We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal
I have been waiting for this book since it was announced.
As you may know, my favourite kind of fantasies are ones that inspired by real life locations and cultures. It’s why I love Venetian-inspired Nevernight and Egyptian-inspired City of Brass. Middle-Eastern inspired fantasies written by #ownvoices authors are especially something I jump at the chance to read.
So of course, We Hunt The Flame was on my radar.
I was delighted to receive an ARC through trading. But I also have an Owlcrate edition on the way because, as it stands, I super enjoyed this debut novel. It was different to what I expected it to be. But it’s definitely a series that I’m going to be keeping up with.
Why? Because the characters, that’s why. The characters are my children, and I’ll protect them for the rest of my life.
There’s just something about well-written characters. Characters that have layers and pasts that aren’t too interesting to make me want to read that instead. But enough to show how their pasts can affect their actions in the present. I loved the dynamic to our growing group of heroes, who multiplied as time went on from one to five. Granted, some received more air time than the others, and this isn’t always a bad thing. But it would have been nice to see and hear more from the ones who were put on the back burner.
The setting, like I said before, is different to what I expected. When going into Middle-eastern inspired stories, I usually read about bustling bazaars and glistening palaces with towering minarets. In the beginning of the story, we’re in a Middle-eastern inspired region cursed with snow. This threw me off imagery wise, and I had trouble picturing it, just because I’ve never seen it before.
But as the story continued, the setting changes and I was able to get a sense of what everything looked like much better! Above all else, I think this is a really solid debut. Fights, magic, romance, plus a new perspective in fantasy that the genre really needs right now.
*EXCITING NEWS: WHTF has been picked up by Pan Macmillan and will be published in the UK in August!*
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: 14th May 2019