Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Just like old times

Like many thousands of rock lovers out there, I am currently basking in the glow of the new Black Sabbath long player. LP seems an outdated term for album these days, yet entirely appropriate for the nature of release here. ’13‘ chugs out of the speakers on a veritable river of riffs, Iommi toiling over his strings like a magician weaving a mesmerising spell. Osbourne never sounded so assured, back where he belongs, whilst Butler and Wilks power the engine room with guile, subtlety and a craft that presents a multi layered facet to some awe inspiring songs. I can’t weigh up which track I like the best and it seems churlish to single one out when the whole experience is so sumptuous. A feast for even the weariest of metal-lovers ears, and a confirmation that there is a god after all, even if it is a dark overlord of molten doom. Fantastiche!

Back on planet earth, I’ve been continuing the final tale of the Wolves of Winter. The pack are now separated in their search for the would-be assassin of King Stephen. Torbad heads for the dales, whilst Rulnik and Yanuk chase down leads in the capital. Will they be able to uncover the plot of regicide before the King’s wedding day? All this and more will be answered when The Wolves of Winter hits your kindle later this year.

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 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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