The Will of the Many is the first volume in James Islington’s Hierarchy series.
The Hierarchy, for all its flaws, is exceptionally good at conquering other nations. Former prince Vis can attest to this, as three years before the book opened, his native Suus was brutally crushed by the Hierarchy’s armies. To survive, Vis has hidden amongst his enemies, doing what he has to do to avoid death or worse.
Not only does the Hierarchy has “worse” in abundance, they have based their economy on it.