We Free the Stars

Sands of Arawiya #2

Hafsah Faizal

fiction fantasy young adult
adventurous emotional slow-paced

464 pages | first published 2020

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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dark 66%
emotional 66%
tense 66%
challenging 33%
hopeful 33%
inspiring 33%
sad 33%


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medium 33%
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