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We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Young adult

We Hunt the Flame

by Hafsah Faizal

Quick take

Fearless hunters and feared assassins in mythical ancient Arabia.

Good to know

  • First in series

  • Magical

  • Graphic violence

  • Murder

Why I love it

Hafsah Faizal’s We Hunt the Flame is a fierce #OwnVoices debut: a lushly detailed epic fantasy inspired by ancient Arabia with a vivid, well-rounded cast of characters and a plot that makes it hard to put down.

The story focuses on two main characters: Zafira, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to conceal her identity as she hunts to feed her community; and Nasir, a prince and an assas...


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 l...

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