We continue to look at the many characters appearing in The Price of Magic. I won’t tell you what happens to them in the book, but if you haven’t read the earlier books in the series– watch out. Spoiler Alert.
Hero Markham nee Hurtling makes her appearance along with her twin brother Hertzel in Book 1: The Voyage of the Minotaur. As Senta’s best friend, she plays a very large part in the following four books: The Dark and Forbidding Land, The Drache Girl, The Young Sorceress, and The Two Dragons.
Benny Markham first appears in The Young Sorceress, acting as a bodyguard for Senta and she goes out into the dinosaur-infested wilderness. He makes an appearance in The Two Dragons at Iolana’s Accord Day party.
We find in The Sorceress and her Lovers, that they are married and have three children. Benny is becoming and important member of the city and Hero is growing fat and happy at home. What can we expect of them in The Price of Magic?
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.
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