Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Inspired by the Watchman

There’s nothing like stepping back into your youth for reaffirming your interests and passions. I am still glowing after the Fields of the Nephilim concert in Leeds last week. I can’t believe its twenty-two years since I last saw them during the Earth Inferno tour – thanks for the ticket Swids!

If you were there, you will know that Carl McCoy’s status as a gothic ‘shaman’ reached new levels, particularly during the trance-inducing rendition of Psychonaut (check out the clips on youtube). The hypnotic rhythms and pulse-pounding goth-core reached new heights of sublimity with a truly mind-blowing display of light. The imagery and shadow existence of the Nephilim have long been a source of inspiration for my writing. I will treasure the memories of the night and bring the mood and imagery to bear in my completion of The Wolves of Winter.

Talking of the Wolves of Winter – a tale of Rhoderica before the elves invaded – Rulnik, Torbad, Yanuk and Beddor are embroiled in a mystery in Sunamor, capital of Gorwentia. Children are going missing and the castle is living in fear for the King’s life after three failed assassination attempts on the monarch. It is up to the Wolves to save the day, but all their investigations seem to be leading to a series of unconnected dead ends. Rulnik does not believe in co-incidences however, and if he can keep free of a fever in the frequent downpours, he may just save the kingdom one more time.

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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