Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

For the love of ‘The Dwarves’

Its true – I’ve fallen in love with ‘The Dwarves’ – not only the band leading the way in The Hobbit, but Tungdil and his companions from the remarkable series by Markus Heitz. I am just reaching the climax of book 1, a rip-roaring page turner that manages to combine humour with pathos. Markus has created a breed of dwarf fiction distinctive for its cultural depth and inventive study of how the little fellows might actually have lived and died. I heartily recommend this read and I have the next three volumes lined up on my bookshelf to keep me happy through this endless British winter!

Also, who doesn’t love Tyrion, Game of Thrones’ diminutive hero. By far and away he is my favourite character of the series, if not of the fantasy genre ever.

June will see the completion of the third instalment of The Wolves of Winter – a bold statement but an event that needs to happen.

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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