Structures of Earth – Book 1 of The Affinities of Magic
Magic without understanding, and a wizard's guild with no members.
Young Rushalentar has bent the rules and managed to become an apprentice in wizardry to his uncle, but neither of them is qualified to revive the Torch & Scroll guild, and there is no one else left. Neglected for generations, the mother house is in ruins, soon to be sold off by the Star Watch, the wizards' council, as the only guild ever to have expired for lack of heirs.
But this clever and deep-thinking young man may have puzzled out some of the fundamental principles underlying all magical practice, and the discovery will change everything, if only Rush can stay alive long enough for his plans to work.
Fragments of Lightning – Book 2 of The Affinities of Magic
Magical research turned deadly, and wizard guilds in turmoil.
Five years ago, the teenaged Rushalentar converted the resources of his dying Torch & Scroll wizard guild into a group of businesses which trained wizards outside the guilds and sold the results of his arcana discoveries to anyone who could profit from them. Things have gotten complicated since then, and Rush is scrambling to keep any of his spinning plates from crashing down, now that he has the attention of no less than the Emperor of Bariskaria.
But the quiet research in his labs turns unexpectedly dangerous and sparks a conflagration that tears apart the traditional wizard guilds. In the midst of personal disasters, Rush is faced with the dissolution of the uneasy peace between the guilds and his strange new enterprises which are seemingly determined to disrupt them all.