Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

First cycle nears end

| June 18, 2011

Weclome to Song of the Elves – if you are a new reader who has joined us via kindle, you may not be aware of the intended journey for Kirik and Eidur.  Song of the Elves is a saga told in three cyles.  The first cycle is nearing completion, with Sins of the Father due [...]

Next Steps

| June 11, 2011

All the team at SOTE HQ are delighted by the start that A Shadow Falls and now The King’s Blades have made on kindle.  If you’re reading the e-book versions please drop us a line via this website and let us know what you like so far and how we can up our game for [...]

The Future’s Bright

| June 1, 2011

All the hard work on the second installment of Song of the Elves: The King’s Blades, is done.  We are now in the process of releasing the e-book on kindle, where A Shadow Falls continues to do brisk business. Following this, we will be preparing both A Shadow Falls and The King’s Blades for release [...]

Technical Finale

| May 21, 2011

The King’s Blades is going through the final technical preparations before it is ready for release. There will be a dual release in two formats: Paperback through lulu.com – price tbc e-book on kindle through amazon.co.uk – price tbc I planned a short sabbatical from writing to gather my thoughts for the final edit of [...]

Final Cut

| May 8, 2011

Great news – The King’s Blades has undergone it’s final edit.  I’ve packed it off to the SOTE technical team (Super Nick), ready for launch as a paperback through lulu.com and as an e-book on kindle via amazon. I’m really happy with the end result.  The book retains the intimate, character driven feel of A [...]

The Eyes have It…

| May 2, 2011

Into the last four chapters of the final edit and conjunctivitus has struck – just a minor delay, as I will still have completed the book by the end of this week. All being well, The King’s Blades will be on sale as a paperback through lulu.com by Monday 9th May and soon thereafter on [...]

Deep within the earth

| April 20, 2011

In the heart of the Haven, Councillor Eidur is coming to terms with the reality that life in the Summerlands is nothing like he imagined.  I’m currently refining a pivotal chapter of the second novel in the Song of the Elves saga, one which signposts the way for the second three book cycle once Sins [...]

Maybe May

| April 9, 2011

The end game of publication is a long one, mostly down to my own pursuit of perfection.  The King’s Blades is undergoing final tweaks to make the read as smooth and enjoyable as possible.  Here at SOTE HQ, we’ve set the tentative date of May 1st for publication.  All things being equal, that should be [...]

Final Countdown

| March 28, 2011

Okay – the cover art is finished and ready to roll.  The King’s Blades looks sweeter than ever thanks to the dedication of the good people at Design Office in Crewe (well done Stewart!). However, a stickler for ‘getting it right’, I’m not quite happy yet to release the manuscript for publication.  The second book [...]

Kindle surprise

| March 19, 2011

Great news – sales of A Shadow Falls, the first book in the Song of the Elves saga, are going well on Kindle – at one point I hit the top 60 of the fantasy chart on Amazon – alongside Dean Koontz no less!  However, he has sold a few million paperbacks beforehand.  Still, it [...]