Sand Dancer

A Young Adult Fantasy Series

The Sand Dancer Series is a Young Adult fantasy adventure of fire magic, sword dancing, secrets, and revenge!

Only monsters summon fire by magic. It’s a sin against the sun god and a crime against the king. The punishment is death.

But when sixteen-year-old Mina discovers fire magic runs in her family’s blood, it’s just the beginning of the secrets her father has been keeping from her.

Join Mina on an adventure that will span kingdoms as she fights to protect the Fire Walkers from forces that would see them killed or enslaved, and discover far deadlier enemies waiting in the shadows.

Books in the Sand Dancer Series:

Coming of Age in Sandair

Prequel Short Stories

A collection of short stories set before the events of Sand Dancer and written from the perspective of Mina’s friends – and enemies! This collection also includes the first three chapters of Sand Dancer to get you started!

Sand Dancer

Book One

When her father’s murder reveals a lifetime of lies, a half-starved peasant girl must disguise herself as a young nobleman if she hopes to make her way into the heart of her enemies. But what is she truly after—the truth or revenge?

Fire Walker

Book Two

When her kingdom starts rounding up anyone with fire magic to fight and die on the frontlines 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.

Book 3 in Development!

The Story So Far...

The monsters of father’s tales burn with fire in their blood. They stole their gifts from the gods, setting ablaze homes and melting the bones of children. A devastating power feared across the kingdom and outlawed by royal decree. When sixteen-year-old Tamina “Mina” chooses to prove herself as a warrior by targeting a monster from the tales, her attempts to expose their fire abilities triggers her own latent power.
Terrified of being branded as a Fire Walker, Mina burns down her home and flees, but is caught by a visiting nobleman. Mina’s father, desperate to save her, summons his own hidden flame. His distraction allows her to escape, but he is killed for the crime of possessing the magic of his own tales.
To hide from those who would name her a monster, Mina disguises herself as a boy and follows a fennec fox to safety in the desert. She is discovered by the King’s champion, who adopts her into his noble household.
Mina enters a whole new world with just one goal; to find her father’s killer and claim her blood debt.

Praise for Sand Dancer

What people are saying about Sand Dancer:

Loved this book, it was well written, the characters were vibrant and alive, and the world building is amazing.
I loved this story. Mina is a girl who sees her father killed before her by a boy that she vows to find and kill. Along the way she discovers many things about herself and her family. Loved the world and sand dancing. Hope there is another book soon.
NetGalley Reviewer
The book gets better the more you read it and I love the subplots that combined all together in the end. Overall, one of the best reads so far for me this year.
Erika Sarutobi
NetGalley Reviewer

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More Sand Dancer

Blog entries and short stories based on Sand Dancer:

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Fire Walker Out Now!

Reading Time: 2 minutes – The fiery sequel to Sand Dancer is now available in ebook! Get your copy from Amazon and continue Mina’s story as she travels through the

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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.

Read more about Trudie.