Sand Dancer | Book 1

Sand Dancer

By Trudie Skies
Paperback: $16.95 | eBook: $2.99

In a desert kingdom where fire magic is a sin, a half-starved peasant girl must disguise herself as a young nobleman to find her father’s killer.

“Lots of twists… Lots of fun.” -Philadelphia Free Press

Fantasy | Young Adult
Published: July 2019

From the Back Cover:

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?

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Philadelphia Free Press:

“A solid, fun tale […] This is quite enjoyable, with lots of twists as Mina learns how her magic and politics work. While there are enough threads for a sequel, it isn’t necessary. Lots of fun.”

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About the Author:

Trudie Skies was born in Nottingham—Robin Hood country, she says—and now lives in North East England, 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.

Trudie grew up on Tamora Pierce and has always wanted to be a swashbuckling knight with her own medieval castle.

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