The Will of the Many

Gallery/Saga. (Hierarchy, Bk. 1). May 2023. 640p. ISBN 9781982141172. $29.99. FANTASY
Ancient Roman politics, dark academia, and epic fantasy coalesce in this brilliant and gut-churning masterpiece from Islington (The Light of All That Falls). The 17-year-old orphan Vis Solum conceals his past from an Empire that is built upon the will of others. He desperately clings to his own will in a world where the weak always cede—a world of greed, backward deals, and oppressive pyramids of influence. When he unwittingly catches the eye of a Quintus with dubious motivations, he’s dragged right into the thick of it, where his enemies close in on every side. Vis has to unravel a mystery that is so multilayered that it’s impossible to anticipate what’s coming next, and he can trust no one. Suffocating tension pervades the entirety of Vis’s darkly exhilarating first-person narrative. The threat of exposure constantly hangs over his head, but he is a slippery and defiant hero who chokes on his rage and scrambles for control over his own life, which is repeatedly imperiled by the machinations of his enemies.
VERDICT This is powerful storytelling at its finest, and the mind-blowing ending opens the series to so much more potential. Perfect for fans of Patrick Rothfuss and Anthony Ryan.
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