“We hunt the flame, the light in the darkness, the good this world deserves”
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 Arc 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 artefact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artefact 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.
When I picked up this book I had such high hopes for it, I had heard so many good things regarding it and I just could not wait to pick it up and dive into this world. I really do not like book bashing, I like to give a fair critique that will give you he advantages and disadvantages of the book. However I really did not like this book and I am going to struggle with this review. I almost didn’t write this and just forgot that I had read the book but that wouldn’t be fair.
From start to finish I was just really bored. I didn’t really know what was going on, if anything was going on at all. The beginning of this book dragged and the action didn’t really start to begin until 150 pages in. I feel like lots of fantasy world terms and tropes were thrown in all at once without very little explanation or clarification. It was almost as if they were thrown in there for the sake of being in there. I found that because of this the character development lacked a lot.
I do enjoy Hafsah Faizal’s writing style, I enjoy the way she describes the world that she has created. That is something that I cannot fault her for, I do not think anyone can honestly say that she cannot write.
I have already mentioned the lack of character development, because of this I do not feel that I actually built a connection with any of the characters. This didn’t help me when it came to wanting to pick this book up and continue because really I didn’t feel like I had anything to continue for.
A lot of YA fantasy has an unwanted romance that most of the time feels forced and takes over the main plot. If that is something you hate, like me, then this book may be for you. Whilst there is a slight hint of a romance that I feel will develop in the sequel to this book it doesn’t take over the story and it actually didn’t make me roll my eyes very much WHICH IS STRANGE.
This would have probably been a 3 star read for me as I was waiting for something to shock me at the end. The end did not shock me in the slightest, I had already guessed as it was predictable. Hence the reason I knocked a star off.
Please bear in mind that this is my own opinion and many may not agree with me. We are all allowed to like/dislike books that we read despite what other people think. Many people love this book and you may also be one of these people. I can’t recommend this book based on my thoughts but I don’t think that should stop you from picking it up if you feel that this book might be for you.