Lariel lived a life of privilege as the daughter of King Tallen and heir to the Tallen throne, until the captain of the king's guard betrayed their family, murdered her father and claimed the throne for himself.
On the run for her life, alone and afraid, she finds refuge with the elves and discovers in herself a heritage previously undiscovered. She is Elfkind--not fully human--with all the gifts that come with it, unexpected magic to be harnessed, and skills to be learned.
Newly trained and tested, Lariel is determined to regain her throne and free her people. But will her hard-won talents be enough to defeat the darkness waiting for her?