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Clarissa is still without her magical powers, yet her red affinity which is re-kindled through physical contact is driving her crazy as she is craving touch! Her past experiences with her ex's makes her wary though and she is afraid to let any other man in except for Thatch, her colleague and mentor at the Womby's school. Prince Elric of the Silver Court claims to have fallen in love with her and does not care that she has no magical powers and he wants to start dating her but Clarissa is afraid to be alone with him, to accept his gifts of to eat any food he prepares for her even though his intentions seem honourable! However she does call on him when she is terrified for her safety and that of her students and this incident where he is forced to intervene starts the ball rolling. I really like Elric, he is absolutely charming and hated that Clarissa kept holding out on him but maybe he is not all he seems! Thatch on the other hand is mean and grumpy all the time but could be doing this cause he really cares for Clarissa, after all she is her mother's daughter!! I am so enjoying this lighthearted series with all the escapades Clarissa manages to get into and the way she manages to draw all her friends and students in with her, most times out of their depth!
As we can see, if readers have read this far into this series, it has become somewhat of a PN soap opera. The characters grow and we learn more about them through their interactions with each other. We see other settings within the Womby story-verse and this world becomes more detailed for readers. The author does, I think, an excellent job of showing the action and settings while remaining consise in this character-driven story series.
In this episode, Clarissa is pulled between her wants and needs by a bargin with Elric of the Silver Court (part 1), along with how this affects others around her. Concepts of sharpening discernment skills, emotional vulnerability, love of various kinds and duty play key roles. She also learns more about the strengths and pitfalls of her affinity and abilities, both as a person and magically. Fae nature and their capacity for cruelty along with Witchkin/Fae/ Human dynamics are now first-hand lessons learned far better than from any book. Will she become a slave to her affinity along with the Silver Court? Can she take what she has learned from past relationships without tainting her current ones?
Clarissa survived attending a Fae ball in the last book. The Fae King's son, Prince Elric, appears in the first chapter and saves Clarissa from being abducted by Derrick and his pirates. An air ship wrecked into her classroom. Elric happened to be meeting with Principal Bumblebub who both appeared to witness it. Elric cast them away, because Clarissa wouldn't allow him to kill them, and then repaired her classroom wall. Elric is smitten with Clarissa. He gives her an amulet necklace and says if she ever needs him, to use one of the 3 stones to summon him. Clarissa ends up indebted to the Fae. He and Thatch are at odds both wanting to protect Clarissa from the other one and from herself. The story is fast paced and has some twists. Who will she end up with?
There's a lot to the world of Womby's and Sarina Dorie delivers again with another magical book that keeps me guessing and amused. I look forward to the next book to find out if Clarissa ever gets what she really desires.
I can't decided if Clarissa is crazy to believe that there is good in !Felix Thatch or if there really is! This is another one of those books that makes me just not sure, I am sure that I don't want her wIth a Fae Prince!!! Yikes
Clarissa keeps getting into magical trouble without even wielding magic. She's just trying to keep her students safe and learning, in a world where nearly every person has some amount of talent at it.
An illicit visit by Silver Court royalty puts her innocent charges in mortal peril, so she offers herself in their place upon a diplomatic mission to a Birthday Ball. Her hope is that they won't be able to make any use of her own magic since it's been so recently drained by fruitless efforts to release her childhood sweetheart from his own Red Court servitude. That will give her fellow teachers at Womby's time to shore up the school's tattered magical defenses.
The trouble is, there's a really hot Elven prince in need of a birthday present, and she can't help wishing it could be her happily ever after...
Let's see if Clarissa's luck holds and her fellow teachers have her back! This series reels in all ages readers with the constant threats of chaos, tamed by hearts full of good intentions.
I've really enjoyed this series. It is filled with humor, wonderful characters, witty dialog, and interesting situations. It would be best to start with Book 1, and read them in order. A lot of background and character development is in them that will greatly enhance the enjoyment of this book. Plus they are quite enjoyable on their own! Clarissa is still attracted to Derrick, hoping to cure him of the Raven Queen's magic. She still has very mixed emotions about Felix Thatch, oscillating between love and hate. Now she is being courted(!) by a powerful Fae, Elric, Prince of the Silver Court, who seems to love her for her own unmagical, but artistic, self. Who will finally win her heart?