Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Merry Christmas to all!

| December 23, 2010

Best wishes to all who have supported me through the first two years of my project, and a very warm welcome if this is your first visit to SOTE HQ. 2011 will be another year of significant milestones, with the release of both the second book of the Song of the Elves saga, and the [...]

Schedule, what schedule?

| December 9, 2010

I am afraid to admit it, but the Christmas deadline has beaten me.  The King’s Blades will not be in your Christmas stocking, but rest assured it will definitely be bothering the Easter Bunny. Having nearly driven myself into the ground in an effort to finish the book, I’ve had to concede that there are [...]

Design Magic

| November 27, 2010

As I write the first fall of snow dusts the Cheshire plain, and that’s not half the cause of my excitement… I got my first look at the jacket for The King’s Blades yesterday.  Wow – Stewart at Design Office has worked his magic to create an image bristling with atmosphere and half-hidden menace.  Not [...]

A killer stalks the palace

| November 14, 2010

The final tense scenes of The King’s Blades are being played out.  Death stalks the palace, and several of our key characters could be in danger.  The ancient labyrinthine corridors of Sky Palace serve only to aid the forces of evil, as a monster is summoned from the bowels of the earth.  Where will it [...]

Autumn ammendments

| October 31, 2010

With just two chapters to go on the re-draft of The King’s Blades I can see the finish line in sight.  Once the cliffhanger finale is set, I’ll be going back to the beginning for a final proof and tweak, ratchetting up the tension and making the book the best it could possibly be before [...]

The final chapters

| October 19, 2010

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 [...]

October News

| October 3, 2010

Hello again, Sorry for the delay in updates – September has been a busy month all round.  Writing  has been slow, but significant.  I have been revisiting a section of the manuscript of The King’s Blades where Kirik visits Jorniak, capital of the elves for the first time. Kirik is the vehicle through which this [...]

Something For Everyone

| September 12, 2010

  Zombies… Murder… Mythical Beasts… Magical Duels… Friends Lost… Romance… The King’s Blades has it all.  I’m having a ball preparing the manuscript of the second book of Song of the Elves for publication.  I hope that in the months to come you will find it a satisfying development of A Shadow Falls, and an [...]


| August 31, 2010

The re-write of my second manuscript gathers pace, with The King’s Blades becoming a pivotal section of the Song of the Elves saga.  Many important plotlines are spun from this book, and the action also comes thick and fast. I’m enjoying the development of a couple of key villains, and the expansion of the role [...]

Beware Zombies!

| August 25, 2010

Get ready for a little undead action in Book Two of the Song of the Elves, The King’s Blades.  In the extended underground sequence, Agatha and Eidur do battle with the re-animated corpses of their enemy in a face off with an evil shaman. The sequence, while delivering an extra punch in terms of action, [...]