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Hafsah Faizal Books In Order

Publication Order of Sands of Arawiya Books

We Hunt the Flame (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
We Free the Stars (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Hafsah Faizal is a brand designer and an American Muslim. She was born in Florida, raised in California. She lives with her family and a library of books that is waiting to be devoured. She creates websites for authors as well as beauteous goods for everybody else, having founded IceyDesigns.

Faizal feels that designing is in her blood, thanks to her dad, and started tinkering around with design when she was thirteen years old. At the same time, she learned the ropes of code. She started her book blog, it was an excuse to keep renovating the look every so often, and as she began getting a bigger audience, more people kept asking about her services.

She was seventeen years old when she founded IceyDesigns. It boasts quite a few bestselling author clients and was featured on Brit+Co., Bookriot, Buzzfeed, and Huffpost Style.

During the time she founded her company, she began writing. She penned and queried five manuscripts in total, all of which were science fiction and young adult, before she realized that fantasy is where her heart is able to thrive.

She worked on the book more extensively after she was talking about the book on Twitter and found there was interest in the story.

Working as a designer makes her a very visual author, and it makes her spend a lot more time describing symbols, architecture, and characters. Even if it is just the embroidery on some outfit’s cuffs. Faizal doesn’t know if she can love either design or writing more. Writing sates her literary half of her soul, while designing feeds her visual half.

Any snags while the creative process is going can hold her back. It can be anything from a design a client asks for that she doesn’t feel she is able to do, or a terrible plot hole. The tougher the problem is, she feels, the easier it is for her to begin to second guess her ability and action. The projects that take her sweat, cumbersome hours, and tears are the ones most worthy of her talents, and the ones that are most rewarding. It all leads to her most favorite part of the whole process, when it all comes together.

What Hafsah loves the most about the creative process is just how much her’s varies, keeping things challenging and fun for her. If it didn’t vary, she would have gotten tired of it all years ago.

Faizal is inspired by people that are able to take the ordinary and turn it into something that is extraordinary. She is in awe of the people that are boxed in by society, yet find some amazing ways to break free of them. Faizal is also inspired by art, photography, and stories that can swallow her whole, seep into her bones, and take her away somewhere else and get her to think in a brand new way.

While Faizal was writing the book, she noticed that just about every young adult fantasy book was set in some European locale or another. Of course, hers was, too. She had roughly thirty thousand words down with Welsh names and places before realizing that something was off and wrong about it. She took a break to try to figure out the map in the world, and then she found out.

She decided to break apart from the inadvertent boundaries mainstream young adult novels have and set it in the world of Arabia. Just not focus on topics like forced marriages, terrorism, or magical genies. And get away from the idea that the only saviors in these stories are white. All of this after she realized it was her story, and she figured she could both find and lose herself in the story.

When not writing, you can find her picking between “Assassin’s Creed” and “Skyrim”, coming up with her next design, and traveling the world.

Her debut novel, “We Hunt the Flame”, was released in the year 2019. Faizal work is from the young adult fantasy genre.

“We Hunt the Flame”, Faizal feels, is the story of her heart. These characters tormented her over the course of four years, until their plight was written down.

Her initial idea came from “The Hunger Games” being set in a fantasy world and what would happen as a result. She was talking about this idea with her sisters, and it led her to write the novel.

“We Hunt the Flame” is the first novel in the “Sands of Arawiya” series, which was released in the year 2019. People were able to live because she killed. People died off because he lived.

Zafira is a Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the Arz, a cursed forest, so she can feed her people. Nasir, the Prince of Death, kills those that are foolish to defy the sultan, his autocratic dad. Should Zafira be exposed as a girl, each of her achievements would be soundly rejected. If Nasir was to display any compassion, his dad would punish him in the most brutal way. Nasir and Zafira are both legends within the kingdom of Arawiya, although neither really wants to be.

War is coming, and the Arz gets closer with each and every passing day, and covers the land in a blanket of shadow. Zafira goes off on a quest to find a lost artifact that is able to restore magic back to her suffering world and stop the Arz. At the same time, Nasir is dispatched by the sultan on a mission similar to Zafira’s: get the artifact and murder the Hunter. An ancient evil stirs while their journey unfolds before them. The prize they are looking for might pose a greater threat than either is able to imagine.

Hafsah Faizal’s voice is not one that just speaks out, rather it sings across each and every one of the pages. Some readers found this to be a lyrical and spellbinding read filled with political intrigue, deception, and atmosphere that brings this tale to life. The characters are distinct and well-rounded, and have fantastically crafted back stories that inform entirely who they are as people.

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