We Hunt the Flame

We Hunt the Flame

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In a world inspired by ancient Arabia, seventeen-year-old huntress Zafira must disguise herself as a man to seek a lost artifact that could return magic to her cursed world.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374311544
0374311544
Branch Call Number: Fiction Faizal TEEN
Characteristics: 472 pages ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 12, 2019

Hafash Faizal's We Hunt the Flame seems to be a divisive book in the YA world, and I come down on the side of really enjoying it. Faizal writes introspective characters while keeping the story moving. Her Arabian setting is lush and while it is unfair to compare, this is what I had hoped Kingdo... Read More »


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PimaLib_ChristineR Aug 12, 2019

Hafash Faizal's We Hunt the Flame seems to be a divisive book in the YA world, and I come down on the side of really enjoying it. Faizal writes introspective characters while keeping the story moving. Her Arabian setting is lush and while it is unfair to compare, this is what I had hoped Kingdom of Copper would be like, rather than the over-convoluted tale it was.

I've read several reviews saying that it is Throne of Glass in a new setting, but I think we can say the same of Children of Blood and Bone, among many others. Just because it has a similar premise in a new setting, doesn't mean that *only* the setting is new. If I had to point out a difference, it is that Zafira, as the hunter, is terrific as a hunter, but not great at war. She consistently wants to believe the best of people and not use her skills with a bow and arrow on actual people. Compare that to Aelin in ToG who seems to be perfect at nearly everything, and a cold-blooded killer, who doesn't kill anyone... These characters are three-dimensional and while we can see the story line and the romance from a mile away, it doesn't take away from the skill with which Faizal crafted them.

I will add a disclaimer or two here: I don't speak or read Arabic and several people who do have said the translation work is awkward at best and wrong at worst, which is probably a big drawback to the story if you're multilingual in Arabic. Secondly, this story has absolutely zero representation across the sexuality spectrum. If that's a deal breaker for you, you may want to skip this series.

But neither of those things affected my enjoyment of what promises to be a fun new series, that while it may not bring anything new to the table, is still a beautifully executed novel.

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saphirastark
Jul 22, 2019

basically; let's sit in the sand and talk about how sad we are.
really great concept that just fell flat. nothing happened at all and the characters were all just kinda stale.

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