The Candle and the Flame

By: Nafiza Azad

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.
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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ISBN: 9781338306040

JLG Release: Sep 2019


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Sensitive Areas: Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Jinn , Djinns , Genies , Magic , Silk Road , Fantasy , Mythology , Identity , Good and evil , Heads of state , Kings, queens, and rulers , Action and adventure

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Awards & Honors

2019 William C. Morris Award Finalist
William C. Morris Award Honoree - 2020

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Eighteen-year-old Fatima is a human who carries the fire of the djinn within her. She’s a devout Muslim raised by her adopted Hindu family in Noor, a city along the Silk Road, when her parents and all but two other of the city’s inhabitants are slain in a massacre by the Shayateen, a class of djinn who thrive on chaos and destruction. Noor emer Eighteen-year-old Fatima is a human who carries the fire of the djinn within her. She’s a devout Muslim raised by her adopted Hindu family in Noor, a city along the Silk Road, when her parents and all but two other of the city’s inhabitants are slain in a massacre by the Shayateen, a class of djinn who thrive on chaos and destruction. Noor emerges from the ashes to become a vibrant multicultural city where Muslims, Hindus, and others live together in a brokered peace maintained by human rule and the protection of the Ifrit Djinn, who value order and reason. There are signs, however, that this peace is under serious threat. When Fatima’s presence at the violent death of Firdaus, a powerful Ifrit, transforms her into Fatima Ghazala, she is changed in ways that upend her identity, threaten her relationships, and thrust her into the center of the city’s ruling class. Under the protection of the Ifrit’s leader, Zulfikar, Fatima finds herself grappling with feelings she’s never had before. In this sophisticated debut novel, Azad combines Islamic concepts and Middle Eastern mythology with a variety of other traditions to create a magical treatise on identity, community, friendship, and love. Readers will identify with female characters who struggle against limiting societal expectations. The themes of trauma and grief are treated with care. Azad’s vivid depiction of the details of Noor’s sights and sounds make the city come alive. Backmatter includes a glossary of terms. Readers may also enjoy the forthcoming title We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal. A moving commentary on gender roles, identity, love, and loss, and a first purchase for school and public libraries.

Book Details

ISBN

9781338306040

First Release

September 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

[Fic]

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

416

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.8; Points: 18;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.4; Points: 26;

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes, Violence: Mild Violence

Topics

Jinn, Djinns, Genies, Magic, Silk Road, Fantasy, Mythology, Identity, Good and evil, Heads of state, Kings, queens, and rulers, Action and adventure,

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