The rebels are crushed: most are captured, burned out or dead, except Amani, and it’s up to her to protect the survivors.

But how can a girl like her save a whole rebellion?

Then foreign armies begin advancing across the desert plains and the Sultan starts hunting the rebels through the streets of Izman. Amani must prove that she’s not just a desert girl any more, that she’s learned a few tricks since then…


Here begins the final battle for the throne…

Read the first three chapters


“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.”

Dustwalk is Amani’s home. The desert sand is in her bones. But she wants to escape. More than a want. A need.

Then a foreigner with no name turns up to save her life, and with him the chance to run. But to where? The desert plains are full of danger. Sand and blood are swirling, and the Sultan’s enemies are on the rise.

Alwyn is writing the author take over piece for Harry Potter fansite Mugglenet, all about how she came to create the Wild West meets Arabian Nights world of Miraji. And of course, how she was inspired by Harry Potter.

From 23rd January.


Alwyn will be touring the country in the second week of February, visiting schools and bookshops. From 12th February, visit Forbidden Planet (London), Tales on Moon Lane (London), Waterstones (Birmingham), Book Bookshop (Oswestry), and Storytellers Inc (Lytham St Annes), to get your hands on a signed copy!