Where the names come from: Origin of Ninavar

The world in which many of the events of the Draakonor Chronicles take place is called Ninavar. Ninavar is a variation on the name, Nineveh. And, for those who may not have heard of it, Nineveh was an ancient Assyrian city of Upper Mesopotamia. I’m not sure where or when I first heard the name, but it got stuck in my subconscious and stayed there until I needed it. As with most of the people and place names in my stories, I found something that already existed and tweaked it just enough to make it semi-unique. I love words, and coming up with new and interesting ones is part of the fun of writing epic fantasy. Ninavar just sort of rolled off my tongue. It had that same kind of flavor to it as Narnia or Newhon—probably because it’s an “N” word. Ninavar just sounded like a fun place, a place filled with monsters and magic, and a good place to have adventures.


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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