The Candle and the Flame, by Nafiza Azad

"They are like puzzle pieces, straining toward each other, trying to form a whole, but being kept from unification by viscous matter than to Fatima Ghazala's eyes looks very much like grief made tangible."

Nafazia Azad's debut novel is lovely, lyrical and filled with diverse characters.  The book is about belonging and family and powerful women.  The world building is extensive and immersive and I found the premise intriguing and the plot fast paced.  This story will evoke discussion of grief, loss, discrimination, war, differences, friendship, loyalty, family and love.

The cover and entire book are dazzling, yet I found it hard to connect with at first.  There were so many words that I didn't understand that it pulled me out of the story as I tried to use context clues to discern the meaning. I didn't realize until the end of the book, that there was a thesaurus which I definitely needed!  Overall, well-worth the read!

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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