Things start out well for Clarissa. She's reunited with Derrick and life is good...until he disappears. She becomes obsessed with finding him again to the detriment of her job. She continues to make wrong assumptions and gets into a lot of trouble again. The twist at the end revealing who is draining teachers of their magic ultimately killing them was a surprise. Clarissa is nearly killed as well. Thatch to the rescue.
I am enjoying this entire series, eventhough this one is a bit darker in tone than the others. Clarissa learns some painful lessons, but really grows in this one. Reasons I enjoyed this book: great world-building, interesting characters, good plot.
NOT A CHILDREN'S SERIES. I love this series, I stumbled upon it quite by accident and I haven't been able to stop reading. The accident prone Clarissa keeps everyone on their toes. But will she still have a position as Art Instructor at the end of term?