Top Ten Tuesday is hosted each week by The Broke and The Bookish and allows us to combine our love of books with our love of lists. This week’s topic is: Top Ten Favorite Romances in Fantasy Books.
The topic is really suppose to focus on romance tropes that we like or don’t like but I’m literally drawing a blank on those right now and can’t think of one specific trope I want to post about and have been putting this post of for days because of it and finally just decided to give in and do something just a little different. I love both romance books and fantasy books and love it the most when the two overlap to make one big epic romantic fantasy book. I love those the most and am constantly on the lookout for epic fantasy with very swoony romances. So since I’m so obsessed with them right now, I decided to make this post about them. That way I can share some of my favorites and hopefully get some recs from you guys! And maybe counter last week’s negative post, which I still feel guilty about! So here are a few of my favorite romances that have been in fantasy books:
Cress by Marissa Meyer: There are so many great romances in The Lunar Chronicles but Cress and Thorne are my favorite. I also know this might be more sci-fi than fantasy, but it’s based on a fairy tale so I’m counting it. If you haven’t read these books, I highly recommend them. It’s rare to find a series that really works so well as individual stories but comes together to create something incredibly special. It’s fun and epic and swoony and emotional. It’s all there. Read them. And then swoon.
My Lady Jane by the Lady Janies: Okay. I really had no idea what to expect going into this fantasy/historical fiction mash-up type book but I was blown away. There was so much humor but what really made it was the characters. I loved Edward and Jane as cousins but I really enjoyed watching Jane and G’s relationship develop over the course of the book and see them ending up in a place where they truly care about and trust each other.
A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet: This book is NOT a YA book. But it does combine both epic fantasy and romance in a great way! I was a little stuck on the kidnapping thing in the beginning but even I couldn’t be kept from loving Cat and Griffin in the end. But again, definitely NOT YA.
The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare: Oh boy do I love this series! Not only Jem and Tessa and Will but I also loved watching the romances develop between some of the secondary characters as well. But in the end, this book belongs to the trio and it will forever be the ONLY love triangle that I actually really love. It’s obvious they all care for each other and while part of me feels like the epilogue is a cop-out, I once again can’t help but love it anyway!
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson: This is another series that if you haven’t read, you really need to do that right now. Just binge them all! And then fall in love with Elise and Hector. Seriously. They will forever be one of my most favorite YA couples and one that I hope everyone will read.
Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen: Okay, even if I wasn’t just a little obsessed with Robin Hood, this would still make the list. The romance between Rob and Scar is epic. So much drama and danger and adventure and emotions. I love it all! And this is a really great retelling of the Robin Hood story. If you love books full of drama and romance, you’ll love this! And again, I know it’s probably not true fantasy because there aren’t any of those elements in it, but it is a fairy tale retelling, so I’m counting it!
Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: NINA & MATTHIAS FOREVER. That’s all. This series is fantastic. If you can handle the slow burn of the book, then it’ll probably end up being one of your favorites. And Nina and Matthias will definitely be at the top of your lists, too. Especially if hate-to-love is one of your tropes. I know this book is everywhere, but there’s a reason. It’s very good and full of amazing characters. So check it out! Because even if Nina and Matthias aren’t your thing, there are other romances to swoon over!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas: Okay, I know there are all kinds of problems with these books and it’s become a very divisive series, but I still need to include it on this list for one big reason. I’m almost always on the hero’s side. There are almost ZERO villains I would swoon over and before starting this book, I was SURE 100% that Rhysand would not turn me. But he did. There are a lot of reasons for it, but he was one of the first “villains” to make me take a step back and really think about what that meant and who chose who the “good” and “bad” guys were and what story I was suppose to believe, etc. etc. If I’m only hearing the story from one side, how can I be sure who the good and bad guys are? I really wish mating weren’t a part of Rhy and Feyre’s romance, but we can’t have everything, right?
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson: Okay, I’m cheating a bit here again because this isn’t technically a romance. But. There is a relationship between Jefferson and Lee and we get to watch as they navigate across the US and the possibility of a deeper relationship than just friendship. It takes a long time and there’s more in the second book than the first but I especially like these two so far for their “romance” because it felt very realistic when dealing with what they were going through. Not only the life and death situations of the Oregon Trail but also being alone and “grown-ups” for the first time in their lives. Trying to figure out who they are on their own and maybe possibly together, I loved watching so much of it progress over time. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen between them in the last one!!
Okay. Apparently my brain is fried because I could have sworn I had ten. But today you guys get nine! I’d love it if you’d share some of your favorite epic romance/fantasy books or series with me in the comments!