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.
Senta and the Steel Dragon Bessemer are the title characters for the series and Senta has been the title character for three of the individual books. In each book however, there are others who play a major part. This is never more true than in The Price of Magic, where the single greatest mover of the plot is Iolana Livonia Dechantagne Staff. We first meet Iolana as a toddler in Book 2: The Dark and Forbidding Land. She’s present in Book 3: The Drache Girl, where she manages to survive the attack on her home that kills many others. She has a much larger part in Book 4: The Young Sorceress, where she is starting to come into her own a bit, and we find out that she has a connection with the steel dragon. In Book 5: The Two Dragons, he saves her (and several other family members) from being eaten by a flock of deinonychus. Then her Accord Day party is the scene for a great deal of the colony’s society coming together. Finally, in Book 6: The Sorceress and her Lovers, she gets involved with the magical computer known as the Result Mechanism. In many ways, The Price of Magic is the climax of her story.
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.