One Sword~

One Thousand Secrets~

Sand Dancer ~ A Young Adult Fantasy Novel

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?

SAND DANCER ~ A tale of fire magic, sword dancing, secrets, and revenge! Published by Uproar Books July 2019.

The sequel, FIRE WALKER will launch February 2021.




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.

And when her father is murdered, this half-starved peasant girl finds herself on the run—pursued across the desert by the soldiers and guards of the noble Houses. To survive, she knows she’ll have to abandon her past and learn the way of the sword. But only boys are allowed to carry a blade. There’s only one solution…

Disguised as a young nobleman, Mina must make a new life for herself in the heart of her enemies. But she knows she can’t keep up the masquerade forever. With time running out, which will she choose to find—the truth or revenge?

“It’s a wild ride, an almost frantically paced adventure, with a fierce and unforgettable female hero trying to stay alive in a darkly magical desert kingdom,” said Rick Lewis, founder of Uproar Books.

“At the heart of Sand Dancer is a young woman who is frustrated her life seems entirely out of her control,” said Miss Skies. “She struggles constantly, often in self-destructive ways, to escape the demands and expectations of her rigid, male-dominated world. I think that’s a very real and common experience for young women of any era or culture, whether it’s a fantasy kingdom of swords and sorcery or the real world of today.”

It’s a fast-paced adventure wrapped around a heartbreaking dilemma. When Mina’s pursuit of justice leads her to a new life with a truly loving family, she knows she’ll lose it all if she doesn’t let her father’s killer go free. But can she? Should she?
Rick Lewis ~ Publisher at Uproar Books
This is a book about never giving up control of your life, no matter what the world tells you, no matter what life throws at you. Embrace who you are, and embrace the people who accept you for who you are.
Trudie Skies ~ Author

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Additional Information

Series: Book 1 of the Sand Dancer Series

Genre: Heroic Fantasy / High Fantasy

Age Range: Young Adult – Suitable for ages 12+

Book Type: Paperback, e-Book

Pages: 387 pages

Published: July 1 2019

Publisher: Uproar Books

Cover Artist: Edouard Noisette

ISBN: 978-1-949671-02-5

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What people are saying about Sand Dancer:

I love the world Skies has created in her stunning debut novel; like her characters, the cities and other locations of her world were vibrant, alive and incredibly immersive, and leapt out of my kindle at me as I read.
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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An Excerpt

Lord Talin pulled up his scarf and stalked into the storm, his sword gripped in his left hand. Red lines snaked along the blade’s metal, staining the purple tassel, leaving a trail of crimson dots on the ground. Mina followed the bloody breadcrumbs as the storm gutted, the sands parted, and Lord Talin danced. A death dance. Unlike the sword dancer’s graceful twirling, the Protector of the Path swung his sword like sky fire, with sharp jagged cuts. Each calculated swing cut through enemy skin and bone with lethal precision. His body arched, weaved, and spun to evade and counter the attacks levied against him. One, two, three blades curved toward him, each accompanied with frustrated cries. Lord Talin formed a sandstorm of his own, and nothing could penetrate his whirlwind of steel. Beside him, Jonan fought his own dance. Not the same as Lord Talin, a more traditional duel of sword against sword. But he too swung with lethal grace, with practiced maneuvers fitting of legend. The Housemen were slow and sloppy in comparison. They fell, as Malik the Merciless would fell them. One by one.
Chapter Six ~ Malik the Merciless

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About the Author

Trudie Skies is a British author who was born in Nottingham, the home of legends. There, she earned a certificate that names her as one of Robin Hood’s outlaws. Though thankfully, it can’t be held up in a court of law. Now living in North East England by the sea, she spends most of her free time daydreaming about clouds, pretending to be a knight, pirate, or wizard–depending on the weather–and chasing after her troublesome dogs who would like to reassure you they are very good boys.

She spends her less-than-free time behind a computer keyboard as an IT administrator, and she promises not to bore you with the details. Previously, she worked as a mobile game designer and tester, as well as a professional writer for video game websites. Many of her stories take inspiration from fantastical game worlds and a childhood spent devouring fantasy books.

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