The Price of Magic – Maro McCoort and Sherree Glieberman

The Price of Magic - NewWe continue to look at the long list of characters who appear in The Price of Magic.  Most have appeared in previous books in the series. 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.

Maro is Senta’s cousin. We first meet him in Book 0: Brechalon, where he has his hand maimed in a printing press. We see him again in Book 1: The Voyage of the Minotaur, but they are separated when Granny, their guardian, dies. Maro shows up again in Book 5: The Two Dragons, when he and his brother arrive in Birmisia to start a printing business. At last, Senta has nearby family.  Maro is the relative Senta feels closest to, since they grew up together and are only six months apart in age.  They played together as small children in Hexagon park.

Sherree Glieberman first appears in Book 3: The Drache Girl as she sails to Birmisia with her family on the same ship that Radley Staff arrives in.  She makes a brief appearance in Book 5: The Two Dragons, but things get really interesting when we see quite a bit of her in Book 6: The Sorceress and her Lovers and find that she is Iolana’s “mean girl.”  This makes it all the more unpleasant for Iolana, when Sherree becomes engaged to Maro, a boy that Iolana fancies, even though she is too young for him.

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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