Bestselling YA Fantasy We Hunt The Flame By Hafsah Faizal Optioned For TV Series
Another day, another adaptation in the works. This time we have news of the Arabian-inspired YA fantasy We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal in development for a tv series. The rights to the book have been optioned by STXtv, with author Faizal onboard as executive producer. Let’s take a look at what we know about We Hunt The Flame, and the upcoming tv series adaptation.
We Hunt The Flame Is An Epic Arabian-Inspired Fantasy
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We Hunt The Flame is the first book of Faizal’s Sands of Arawiya duology. The book debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list upon publication. It follows a young woman – disguised as a man – who struggles to help her people. The series has so much great stuff to look forward to. It takes place in a unique fantasy world that draws from Arabian mythology and legend. There is also magic; lost artifacts, feminist themes, complex characters, and a slow-burn romance certain to satisfy. A synopsis from Macmillan Publishing tells us the following about We Hunt The Flame.
“Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. 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 Zafira and Nasir 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 artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact 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.”
We Hunt The Flame Is A Universal Story That Transcends Genre
It looks like STXtv has been on the lookout for projects just like this one. Jada Miranda, the Head of Scripted Television for STXtv told Deadline that they “love stories with universal themes that cut across genres. Not only is We Hunt the Flame a gripping and emotional story, but its story of love, honor, and self-discovery raises the bar to become a cultural experience.”
Fans of books like The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart, or Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse are likely to find plenty to enjoy in Faizal’s books. We recommend picking up We Hunt The Flame now, before the tv series gets rolling with production.
— Hafsah Faizal (@hafsahfaizal) February 18, 2021
The second book in the series We Free The Stars just came out in January, completing the duology. The upcoming show will likely adapt both books for television. There is no news as of yet about who else will be working on this project. Or what network it will eventually land upon. But we’ll certainly be keeping a close eye on this adaptation, and we’ll keep you updated on more news about the upcoming We Hunt The Flame series adaptation as we learn more. To stay up to date, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.