While some readers might balk at the thought of romance and fantasy mingling, there’s been an uptick in the publication (both indie and traditional) of fantasy romances within the past year. Of course, fantasy romance is nothing new. Tamora Pierce, Catherine Asaro, Lynn Kurland and Mercedes Lackey are among the many authors known for writing in the fantasy romance genre. Now you can add more names to that list, because fantasy romance is experiencing a boom.
Below are some March and April fantasy romances worth checking out.
Brisbin launches her Stone Circles series with the story of Brienne of Yester, a blacksmith’s daughter who learns she can manipulate fire. She gets caught up in a quest with William de Brus — who is, of course, head over heels for Brienne. They uncover a dangerous goddess with powers capable of controlling Brienne. Brienne must withstand the goddess, and together she and William must save their world from an impending war.
Frank recently started a new fantasy romance series, the Immortal Brothers. It began with last month’s Cursed by Fire and continues with Cursed by Ice. Both books focus on warrior brothers who are being tortured by the gods, but who get a shot at redemption.
Originally self-published, C.S. Pacat’s Captive Prince series will be releasing in print from Berkley this year (they published it digitally last year and will be releasing the third book digitally and in print come 2016). Captive Prince re-releases next month, and the M/M fantasy romance follows Damen, a fallen warrior who becomes a slave after his brother betrays him and steals his birthright. Damen must work with his master, Prince Laurent — despite, you know, him keeping Damen captive — in order to survive the treacherous court. RT reviewer Bridget says Laurent makes quite the antihero!
Ok, so this was released in January, but we reviewed it in our April issue. Grace Draven’s self-published fantasy romance Radiance has garnered quite the buzz. Human Ildiko is betrothed to Prince Brishen, a Kai with grey skin, talons and fangs. But Ildiko doesn’t run screaming when she meets her new husband, and although their union was political, the two form a deep bond as they navigate tricky royal politics together.
Have you read any great fantasy romance lately? Do you have an opinion on one of the books above? Let me know in the comments! For more fantasy romance, visit our Everything Paranormal page.