Book 2 of the Sand Dancer Series

In FIRE WALKER, the story of Mina Hawker continues with more sword dancing, fiery magic, and dark secrets as we explore the western lands of Sandair and delve into what it means to be a Fire Walker.

When her kingdom starts rounding up anyone with fire magic to fight and die on the front lines of a pointless war, a brash young warrior must decide how much is too much for her people to give up in order to stop the violence.

Embrace the fire within!



For centuries, Fire Walkers have been locked away in temples for the sin of being born with fire magic in their veins. At last, they are free.

But when a king is assassinated by fire magic, the people demand war. And the ruthless Prince Ravel sees his opportunity to seize the throne and rid his kingdom of Fire Walkers forever.

Mina Arlbond, the famed Sand Dancer who disguised herself as a man to win freedom for the Fire Walkers, is ordered to personally lead her people to the slaughter on the front lines of war. Instead, she races across the kingdom to unmask a conspiracy that threatens to tear apart three great nations—and blame Fire Walkers for the chaos.

When she discovers a chance to prevent the war and end the oppression of Fire Walkers forever, Mina must decide how much of her soul—and the soul of her people—is too much to sacrifice to stop the violence.

As the second book in the Sand Dancer series, FIRE WALKER builds on the themes of the first novel to create a powerful allegory for oppression of women and others—and the lie that you must first stop being different if you want to be accepted—and wraps it up in a thrilling Y.A. fantasy adventure.

Set three months after the events of Sand Dancer, 17-year-old Mina has won the freedom of the Fire Walkers—men and women with the rare gift of fire magic—and looks forward to a future of mastering her own abilities. However, the Fire Walker’s hard won freedom doesn’t last when a peace treaty between her home of Sandair and the northern kingdom of Hartnor goes terribly wrong.

Both kingdoms prepare for war, and it’s the Fire Walkers who are blamed and held accountable. Mina knows she has many battles ahead in order to protect her people and find a way to prevent war. And if she doesn’t, it’ll be her friends, family, and all Fire Walkers who pay the price.

Additional Information

Series: Book 2 of the Sand Dancer Series

Genre: Heroic Fantasy / High Fantasy

Age Range: Young Adult – Suitable for ages 12+

Book Type: Paperback, e-Book

Pages: 468

Published: February 23 2021

Publisher: Uproar Books

Cover Artist: Edouard Noisette

ISBN: 978-1949671124

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About the Author

Trudie Skies has been living inside fantasy worlds ever since she discovered that reality doesn’t quite live up to the hype. Through the magic of books, she wishes to share these worlds of hope and heroes with other weary souls. Living in North East England, Trudie spends most of her free time daydreaming about clouds, devouring whatever fantasy books or video games she can get her hands on, and chasing after her troublesome dogs, who would like to reassure you they are very good boys.

Her debut YA fantasy series, Sand Dancer, was published through Uproar Books. Trudie is now writing adult gaslamp fantasy with her new series, The Cruel Gods.

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