We Free the Stars

Sands of Arawiya #2

Hafsah Faizal

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous emotional slow-paced

584 pages | first published 2021

Zafira is the Hunter, braving the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those who defy his autocratic father, the sultan. She must hide her identity. He mustn’t display compassion. But when both embark on a quest to uncover a lost magic artifact, Zafira and Nasir encounter an ancient evil long thought destroyed—and discover that the prize they seek may be even more dangerous than any of their enemies. In We Free the Stars, Zafira and Nasir must conquer the darkness around—and inside of—them.

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adventurous 98%
emotional 60%
dark 55%
tense 36%
hopeful 34%
challenging 20%
inspiring 20%
mysterious 20%
sad 12%
funny 8%
lighthearted 5%
reflective 3%
relaxing 1%


medium 57%
slow 28%
fast 13%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 57% | Plot: 29% | Character: 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 1%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 74% | It's complicated: 25%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 98% | No: 1%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 5% | N/A: 1%

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