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.
Pantagria is either an angel that lives in a parallel dimension, or a drug-induced shared hallucination. She appears to those who use the illegal magical drug White Opthalium, which one rubs into one’s eyes. We first get the hint of Pantagria in Book 0: Brechalon. We see her clearly in Book 1: The Voyage of the Minotaur through Terrence’s drug-induced visions. After Terrence’s blinding, she appears to be gone, at least from the lives of our main characters, but she returns in Book 5: The Two Dragons, tormenting the grieving Yuah. Finally, she is a prominent part of Book 6: The Sorceress and her Lovers, when she comes into conflict for the first time with Senta. Well, she’s back!
Pantagria was based on a character from some little vignettes I wrote way back when I was in high school. Back then, the character was a male, but much of the trappings are the same– the endless field of purple flowers, the eye-ball flowers, and the desire to become “real”.
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.