It had been two years since I had published The Two Dragons, but it had actually been longer since I had written a Senta and the Steel Dragon book. I was right in the middle of writing Astrid Maxxim and the Antarctic Expedition, set it aside and jumped into The Sorceress and her Lovers, without really even meaning to.
I had a long outline that was the original epilog of The Two Dragons, so I just followed along with it. The return of Pantagria, Senta’s baby, and the Coral Dragon were three additions not in the original, I had tacked her pregnancy onto The Two Dragons at the last minute, and I had created the Coral Dragon while writing The Young Sorceress. Pantagria’s return provided the main story and set up the next book into what really amounts to a two-book arc.
This book felt a little unsettling for me. I was writing in this world I had created, but it wasn’t the same. The more I wrote of Iolana though, the more at home I felt. This convinced me that she would be a major part of the next book. Just as I was finishing this story, the plot for The Price of Magic just popped into my head.