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We Free the Stars

(Sands of Arawiya #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,407 ratings  ·  374 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 592 pages
Published January 19th 2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
my feelings for this concluding installment mirror my feelings for the first book exactly, so this is probably just going to be a copy/paste review. but hey, consistent authors are worth praising.

again, the main thing carrying this book is definitely the arabian representation. it gives the story a lush and cultural atmosphere that is much needed in the book world. had you taken that away, would this still be worth 4 stars? maybe. maybe not. the characters are still interesting (nasir definitel
Cait (Caitsbooks)
Thinking of reading the first book, We Hunt the Flame? Check out my review here!

Quick Stats:
5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: I am broken. This book has destroyed me. But in the best possible way.

// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Child Abuse, War Themes, Murder //

Release Date: 1/19/2021
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page Count: 592 pages

We Free the Stars is the sequel to We Hunt the Flame, fo
Azraa F
Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
...and the Prince of Death never left a job unfinished.

Rameela (Star)
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Initial Thoughts: Thank you so so much Hafsah for letting me read an early early copy I’m literally so honored and ALSO AN EMOTIONAL MESS 😭 words can’t fully encompass how I feel. But Arawiya will always be a home for me and I will always love the zumra forever and always😭 thank you for this brilliance
rose ★
what was this???

i am... genuinely in awe.

i came into this book expecting to have fun, maybe enjoy it a reasonable amount. what i did not expect was to read what was probably the best finale to a series that i have ever experienced.

this was so, so good. everything about it.

normally, even if i love a series finale, i have at least a couple regrets, of storylines that i felt were sloppy or characters that lacked closure. not here. i don’t think i have ever finished a series and felt so, so
“We’re not falling apart. We hunted the flame on Sharr, set free the stars across the skies, but it was only ever the dawn of our zumra. Now we make sure that light doesn’t go out. Forever. Together.”

Ahh, my heart hurts.

We Free the Stars was one of my most anticipated books of 2021 and it did not disappoint. The Sands of Arawiya books are fantasy books based on Arabic folklore and are (thankfully) culturally accurate, written by POC author Hafsah Faizal.

I absolutely love Hafsah’s writing, i
Sep 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2021-releases
We Hunt The Flame (#1) ★★★★★

September 03, 2020: After loving the first book so much, you can't expect me to NOT BE BEGGING TO READ THIS EARLY so everyone, please pray for me because I want to read it now,,,
Shawna (SugoiShawn/SugoiReads)
Though I didn't enjoy We Free the Stars as much as the first book, I did still rather enjoy this one. I'm so grateful that for once in my life a series has been completed without killing off my favorite character. I was literally so worried my favorite would be killed, but he's safe and I'm so relieved.

To start off my review, I need to repeat something from my review of We Hunt the Flame, this book and this series desperately needed a terminology guide in the physical book itself. I know that th
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
whoever designs these covers deserve a raise
Sophie Elaina
Oct 07, 2019 marked it as on-my-radar
Shelves: 2021-releases
That cover and colour scheme though! 😍


After that ending! All those reveals! That cliffhanger!

I'm going into a coma, wake me up in 2020.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It was easy to believe that anyone who did not speak of suffering did not suffer.

I think I need days to process it. But then also I won't be able to do justice to this book.
The beginning was very sad. I was just waiting for the sun to hide behind clouds and it would have been officially a very sad, grey day. I would have sat by window and looked out, trying to channel inner disney princess but failing(because I have the grace of a frog). But wait. THE BOOK IS WORTH IT. Every ounce of sadness

Bright Star
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2021
“We free the stars, shatter the darkness holding us captive, and return the world to the splendor it once was.”

I should write a review. I should write a comment. I should write... something. But I can't find the words to describe how much I loved this book. I finished We Free the Stars two days ago but my mind is still there, in Arawiya, with the zumra. It's hard to say goodbye because I've loved this world and these characters from the very first page. I've laughed, suffered, rejoiced with them
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been holding in my feelings on this book since May, and now that I'm finally allowed to share, I don't know how to explain how perfect this book is.

We Free the Stars conveys a complexity of emotions I can scarcely put into words. People live and die, betray and save each other, close themselves off and open themselves up. It's not so much what happens, as it is how does each character react to it, and why.

When We Hunt the Flame ended, we were left with many questions, lots of pain, and the
Kalena W
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5/5 stars, everyone got such a good ending

One thing I can for sure say about Hafsah Faizel is that her writing, and how she creates a story, is consistent. She can be counted on to bring in similar elements of what was good in the first book into this one, and write the plot similar to the first one. If you enjoyed We Hunt the Flame I think you will greatly enjoy the sequel, it's quite reflective of the first one.

I really liked experiencing this story, after the cliffhanger of the last book t
Jan 20, 2021 added it
Shelves: dnf
I am going to choose to DNF this book at 30%. Firstly, I did not realize that this book was close to 600 pages, and I am not enjoying the story enough to invest so much time in reading such a long book. Additionally, I received a copy from Net Galley and have been having a lot of eye strain from this digital book. I think that might also be contributing to my lack of enjoyment. Unfortunately, I am just not that captivated by the world or characters to continue on with the series.
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow! So much better than the first book. This is the true difference between an author’s debut and their second book. I felt myself actually caring about the characters and the book didn’t drag.
Allie Macedo
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Edit: *I was able to read a newer draft of WFTS. All views are my own. AND I STAND BY WHAT I SAID-THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOK I’VE EVER READ.

**I was able to read a very early draft of WFTS. All views belong to me**
The only thing you need to know is that I cried. And that I have ZERO regrets about crying. AND that this is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
Shehzeen Muzaffar
Dec 16, 2018 marked it as to-read
We Free the Stars had the perfect ending to an incredible duology. The characters arcs were so beautiful and the last line of this book made me cry of happiness. It was so moving.

I just love these characters so much.

I'm secretly hoping for a Yasmine and Altair novella pretty please 👀👀👀
Jan 22, 2021 rated it did not like it
Faizal clearly put effort into this book, yet I vehemently disliked many aspects of it. Hereunder is everything wrong with this book:


I found this book to be incredibly sexist. I don't care what political affiliation a person has, or where they put themselves on the religious spectrum, or the feminism spectrum, or whatever spectrum you have out there. If you cannot abuse and put down females, you should also not be able to abuse and put down males. You say you have a strong female char
Joan He
Jul 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
LOOK AT THAT TITLE!!!! commence big hype energy
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
i don’t know if this is just because i’m in a reading slump, but i feel like this could’ve been 100 pages less. i just thought a lot of it was repetitive and if we lost that then the actual story and character relationships would’ve been able to shine more.
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
this is the best book i have ever read IF YOU HAVENT ALREADY READ THIS DUOLOGY
Nov 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Sorry - without reading the first book, it's impossible to get into this world and understand these characters. DNF.

eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley.

(for anyone who hasn't checked my profile or looked at my other reviews: a good sequel will make it easy for readers to get into the world, usually through a "previously" section or by referencing prior events. After 40%, this book did not do any of that, hence the DNF.)

this is soooo good
I loved this duology

the ending though

why you gotta leave it like that, Faizal?

I feel like this author attended my English class. All of our vocab words were repeatedly manifested ahhh ahhahahhaha

they are so cute together
but they just need to admit it

i still can't believe it's over

isn't the cover so stunning

my thoughts are so weird right now
this makes no sense haha

highly recommend this series :)
Abbie | nerdyabbie
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
An entertaining, heartbreaking, albeit dense sequel bound to keep readers on the edge of their seats ✨

Hafsah likes to play around with the reader's hearts a lil bit, let me tell you. She drags them through the mud, the desert, teases you with an oasis, and then plunges you into the darkness 😂I said this about the first one, and I'll say it again with the sequel: THIS BISH WAS WAY TOO LONG. I just wanted the romance, honestly. That's all.

AND THE ROMANCE. I loved it, but the miscommunication!

Brittney Carden
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s over. It’s actually over?? I AM AN EMOTIONAL WRECK.

I put off finishing this because I knew as soon as it was over I was going to have an ache in my heart. These characters mean so much to me, this zumra of misfits coming together in a time of darkness and overcoming to see the light shining through... I am at a loss of words. This journey is something I will never forget. I will miss Altair and his flirty banter, Kifah and her fierce and loving heart, Nasir dark and compassionate, and of c
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Hafsah Faizal is the New York Times bestselling author of WE HUNT THE FLAME and WE FREE THE STARS. She’s the founder of IceyDesigns, where she creates websites for authors and beauteous goodies for everyone else. When she’s not writing, she can be found dreaming up her next design, deciding between Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim, or traversing the world. Born in Florida and raised in California, she ...more

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