Honestly, I have never ever thought this book could be HUGE.
I first take notice of We Hunt The Flame by bloggers and bookstagram community. It spike my interest and I thought how good this book could be? I went to Goodreads to read the blurb and I instantly add this series to my TBR list!
But one thing I did not expect, I am putting 472 pages and 592 pages of books into my book cart.
1. We Free The Stars (Sands of Arawiya, #1) by Hafsah Faizal
Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page : 472 pages
Published : 14th May 2019
— Blurb —
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 sultan. 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 Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya–but neither wants to be.
War is brewing, 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 sultan 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.
— Mini Review —
“We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves.”
I do not have any expectations before reading this book. I remember thinking the first chapter is not bad and I was happy to continue reading. Moving on to the second chapter, I just know that this book will be an amazing read.
The story progress and told in alternate perspective of two main characters. Zafira– a huntress disguised as a man to hunt and feed for her people and Nasir– Prince of Death who killed those dares to defy his father, the sultan.
I give this book a plus point of taking the time to introduce the settings and a little bit Arawiya history to readers, focused on the base story line before meeting of Zafira and Nazir. Although I thought the introductory took quite a bit too long.
Maybe because I couldn’t wait for the adventure as well as the romance to finally hit the book. Both aspects are my favourite in reading fantasy series (′ꈍᴗꈍ‵)
I also love how bits by bits, the story progress with much bigger and solid members that revolves around Nasir and Zafira. Also, there’s something about this book that made me reading all day and night! It’s not a fast pace story. In my opinion this book is a slowburn but I’m more than happy to follow the journey until the end of the book and immediately read through the sequel!
“A life without purpose may be no life, but a life without love is nothing but an existence.”
2. We Free The Stars (Sands of Arawiya, #2) by Hafsah Faizal
Genre : Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Page : 592 pages
Published : 19th January 2021
— Blurb —
The battle on Sharr is over. The dark forest has fallen. Altair may be captive, but Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are bound for Sultan’s Keep, determined to finish the plan he set in motion: restoring the hearts of the Sisters of Old to the minarets of each caliphate, and finally returning magic to all of Arawiya. But they are low on resources and allies alike, and the kingdom teems with fear of the Lion of the Night’s return.
As the zumra plots to overthrow the kingdom’s darkest threat, Nasir fights to command the magic in his blood. He must learn to hone his power into a weapon, to wield not only against the Lion but against his father, trapped under the Lion’s control. Zafira battles a very different darkness festering in her through her bond with the Jawarat—a darkness that hums with voices, pushing her to the brink of her sanity and to the edge of a chaos she dare not unleash. In spite of the darkness enclosing ever faster, Nasir and Zafira find themselves falling into a love they can’t stand to lose…but time is running out to achieve their ends, and if order is to be restored, drastic sacrifices will have to be made.
— Mini Review —
“Darkness doesn’t need to be destroyed. We need the dark as much as we need light. It makes us bold, as much as it makes us afraid.”
The sequel is very much the same with the book before. If you’re okay with the first book, then there’s nothing to worry about. You’re going to love this book as well!
Even though the story has progress much and moving on into darker plot, the slowburn of the story remain unchanged. But my curiosity and tendency to seek out the book whenever and wherever possible remains unchanged too!
However, getting onto a much more serious situation, I craved for more actions. I don’t think the actions exist are enough to satiate my thirst. And I don’t know why, with this book, sometimes I find it hard to visualized and to imagine the settings describe in the book.
But overall, I’m still happy for the book and I am not ready to part ways with the characters!
“Knowing you can lose something is what makes it more precious.”
Let’s Get Into Details!
I deliberately did not put much opinion above to discuss this series as a whole (and yes, without spoiler). If one asked me, I actually do not know how to describe clearly and exactly how I feel for this series. Reading this series feels like a love-hate kind of thing.
I love the premises, the Arawiya settings and the writing. But then, I am not a slowburn reader. I tend to love a book with intense and fast pace story. In my opinion, this book has a great potential and a good story to begin with. However, I find it all to be predictable at times.
And I think the reason this book could be a slowburn, is because it has abundance of narratives going on in the book. Things like too much talking rather than really act upon it. This book contains action, blood thirst desire, swordfights, magic and all but it feels flat to me.
Maybe because even in fight scenes, it focused more on narratives rather than the fight itself.
And I also thing this series are quite lengthy. I love the idea of returning dark kingdom to it’s glory, with interesting characters to lift the curses. But I couldn’t help but think that the problem of tiny conflicts are actually simple to take care of.
Moreover, the characters. I truly love the way this book create and develop its’ characters. But somewhere along the way, I find it weird and disturbing how characters could changed side so easily. The reasons are strong but it still feels off somehow.
But despite all of the above, I am weirdly happy and content for the book.
There’s something about the book that keeps me reading all day and night. I spent four days of my holiday just to read this series and I’m happy for it. I know what’s coming next but I just can’t stop reading!
Maybe because there’s a part of me that has already feel attached to the characters and I couldn’t stand to be seperated with them for long. It’s a lovely series.
Things I Love
1. Sands of Arawiya
It has such a lovely setting to begin with, and an interesting curse forest, with dark magic lingering around the kingdom.
2. Strong combination
We are talking about a Huntress and a Prince of Death. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to say it’s a sexy combination.
3. A Ship to Sail
I am falling head over heels for Nasir and Zafira. Along the story, I have come to support this two love birds so much it hurts. They’re just impossible not to love! A slowburn and yet impassioned romance to come!
4. Favourite man- Altair!
Slowly yet surely, I come to love this character with his cheerfulness, thoughtfulness, secrecy and his big heart!
1. Second Chance
It’s lovely how this book talks about redemption and how much it means for someone to be forgiven, start anew and be given second chance to atone.
2. Never Procastinate
This book have the perfect example of what’ll happened in procastinating and self-doubting ourself. Nothing good will come out of it. So, stop procastinating and love yourserlf dear friend!
3. Never Judge and Never Look Down On Others
Beacuse we never know what one’s went through. Every beings deserve to be appreciate and love.
It’s a lovely series really. It highlight broken characters, what they went through and I am more than happy to read their development. I also love how there are no instant attraction and how this fantasy series do not focused on pure first love but just moving on, going where life takes you, just like Sands of Arawiya.