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We Hunt the Flame

Sands of Arawiya, Book 1
Series: Sands of Arawiya, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins

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Summary

A Bustle's Most Anticipated 2019 YA Release

A Barnes & Noble Top 2019 YA Fantasy Release

Paste Magazine's Top 10 Most Anticipated YA Novels of 2019 

"Lyrical and spellbinding." (Marieke Njikamp, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, Hafsah Faizal's We Hunt the Flame - first in the Sands of Arawiya series - is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands. 

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 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.

©2019 Hafsah Faizal (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic reviews

"Narrators Fiona Hardingham and Steve West lend their exceptional vocal skills to this fantasy novel...Both narrators deliver commanding performances steeped in drama and suspense, drawing out every ounce of emotion and intrigue: — AudioFile Magazine, Earphones Award winner

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  • Faiza Ambah
  • 15-05-19

Every Arabic word is mangled.

Excellent and fresh and interesting story. But the mangling of every Arabic word is very annoying and detracts from the listening. If there are no narrators who can pronounce Arabic can the narrators at least find out how the Arabic words are pronounced?

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  • SarahH
  • 28-05-19

Enjoyable but Predictable

Let me start by saying I really enjoyed this book! I love a lot of the tropes she used. But if you've read Ember in the Ashes or Shadow & Bone, you've seen the characters and plots before. The twists aren't too surprising and once the characters are introduced, you kind of know their role in the story. That's not necessarily bad if you like the tropes. The author delivers on the tropes pretty well...
... except for the Big Bad Guy. You never really find out what his motives are or why does the bad things he does. Maybe that's a book 2 thing? It was a bit frustrating not knowing that.
I liked the setting but sometimes I wished I had the physical book because I got confused by some of the (Arabic?) terms that got casually tossed around and were pronounced differently by the 2 narrators. I liked having them in the story, and for the most part, the context clues defined the terms. But I did get a bit lost at times.
As always, these 2 narrators were FANTASTIC! But there were some production issues where you could hear cuts and edits.

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  • Emma Stephens
  • 16-05-19

Audio Issues

I couldn't make it past the first few minutes because the audio was horrible. I sounded like the re-recorded sections and the quality wasn't the same, or it was a different narrator all together. I would rather give a standard copy of the book a go rather than listen to bad audio.

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  • Laura
  • 24-06-19

Confusing. Irritating. Horrible

I couldn’t get into this book. The relationships between characters felt too unnatural, forced. The story and source of the lost magic didn’t make any sense. There were several major twists that seemed wrong somehow & they led to me rolling my eyes instead of thing “oh wow, didn’t see that coming.”

Overall, I disliked it. Very much.

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  • anood
  • 05-06-19

Liked it

The narrators were amazing👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 but Okay this audiobook was badly edited , Arabic is my first language so I really enjoyed the narration, I only wish it was better edited, I still don't have a clear opinion on this story, it was entertaining I can say that

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  • Tania Padilla
  • 07-06-19

poor story, terrible audio

the story line is good, the narration is good, but the writings is terrible, so boring and redundant it drags, dont waste your time

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  • Eric Falkner
  • 01-06-19

Rough start narration/audio but worth getting past

The narrator obviously had recorded the main character’s name incorrectly but the sound engineer did a poor job with splicing in the fixes. It sounded like two separate female readers in the first part of the book. Listening in stereo gave me a headache because of the engineers sound placement. I endured because I have listened to this narrator before and enjoyed her reading and loved the story so I endured and it was well worth it.
This story is enchanting and is filled with twists of plot and emotion.

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  • Bobbi
  • 12-07-19

A Tale of Strength, Courage, Friendship, and Self.

The story was very engaging and entertaining. The characters were interesting. and all had an important part to play in the story. The use of imagery had me seeing everything with my mind's eye. Loved the story now onto book 2!

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  • SamiJo McQuiston
  • 07-07-19

A buffet of decadent ancient Arabian flavors with just the right sprinkling of magic

Prepare yourself for a fantastic journey into the best fantasy I’ve read in ages! Beautifully written, the world-building is extraordinary! I seriously cannot say enough good things about this book. Hafsah Faizal’s debut novel dazzles, and I’m dying for the next installment!
So, I’m going to go a little Spice Girls on you guys and say girl power! I love seeing a strong woman as the protagonist in a fantasy series. I also love that while she has a love interest, getting to be “his girl” is not the only thing on her mind. She has goals and ambitions that have nothing to do with him, and I have to say that for me, it makes their relationship even hotter. P.S. kudos to Hafsah for keeping that sexual tension going, it’s frustrating and incredibly well-done in the same breath.
I encourage you all to travel to Arawiya, venture into the Arz and set sail with Zafira and Nasir as they journey into darkness to bring magic back to their people. It’s a buffet of decadent ancient Arabian flavors with just the right sprinkling of magic. You’re not going to want to miss this!

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  • Ann
  • 28-06-19

The Dream Team

First of all, in all honesty, I chose this listen strictly for the narrators who are two of my favorites. Several of the books in my library feature their dual story telling or at least Ms. Hardingham.

I will say that the first quarter of the book it sounds like they re-recorded every time Hardingham says the protagonists name. This makes for some ear irritating shifts in tone and pitch, but rest assured they go away at some point past the first quarter of the book.

When I first started listening, I thought this book would be predictable, I thought I'd figure out exactly where everything was going. And while maybe some plot points at the beginning were obvious, nothing about the twists and turns at the end, did I see coming. I cannot wait for the next one. Please write it quickly.

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