Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Summer’s here!

Hi folks – I hope you are all enjoying the half-term break.  The sun has been shining on Song of the Elves HQ for most of the week.  Apologies for the delay in news updates – I’ve been busy with the final draft of A Shadow Falls.

I’m about a week away now from completing the ammendments to the manuscript, and I can honestly say that I am very happy with the results.  Writing a book is something that could become a never ending task if you let it, as you can always find things that you are not entirely happy with every time that you go back to it.  However, the changes I have made in this final re-draft were necessary to address a couple of issues that I had with the current version of the manuscript that you can download from the website.  

With the benefit of hindsight, having completed books two and three, I wanted to go back and strengthen one particular plotline and to increase the interest in one character.  I feel I’ve achieved that now and will be happy to finally put the book to bed after I’ve finished perusing the final chapters.  There will be no more tinkering after that – I promise.

The end result should be rewarding and, fingers crossed, a few short weeks from now you will be able to see the results for yourself bypurchasing the finished book in paperback.

Thanks to everyone for your patience.  Many of you will be waiting for book two and wondering why I’m taking time to fuss over part one.  However, as I said a couple of weeks back, you, my loyal readers, deserve to receive the very best I can manage when the book is finally committed to print.  Not long to wait now…

Up the Elves! 


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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