We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

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Baylee J., North County High School

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal introduces us to two protagonists: Zafira and Nasir. Zafira disguises herself as a man so that she is able to go on hunts in the Arz, a cursed forest that only she has been able to escape, so that she can feed her town. Nasir is the son of the ruthless sultan who orders him to assassinate people, giving Nasir the nickname “Prince of Death”. The land in which both Nasir and Zafira live had been stripped of magic, so Zafira and Nasir both leave to find the Jawarat, an item which is said to be the source of magic, to return it to the land and stop the Arz from getting any bigger.  

I really liked this book, the imagery was outstanding and the characters were very relatable. Both Zafira and Nasir faced internal conflicts within themselves and it was very interesting to see them solve them throughout the book. I can't forget about the side characters either, they brought humor and helped Zafira and Nasir discover who they truly were. One could say a problem with this book was how long it was (almost 500 pages), but when I was finished I found myself wanting to read more! I will confidently say that this debut novel deserves five stars, it was a nice mix of fantasy, adventure, and romance that anyone can enjoy.  

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