Embrace the Fire Within

Fire Walker ~ 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.

FIRE WALKER is OUT NOW by Uproar Books



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.

Paperbacks to follow in spring.

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Book 2 of the Sand Dancer Series

Heroic Fantasy / High Fantasy

Young Adult – Suitable for ages 12+

Paperback, e-Book


23 February 2021


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About the Author

Author Trudie Skies was born in Nottingham—Robin Hood country, as she says—and now lives in North Shields, where she spends the majority of her free time imagining warmer climates and writing about them. Her less-than-free time is also spent behind a computer keyboard as an IT administrator. Previously, she worked as a mobile game designer and tester, as well as a professional writer for video game websites.

Miss Skies grew up on Tamora Pierce and has always wanted to be a swashbuckling knight with her own medieval castle. She has a thing for swords, and so all her characters also have a thing for swords. A lifelong fan of Young Adult fantasy, Miss Skies in recent years has been inspired by desert kingdoms and cultures, as is clearly apparent in her debut novel. She is currently writing the second of four books in the Sand Dancer series.

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