I enjoyed Sever’s debut novel. His story has good pace, and a bit of a harry potter feel to it( in a good way with the mix of complex characters, some more likeable than others). He has a unique take on magical systems that should make the follow up books very interesting as the characters progress in their studies.
Check him out folks, ARCANE is definitely worth a read, and you will likely end up getting RIVEN as well. Only down fall if you enjoy these books is waiting for the next one to come out.