Best Romance in Traditional Fantasy

Collection of novels set in a fantasy world with a core story built around romance.

In particular, this list welcomes stories with strong relationship-building or characters who discover love in unexpected places while on one of those death(destiny)-defying quests we all love in Epic Fantasy.


Please note: The list is not meant to include books in the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal genres, teen-school fluff romances, or books in which the love story/romance is a minor sideplot.
(They can be fun reads too, but there are many such lists out there already!)

For series: Please add the first book only, or the one book that's the best example for this list.
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227 books · 465 voters · list created June 1st, 2012 by Naiya (votes) .
Tags: fantasy, love, romance
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message 1: by Danna (new)

Danna I do not think Howl's Castle desserves the title, though. But The idea of the list is brilliant!


message 2: by Naiya (new)

Naiya Danna_Kiara wrote: "I do not think Howl's Castle desserves the title, though. But The idea of the list is brilliant!"

That's one of the books I was one the fence about adding (the other was Sabriel). But it looks like it's being voted up! I'm hoping that as more people vote, the best books will move up on the list.


message 3: by Becky (new)

Becky I love the idea of this list, but unfortuantely I haven't read any of these titles :(


message 4: by Deb (new)

Deb I've only read one and seen the movie of one other (guess). So, I don't feel qualified to vote. I guess I should add some of these to my to-read list.


message 5: by new_user (new)

new_user This list is sadly short. ;_;


message 6: by Loreley (new)

Loreley removed some paranormal romance titles


message 7: by Elias (new)

Elias The Grisha Trilogy is kind of teen fluff. Also, Ella Enchanted is a retelling and not proper epic fantasy.


message 8: by Loreley (new)

Loreley cleaned up the list a bit


message 9: by Naiya (new)

Naiya Loreley wrote: "cleaned up the list a bit"

Thanks for that! You're the best.


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