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’ve watched Yuah Dechantagne’s life from the very beginning of Senta and the Steel Dragon. We watched her unrequited love for Terrence in Book 0: Brechalon, and her fighting to save him from himself in Book 1: The Voyage of the Minotaur. When they get married in Book 2: The Dark and Forbidding Land, that love is only slightly requited. They seem to be finally getting together in Book 3: The Drache Girl, when Terrence is killed, while Yuah is pregnant with their daughter Terra. Then in Book 4: The Young Sorceress and Book 5: The Two Dragons, we find her addicted to the same horrible drug that so troubled her late husband. In the latter book, we really get to know little Terra for the first time, when she’s almost eaten by a deinonychus. Since then, we’ve seen only a bit of either of them, but both make appearances in The Price of Magic, Terra much more than her mother.
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.