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We Free the Stars

(Sands of Arawiya #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  5,595 ratings  ·  1,085 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.

May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Melanie by: Mariam ☀️
1.) We Hunt the Flame ★★★★★

This duology was everything. From lush prose, to constant twists and turns, to the most beautiful fantasy settings, to also the real life parallels of today, this really had everything that I loved in books. The romance was angsty and perfect. The friendships were complicated and realistic. The sibling bonds warmed every part of my soul. I recommend this story with the sum of my being. What a bright shining light in 2021; I feel so grateful to have read this.

Content &
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
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
“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.”

Ahhh, 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,
Mariam ☀️
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”Habibti. Hayati. Roohi.”
“Why do you cry?”
“Because my heart cannot contain it.”

an insanely well-executed sequel and conclusion to this fantasy duology. i’ve held this story so close to my heart for almost 2 years now, and I can confirm that I will continue to do so until the end of time. this book zigged when I expected it to zag, and subverted all expectations I had on the direction it was going to go. the ending was absolutely perfect and I will be in the publisher’s DMs until they confirm
Holly | The Caffeinated Reader
Not to be dramatic, but this book series has ruined reading for me. How am I meant to enjoy reading when my expectations have now been set so high? How can I enjoy another set of characters when they aren't the Zumra? How am I meant to enjoy any world that doesn't include Altair?

So thank you Hafsah Faizal, because whilst you have given me my new favourite series, every fantasy book will now pale in comparison.

But on a serious note... GUYS THIS BOOK SERIES.

If you haven't yet read We Hunt The Fla
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
whoever designs these covers deserve a raise
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
Amy Imogene Reads
4 stars!

Lush and lyrical, beautifully romantic, and a wonderful duology finale... (but longgggg.)

Writing: ★★★★ 1/2
Characters/Romance: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★
Enjoyment: ★★★★ 1/2

We Free the Stars is the final book in the Arawiya series. For thoughts on the first book, check out my review here.

Below there are SPOILERS for the first book, We Hunt the Flame. I repeat, SPOILERS for the first book!

Ok, they gone? Good! Let's talk about this one.

Following the events of We Hunt the Flame, our group of rebels/adv
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was ok
~~~2 Stars~~~

I have a feeling this is either going to be a really long kind of rant or really short and to the point. Not sure which though.

I was disappointed by this book. I feel like making this into a duology was a very bad decision and that it should have been a trilogy. Not because I want more time with the characters, but because the ending of this book was a train wreck. There was too much going on in too few chapters and I could not fathom how any of it was possible. I believe the entir
Helena Paris
Dec 10, 2020 marked it as to-read
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
☆ 5 / 5 ☆

We Hunt the Flame: 5 / 5

“We were not born to fight, but our cradles were built from struggles and hardships. Pens, swords, sticks- weapons shoved into our fists as soon as we’re old enough to grasp them. So we fight, because the world will cut our throats otherwise.”

I have completely and utterly fallen in love with Hafsah Faizal’s writing and storytelling. The Sands of Arawiya duology has truly given me such joy and I can’t believe it took me this long to get to it. I can however sa
Chaya (on Break)
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

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
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.
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
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 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
Jan 20, 2021 marked it as to-read
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.
raine ༄
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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
akacya  ♡̷̷ˎˊ
Buddy reread with Halima!

I don’t really have anything to add since my last review, but PLEASE read this duology if you haven’t already! I’m in love!

Buddy read with Halima!

Well, let me just say I’m very sad to be leaving behind these characters as well as Hafsah Faizal’s incredible writing style. I will definitely need to reread this duology sometime in the near future. If you like any of the following: enemies to lovers, slowburn romance, a badass female protagonist, a happy ending, and/or diver
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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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“If you hurt her—”
“If I hurt her, I will bring every weapon at my disposal and lay them at your feet for you to do to me what you will. If I hurt her, I will no sooner carve out my own heart than dare draw breath again.”
She was silent.
“Do you understand?” he prompted.
“You love her.”
No, he did not love her. The word for what he felt for Zafira bint Iskandar did not yet exist.”
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