Song of the Elves

Epic fantasy novels and short stories by David Charles Shepherd

Welcome To Song of the Elves...

David Shepherd is the author of the Summerlands epic fantasy trilogy. This is his blog where you can read about the trials and tribulations of writing, keep up to date with new and current releases and hear about the influences that day to day life has on his works.

Introducing – ‘The Restless Ones’

Posted By on February 9, 2015

Well, it’s been a long time in the making, but my next project is now fully evolved and progressing nicely.

‘The Restless Ones’ is my second Tale of Rhoderica, again set in a time before the Elves came to the continent.

Set after the events of ‘Wolves of Winter’, this tale of hard men in hard times has been inspired by one of the great loves from my childhood – watching Westerns with my dad.

The story is inspired by the events of The Searchers, a wonderful tale of a half-indian and his embittered uncle, attempting to rescue his kidnapped sister from the Cheyenne.

The Searchers first saw light as a newspaper serial and was eventually collected and published as a full novel in 1954. My experience of The Searchers comes not from the Alan Le May novel, but from the 1954 film. My dad first introduce me to the two Johns – Ford and Wayne – through the trilogy of cavalry movies the pair made together. The Searchers was something else – brutal and decisive, yet still holding the fireside warmth typical of Ford movies.

My tale cannot hope to hold a candle to the original, and does not try to imitate. I have taken the seed of a story – the kidnapping and subsequent quest for retrieval – and turned it into a sprawling fantasy. My characters travel through lands to the south of the world readers will be familiar with from Song of the Elves Books 1 to 3. The Southren are the protagonists – a savage race of humanoids from a humid continent lying out of reach across a narrow sea.

I hope to capture the same hope and despair that Le May envisioned and John Ford subsequently brought to the big screen. My dad and I loved John Wayne, but we were a little afraid of his lost soul portrayal of Ethan Edwards – a soldier returning defeated from the civil war. Naythan is my equivalent character, returning from the horrors of the Black Rose Wars (you can read a little of this at my website & I will return to this period of Rhoderica in a further ‘Tale’). He is a study in bitterness – he might be beyond redemption. He certainly has the mettle to get the job done. If anyone can reclaim the lost girl – Naythan can.

More to come in the coming weeks!

Until then, up the Elves!

A Shadow Falls now free on kindle

Posted By on January 1, 2015

For the next five days we’re offering for free on the Kindle store.

It’s a great time to get into the saga of the elves if you’ve got a new Kindle for Christmas. Don’t forget to tell your family and friends as well, so that they don’t miss out.

WOW ready to fill your stocking!

Posted By on December 23, 2014

The Wolves of Winter

A Tale of Rhoderica

On sale now through and Amazon kindle.

Go on, treat yourself to a bit of sword and sorcery this Christmas…


Phew… after a long break, I’m finally back.

It’s been a busy few months since completing the WOW manuscript. A final edit by my dear friend Col has given a polished sheen to the adventures of Rulnik, Torbad et al.

Now you can enjoy the adventures for yourself, as I am pleased to announce that Wolves of Winter is on sale as a paperback via and as an e-book on Amazon.

What a satisfying way to finish the year.

From all at Song of the Elves HQ, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Up the Elves in 2015

Run with the Wolf pack

Posted By on July 14, 2014


Great news – Wolves of Winter, my prequel of sorts to the Song of the Elves saga, is now complete. I’m currently preparing to launch this new stand alone novel through amazon kindle and for paperback.

Three rip-roaring adventure stories are told by the mysterious Mallakai to his grandson Thomas. The bonds between Thomas and his grandfather are tested as the seemingly remote tales come to have a bearing on this family from Greendale. Set in two time streams from the world before the elves invaded Rhoderica, here you can encounter giant ice wyrms, savage humanoids, witchcraft and the machinations of men.

More to follow in the next few days in this exciting development at SOTE HQ.

Until next time, up the Elves! (Or should that be ‘wolves!’)


Posted By on April 16, 2014

I’m enjoying a little flurry of sales of A Shadow Falls and The King’s Blades on the back of the launch of Book 3, Sins of the Father. Thank you to all who have invested in the SOTE saga over the past few years. If you are reading the tales of Rhoderica for the first time, welcome on board. I do hope you enjoy this first of two planned trilogies that document the life and times of the Eidursons of Rhoderica. Please let me know what you think of the series by entering a review on amazon or by e-mailing this website.

For those of you who like your books in paper form, all three books are available as trade paperbacks through


I am currently editing The Wolves of Winter, my prequel to Song of the Elves. Whilst not following the same plot-line as the main series, the book introduces much of the landscape to be featured in Book 4 of SOTE, and presents three rip-roaring adventures following Rulnik’s Wolves as they battle beasts, the elements and corruption – all in the name of the King of course!

Until next time, up the elves!


Sins of the Father on Sale Now!

Posted By on March 29, 2014

I am delighted to bring you the news that Sins of the Father, Book 3 of the Song of the Elves saga, is now on sale as an e-book via it can also be purchased in paperback from

Kirik and Eidur embrace their duties and destinies as the true threat true Rhoderica is revealed. Settle down for a rip-roaring rollercoaster of action, adventure and emotion.

to top a momentous week at SOTE HQ I have just completed a prequel to the Song of the Elves saga, entitled, The Wolves of Winter. you can sample tales from this book on this website. The Wolves of Winter will be out through amazon and lulu in the coming months.

Thank you for your continued support.

Up the Elves!


P.S. Come on Moysey – you can do it!


Song of the Elves Book 3 – Out Now!

Posted By on March 24, 2014

I am delighted to announce the publication of Book 3 of the Song of the Elves. Sins of the Father is available now as an e-book through amazon kindle and as a paperback through

The book completes the first trilogy of the fantasy saga.

It is a bitter sweet moment, as the book was written in dedication to my own wonderful father.  I am going to donate money from the sale of the book to the British Alzheimers society. As regular readers will know I lost my father to dementia earlier in the year.

I am currently finishing work on a prequel to the saga entitle The Wolves of Winter, before I go back to work on Book 4.

Thank you for your support, and for your patience in waiting for book 3 to appear.

Happy Days.

Up the Elves!

Wolves of Winter

Posted By on February 28, 2014

I have now completed ‘Kill the King’, the third instalment of Wolves of Winter. Now Thomas and Mallakai will take centre stage as the novel nears completion. Expect fireworks in this explosive finale which will set up a future stand alone adventure for young Thomas as the Wolves are brought into a new era for Rhoderica.

Book 3, Sins of the Father, meanwhile is waiting in the wings as I seek to create an e-book to be proud of. Nearly there.

And we’re just not going to mention my beloved reds.

Up the Elves!


Long Cold Winter

Posted By on February 12, 2014

Work on ‘The Wolves of Winter’ is inching forward. I have nearly completed the climactic scene to the third instalment entitled ‘Kill the King’. Once this is done I will progress onto the final segment featuring Thomas and Mallakai. Its time for young Thomas to take centre stage.

I would also like to record the passing of my dear father, Arthur Elsworth Shepherd. He was and always will be a great inspiration to me.

Finally, Song of the Elves Book 3 has hit a few publishing glitches but will be with you later this year, when I will also begin work on Book 4, The Lost, The Lonely and the Damned.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Up the Elves!


A Bright New Year

Posted By on December 31, 2013

Well, we didn’t quite make it in time to fill your Christmas stocking, but a fine wind prevailing, book three of the Song of the Elves should be sailing towards your kindle early in 2014. I hope you will think it worth the wait. I am very proud of Book 3, which completes the first cycle of the SOTE saga. There will be a time shift of a few years between the action that closes in Book 3 and the opening scens of Book 4, The Lost, the Lonely and the Damned. I will begin work on this book in the spring.

Currently I am putting the finishing touches to The Wolves of Winter, set in the same world as SOTE, but in a time before the elves invaded Rhoderica. Three tales of the legendary Wolves are bound together and told as a narrative to young Thomas by his enigmatic grandfather Mallakai. At the end of the third tale, Thomas will be forced embrace his own destiny, one that will tear his family apart and reveal some of the mysteries found in Song of the Elves.

Before the year slips away, I must make mention of a project by my cousin, Chris Bailey – he plays rhythm guitar and performs lead vocals with Field Studies, an alternative rock band who have been working on their own original material since 2012. They have just released their debut EP Celestial, out now from i-tunes. If you like your rock atmospheric with guitars that float and soar, overlaid with the wind-blown vocals of Chris, then check this out. Highly recommended. Good luck for 2014, lads. I’m a convert!

Finally, thank you for all who have visited this website and who have shown belief in this project in 2013. Its been a slow year of activity, but with upgrades of Books 1 & 2, the release of Book 3 and the debut of Wolves on Winter all to come, 2014 is set to be our biggest year yet.

Up the elves!

Peace and Love.

Shep x