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We Hunt the Flame: Sands of Arawiya, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intriguing, sometimes confusing fantasy with Arabian flare.

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There are so many cool flourishes to this debut author's ancient Arabia-inspired fantasy world that you can forgive the parts of the story that confuse or could use more polish. Magical elements, immortal beings, places, and the folklore of the Arawiya aren't always presented clearly for the reader -- you'll consult the map at the front of the book to center yourself far more than you normally would -- but this world will still draw you in. So will the main characters, Zafira and Nasir. When it's clear they'll be on the same quest, you'll be anxious for them to meet and for the arrows and knives -- and, eventually, sparks -- to fly.

The island and the forest can think and feel, which is cool-- they're possibly malevolent, but not entirely. The chilling landscape draws both the main characters in for very different reasons and all its shadowy features add to the tension. So do the shapeshifting ifrit that dredge up the characters' struggles with loss and longing. The climactic action will confuse readers again with some last-minute realizations about what they're looking for and how to acquire it, but the setup for the sequel is exactly what's needed to tease up a new fan base.

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