Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Dark and Forbidding Land: Senta

I screwed up.  I started talking about the characters in The Drache Girl and went right by The Dark and Forbidding Land-- probably because I wrote The Drache Girl first.  So, I'll switch gears and talk about book two of the series and then go back and finish book 3.

Senta is the first person to appear in book 2.  In fact, in both book 2 and book 3, the four friends-- Senta, Graham, Hero, and Hertzal-- are the first characters.  These two books, unlike the others, have a kind of Harry Potter feeling to them as the four friends are together throughout most of the story and play a key role in the plot.  In book 1 of course, the four of them meet for the first time, and although all appear in books 4 and 5, they aren't together in the same way.

In The Dark and Forbidding Land, Senta is ten years old-- she has her 11th birthday just after the story ends.  She's precotious, but not as confident as she will be.  On the other hand, she's not too afraid to stand up to Zurfina, not that she was even in book 1.  She's learning all about magic and reveals that she has potential even beyond her guardian.

Also in this book, Senta comes into contact with the Reine Zauberei for the first time.  They are the Freedonian wizards whose racism has poisoned their country for the Zaeri.  The play a much bigger part in books 4 and 5.

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