Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

History of Rhoderica

I’m currently taking a short break from writing The Mirror of His Soul to bring a new short story to the website.  The Wolves of Winter is a tale that has been around in my head since the first inception of the land of Rhoderica, though the need to get their story down on paper was not as urgent as getting the first cycle of Song of the Elves up and running.  

However, as I am starting to plot books 4, 5 and 6, the events of this tale have a bearing on the actions of Kirik and the Eidurson’s as they fight the dark wave of terror engulfing the continent.  It is therefore time to introduce this strand of Rhoderica’s history, so that you can gain full enjoyment of these later volumes.

I want the Wolves of Winter to be out there for a long time before they appear within the pages of Song of the Elves, to allow time for the legend to grow and become embedded in the history of the world.

So, look out for this tale of courage and fortitude against overwhelming odds, which also introduces a handful of new creatures. 

More details next week…

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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