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.
Three characters who do not appear in the book are mentioned many times– Kafira, Garstone, and Zurfina.
As readers of the series know, Kafira Kristos occupies the same spot in the lives of the people of Birmisia and Brechalon as Jesus Christ does in our world. Kafira is the daughter of God and the Holy Savior. She is also the foundation of a great deal of unsavory language– Kafira’s tit!
Kazia Garstone is a writer of great renown, frequently mentioned throughout the series. Her books are well-known, but she is not popular with the aristocratic Brechs because of her socialistic leanings. Nevertheless, she is one of Iolana Staff’s favorites.
Zurfina, the greatest sorceress perhaps of all time, the mother of Senta, disappeared at the end of The Two Dragons and is presumed dead. About the only person that believes she might not be is Senta.
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.