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.
We looked at Hsrandtuss’s wife Tokkenoht a few days ago. But the Great King has five other wives too. Ssu has been his wife the longest and first appeared, along with her husband, in Book 4: The Young Sorceress. Kendra lived in Port Dechantagne and we meet her working as a guide for the humans in Book 5: The Two Dragons, years before she meets her future husband. Sires, and Szakhandu both appear for the first time in Book 6: The Sorceress and her Lovers. The wives all get along pretty well, probably because being married to the king gives them enough status that they don’t have to vie with each other much, and the one wife who did, managed to get herself killed in the previous 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.