We Free the Stars

Farrar. (Sands of Arawiya: Bk. 2). Jan. 2021. 592p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9780374311575.
Gr 9 Up–Determined to finish their quest to return magic to Arawiya, Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah head to the island of Sharr. But the Lion of the Night has returned and he holds Altair and the final heart captive. The stakes are high as the heroes attempt to gather allies and strength while fighting their own battles: Nasir learning to wield his new magical abilities and Zafira fighting to maintain autonomy within her bond with the Jawarat. If at times the pacing feels off and the language a bit stilted or too flowery for the moment, both are forgiven in the strength of Faizal’s characters and the expanse of the glorious world she has built. The characters shine as they did in We Hunt the Flame, and fans of the growing affection between Zafira and Nasir will not be disappointed.
VERDICT An action-packed conclusion. Purchase where the first book was loved.

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