Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are known as enchanters, and they are the only two in Russia. The Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs are a threat so the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
He initiates the Crown's Game, an ancient duel of magical skill with the victor becoming the Imperial Enchanter, the tsar's most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
Vika was raised on a tiny island and is eager for a chance to show her skills in the capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter? Especially when his magic calls to her like nothing ever before.
Nikolai is an orphan and the Crown's Game is his chance of a lifetime. His opponent is a force to be reckoned with, she is beautiful, smart and imaginative, and he cant stop thinking about her. But Pasha, Nikolai's best friend and heir to the throne, is also falling for her. Now he must defeat the girl they both love.... or be killed himself.
Buried secrets bubble up and they threaten the future of the empire, and it becomes clear...the Crown's Game is not one to lose.