Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Cover Delight

Imagine, a tumble-down castle, broken walls spilling from the rocky outcrop where it perches above the plains; beyond, a might mountain range broods, lit by the full moon; the vale in between is shrouded in mist.  If you can picture this, you will be getting somewhere close to the majesty of the new cover for Sins of the Father.  The design is now complete, subtleties of shade and tone capturing the mystery of Majora, lost capital of the elves.

Once again, the visual inspiration is somewhere between Tolkien’s landscapes and a Sisters of Mercy album cover (Floodland anyone?).  the end result is a quite beautiful and poignant scene, fitting for the series but most importantly capturing the pathos of this third installment of Song of the Elves.

Anyway, enough eulogising.  I’m off to put up the Christmas tree now as my three year old daughter has just crawled up on my knee to remind me of the more important duties of the day.

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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