The Plight of a People: Volume I
by J. W. Barlament
Here is an epic of countless centuries and bloody conflicts that rage through an ancient world of gods and beasts.
Split into three separate stories, each focusing on one man doing his best to fight through the many plights of the Roesanian people, this debut novel is a literary fantasy epic filled with the tales of three great wars. The veteran commander Solinus fights against a great horde of religious zealots to secure his position in a new land in Part I. In Part II, Emperor Aethon fights to keep both his power and his empire secured from the greedy hands of invaders and opportunists alike. Lastly, in Part III, the young King Eulasus begins a rebellion against a tyrannical regime to secure the freedom of the Roesanians once and for all. All three parts tell their own stories, but each one is deeply intertwined with the others to form one overall novel about the desperate struggle of one people to survive despite a myriad of tragedies being hurled at them.
A Word from the Author
No matter the time period in which they existed, the governments of the world have always been raised by those filled with ambition and taken ahold of by those filled with greed. To display the full extent of this and the relationship between the ruler and the ruled in ancient times, I have written this novel. It serves not only as my contribution of entertainment to the literary world, but also as the first of five books to examine the very nature of the institutions that rule over us all. It is but my view on the greatest and most pervasive of all human problems, and likely the greatest tragedy of our societies’ existence.
(J. W. Barlament, October 2017)