Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

The final chapters

I’ve reached the home straight in my editing of The King’s Blades.  Currently, Kirik and Eidur are in Jorniak, capital city of the elves, and the plot is building nicely towards the cliff-hanger ending – a murder in the royal palace…

As the middle portion of the original manuscript of Song of the Elves, The King’s Blades has provided a stiff challenge to turn it into a stand alone novel in its own right.  The plotlines expand rapidly from the tight beginning of A Shadow Falls, yet it is also a leap off point for the sweeping events of the third installment, Sins of the Father.

Next week I begin work on the book cover, working in conjunction once more with the wonderful people of Design Office in Crewe, who did the atmospheric jacket for A Shadow Falls.  Can’t wait to see what they come up with for this installment. 

Until next time, 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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