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.
Iolanthe is one of the primary characters in the story of Senta and the Steel Dragon. She drives the action in book 0:Brechalon and book 1: The Voyage of the Minotaur. She has large parts to play in Book 3: The Drache Girl and Book 5: The Two Dragons. Though she has taken a back seat to much of the action in the last two books, she remains a hugely important character to the overall story.
Some readers have complained to me that they find Iolanthe a bit one-sided. There’s no doubt that her main feature is that she’s a bitch (and so she’s incredibly fun to write). On the other hand, there is a different side to her when she’s dealing with her and her brother Terrence and her second husband Radley Staff. I think readers might detect another side to her in this book.
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.