I just finished reading a book by a new author, Stephen S. Arend, and it is very good. It has alot of emotion, internal struggles, and action. He even made the magic of the world addicting, so a person has to fight it much like drug addiction in our own world. If a person so desires, you can get a signed copy directly from him. Check out www.ssarend.com/. All in all, it is a pretty good read.