Cast of Characters

A list of all characters, including named minor characters, who appear in Sand Dancer. Click on the highlighted names to view full character profiles where available.

For reference:

  • Solander: A Solander comes from the northern mountainous region of Sandair, the Solands, and they are known for their dark hair, dark eyes, tanned bronze skin, and hot-headed temperament. They are a proud people who believe in Sandarian strength.
  • Gaislander: A Gaislander comes from the western woodland region of Sandair, Gaisland, and they are known for their dark hair, dark eyes, brown skin, and jovial temperament. They are a laid back people who enjoy culture and nature.
  • Duslander: A Duslander comes from the southern desert region of Sandair, the Duslands, and they are known for their dark hair, dark eyes, dark brown skin, and serious temperament. They are a traditional people and some still live within tribes.
  • Neu Bosan: A Neu Bosan comes from the western isles of Neu Bosa and they are known for their dark hair, green eyes, olive skin, and curious disposition. They are an inventive but secretive race who are allied to Sandair.
  • Hartnord: A Hartnord comes from the northern kingdom of Hartnor and they are known for their pale skin, brightly coloured hair and eyes, and religious obedience. They have often warred with Sandair throughout history.

Learn more about the Sandarian regions and their culture.

House Arlbond

  • Mina Hawker: A 16-year-old Duslander and member of the Lunei tribe. The main character of Sand Dancer.
  • Talin: The Protector of the Path. A Duslander who serves the King and also adopts Mina.
  • Jonan: A Solander. The sorran guardian of Talin.
  • Iman: The Stewardess to House Arlbond and Talin’s half-sister. A Duslander.
  • Fez: Mina’s pet fennec fox.
  • Luna: Mina’s white mare.

The Bright Solara

  • Khaled: The King of Sandair. A Solander.
  • Ravel: A 18-year-old Solander and Crown Prince to Sandair. The antagonist to Mina.
  • Rais: A 15-year-old Solander prince. Twin to Aniya.
  • Aniya: A 15-year-old Solander princess. Twin to Rais.

House Sarabond

  • Salasar: The Sword of Solus. A Solander who serves the King and also teaches in the Academy.

House Fellbond

  • Cyrus: A 18-year-old Solander who studies at the Academy. Friend to Ravel and Zavar. Known to be a bully.
  • Farzad: Cyrus’s father and Solander Houseman. He represents House Fellbond in the Tournament.

House Xanbond

  • Zavar: A 18-year-old Solander and cousin to Ravel. He studies at the Academy. Friend to Ravel and Cyrus.
  • Vida: The Queen of Sandair. A Solander.

House Khalbad

  • Barahn: A Duslander and Houseman. He represents House Khalbad in the Tournament.

House Grebond

  • Nazim: The Guardian of Gai. A Gaislander who serves the King.

House Enaibond

  • Rajesh: AKA Raj. A 16-year-old Gaislander who studies at the Academy and wants to become a Green Hand. Friend of Mina and Alistar.

House Myrbond

  • Alistar: AKA Ali. A 17-year-old Neu Bosan from Gaisland who studies at the Academy. Friend of Mina and Raj.

Temple Acolytes

  • Leila: A Duslander and the High Priestess of Rahn. She runs the Temple of Rahn and is also a member of the Lunei tribe.


  • Dustan Hawker: Mina’s father. He’s a Duslander who lives in Khalbad and is also a member of the Lunei tribe.
  • The Butcher: The town butcher for Khalbad.
  • Lord Baddar: A Duslander and member of House Baibond. He once served as Protector of the Path and is now Master of the Solaran Academy.
  • Gareth: The Hartnord sorran to King Khaled.
  • Malik the Merciless: A legendary Lunei hero who went on adventures. His tales are still told amongst children.
  • The Woman in the Fire: A mysterious Duslander woman who appears in flames sometimes.