Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Ulswater inspirations!

I’ve just returned from my annual walking tour of the English Lakes, with aching muscles and tired feet, but plenty of fresh inspiration for the world of Rhoderica.

I’ve mentioned before that the lanscape of the lakelands provided inspiration for a large section of Book Two of the Song of the Elves, The King’s Blades.  A trip up Great Gable and along the hills around Ulswater  has provided plenty of fresh imagery to enhance forthcoming volumes of the SOTE saga.

By the way, we didn’t bump in to Prince William – he was making his way up Helvelyn as we were chugging across the lake to Howetown, though I believe he was ‘gutted’ to have missed us.

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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