In a world where demigods and demons walk among mortals, the emperor of the vast burnt Empire has died, leaving a turbulent realm without a leader. Two young princes, Adri and Shvate, are in line to rule but birthright does not guarantee inheritance: Any successor must sit upon the legendary burning Throne and pass the test of fire. Imbued with dark sorceries, the throne is a crucible that incinerates the unworthy. Adri and Shvate are not the sole heirs to the empire, there is another with a claim to power, another who also survives. When this girl, whose father is the powerful demonlord Jarsun, is denied her claim by the interim leaders, Jarsun declares war, vowing to tear the burnt empire apart – leaving the young princes Adri and Shvate to rule a shattered realm embroiled in rebellion and chaos.