The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza AzadThe Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

The Candle and the Flame

byNafiza Azad

Hardcover | May 14, 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.

Debut novelist 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.

Nafiza Azad was born in Fiji and spent the first seventeen years of her life as a self-styled Pacific Islander. Now she identifies as an Indo-Fijian Muslim Canadian, which means she is often navigating multiple identities. Nafiza has a love for languages and currently speaks four. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Children's Literat...
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Title:The Candle and the FlameFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:416 pages, 8.54 × 5.81 × 1.22 inShipping dimensions:8.54 × 5.81 × 1.22 inPublished:May 14, 2019Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1338306049

ISBN - 13:9781338306040

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Fatima remembers the package. She removes it from her messenger bag and holds it out to Firdaus. "The merchant delivered this today. Itâ??s a book."Firdaus eagerly takes the package. "I've been waiting for a volume of poetry written by an obscure Kmemu poet."Firdaus rips open the brown paper wrapped around the book and makes a sound of pleasure when he discovers that the book is indeed the volume he was seeking. He flips open the book, running his fingers through the text. Fatima watches him, consoled by the pleasure he takes in the written word. He suddenly, unexpectedly, goes still, and the old Ifritâ??s face empties of expression."What is it, baba?" Fatima moves closer to Firdaus. Firdaus lowers the book, and Fatima sees a smudge of black on the edge of the paper. She watches that viscous blackness slither from the paper onto Firdausâ??s hand before being absorbed through his skin.Firdaus's gold eyes flash black, and Fatima staggers back a step."The taint," Firdaus says through clenched teeth. Black veins appear on his skin and spread like the vines of a grape plant. Fatima watches helplessly."What do I do, baba? Who do I call?"Firdaus's skin is sallow, and he is sweating profusely. He grips the edge of his desk tightly, keeping himself upright. The book has fallen unnoticed to the floor. "Listen, ya binti, listen." Fatima nods frantically."You are a child of flesh and blood, and I am a being of fire and bone. Were I merciful, I would bid you run and end this tale here. But I am Ifrit and my stories are eternal even though I am not." Firdaus extends his trembling right hand to Fatima. "In return for the kindness I have shown you, will you become the ink that writes my tale?"There never was a choice.Fatima reaches out and grabs his right hand with both of hers.

Editorial Reviews

Early praise for The Candle and the Flame:"Fiery magic, sizzling romance, and a city so achingly hopeful and real that you can almost taste it on every page. I can't wait to return to Noor!"- Rachel Hartman, New York Times bestselling author of the Seraphina books"Ground breaking and immersive paranormal YA that evokes all the beauty, richness, and diversity of the ancient cultures, faiths, and languages of the Silk Road." - Rebecca Lim, author of The Astrologer's Daughter"Sumptuous writing, vivid detail, and a gallery of deftly-drawn characters highlight this glorious debut." - Kate Elliott, author of Court of Fives and Cold Magic Praise for The Candle and the Flame: *"Based on Islamic mythology and Arabic folklore, debut author Azad's descriptive storytelling and complex characters give the novel a certain richness and texture missing from solely plot-based narratives . . ." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review