7 Of The Best Fantasy Romance Novel Books

The best romance fantasy novels to curl up with and read

I love fantasy books in general, but fantasy romance novels are my favourite sub genre. These books transport me to a world where anything is possible, where love can conquer all, even in the face of danger and adversity. There's nothing quite like curling up with a good fantasy romance novel and getting lost in a world of wonder and love. (With lots of wine too, of course).

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This book is a mesmerizing blend of fairy tale elements and dark fantasy. It's the story of Feyre Archeron, a mortal girl who becomes entangled in the affairs of faeries after unknowingly killing one.

As she's drawn into their dangerous, magical world, she finds love, betrayal, and a quest that could change everything. The intricate world-building, coupled with the slow-burn romance between Feyre and Tamlin (and later, a more complex relationship with Rhysand), makes it an unforgettable read.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

A timeless classic that blends historical fiction with fantasy and romance. Claire Randall, a nurse from 1945, is mysteriously transported back in time to 1743 Scotland. Caught in the past, she falls for Jamie Fraser, a gallant Scots warrior. Their epic love story is set against the backdrop of war and political unrest, making it not just a romance but an adventure through time.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

This novel stands out for its beautiful prose and imaginative storytelling. Karou, a blue-haired art student in Prague, leads a double life as an errand girl for monsters. The story delves into themes of identity, belonging, and love as Karou uncovers her true origins and falls for an angel named Akiva. The star-crossed lovers' tale is set against a backdrop of an ancient war between angels and demons.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book will captivate you with its dreamlike setting and magical competition between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco. Unbeknownst to them, they are pawns in a game that only ends when one is left standing. However, their growing love for each other makes it impossible to continue their rivalry. The lush descriptions of the circus itself make it as much a character as any human in the story.

Crescent City: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

Another masterpiece by Sarah J. Maas that combines high fantasy with mystery and romance. Bryce Quinlan's quest for revenge in the wake of her friends' murders leads her into an alliance with Hunt Athalar, a notorious fallen angel. Their investigation reveals dark secrets about their city and themselves. The dynamic between Bryce and Hunt evolves beautifully amidst the action-packed plot.

Radiance by Grace Draven

This novel is celebrated for turning the trope of beauty and beast on its head with its unique protagonists: Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king (considered plain by her people), and Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai (seen as monstrous by humans). Their arranged marriage starts off as a practical alliance but grows into genuine affection and love—a refreshing take on romantic development.

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

A retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, this book tells the story of Shahrzad who volunteers to marry Khalid Ibn al-Rashid, not out of love but to exact revenge for her best friend's murder at his hands. However, as she gets to know Khalid better, she discovers there's much more to him than meets the eye.

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