We Free the Stars
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 ...more
Overall: 5/5 Stars
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 ...more
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 & ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
“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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Lush and lyrical, beautifully romantic, and a wonderful duology finale... (but longgggg.)
Writing: ★★★★ 1/2
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
**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.
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 ...more
Other books in the series
“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.”