Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

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David Shepherd is the author of the Summerlands epic fantasy trilogy. This is his blog where you can read about the trials and tribulations of writing, keep up to date with new and current releases and hear about the influences that day to day life has on his works.

Summer inspirations

Posted By on August 31, 2015

Just getting back to work on The Restless and the Godless. The coast and mountains of beautiful Wales have given me inspiration for the next sequence of the tale, as Naythan and Morgan try to cross the ice bridge to Suud-karnia.

Also currently thoroughly enjoying re-reading The Dragon Bone Chair, in anticipation of Tad Williams’s sequel due next year. 30 years on, and everything I loved about it first time around seems even more intensely delightful. The feel of his books continues to be a source of inspiration.

Until next time, up the elves!

Inkitt debut

Posted By on August 7, 2015

Dear Readers,

You can now enjoy The Wolves of Winter Part I for free on Inkitt. Please log on and review my story, which can be found by searching in the fantasy section.

In the meantime, I’m still plugging away at the latest Tale of Rhoderica: The Restless and the Godless. More news on this project soon.

Until then,

Up the Elves!

The Restless and the Godless

Posted By on April 9, 2015

My homage to Alan Le May’s, The Searchers, as envisioned by John Ford and John Wayne, is evolving. Now progressing under the working title of ‘The Restless and the Godless’, the title reflects the character of the two main protagonists.

Naythan is the restless one of the title, newly released from his commission in the army of Rosewall, the king’s forces having met defeat at the hands of Arthur Blackrose (a story for another day, though you can find a potted history within the Tales of Rhoderica section of this website). He is a conundrum of a man, torn by the honour of the trained sword and his unwavering hatred of the Southren. As the story begins, we do not know the source of this hatred, but it finds a target in the form of Neils, half southren-half human adopted son of Old Man Marne. The bitter exchanges at the outset of the tale set a tone for Naythan’s troubled character. As the story unfolds, his interactions with Neils provide a barometer for how far Naythan has succumbed to the darker leanings of his character.

Morgan, Naythan’s nephew and travelling companion, is the godless one of the title. His faith is shredded one day at the start of spring, when the unthinkable befalls his frontier family. Both men will wrestle with their inner demons as they give themselves over to a quest that at times seems futile. The passage of miles and the occasion of dire threat are strangely welcomed by the two partners of the trail, who find a useful companion in the constant fatigue and fear of death, as it affords them no time to dwell on the events of the recent past.

The ‘Reckless and the Godless’ also fills in a period of history of Rhoderica before the adventures of Rulnik and Torbad, the Wolves of Winter, and introduces a landscape to the south of the arena of action outlined in the first three ‘verses’ of the Song of the Elves.

Until next time, ‘up the Restless Ones!’

 

Introducing – ‘The Restless Ones’

Posted By on February 11, 2015

Well, it’s been a long time in the making, but my next project is now fully evolved and progressing nicely.

‘The Restless Ones’ is my second Tale of Rhoderica, again set in a time before the Elves came to the continent.

Set after the events of ‘Wolves of Winter’, this tale of hard men in hard times has been inspired by one of the great loves from my childhood – watching Westerns with my dad.

The story is inspired by the events of The Searchers, a wonderful tale of a half-indian and his embittered uncle, attempting to rescue his kidnapped sister from the Cheyenne.

The Searchers first saw light as a newspaper serial and was eventually collected and published as a full novel in 1954. My experience of The Searchers comes not from the Alan Le May novel, but from the 1954 film. My dad first introduce me to the two Johns – Ford and Wayne – through the trilogy of cavalry movies the pair made together. The Searchers was something else – brutal and decisive, yet still holding the fireside warmth typical of Ford movies.

My tale cannot hope to hold a candle to the original, and does not try to imitate. I have taken the seed of a story – the kidnapping and subsequent quest for retrieval – and turned it into a sprawling fantasy. My characters travel through lands to the south of the world readers will be familiar with from Song of the Elves Books 1 to 3. The Southren are the protagonists – a savage race of humanoids from a humid continent lying out of reach across a narrow sea.

I hope to capture the same hope and despair that Le May envisioned and John Ford subsequently brought to the big screen. My dad and I loved John Wayne, but we were a little afraid of his lost soul portrayal of Ethan Edwards – a soldier returning defeated from the civil war. Naythan is my equivalent character, returning from the horrors of the Black Rose Wars (you can read a little of this at my website & I will return to this period of Rhoderica in a further ‘Tale’). He is a study in bitterness – he might be beyond redemption. He certainly has the mettle to get the job done. If anyone can reclaim the lost girl – Naythan can.

More to come in the coming weeks!

Until then, up the Elves!

Introducing – ‘The Restless Ones’

Posted By on February 9, 2015

Well, it’s been a long time in the making, but my next project is now fully evolved and progressing nicely.

‘The Restless Ones’ is my second Tale of Rhoderica, again set in a time before the Elves came to the continent.

Set after the events of ‘Wolves of Winter’, this tale of hard men in hard times has been inspired by one of the great loves from my childhood – watching Westerns with my dad.

The story is inspired by the events of The Searchers, a wonderful tale of a half-indian and his embittered uncle, attempting to rescue his kidnapped sister from the Cheyenne.

The Searchers first saw light as a newspaper serial and was eventually collected and published as a full novel in 1954. My experience of The Searchers comes not from the Alan Le May novel, but from the 1954 film. My dad first introduce me to the two Johns – Ford and Wayne – through the trilogy of cavalry movies the pair made together. The Searchers was something else – brutal and decisive, yet still holding the fireside warmth typical of Ford movies.

My tale cannot hope to hold a candle to the original, and does not try to imitate. I have taken the seed of a story – the kidnapping and subsequent quest for retrieval – and turned it into a sprawling fantasy. My characters travel through lands to the south of the world readers will be familiar with from Song of the Elves Books 1 to 3. The Southren are the protagonists – a savage race of humanoids from a humid continent lying out of reach across a narrow sea.

I hope to capture the same hope and despair that Le May envisioned and John Ford subsequently brought to the big screen. My dad and I loved John Wayne, but we were a little afraid of his lost soul portrayal of Ethan Edwards – a soldier returning defeated from the civil war. Naythan is my equivalent character, returning from the horrors of the Black Rose Wars (you can read a little of this at my website & I will return to this period of Rhoderica in a further ‘Tale’). He is a study in bitterness – he might be beyond redemption. He certainly has the mettle to get the job done. If anyone can reclaim the lost girl – Naythan can.

More to come in the coming weeks!

Until then, up the Elves!

A Shadow Falls now free on kindle

Posted By on January 1, 2015

For the next five days we’re offering for free on the Kindle store.

It’s a great time to get into the saga of the elves if you’ve got a new Kindle for Christmas. Don’t forget to tell your family and friends as well, so that they don’t miss out.

WOW ready to fill your stocking!

Posted By on December 23, 2014

The Wolves of Winter

A Tale of Rhoderica

On sale now through lulu.com and Amazon kindle.

Go on, treat yourself to a bit of sword and sorcery this Christmas…

 

Phew… after a long break, I’m finally back.

It’s been a busy few months since completing the WOW manuscript. A final edit by my dear friend Col has given a polished sheen to the adventures of Rulnik, Torbad et al.

Now you can enjoy the adventures for yourself, as I am pleased to announce that Wolves of Winter is on sale as a paperback via lulu.com and as an e-book on Amazon.

What a satisfying way to finish the year.

From all at Song of the Elves HQ, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Up the Elves in 2015

Run with the Wolf pack

Posted By on July 14, 2014

WOLVES OF WINTER, COMING SOON!

Great news – Wolves of Winter, my prequel of sorts to the Song of the Elves saga, is now complete. I’m currently preparing to launch this new stand alone novel through amazon kindle and lulu.com for paperback.

Three rip-roaring adventure stories are told by the mysterious Mallakai to his grandson Thomas. The bonds between Thomas and his grandfather are tested as the seemingly remote tales come to have a bearing on this family from Greendale. Set in two time streams from the world before the elves invaded Rhoderica, here you can encounter giant ice wyrms, savage humanoids, witchcraft and the machinations of men.

More to follow in the next few days in this exciting development at SOTE HQ.

Until next time, up the Elves! (Or should that be ‘wolves!’)

SINS OF THE FATHER – BOOK 3 OF THE SONG OF THE ELVES – OUT NOW!

Posted By on April 16, 2014

I’m enjoying a little flurry of sales of A Shadow Falls and The King’s Blades on the back of the launch of Book 3, Sins of the Father. Thank you to all who have invested in the SOTE saga over the past few years. If you are reading the tales of Rhoderica for the first time, welcome on board. I do hope you enjoy this first of two planned trilogies that document the life and times of the Eidursons of Rhoderica. Please let me know what you think of the series by entering a review on amazon or by e-mailing this website.

For those of you who like your books in paper form, all three books are available as trade paperbacks through www.lulu.com

 

I am currently editing The Wolves of Winter, my prequel to Song of the Elves. Whilst not following the same plot-line as the main series, the book introduces much of the landscape to be featured in Book 4 of SOTE, and presents three rip-roaring adventures following Rulnik’s Wolves as they battle beasts, the elements and corruption – all in the name of the King of course!

Until next time, up the elves!

 

Sins of the Father on Sale Now!

Posted By on March 29, 2014

I am delighted to bring you the news that Sins of the Father, Book 3 of the Song of the Elves saga, is now on sale as an e-book via www.amazon.co.uk it can also be purchased in paperback from www.lulu.com

Kirik and Eidur embrace their duties and destinies as the true threat true Rhoderica is revealed. Settle down for a rip-roaring rollercoaster of action, adventure and emotion.

to top a momentous week at SOTE HQ I have just completed a prequel to the Song of the Elves saga, entitled, The Wolves of Winter. you can sample tales from this book on this website. The Wolves of Winter will be out through amazon and lulu in the coming months.

Thank you for your continued support.

Up the Elves!

Shep!

P.S. Come on Moysey – you can do it!