Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Into the were-wood

Summer’s here – at least for a few days – and as the action works its way towards its climax in ¬†Wolves of Winter III, Torbad is about to enter the were-wood in search of an answer to who is trying to assassinate the king. He will need all of his guile and fighting skills to come out of this one unscathed – mentally and physically!

Were-woods have an interesting history in mythology – sometimes they are mere enchanted woods to host creatures of faerie; in other examples they are places of dark magic, where the roots of a tree can throttle and maim. In WOW III it is the latter example that will cause Torbad’s nightmares.

Back in the real world I’m still enjoying Sabbath’s 13 – the occasion of its release has caused me to enter into a reflective phase of playing my old LPs of 70s & 80s classic rock. Fave at the moment on Shep’s deck is a classic from the Dio version of Sabbath – Mob Rules. What a corker!

Until next time, up the elves!

Shep x

 


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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