The 1980s were a golden age for fantasy literature, with many classic novels that still resonate with readers today. These five classic fantasy novels from the 80s are must-reads for any fan of the genre:
The Belgariad by David Eddings
This series of five books follows the young farm boy Garion as he discovers his destiny as the chosen one who must save the world of Belgarath from an evil god. The books are known for their engaging characters and rich world-building.
Check out our Beginner’s Guide to The Belgariad, or learn more with our list of David Eddings’ Books in Order.
The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams
This novel tells the story of a young kitchen boy named Simon who discovers a magical sword and is drawn into a world of dragons, magic, and political intrigue. The book is known for its intricate world-building and memorable characters.
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
This classic novel tells the story of young Will Stanton as he discovers that he is an Old One, a member of a group of powerful immortals who fight against the forces of darkness. The book is known for its evocative descriptions of the English countryside and its powerful themes of good versus evil.
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
This series of five books follows the young assistant pig-keeper Taran as he sets out on a quest to save the magical land of Prydain from the evil Horned King. The books are known for their engaging characters and themes of heroism and sacrifice.
The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
This novel tells the story of a young hero named Shea Ohmsford who must embark on a quest to find the fabled Sword of Shannara and defeat the evil Warlock Lord. The book is known for its classic fantasy tropes and its engaging characters.
These five classic fantasy novels from the 80s are timeless tales that continue to captivate readers today. If you’re a fan of the genre, these books are must-reads that will take you on unforgettable journeys to magical lands and beyond.