While my earlier post today was about Disappointing Reads, this one is much happier. Waiting on Wednesday is all about a book I’m enthusiastic about, one I can’t wait to get my hands on. A world I’m looking forward to sinking into, new characters I want to meet, and so on.
This week’s featured book is We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, a Young Adult Fantasy set in a world inspired by Arabia.
Published: 14 May 2019
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Fantasy/Young Adult
People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.
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 legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.
War is brewing in Arawiya, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.
Set in a world inspired by ancient Arabia.
I’ve had the privilege to read a sample of this book and think the writing is quite good. The summary alone sounds interesting, what with two main characters who have lives that they must fight against, stakes that are incredibly high, and lives that depend upon them, whether their own or familial.
Hafsah’s writing is going to create such a world that will bring in readers that will fall in love with the characters that everyone will be talking about them. Besides the main characters, I’m also super intrigued by the Arz, the dark forest that is encroaching upon the world. It feels like there’s so much behind this, so much potential, that I can’t wait to read more.
I know May is only a few months away, but right now it feels like ages! Here’s hoping this year passes by quickly and we can all find ourselves talking about We Hunt the Flame together asap!
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