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.
The aboriginal people of Birmisia, the lizzies, play a large part in the story of Senta and the Steel Dragon. They appear in every book, as enemies, as heroes, as friends, and frequently as household servants. Most of the wealthy families of Birmisia have lizzie servants. The Dechantagne household has several, including Garrah and Kayden.
Of the lizzies in the book, Esther stands out. Raised from a tiny preadolescent by Iolana Staff, she speaks fluent Brech and unlike any other lizzie, wears clothing. She also becomes the first lizzie to do several other things in The Price of Magic.
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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