We Free the Stars13-15 years
The epic sequel to the bestselling TikTok sensation We Hunt the Flame!
This is YA fantasy at it's best. Lush, hopeful and devestating, We Free the Stars is Hafsah Faizal's spellbinding conclusion to the Sands of Arawiya duology. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo's Shadow and Bone series.
Darkness surged in his veins. Power bled from her bones.
The battle is over, but the war is just beginning. Low on resources and allies alike, Zafira and Nasir are determined to finish their mission; to restore magic to their kingdom.
But the land teems with the return of an ancient evil, and as Nasir fights to command the magic in his blood, Zafira battles a very different darkness. And yet, in spite of everything, they find themselves falling into a love they can't stand to lose.
Time is running out and if order is to be restored, sacrifices will have to be made . . .
This Sands of Arawiya duology closer will not disappoint readers with its plot twists, banter, tormented romance, and multiple betrayals and reveals . . . Faizal’s prose truly shines in creating effective action scenes and dialogue. . . A satisfying conclusion.
Each achingly raw character arc is fully realized, delivering a satisfying close to the zumra’s story. Faizal’s craft continues to evolve as she demonstrates a facility with language and literary technique, drawing readers into a fantasy world and into the lives of characters that feel impressively real. Moments of humor and edge-of-your-seat action easily balance the book’s dark, tragic depths, creating a memorable story at the height of the fantasy genre.
Booklist, starred review
Faizal continues the lush world building that marked the first of this duology, expanding upon the Persian-inspired setting and guiding readers through all of Arawiya, introducing new cultural aspects and making the stakes clear; especially deft here is the portrayal of trauma on a mass scale. . .Those who were left breathless by the previous installment will heave a sigh of relief.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books