Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Discover Sunamor, city of stark contrasts

| March 7, 2012

Progress on the final edit of Sins of the Father continues apace.  I am looking forward to bringing you the third installment in time for your summer reading. In the meantime, I’ve taken the first tentative steps with Wolves of Winter 3.  Rulnik is leading an investigation into multiple attempts on the life of the [...]

New Year Hopes and Dreams

| December 30, 2011

On behalf of everyone involved in Song of the Elves, I would like to thank you for your support throughout 2011. I hope that 2012 is happy and prosperous year for you all. Here at SOTE HQ we are gearing up for the release of Book 3 in the fantasy saga, Sins of the Father. If you [...]

Sins of the Father launch preparations

| November 15, 2011

I’m half way through the final proof read of Sins of the Father, so should have that boxed off and ready for final formatting by the end of this week. I’m also waiting with baited breath to get to see the cover to book three. Like the first two, its been put together by the [...]

Final Scene Tear-jerker for SOTE 3

| November 7, 2011

Emotionally exhausted, I  sagged against my keyboard, Sins of the Father completed… After eight long years, the third chunk of the Song of the Elves saga is complete.  In 2005, whilst writing what will now become Book 4 of SOTE, I realised that I needed to fill in a bit of background in the life of [...]

The end is in sight

| October 31, 2011

Sorry for the delay in transmission – coming from the red half of Manchester it’s taken me more than a week to get over the thrashing administered by our ‘noisy neighbours’.  However, normal business is now resumed… One chapter to go on the final edit of Sins of the Father, and I’m getting a major [...]

Mastering Fantasy

| October 17, 2011

Terry Pratchett once wrote that if you are attempting to write fantasy, one of the most important things to do is to make sure that you do not just read fantasy as your literary diet. The theory goes that no matter how fantastical your world, the laws that govern all elements of that world and [...]

Pull of the Arrow

| October 10, 2011

Like the unfortunate objects that have strayed too close to a dying star, the protagonists of Sins of the Father find themselves inexorably pulled to the black hole that is the arrow.  Book One of Song of the Elves took you to a scene in the Horseshoe pass – a soldier lying wounded in the [...]

Fathers and Sons

| October 4, 2011

As the climax to book three, Sins of the Father builds, I am reminded of how central to the plot are the relationships between fathers and sons.  Kirik will find his faith in his father tested to the limit; Prince Nemar and Prince Warseratt are so divided in their view of their father’s style of [...]

Kirik’s dream

| September 25, 2011

Kirik’s dream visitations to a white walled castle are becoming more vivid as Sins of the Father heads towards its dramatic conclusion.  I’ve got about another month’s worth of editing to do before I do a final word level check on the book.  I’m still aiming for Christmas  as a release date for the book [...]