Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

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 [...]