This book is set in imperial Russia, when Russia is having trouble with neighboring kingdoms the tsar is forced to start the crown games. The crown games is a game when two enchanters have to fight to the death to get the title imperial enchanter to protect Russia. Nikolai one of the enchanters can conjure bridges out of thin air and see through walls. Vika the second enchanter is a master of the elements . When Pasha the tsarevich is forced to become the tsar after his fathers death he forces the enchaters to fight to the death, but pasha is in love with Vika and his best friend Nikolai as well. This book was very interesting seeing Nikolai and Vika taking turns showing off their skills but the beginning of the book did seem to drag on. I recommend this book to fantasy lovers and historical fiction fanatics.