Elfgift is a half-breed, a devil-spawn, an elf-woman's illegitimate child. But he is also the son of a king, who was bewitched by the elf's beauty - an uncanny beauty her child shares. And now Elfgift's dying father has named the thing his heir.
But Elfgift has brothers, legitimate children of the king, who have been brought up as members of the Twelve Hundred, the Royal Kin. No scrawny elf-child will deprive them of their birthright.
Despite their royal strength, the brothers will not rid themselves of Elfgift easily. For the elf has an ally, and She is arming him to rule...
By the award-winning author of The Sterkarm Handshake.