Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Salute to the Colonel

After a doing little digging, I now have the facts on the sad demise of the Sandbach town cat.  The Colonel, as he was named by the folk who work and live on and around the cobbles, was only five years old when he succumbed to health problems, which had ‘dogged’ him since kittenhood.

Attempts by the local vet to cure the Colonel failed and sadly he recently passed away.  There is a theory amongst the staff at Bridgfords that the Colonel was saddened by the tearing up of the square to re-set the cobbles, and that his spirit faded as the renovation work began.  According to local sources, he has now been laid to rest beneath the new earthworks in the square, so that his spirit may watch over the citizens of Sandbach for years to come.

I shall now be changing the name of the cat in my new novel The Mirror of His Soul from ‘Alfie’ to ‘The Colonel’ in honour of Sandbach’s most famous furry citizen. 

Long live the Colonel!  I’m sure there’s a story to be told in full here.  Watch this space…

In the meantime, why not relax over half-term with a free book – download book one of the epic Song of the Elves saga, A Shadow Falls today from this website.   


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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