I was a little hesitant to try this book because I didn't know of the author but I'm glad I did. The premise is the hero gets into trouble with the king and is sentenced to a "game" of conquest that takes place in a closed off realm via magic where people watch like they would television. The place the hero is sent to is basically a prison where people have to become stronger while leading armies to become victorious and earn their freedom and become a noble. It's a very creative idea that I haven't read before. Worth a read!