We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal
The sequel to the New York Times–bestselling We Hunt the Flame, Zafira and Nasir must conquer the darkness around—and inside of—them.
The battle on Sharr is over. The dark forest has fallen. Altair may be captive, but Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are bound for Sultan’s Keep, determined to finish the plan he set in motion: restoring the hearts of the Sisters of Old to the minarets of each caliphate, and finally returning magic to all of Arawiya. But they are low on resources and allies alike, and the kingdom teems with fear of the Lion of the Night’s return.
As the zumra plots to overthrow the kingdom’s darkest threat, Nasir fights to command the magic in his blood. He must learn to hone his power into a weapon, to wield not only against the Lion but against his father, trapped under the Lion’s control. Zafira battles a very different darkness festering in her through her bond with the Jawarat—a darkness that hums with voices, pushing her to the brink of her sanity and to the edge of a chaos she dare not unleash. In spite of the darkness enclosing ever faster, Nasir and Zafira find themselves falling into a love they can’t stand to lose…but time is running out to achieve their ends, and if order is to be restored, drastic sacrifices will have to be made.
Lush and striking, hopeful and devastating, We Free the Stars is the masterful conclusion to the Sands of Arawiya duology by New York Times–bestselling author Hafsah Faizal.
We Free the Stars was a great conclusion to this duology. It’s super long and took me awhile to finish. But it was really good and I don’t think there was anything more I wanted from it.
Since this is a sequel, my review won’t be super long. There’s just too much story I could ruin. There will be spoilers for book one below.
Zafira is still connected to the Jawarat. If someone tried to destroy the book, she would die. The Jawarat has started to talk. Not only to Zafira, but also through her. She starts doing things she wouldn’t have normally done and it scares her. Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah had left Altair behind and they needed to find a way to get to him. During this time, Altair had started to enjoy some of his time with The Lion. The Lion reminded him that his friends left him behind and they weren’t coming for him. The group needed to find Altair, stop the Lion, and save the hearts from dying to restore magic. Most of the book is spent with each of them battling things and traveling to save magic. Zafira and Nasir are still in love with each other, but also pushing each other away at times. Zafira’s sister, Lana, showed up, more mature than before. She’s becoming a healer and Zafira struggles to see her as anything other than a young girl needing protection. There is a lot of death throughout the book. There wasn’t a huge chunk of the book that focused on the relationships, but it was always there. Little doubts, fears, and love. Each of them grew closer while they battled to change everything.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Edelweiss for my earc.
Warnings for blood, fighting, death. Basically everything from the first book.
Have you read this one yet? Is it on your TBR?