If you read my review of We Hunt the Flame then you know how in love I am with this gorgeous debut. So when I was contacted about hosting Hafsah for a guest post, I jumped on it!
We Hunt the Flame
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, 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.
What are TV shows, movies, and books that would pair well with WHTF?
Comp titles are a surefire way to get me hyped for a book. I’m aware they’re typically far-fetched, but finding the sliver of similarities between two works is half the fun! I’ve seen WE HUNT THE FLAME compared to a number of titles and shows, and while I might not agree with all them myself, I thought it’d be fun to list out a few I particularly like!
There’s nothing I love quite like the Assassin’s Creed video games, and that’s evident when you read WE HUNT THE FLAME. If you love the elegance of the lethal killers of Assassin’s Creed, the fact that they follow a creed, and (of course) parkour, I know of a book you might like.
Similarities: Nasir, one of WE HUNT THE FLAME’s two protagonists, is an assassin cut from the same cloth as the assassins from the games, and I’m not ashamed to say it!
GAME OF THRONES
Yes, this is overused. No, I’m not conceited enough to believe my book is that great. That said, if the new season is keeping you in a constant state of denial and you’re looking for another fantasy world to burrow into, WE HUNT THE FLAME might be the one.
Similarities: an immersive world rife with political intrigue. That said, WE HUNT THE FLAME is far less political than GAME OF THRONES, but it’s a new world you might love, despite the danger!
THE GILDED WOLVES
Roshani Chokshi has a way with words with a lyrical writing style that is both dreamy and lovely. Her new book also happens to have a dynamic cast of characters navigating a world for an artifact. Of course, the reasons behind the quest in THE GILDED WOLVES and the quest of WE HUNT THE FLAME are wholly different, but it’s fascinating how similar and entirely different our two stories are.
Similarities: found family (one of my favorite tropes), a group of misfits who become part of something greater, and dare I say, a similar writing style.
There you have it! Three creative works I dared to compare to. Are there more? Certainly! I sometimes feel every piece of fiction can be connected to another in some small way. We’re all living and drawing from the same world, aren’t we?
About the Author
Hafsah Faizal is an American Muslim and brand designer. She’s the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. When she’s not writing, she can be found dreaming up her next design, deciding between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim, or traversing the world. Born in Florida and raised in California, she now resides in Texas with her family and a library of books waiting to be devoured. WE HUNT THE FLAME is her first novel.