Lawrence Watts Evans Ethshar novels are fun to read, and occasionally thought provoking. The Night of Madness is the best exploration of the need for and purpose of magicians guilds that I've ever read..
I liked the "The Misenchanted Sword". It is a great example of how to implement a cursed item.
I still want to read "With a Single Spell" about an apprentice wizard whose master dies after teaching him only a single spell. The apprentice sets out to seek his fortune spell "armed" with the ability to create fire.