About Sand Dancer

Sand Dancer is a young adult fantasy novel by British author Trudie Skies. The first in a four-book series is available now and is published by Uproar Books, LLC.
  • Book Type: Paperback, e-Book
  • Pages: 387 pages
  • Publisher: Uproar Books
  • Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
  • ISBN: 978-1-949671-02-5
  • Release Date: July 1

Sand Dancer is available in paperback on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and ebook on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Google Books and Apple Books. Buy links are listed here.

If you’re a book reviewer, blogger, or reporter and wish to review Sand Dancer, please contact our publisher directly to request a copy for review: Rick Lewis at Uproar Books.

Sand Dancer is listed on Goodreads.


One sword. One thousand secrets.


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. 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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Press Release: Uproar Books signs North East England author. Download a full copy of this press release in .docx format.

Press Release: Uproar Books has set a July 1 launch date for the Young Adult fantasy novel Sand Dancer by Trudie Skies. Download a full copy of this press release in .docx format.

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About the Author

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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, 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.

Trudie 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. She loves to read Young Adult fantasy and in recent years has been inspired by desert kingdoms and cultures, which is clearly apparent in her upcoming debut novel Sand Dancer.

In January 2019, Trudie signed with Uproar Books, a new publisher of epic fantasy and science fiction novels. Sand Dancer was published on ebook and paperback July 1 2019.

View the Author Bio page for a Q&A.

Contact Details

To contact Trudie Skies, email TrudieSkies@UproarBooks

For publishing and marketing enquiries, please contact Rick@Uproar Books

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