ONLY MONSTERS SUMMON FIRE BY MAGIC.
IT’S A SIN AGAINST THE SUN GOD AND A CRIME AGAINST THE KING.
THE PUNISHMENT IS DEATH.
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.”