I’m officially buying everything with Hafsah Faizal’s name on it. I loved this book so much that as soon as I finished this ARC, I pre-ordered a copy so that I could own a physical copy to match my copy of We Hunt the Flame. Faizal’s writing is lyrical and beautiful. Everything set up in the first book really comes together in this one. A few of the twists and turns toward the end surprised me. Readers are treated to even more of the world and leaders, like additional caliphs/caliphas. Zafira and Nasir both grew and evolved in important, believable ways and all of the characters really came into their own.
All around a beautiful, compelling duology. I really just loved everything about this one. I highly recommend it for any fantasy fan.