The Will of the Many

James Islington     Recommended by    

At the elite Catenan Academy, a young fugitive uncovers layered mysteries and world-changing secrets in this new fantasy series by the internationally bestselling author of The Licanius Trilogy, James Islington.


The Catenan Republic – the Hierarchy – may rule the world now, but they do not know everything.

I tell them my name is Vis Telimus. I tell them I was orphaned after a tragic accident three years ago, and that good fortune alone has led to my acceptance into their most prestigious school. I tell them that once I graduate, I will gladly join the rest of civilised society in allowing my strength, my drive and my focus-what they call Will-to be leeched away and added to the power of those above me, as millions already do. As all must eventually do.

I tell them that I belong, and they believe me.

But the truth is that I have been sent to the Academy to find answers. To solve a murder. To search for an ancient weapon. To uncover secrets that may tear the Republic apart.

And that I will never, ever cede my Will to the empire that executed my family.

To survive, though, I will still have to rise through the Academy’s ranks. I will have to smile, and make friends, and pretend to be one of them and win. Because if I cannot, then those who want to control me, who know my real name, will no longer have any use for me.

And if the Hierarchy finds out who I truly am, they will kill me.

Luka is currently reading this…

I wasn’t intending on starting yet another door stopper of a fantasy novel, but the truly incredible prose hooked me from the first page; I couldn’t resist. At 640 pages, it’s not a light read, but boy is it fast! With prose reminiscent of Name of the Wind, a plot that recalls the Red Rising series, and the character complexity of Robin Hobb’s works, I am tearing through this. I will definitely check out the author’s Licanius trilogy after this. The quality of prose is very, very high. – Luka

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