Those were Ethan's mother's last words before she wasted away in their apartment in Winter Haven's slums.
She had always claimed that the two of them were not ordinary humans, but part of a race of fallen elves called the Fell, ruled by Ethan's evil grandfather. But on her deathbed, she revealed the secret identity of Ethan's father -- none other than Alric Koenig, one of Winter Haven's richest elite, and supposedly the Elven king who had defeated the Fell. Conceived, unbeknownst to Alric, through her father's dark magic, Ethan's fate is to be used as an instrument of revenge against him.
Ethan does not believe her fairytales about Elven kings and dread magic. But, as if his mother's words have woven a spell upon him, Ethan finds himself falling in love with Alric from afar. Never believing he will have his love returned, Ethan, shockingly, finds himself thrust into Alric's path and discovers that perhaps his mother's fairytales were true after all.
*This is a remix of The Erl-King: same characters, but things are all mixed up. You should read each as separate stories, but you might have some fun reading both and comparing.