The Price of Magic is just a couple of weeks away, so we’re looking at the many characters in the book. Most have appeared in previous books. I’m not going to tell you what happens to them in The Price of Magic, but if you haven’t read the earlier Senta books, Spoiler Alert.
Questa Hardt is a girl a little older than Iolana Dechantagne, who first appeared in Book 6: The Sorceress and her Lovers. She was a friend of Sherree Glieberman (Iolana’s mean girl bully), but they had a falling out when she discovered just how horrible Sherree is. She then became friends with Iolana.
Questa is the daughter of a very proper Brech father and a Mirsannan mother. This is a little unusual, in that Mirsanna and Brechalon are traditional enemies, rather like France and England in our own history, but there is a great deal of cultural interaction. The Dechantagne family originated in Mirsanna by way of Boronia.
New powers are rising in Birmisia. Far to the south, the strange lizardmen of Xiatooq are making themselves known. Closer to home, the new lizzie city Yessonarah finds itself rich in gold—gold the humans covet. As tensions rise, many in Port Dechantagne seem eager to teach the lizzies a lesson in humility. Fourteen year old Iolana Staff finds herself in the center of it all, as she is pulled between her conscience and the conventions of society. Unconcerned with the conflict between human and lizzie, sorceress Senta Bly prepares for her own war, unaware that events will pull her into a life and death confrontation with an old enemy.
The Price of Magic is the latest in a series that chronicles a world of steam power and rifles, where magic has not yet been forgotten. A new colony in a distant lost world has grown from a tiny outpost to a center of civilization in a vast wilderness. The Price of Magic continues a story of adventure and magic, religion and prejudice, steam engines and dinosaurs, angels and lizardmen, machine guns and wizards, sorceresses, bustles and corsets, steam-powered computers, hot air balloons, and dragons. It is available now for preorder wherever fine ebooks are sold.