Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Long Live Rock And Roll

One of my all time heroes passed away yesterday.  After a sixth month battle with cancer, Ronie James Dio died at 7.45 a.m. Los Angeles time on sunday 16th May.

I’ve mentioned the inspiration of his songs on this website before.  Having grown up on Rainbow, Black Sabbath and Dio albums, I was delighted to finally get to see Ronnie performing at Manchester Academy during his Holy Diver tour a couple of years ago.  What a fantastic frontman and thoroughly nice fella!

I’m gutted that he’s gone and will miss the anticipation of a new Dio album, as there always seemed to be one around the next corner from the prolific vocalist.

For a while now I have been plotting a novel length tale of the Wolves of Winter.  The working title, which describes something of the plot, has always been ‘Kill the King‘.  As this is also the title of one of Dio’s finest Rainbow songs, I can’t think of a better dedication to the man and his music.

Ronnie, I’ll be playing your tunes as the words flow…  Long live RJD, forever the King of rock and roll!


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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