Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

A Bright New Year

| December 31, 2013

Well, we didn’t quite make it in time to fill your Christmas stocking, but a fine wind prevailing, book three of the Song of the Elves should be sailing towards your kindle early in 2014. I hope you will think it worth the wait. I am very proud of Book 3, which completes the first [...]

Book 3 Imminent

| November 25, 2013

Sins of the Father Book Three of  Song of the Elves Coming this Christmas to a Kindle near you! ‘Nuff said!       Hold your list to Santa there’s a vital addition you need to make. Sins of the Father, Book Three of Song of the Elves will be released in good time to [...]

Between the Mountains and the Sea

| August 27, 2013

There is something magical about the narrow plain that rests between Snowdonia’s soaring peaks and the freezing waters of the Irish Sea. Morfa Bychan has a beach known as Black Rock Sands, which stretches for two miles from the eastern end of the Ynys Cyngar on the River Glaslyn estuary along Tremadog Bay to Criccieth beach. Its a place [...]

New Angle for Book 4

| July 31, 2013

An hours slog up the eastern fells from Patterdale, the determined walker is rewarded with the alluring sight of Angle Tarn. This remote lake, hardly a secret as it is much loved with Lakeland walkers, nevertheless evokes all the mystique and magical calm that make it the perfect inspiration for Winart Castle, a key location [...]

Into the were-wood

| July 14, 2013

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 [...]

Just like old times

| June 21, 2013

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 LP seems an outdated term for album these days, yet entirely appropriate for the nature of release here.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 [...]

For the love of ‘The Dwarves’

| May 30, 2013

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 [...]

Lone wolf left hungry for more as work gets in the way

| May 13, 2013

Not much to report on the writing front this week – my day job has kept the Wolf from the pen, to adapt an old metaphor. Instead I’ve taken comfort in the wealth of creative material emerging from favourite musical influences. Ozzy’s return to Sabbath is well documented, but I didn’t realise Zeppelin sound-a-likes Kingdom Come [...]

Long Farewell to Winter

| May 4, 2013

It could be the fact that out of the sun, the wind bites with bitter intent, or maybe its down to the proliferation of gloom from the doom-sayers that proclaim we will have to get used to English winters that last for 7 months – whatever the root cause, I am definitely in the right mood to [...]

Wolves provide a clue…

| April 28, 2013

Those of you familiar with the first two tales of the Wolves, set in the deep heart of Winterland, will know that the various adventures of Captain Rulnik and his band of men are tied together by a more recent narrative. The tales unfold through the voice of Mallakai, who regales his grandson Thomas with [...]