Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Tales of Summer

The Legend of Arthur Blackrose is the first in a series of short ‘tales’ that I will be showcasing on the website.  Arthur was actually the first character drawn up for Rhoderica, the continent on which the first two books in the Song of the Elves trilogy is set.  The story you can read here charts the beginning of Arthur’s reign, but he has a much bigger part to play in the History of Rhoderica which you will be able to read about in a future prequel to the Song of the Elves.  Arthur lived approximately three hundred years before the invasion of the Southren, documented in the prologue that preceeds The Summerlands.


About The Author

Writing has been my main form of escape since a child. Before teaching, I earned a living on a little known national newspaper, before discovering I also had a calling for the classroom. The first embryonic scribbles for Song of the Elves emerged in 2000. I began writing the first trilogy as one continuous manuscript entitled The Summerlands, which I finally completed in the Winter of 2007. In the intervening years, I've been transforming this first draft into three distinct instalments of the saga. "A Shadow Falls" and "The King's Blades" have already seen the light of day. "Sins of the Father" will follow shortly. There will be a second trilogy to complete the saga, which I intend to commence work on in 2012. Book four is entitled "The Lost, The Lonely and the Damned". I have also written a series of short tales entitled The Wolves of Winter, set in Rhoderica before the elves invaded the continent. This is now available through lulu.com as a paperback and via amazon kindle as an e-book.. My second, 'Tale of Rhoderica' will be a fantasy version of the great John Ford western - The Searchers. Entitled, To the Ends of the Earth', the novel will be out for Spring 2016. I am also half-way through a manuscript for a science fiction novel, entitled The Mirror of His Soul. Time and health permitting, these will all eventually see the light of day.

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