“Pure of heart. Dark of intent.“
There are not enough words in the English language – screw it, any language for the matter – that can describe how much joy reading this book has brought me. Albeit I have taken my time with reading it, my copy sitting on my desk for a couple of months; just watching me, waiting for me to pick it up and just devour it. I am glad I waited after my exams have finished to start this book, to dedicate all of my focus to it. I thought I knew what I was getting myself into, with so many of my mutuals on both instagram and twitter waxing poetics about WHTF.. boy was I wrong. Arabic names, places, food and general words are sprinkled so delicately into this wonder of a book, making the story even more dear to my heart. There is a glossary and pronunciation guide to accompany the book that can be found here!
OVERALL : ☆☆☆☆☆
The world that Faizal so gloriously paints is so dear to my heart and I honestly loved every moment of reading. I loved that I related to so many words and food ; I grew up with my culture not very represented in western media and finding this gem of a book proudly displaying all of its aspects in a tale makes my heart want to burst. Heres to more books so unapologetically Arab!
This is a Pinterest board I made for We Hunt The Flame.
this is a very short review because I adore this book very much and do not want to overthink it / enjoy it less by breaking it down.. maybe some time in the future (AKA before We Free The Stars (THE SEQUEL TO THIS GLORIOUS BOOK!) comes out) I will do a reread and write more about each character. Just know I love the Zumra with my whole heart.