Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

New Year Hopes and Dreams

| December 30, 2011

On behalf of everyone involved in Song of the Elves, I would like to thank you for your support throughout 2011. I hope that 2012 is happy and prosperous year for you all. Here at SOTE HQ we are gearing up for the release of Book 3 in the fantasy saga, Sins of the Father. If you [...]

Christmas Wishes

| December 24, 2011

I had a wish for Christmas, that Sins of the Father, Book Three of the Song of the Elves saga, would be ready for a Yuletide release. Yet again I’ve dug myself in to a hole with promising something I cannot deliver (something similar happened with The King’s Blades). I’m going to move the relase of the [...]

Seasonal Adjustments

| December 14, 2011

With bated breath I await the arrival of the first paperback version of Sins of the Father.  After a final page by page check for errors, we will be pushing ahead with the publication of the third volume of Song of the Elves. At SOTE HQ we are still hopeful of a Christmas release – at [...]

Cover Delight

| December 4, 2011

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 is finished!

| November 27, 2011

At the end of a physically and mentally exhausting fortnight, I was able to click send on the manuscript of Sins of the Father.  Book three is now in the hands of the SOTE technical team, being prepared for release on kindle and on  Suffice to  say, its the most suspenseful and heart-wrenching installment [...]

Sins of the Father launch preparations

| November 15, 2011

I’m half way through the final proof read of Sins of the Father, so should have that boxed off and ready for final formatting by the end of this week. I’m also waiting with baited breath to get to see the cover to book three. Like the first two, its been put together by the [...]

Final Scene Tear-jerker for SOTE 3

| November 7, 2011

Emotionally exhausted, I  sagged against my keyboard, Sins of the Father completed… After eight long years, the third chunk of the Song of the Elves saga is complete.  In 2005, whilst writing what will now become Book 4 of SOTE, I realised that I needed to fill in a bit of background in the life of [...]

The end is in sight

| October 31, 2011

Sorry for the delay in transmission – coming from the red half of Manchester it’s taken me more than a week to get over the thrashing administered by our ‘noisy neighbours’.  However, normal business is now resumed… One chapter to go on the final edit of Sins of the Father, and I’m getting a major [...]

Mastering Fantasy

| October 17, 2011

Terry Pratchett once wrote that if you are attempting to write fantasy, one of the most important things to do is to make sure that you do not just read fantasy as your literary diet. The theory goes that no matter how fantastical your world, the laws that govern all elements of that world and [...]

Pull of the Arrow

| October 10, 2011

Like the unfortunate objects that have strayed too close to a dying star, the protagonists of Sins of the Father find themselves inexorably pulled to the black hole that is the arrow.  Book One of Song of the Elves took you to a scene in the Horseshoe pass – a soldier lying wounded in the [...]