A brief introduction to the Draakonor Chronicles

Recently, I was featured as the Reddit Fantasy Author of the Day. It was a fun event and gave me a rare opportunity to interact with fellow lovers of fantasy fiction. By the time it was over I had answered quite a few questions and thought it might be fun to share some of those here.

For anyone who hasn’t read the books yet, here is a brief introduction to the Draakonor Chronicles:

A Way with Magic is book one in a nine-part epic fantasy series called the Draakonor Chronicles. I have one other book, a novella called The Fabled Beast of Elddon, a prequel of sorts that takes place several years before the events of the Draakonor Chronicles.

The overall story arc for the Draakonor Chronicles is centered around the search for a series of magic shards that, when combined, make one powerful gemstone called the Draakonor. The shards have unique powers which can be exploited for good or ill and our heroes are not the only ones searching for them. Each book is a quest to find the next one and, as you might expect, leads the characters into dark and dangerous situations.

The plot for the Draakonor Chronicles was heavily influenced by a long running role playing game I participated in, and the stories include a myriad of races and monsters, including dragons, orcs, goblins, trolls, ogres, elves, and dwarves, to name a few, along with others of my own devising. To make sense of all this I created a mythology wherein, a long time ago, a powerful wizard opened a doorway into a neighboring reality called the Dreamland, unleashing all the creatures found in myths and legends. After centuries of war the people of Ninavar and the Dreamland have, for the most part, learned to live together. That is until a dark elf sorceress, for reasons that will become clear over time, decides to start a war and plunge both worlds into chaos once more.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting some of the questions I received, and their corresponding answers. As always feel free to chime in if there is anything else you’re curious about.


David E. Barber is a fantasy writer and author of A Way with Magic and The Fabled Beast of Elddon. David grew up in the Midwest, surviving childhood on a steady diet of fantasy, science fiction, and horror books, movies, and comics. Inspired by authors like J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, and George R.R. Martin, he began writing stories of his own and is currently hard at work on an epic fantasy series. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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