What are the best fantasy novels of the 80s?

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    #1The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon

    The Mists of Avalon is a fantasy novel by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is a retelling of the Arthurian legends as told from the perspective of Morgraine, and features mainly the other women in the stories: Gwenhwyfar, Viviane, Morgause, and Igraine.

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    Sharon Elliott
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I absolutely love this take on the story of King Arthur. It feels like a whole new story when told from the women's perspectives in The Mists of Avalon. I read this book when it was first released in the 80s and really sparked my love for fantasy novels."
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    #2The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn)

    The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn)
    The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn) is from the trilogy of novels by the American writer Tad Williams. It was one of the game changers on the epic fantasy genre. The story is set in the fictional continent of Osten Ord.
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    Omar Granados
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "My nan gave this to me. Havent read it until recently even though I had it for 10 years. Good book, love the fantasy."
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    #3A Darkness at Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga)

    A Darkness at Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga)

    A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E. Feist is a fantasy novel originally published in February 1986. This is the fourth book in the author's The Riftwar Saga series. It was preceded by Silverthorn in 1985.

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    Gregory Moore
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I love to read fantasy novels but to me it feels like some of the best works are the classics. A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond E. Feist was passed along to me by a friend. I really connected with a lot of the elements in this novel and plan to pick up the rest of the series soon."
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    #4The Color of Magic (Discworld)

    The Color of Magic (Discworld)

    The Color of Magic is a book by Terry Pratchett that tells the story of  Rincewind. He is a not very skillful wizard. He accidentally became a tourist guide for the city of Ankh-Morpork and his innocence will bring them to the Discworld.

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    Albert Gomez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The Color of Magic is an interesting book about a mediocre wizard who becomes a tour guide. Sounds boring, I know, but the plot thickens with robbers, mercenaries, and death which defies the normalities of the world we know. It's worth a read, I think, and I did enjoy it for what it was."
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    #5The Blue Sword

    The Blue Sword

    The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley is a story of an orphan girl who lives in a desert country called Damar. She has a simple and quiet life but her life has changed when Corlath, the Hillfolk King, kidnapped her and took her deep into the desert.

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    Brandon Contreras
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is not my favorite. The plot isn't very believable, and I didn't really care about the characters. This book should have stayed in the 80's. "
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    #6Redwall

    Redwall

    Inside Redwall Abbey, mice live peacefully with any stranger coming to see their place. But a terrible army of rats is planning to attack them, so Matthias, a little but brave mouse, is ready to defend his home at any cost. 

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    Howard Delgado
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I loved the 80s, and I loved the books from the 80s. Any kid who spent a minute in a library knows whats up at redwall. Great 80s classic."
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    #7Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)

    Dragonlance Chronicles: Dragons Of Winter Night is a graphic novel written by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman, and Andrew Dabb. This comic book was illustrated by Steve Kurth and it was published in 2015.

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    Wei Hu
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Having originated in the 80s, these books offer nostalgic memories for many prior readers, but even today "Dragons of Winter Night" is a great read and one that I think any fantasy fan could enjoy. I would strongly recommend this book to those looking to get away from young adult fantasy, and the more immersive adult fantasy of the 80s. A great book, and one that holds up for multiple readings. "
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    #8The Eyes of the Dragon

    The Eyes of the Dragon

    The Eyes of the Dragon is a horror fantasy adventure fiction novel written by Stephen King. It is about the king of Delain and it first published in 1987. 

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    Sandra Ellis
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "As someone who likes Stephen King but not horror, this was right up my ally. While there is a bit of horror here, it is way more of a fantasy novel."
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    #9The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates

    The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers is one of the best time travel novels of all time, and winner of a Philip K. Dick Award in 1983. Set in an alternate past of British-ruled Egypt, it combines steampunk with magic and time travel in one riveting book.

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    Rebecca Lewis
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I absolutely LOVED this book. It brought me into an awesome fantasy world that I never wanted to leave. I am so glad someone suggested this to me! 5 stars!"
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    #10Fevre Dream

    Fevre Dream

    After losing all his fleet but one boat due to icy wind, Abner Marsh was suspicious about Joshua York's offer: he just wanted to traverse the Mississippi, and he did not care about how much money would that cost him. Soon, Abner will discover the true motivations behind that trip, something that he wishes he would have never discovered.

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    Amanda Carter
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Awesome book. Full of suspense and keeps you on the edge of your seat. You can just picture yourself in Abner's shoes easily. I could not put it down! The suspense kept me going on the edge of my seat until I found out how it ended! "
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    #11On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality)

    On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality)

    On a Pale Horse is a fantasy science fiction and the first book in Incarnations of Immortality series written by Piers Anthony. It is first published in 1983 by Del Rey. 

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    Liu Jiang
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "After having done an investigation I can conclude that this book does not qualify to be on this list of best fantasy novels of the 80s since during that time many successful novels were created and the competition is very great during that period."

Summary

Best What are the best fantasy novels of the 80s
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Mists of AvalonBooks 37 Paid
2The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn)Books 34 Paid
3A Darkness at Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga)Books 33 Paid
4The Color of Magic (Discworld)Books 31 Paid
5The Blue SwordBooks 30 Paid
6RedwallBooks 27 Paid
7Dragons Of Winter Night (Dragonlance Chronicles)Books 26 Paid
8The Eyes of the DragonBooks 25 Paid
9The Anubis GatesBooks 21 Paid
10Fevre DreamBooks 21 Paid
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