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.
Marzell Lance is a character that has been around throughout much of the series of Senta and the Steel Dragon. In Book 3: The Drache Girl, we find him working as a driver for the Dechantagne household. In Book 5: The Two Dragons, he is in the militia and happens to sit next to Senta as she makes her way by train to Iguanodon Heath prior to the final battle with the lizzies.
I’m going to break a rule and give a little away of what happens to the character in The Price of Magic. Marzell gets engaged to a young lady that some might think a bit out of his reach. One of my favorite lines in the book goes something like, “but your you, and he’s Marzell.”
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.