The Will of the Many - James Islington

The Will of the Many

By James Islington

  • Release Date: 2023-05-23
  • Genre: Epic Fantasy
Score: 5
From 502 Ratings


At the elite Catenan Academy, a young fugitive uncovers layered mysteries and world-changing secrets in this new fantasy series by 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.


  • Fantasy Esports?

    By Colin Reid W
    Compelling ideas and setting, frustratingly propelled by silly, video-game-inspired obstacles.
  • Perfect Start

    By Plague Bringer99
    From chapter 2 on, I was hooked! The ending probably sealed the 5 star for me!
  • One of my new favorites for sure

    By hannahluckow
    I can’t say enough good things about this book. I’ve been struggling to find something to follow this book up with because it was just that good of a read. Finished it within a couple days. The story line is compelling, characters are well-developed, and the world-building is phenomenal. I can rarely find a book that I don’t see the plot twists coming from a mile away, but this book managed to surprise me. I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out!
  • Outstanding

    By Callanish7
    Fantastic sci-fi the way it should be! It is truly inventive and highly intense like the hunger games in Ancient Rome on steroids and even better. So upset with the ending as it was clearly not over… and the next book hasn’t been released yet - I hate that! Hurry up!
  • Bravo James!

    What an absolutely amazing book, with such a profound story. I am so thankful for your commitment to your fans, this book was such a treat. I implore anyone and everyone to read this book!
  • Marvelous

    By RetroGamer385
    After slogging through my last five books that were mediocre to bad, this book was the breath of fresh air I needed. I couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend and can’t wait for the next one!
  • Reading Slump Antidote

    By Manny Wendt
    I haven’t read much in a long while and this book jolted me out of that slump. I think fans of Sanderson would love this book. The prose is swift, intelligent, and easy to follow; the main character is relateable and, despite his flaws, easy to root for; and the plot is intriguing enough to keep you turning the page (I devoured this book in less than 48 hours). My only regret is reading this and not having the sequel to immediately dive into.
  • Unreal

    By willson14
    I need the next book so badly that I would be afraid of the money I’d spend to get it early
  • Don’t recommend

    By eglass.
    Unstoppable protagonist and stupid lore
  • Wow

    By ArtLaffer
    If you’re a fan of Brandon Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss, you will probably like this book. I went in highly skeptical as I DON’T love Sanderson, but found myself absorbed in a way I’ve not experienced outside of my all time favorites. This is a ~700 page book (1060+ on an iPhone) and I ripped through it in 24 hours. The pacing is masterful, the characters are deep, and the world building is novel. This is the best fantasy book I’ve read in the last decade and it’s not close.