Favorite Five Fantasy Romances
This list is actually pretty hard for me to narrow down to just five books! It’s not a secret that I love romance and I’ve read a ton of books that are fantasy novels that have strong romance plots and vice versa. There are so many authors I wish I could have included on this list, but I only have room for five.
- Radiance by Grace Draven
This is probably one of my ideal romances. There are so many romance tropes but when you read a lot of romance they get stale pretty fast. One of the things I love about this one is that there is very little conflict in the book that stems from their relationship. Conflict in this one tends to be external, and there’s none of the soap opera-y ‘let’s have this happen for the sake of drama even though it could be cleared up quickly by two people talking to each other’ things, thank goodness! It’s just a really sweet love story! And that’s not to say it’s devoid of tropes, because it’s totally built on tropes, it just handles them a bit differently from what you’d expect.
- Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis
Ok, so I literally just read this one and I haven’t even done my review for it yet, but I really loved it. This takes place in an alternative United Kingdom where women rule the country through a council of Boudicca, while men are the magicians. So there are definite gender roles but not the kind you’re used to. I found this utterly refreshing, and the romance was sweet (and also not the usual route!).
- The Demons We See by Krista D. Ball
I absolutely love this book. Krista’s strength is in her characters, so if you enjoy banter and fun dialogue, this is a book for you. This story has a lot of political stuff going on in it as the main character suddenly gets appointed to a government position. But she has a secret, which if it came out then the church and the government would condemn her. I love the world that’s created here, but above all I love the romance.
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
This one is a classic, so I couldn’t have a list like this without putting it on there! I remember loving the movie when I was a kid, but never read the book until later. In the earlier days of the net there was a site I used to hang out at and this site had a forum. Everyone on there was obsessed with this book and quoting it all the time. Finally I had to read the book to see what it was that everyone was going on about and I immediately fell in love. Yes, I still love the movie! But like a lot of things, the book is so much more!
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman
I love Stardust sooooo much! It’s such a fun book with a lot of adventure, but more than anything I love it for its heart. It’s such a lovely fairy tale and is very much signature Gaiman with hints of darkness within the light.
So, those are my picks for this week’s FFF! What are your favorites? Leave me a note in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!