From the Sands of Arawiya series

, Vol. 2

RELEASE DATE: Jan. 19, 2021

Reeling after the battle on Sharr, the zumra must find a way to retrieve their captive ally, the lost heart of a Sister of Old, and prepare Arawiya for the return of the Lion of the Night and the war to come.

Altair’s capture creates confusion for Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah, who are torn between a rescue attempt and following his plans, but without all five hearts they cannot restore magic to Arawiya. The zumra and their allies must also prepare for the Lion’s coming attack and the traps of the sultan, Nasir’s father, who is under the Lion’s control. Through an accidental blood pact, Zafira is bound to the Jawarat, a magical tome of the Sisters’ memories, whose presence in her innermost thoughts suggests terrible power and destruction. When the Lion steals the Jawarat, Zafira must risk using blood magic to set things to right, unaware of the seeds of doubt the Lion has already planted in Altair. Getting off to a slow start with minimal recap of the events of We Hunt the Flame (2019), this Sands of Arawiya duology closer will not disappoint readers with its plot twists, banter, tormented romance, and multiple betrayals and reveals. While at times overly ornate, Faizal’s prose truly shines in creating effective action scenes and dialogue. Characters from various regions and races—human, elflike safin, and ifrit—have skin tones ranging from pale to dark brown. Kifah is cued as asexual and aromantic.

A satisfying conclusion.
(Fantasy. 14-18)

Pub Date: Jan. 19, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-374-31157-5

Page Count: 592

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: Oct. 27, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15, 2020

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