The Candle and the Flame

The Candle and the Flame

eBook - 2019
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Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population — except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, Noor is protected from the Shayateen by the Ifrit, djinn of order and reason, and by their commander, Zulfikar.
But when one of the most potent of the Ifrit dies, Fatima is changed in ways she cannot fathom, ways that scare even those who love her. Oud in hand, Fatima is drawn into the intrigues of the maharajah and his sister, the affairs of Zulfikar and the djinn, and the dangers of a magical battlefield.
In this William C. Morris YA Debut Award finalist novel, Nafiza Azad weaves an immersive tale of magic and the importance of names; fiercely independent women; and, perhaps most importantly, the work for harmony within a city of a thousand cultures and cadences.

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Maria_Wa
Aug 25, 2020

The Candle and the Flame is a very well-written book with a vibrant setting and relatable characters. The plot is quite intriguing, not to mention Nafiza Azad's mastery of description from beautiful clothing to the arid desert, from the opulent palace to the enchanting magic of the djinn. I also appreciated the subtle but enriching integration of Hindi, Urdu, and Arabic words that helped the setting become that much more immersive. I highly recommend it.

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vgempis
Jul 10, 2019

I'm in love with this book. When I started it, I couldn't put it down, and when I had to put it down, I was itching to pick it back up again.

"The Candle and the Flame" is YA historical fantasy set in a city along the Silk Road. The city is large and bustling and diverse, and the presence of the djinn is prevalent throughout the city. When a prominent djinn is murdered, our heroine, Fatima, undergoes a personal transformation in ways both subtle and dramatic.

While the book's synopsis leads the reader to believe the novel centers around Fatima, it's more of an ensemble cast with Fatima, her sister Sunaina, and the princess Bhavya at its heart. It's lighter on the action, but there's plenty of magic, mystery, and intrigue to go around. The characters are compelling and intriguing, and the setting is lush and beautiful. While it's not perfect, it's an excellent read!

PimaLib_KarinaR Jun 29, 2019

The descriptions and language in this book were beautiful! I really enjoyed the magical elements woven into the story, the importance of names in creating identities, and the strong, female characters that existed in this world... especially Fatima Ghazala and the Maharani.

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