We 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.
Another lizzie character in The Price of Magic is Tokkenoht. We met her, a female lizzie shaman, something of a rarity, in Book 6: The Sorceress and her Lovers. At that point, she was already one of Hsranduss’s six wives, and by the end of the book, we see the king relying on her more and more.
In this book, Tokkenoht goes from being a relatively important character to being a major character– one from whose eyes we see much of the action in the book. A quick note about her name. I found when I was fleshing out characters to go into book six, that I had way too many lizzie names that started with S sounds. I had established that they had names that began with a T sound, so I wanted something that sounded both vaguely Egyptian and vaguely Aztec.
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.