First Line Fridays: “The Candle and the Flame” by Nafiza Azad

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Happy Friday!

I’ve been on a reading blitz the last couple of weeks – listening to audiobooks on my commutes to and from work, reading books from my TBR during lulls at work, then putting my focus on ARCs during the weekend. I managed to finish 6 books so far, which, for someone who has to be creative with her reading time, felt so good.

Writing, however, did not work for me.

I haven’t written much in two weeks, only managing to finish a couple of new paragraphs for a 5-year old fanfic I unearthed from my almost-forgotten Yahoo e-mail account’s drafts (that I tried cleaning up, but then saw the fanfic…and you know, plotbunnies started jumping around my head…so…) I still don’t know what I’ll do with whatever I finish. I haven’t updated that fic in 3, almost 4 years. By now, I might have already lost my audience, but we’ll see.

Anyway, I’ll be sharing the first few lines from one of those 6 books I finished for today’s FLF.

The Candle and the Flame

The desert sings of loss, always loss, and if you stand quiet with your eyes closed, it will grieve you too.







Nafiza Azad’s The Candle and the Flame is a wonderful diverse read set featuring Middle Eastern mythology and a setting inspired by the historic trade routes of The Silk Road. This was different from my usual as the story was pretty much character-driven, but I absolutely adored this book and was so glad to have finally gotten to it after loads of recommendations from other bloggers. I agree with them, this is a must read!

I’m set to write a review for this, just not sure when. I’m currently working on my review for another book I loved The Merciful Crow, which is coming out this July 30. Crossed fingers, I’ll be able to chip a bit of my review work this weekend.

Til next week!



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10 thoughts on “First Line Fridays: “The Candle and the Flame” by Nafiza Azad

  1. joyofreadingweb says:

    Over on my blog I’m sharing the first line from The Express Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower) by Kimberley Woodhouse.

    Here I’ll share the first line from chapter sixteen of the book I’m currently reading:

    “Footsteps signaled someone’s approach, and Grace paused her kneading in the pre-dawn morning, waiting for the customary greeting from one of the brothers.”
    Four Dreams of You by Sondra Kraak


  2. MrsDMVH says:

    So glad you enjoyed it! I’ve been on a huge reading binge lately too and all of a sudden it’s like, wait, I have all these reviews to do to catch up! Happy Friday!


  3. bellesmoma16 says:

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher: I’m currently reading Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett, so I’ll share the first line from there.

    “Elsie closed her eyes for a moment and breathed in the steamy air, imagining she stood beside Grand Prismatic Spring instead of the massive laundry boiler in the back of the Mammoth Hot Springs Lodge.”

    Hope you have an excellent weekend! 🙂❤📚


  4. thebeccafiles says:

    Today on my blog I shared the first line from A Lady’s Maid by Jen Geigle Johnson but it’s also the book I’m about to dig into so no extra line right now. Hope you have a great weekend!


  5. Yvette - Bookworlder says:

    Oh, I like that first line! I’m sharing from The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken today. Here is the first line from Chapter 2:

    “The factory rose above with row upon row of sharp-edged bricks.”

    Happy Friday!


  6. Iola says:

    What a fabulous cover and first line!

    I’m sharing the first line of Under a Camperdown Elm by Janet Chester Bly on my website today, but my current read is Love and Other Mistakes by debut Australian author Jessica Kate. Here’s the first line:

    “Natalie Groves eyed the bag of gingerbread M&Ms on the other side of the office meeting room and prayed for a divine intervention of Red Sea proportions.”

    Happy reading 🙂


  7. Narelle Atkins says:

    An intriguing opening! I’m sharing on my blog the first line from Underestimating Miss Cecilia by Carolyn Miller.

    It was, perhaps, the greatest torment to love someone who barely seemed to notice one’s existence.


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