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.
Dovie first appeared in Book 6: The Sorceress and her Lovers. She’s about Iolana’s age and has become one of her best friends. She’s also the niece of Dot Shrubb, and shares her bright red hair.
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.