Time for another departure. I recently read the first novel by Ben Zwycky, Nobility Among Us. As Mr. Zwycky is a relatively new author, associated with Sci Phi Journal, the gentleman and his associated works will remain hidden by the world of justice. THIS WILL NOT STAND. The darkness of injustice must expose this work in it's contrast to the world.
Let us begin with the world structure. The world is a fuedally structured one. Make no mistake, though, this is not a medieval world, it's past modern. Not by much, but a little. Of course, there's ample opportunity for noble titles to be abused.
The abuse of such is shown throughout by the main character, who constantly upends the social structure in the various guises of rule of law, mercy for his people, standing for the faith of a forbidden book, and long term economic growth. Such policies clearly are short sighted. The only way to continue properly in power is to crush those below you, accept graft(as is done by the true hero of the story), take mistresses as a matter of course, and punish your enemies covertly.
The Forbidden Book is clearly the Bible, given the Christian themes posited throughout. A divine being that speaks directly to those He favors, angels that intervene during a military attack, an explicit mention of resurrection and heaven, and forgiveness of those that have harmed one the most? This clearly is against the justice we see pervading today.
Is this book a perfect act of Injustice? No, but it does certainly contain a great multitude of sins, purporting equality before the law, mercy, forgiveness, redemption, and actual Christian faith. His writing is of good quality, but clearly still growing at this point. Given Mr. Zwycky's propensity for critical, independent thought, and his clear advocacy for such vile acts, I judge it at 8 of 10 fell deeds.
When you play Social Justice, the world loses.