The Price of Magic is out now, but we’re still looking at all the character of the book. Many have appeared in previous books of the series. While not revealing what’s going on in the new book, we are taking a look at where they’ve come from. If you haven’t read the previous books in the Senta and the Steel Dragon series, beware Spoiler Alert.
We first met Hertzel and his twin sister Hero in Book 1: The Voyage of the Minotaur. They quickly become two of Senta’s best friends and play big parts in Book 2: The Dark and Forbidding Land and Book 3: The Drache Girl. We see a little less of Hertzel in Book 4: The Young Sorceress and Book 5: The Two Dragons, but he’s still around. He makes a few appearances in Book 6: The Sorceress and her Lovers. If I ever decide to write some spin off books that tell what’s going on with other characters or fill spaces between books, I’m going to write more about Hertzel. He’s a great character to play with. He hasn’t spoken since he was a small child and witnessed the murder of his parents.
In The Price of Magic, we find Hertzel’s found a wife. Leoni is a nice Zaeri girl from Freedonia, and loves her new husband, and finds him a wonderful listener.
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.