The Price of Magic is just a few days 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.
Sam Croffut appears for the first time in The Price of Magic, but he is the nephew of Amoz Croffut. Amoz appeared in Book 2: The Dark and Forbidding Land, Book 3: The Drache Girl, and had a fairly large part in Book 5: The Two Dragons, when he traveled to the distant lizzie city of Tsahloose with Senta and Radley Staff.
Sam, like Philo Mostow, is a young man likely to be found at the trendiest parties in Port Dechantagne, and at least occasionally dates Talli Archer. Sam is also a member of the Port Dechantagne militia.
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.