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We Hunt the Flame

Sands of Arawiya, Book 1
Written by: Hafsah Faizal
Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
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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

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  • Faiza Ambah
  • 2019-05-15

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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  • Alpha20
  • 2019-05-22

RERECORD THIS IMMEDIATELY 🤯

Dear Macmillan audio & Audible, ummmm, ahhhhhhh well now, did you think this wasn't noticeable? Two great narrators on this book.... HOWEVER, it sounds like I'm driving in and out of tunnels with the changing of the voice re-recordings so frequently. I'm not sure if Fiona Hardingham was pronouncing words or names incorrectly so they decided to record over the original. Once or twice, okay, I get it. BUT HOLY MOSES!! How could you send this version out and be okay with it?


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  • Kay Amonette
  • 2019-05-16

Good narration, distractingly poor editing at times.

Fiona’s narration is distracting in the first third of the book. While she is a talented narrator, It’s clear she had mispronounced the protagonist’s name and they very awkwardly re-recorded just the name or parts of phrases and patched it into the original, but the sound quality and the voice is different and it’s distracting from the story. Steve West’s narration is good, as always.

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  • Emma Stephens
  • 2019-05-16

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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  • SarahH
  • 2019-05-28

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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  • Alex
  • 2019-06-16

EDITING NIGHTMARE

The editing is so wretched, it completely distracted me from the story. It’s as if a young child discovered the record button and decided to randomly record over parts over the story, and often. The narrator sounds promising, but I shan’t say for certain, as I had to give up trying to listen to this book, one that I have been eagerly anticipating for quite some time. Very disappointing, I hope they fix the issue, and quickly. If I were the author, I’d be demanding an editing fix immediately, as this will surely be cause for many returns. I will be requesting a refund. <SMDH>

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  • anood
  • 2019-06-05

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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  • Eric Falkner
  • 2019-06-01

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-29

Incredibly wonderful story

I absolutely loved this story, I cannot wait for the next book!
The recording was definitely a little distracting since they re recorded over a lot of mispronounced words but after a while I got used to it and was so engrossed in the story line that I didn't really notice it anymore. Definitely recommend giving it a try and if you can't get over the recording, go buy this book. I was on the edge of my seat for the whole time, by far the best book I've read/listened to in a long time. Highly recommend.

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  • Loretta
  • 2019-05-29

masterful

It was a beautifully spun adventure that drew me into its world. I cannot wait for the following book to be available.