Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

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 [...]

Prices slashed!

| September 19, 2011

For those of you who haven’t ordered your copy of The King’s Blades in the four days it’s been available, we’ve got our hands on a discount code that will save you 15% off all your Song of the Elves paperback purchases. To take advantage of this, all you need to do is enter the [...]

King’s Blades Trade

| September 15, 2011

It’s official – you can now get your hands on a swish, high-quality trade paperback of The King’s Blades.  For those of you without a Kindle, who’ve just read the first instalment and are eagerly awaiting the next, the book is available now from For the collectors amongst you who enjoyed it as an [...]

Love at First Sight

| September 4, 2011

You thing of beauty; slim, alluring, filled with mysticism – my fingers run along your spine – I am of course talking about the arrival of my proof copy of the trade paperback version of The King’s Blades.  I’m sooo happy about this product.  There are a few minor tweaks (as always) before we can [...]

Sins of the Father update

| August 21, 2011

I’m halfway through the final major edit of Sins of the Father.  It feels like I’m galloping towards the finish line of this, the first cycle of the Song of the Elves saga.  You will be left with a heartbreaking, gut-wrenching cliff hanger at the end of this book. Book Four of SOTE, The Lost, [...]

Where the mountains meet the sea

| August 9, 2011

Having soaked up the unique ambiance of the Lakes, I departed with my family for North West Wales – Black Rock Sands in particular, where the spectacular Snowdonian range sweeps down to meet the sea – a truly enchanted region, where mist wreathed mountain tops can be glimpsed from the dunes along the coast. As [...]

On top of the world

| July 31, 2011

Predictably, I’ve returned from the Lakes fully fuelled with fresh lanscapes and scenarios for forthcoming SOTE scenes.  The Fairfield Horseshoe was a gentle treck, but Helvelyn, with its the notorious Striding Edge was epic – it was roof of the world stuff when we finally crested the summit (thanks for your company men of the [...]

Summit Challenge

| July 16, 2011

I’ve just been adding a new section to the Sins of the Father, book three of Song Of The Elves.  The scene re-introduces the tension between Kirik and his rival in all things, Daktu.  The action takes place on a mist-soaked mountain top, drawn extensively from my many climbs in the English Lakes with my [...]

Heroes and Villains

| July 3, 2011

I’m having great fun getting re-acquainted with the heroes and villains of the third book in the Song of the Elves saga.  Its been a long process bringing book two, The King’s Blades to publishing readiness – so long in fact, that I’d forgotten some of the exciting characters waiting to meet you in SOTE [...]