what they contribute to the overall kingdom makes sense. I really love how that the story has so many characters of color and that the world was based on a culture I’m not too familiar with. It was an interesting way to learn new words (like daama which means bloody). Anywho, the magic system, and essentially what happened to magic in this world was a little hard to follow at first, but once you get into the other aspects of the story, aka the characters, the plot, the action, then it kind of makes more sense.
The characters were by far my favorite part of this story. Our MC, Zafira as we quickly learn, has been masquerading as the Demenhune “Hunter” in order to save the people of the western villages. She’s one of the fiercest heroines that I’ve recently followed, but on top of being fierce, she’s also not so afraid to show the not so fierce emotions. She doubts herself and expresses her frustration and sadness like any of us would. We also have Nasir and Altair, two of Arawiya’s finest sent to…in essence steal what Zafira was sent to steal, but of course there’s always someone being sent to murder someone else….and we’ve all learned that that’s the character that becomes my Murder Child. Can you guess who it is? It’s Nasir. The Murder Child is Nasir. But honestly they all have snarky banter that had me snickering in my car as I read it. We also meet Kifah and Benyamin who…well they all just mesh with each other so well that you could almost say that they like each other.
The only thing that I could find as a “negative” is very small and honestly it’s probably just an issue with me. The beginning of the story drew you in so fast (because Zafira was being attacked), but then until she boards the ship onto her mission I found that aspect of the story somewhat slow. It dealt with a lot of interpersonal relationships which I liked but after that opener I just wanted a little more for the first few chapters. Like I said, it was a very minor thing, pacing has always been important to me, but a good hook is even more so otherwise I may not have finished haha.
Overall this novel has been a wild ride. I love love love the friendships in our little zumra (another word for gang). One other thing that I didn’t mention was that there is a slow burn romance which is like my fave. I would definitely recommend this beauty if you’re looking for something based around another culture and if you’re looking for a new band of misfits to fall in love with.