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We Hunt the Flame, by Hafsah Faizal

katiehicks's review against another edition

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adventurous fast-paced

3.25

 I think I’d like to try this book again as a physical book, because overall I thought it was just “fine” but I think most of my issues had to do with the audio format. The world-building in the beginning felt like it could have been explained better, and some of the action sequences towards the end felt a little hard to follow. Also, the voice actor for Nazir had this habit of actually shouting into the mic whenever a character was shouting and it was very annoying to listen to this audio book with headphones. 

The audio format made it kind of difficult to care about what was happening since I was confused a lot, BUT I did like most of the characters and I am still interested in continuing on with the series. 

tuscareads's review against another edition

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5.0

The best fantasy novel I've read this year. I truly couldn't put it down and I enjoyed reading it a lot. I'm still trying to absorb all the turns at the end and what it means for the novel. Overall, it was a great book.

shadowsofzevyn's review against another edition

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adventurous dark slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

sheepishlysarah's review against another edition

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4.0

I really enjoyed this. I've been in a bit of a reading slump and while this didn't fully break it, this was a good solid read. I felt like I savored this a bit because I read it over a much longer period of time than I usually do. I have the memory of a goldfish though and so I actually started to forget some plot points from the very beginning and had to go back and refer to a few things. I liked all the characters in this well enough. Zafira and Nasir are my favorites followed by Altair. Everyone else was not as developed and so I didn't get as attached to them. I loved Zafira's drive to complete the quest contrasted with her fear of losing her identity as "The Hunter" once she's saved Ariwaya. Nasir makes me so sad. His whole existence is just one giant black cloud and he had this absolutely amazing line about depression. "He was always sad, he knew. But there was a difference between a perpetual state of unhappiness and a sudden gust of it, leaving him cold and helpless. Floundering with no sight of an end." I just want to snuggle him. Here comes my one problem with him as a character. He constantly thinks of himself as a monster and other characters view him in the same way (it's brought up so often in the book otherwise I wouldn't remark on this) but we're never shown him doing anything truly horrible. Yes, he's a killer but he only kills when commanded and only kills those he's commanded to. The one instance of this we see as a scene is him killing a man who fully accepts and recognizes that he's going to die. The scene makes me feel sadder for Nasir than this random character. Maybe if he delighted in the killing I could see him as being monstrous and then changing along the journey. However, instead we only get more scenes that he was always good and never close to being a monster. Altair was a delight, I always love a character who attempts to break up the tension with a joke. I also liked when he had his serious scenes too. It made him so much more than just the comic relief character.

I also loved the setting of Arawiya. The way the landscape changed when magic disappeared was so interesting. I loved seeing how it twisted and affected each caliphate. Also the FOOD! There were so many amazing food descriptions in this book. You could read it simply for that reason alone! The ending of this novel was really gripping and once I hit a certain part I really struggled to put the book down. I can't wait to see how everything shakes out in the next installment.

mijpearl's review against another edition

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4.0

Read this for Biaanual Bibliothon.

So does Altair join the bad side now? He is the son of the Lion of the Night. I need more backstory. Yasmine may have a seer's power. I need to reread this book slowly next time. I feel like I rushed through this book.

lyla_lynn's review against another edition

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adventurous slow-paced
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A

3.75

fionamc's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

sarcasticaries's review against another edition

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adventurous mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

 my twitter thread while reading it + final opinions: https://twitter.com/sarcasticaries/status/1399842954869620744?s=20 

hana_might_read's review

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adventurous slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

5.0

I loved this book so much. Definitely one of my top favorite. I haven’t read book 2 yet but I bought it immediately! The world building is great and interesting!

sabreenabooksandprosecco's review against another edition

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4.0

We Hunt the Flame

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

“People lived because she killed.”
“People died because he lived.”


Okay, I will start by saying that there are extremely mixed reviews for this book. People either seem to love it or hate it, so it just goes to show you that not everyone will love/hate the same books. (Do I say this in every review? Maybe? But oh well.)

By my star rating, you clearly know I enjoyed this.

To me, We Hunt the Flame was exciting, intense, and had a lovely little romance that, while a little problematic, I still really enjoyed.

We Hunt the Flame is about a zumra (gang/group).

-> We have Zafira who disguises herself as a man so she can hunt to feed her village.
-> Nasir, the crown prince and an assassin, is struggling between doing what is right and getting the approval he so desires from his father.
-> Altair is the head of the king’s guard, and although neither of them will admit it, one of Nasir’s only friends.
-> Benyamin is an immortal with a heavy heart and a wrong to right.
-> And finally, Kifah who is an elite warrior determined to fight for what she believes in.

“A life without purpose may be no life, but a life without love is nothing but an existence.”

Zafira as a character was okay. At times I was a little confused by her behaviour, but I will chalk it up to inexperience/shock… She hunts every day in the Arz, a dark, magical forest that no one else seems to be able to go into and return from. So she is courageous. She also accepts the quest to find a magical book that will bring good magic back to the world. Again, courageous.

However, several times, when she is faced with a tough decision, she… runs away? Not every time, but it happened enough times that I thought it was weird. Other than that, I did like her, and think she’s pretty badass.

“To the people, he was not Nasir Ghameq, crown prince of Arawiya, no. He was the purger of life. The Prince of Death.”

Nasir is a poor tortured soul. I both loved and hated him, but to me, his character made sense. He doesn’t want to be an assassin for his father, but he does want his father’s approval – and we all do ridiculous things to gain the approval of a loved one!

I did not love his reasoning for falling for Zafira – the whole “she’s not like everyone else” thing – but I did like the actual romance. What can I say, I’m all for the “he picks up the girl and pushes her against the wall” type scenes! *swoon*

“If I told you my name, would you bow?”
“Or would you flee?”


^ this quote is f*cking everything. This was the moment I fell for him. Who is “him”? Read the book because it’s worth it!

Altair was definitely my favourite character! He is sarcastic, witty, smart, and kind. He’s perfect and I want him. That’s all.

Okay, that’s not all. Altair’s story was also my favourite. We learn about his past and I really loved how Faizal developed him. He doesn’t have a great history, but he does the best he can. He also is committed to doing what is right and not necessarily what he is told.

“There’s no greater curse than memory.”
“Tragedies happen once, memories relive them eternally.”


Benyamin was… interesting. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but I didn’t feel like we got enough of Benyamin as his own character. I wish his story had been a little bit different so he could stand on his own a bit more. He definitely was there to support the main characters.

Kifah is a bit similar to Benyamin in that, despite being part of the Zumra, we don’t really get to know much about her. I do hope we get to learn more about her in book two because she sounds epic.

“Who decides what’s out of reach, if not we ourselves?”

What I really loved about We Hunt the Flame was the story. Yes, we’ve all read something similar before, but for me, the details were unique and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I loved the tension between the characters and the many twists – of which I guessed none, but who’s surprised about that…

I also really loved Faizal’s writing. Some people have said the pacing was a bit slow to start, and while I somewhat agree, I also think it makes sense because she was building the story so that the quest makes sense.

“Monsters cannot become men.”
“That does not mean I cannot love a monster.”


Like I said (and as with any other book), some people love this and some people don’t. I’d say it’s definitely worth it if you want a fantasy book that has an interesting story, a fantastically sarcastic character, and one heck of a cliffhanger (yeah, the epilogue hurt my heart)!

Also, I finished this book a while ago now, but thanks to some gorgeous character art, I keep thinking about it and Altair and Nasir and Zafira. I mean… look at them:

The Zumra

“For Zafira bint Iskandar embraced the darkness.”
“And the darkness embraced her back.”


I am SO excited for book two because I have a sneaking feeling there is going to be a lot more about my favourite character!