Great openings from classic fantasy novels

My litmus test for a good book: If the first sentence or paragraph sucks me in, I’ll like the book more often than not. I’ve read a few on this list and liked them precisely because the first page drew me to read more. 

Interesting list.

[pic of Smaug and his Treasure by Shockbolt on DeviantArt as used in the article from]

Great openings from classic fantasy novels


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My name is Terrie. I write for a living and blog for pleasure. Some days, I get up in the morning and know precisely what kind of day it is. At other times, I get knocked over for a loop. People seem to like confiding in me. When I was younger, I thought I knew everything and can tell you what you need to do if you ask me. Now that I'm older, I realize I don't know anything. That's been my motivation for the blog and for writing. To figure out the unknown and unknowable.

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