Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Where the mountains meet the sea

Having soaked up the unique ambiance of the Lakes, I departed with my family for North West Wales – Black Rock Sands in particular, where the spectacular Snowdonian range sweeps down to meet the sea – a truly enchanted region, where mist wreathed mountain tops can be glimpsed from the dunes along the coast.

As well as absorbing the sights, smells and sounds for forthcoming scenes of the Song of the Elves saga, I found the time to pen a few lines for an interesting side project – also of the fantasy genre, entitled To the Ends of the Earth.  Unrelated to the world of SOTE, it has been inspired by the wonderful moods and landscapes created by the two Johns – Ford and Wayne.  It is my homage to The Searchers – in my opinion the finest film (never mind western) ever made, and it will be a small offering to keep you occupied between the first and second trilogies of SOTE.

More on this and other projects soon. 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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