The best high fantasy romance books

Last updated: 08 Jun 2021

Swords, magic, dragons - with a dash, nay, a bucket full of romance. We have put together a list of our favorite romance books in a fantasy setting.

  • #1 Dragon Actually - G.A. Aiken

    Dragon Actually - G.A. Aiken

    contemporary paranormal medieval war strong heroine

    It's not always easy being a female warrior with a nickname like Annwyl the Bloody. Men tend to either cower in fear - a lot - or else salute. It's true that Annwyl has a knack for decapitating legions of her ruthless brother's soldiers without pausing for breath. But just once it would be nice to be able to really talk to a man, the way, she can talk to Fearghus the Destroyer.

    Too bad that Fearghus is a dragon, of the large, scaly and deadly type. With him, Annwyl feels safe - a far cry from the feelings aroused by the hard-bodied, arrogant knight Fearghus has arranged to help train her for battle... more

  • #2 A Promise of Fire - Amanda Bouchet

    A Promise of Fire - Amanda Bouchet

    fantasy paranormal magic ancient times abduction

    Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

    Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn... more

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  • #3 Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

    Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas

    contemporary fantasy young adult demons insta-love

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom... more

  • #4 Captive Prince - C.S. Pacat

    Captive Prince - C.S. Pacat

    abduction suspense rape royalty bdsm

    Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

    Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

    For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity... more

  • #5 An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

    An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

    magic young adult fantasy royalty suspense

    Laia is a slave. 

    Elias is a soldier. 

    Neither is free.

    Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

    It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

    But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision... more

  • #6 The Golden Dynasty - Kristen Ashley

    The Golden Dynasty - Kristen Ashley

    fantasy abduction possessive hero strong heroine pregnancy

    Circe Quinn goes to sleep at home and wakes up in a corral filled with women wearing sacrificial virgin attire - and she is one of them. She soon finds out that she’s not having a wild dream, she’s living a frightening nightmare where she’s been transported to a barren land populated by a primitive people and in short order, she’s installed very unwillingly on her white throne of horns as their Queen.

    Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk and with one look at Circe, he knows she will be his bride and together they will start The Golden Dynasty of legend... more

  • #7 The Robber Knight - Robert Thier

    The Robber Knight - Robert Thier

    fantasy funny historical medieval

    When you are fighting for the freedom of your people, falling in love with your enemy is not a great idea.

    Sir Reuben, the dreaded robber knight, has long been Ayla’s deadliest enemy. She swore he would hang for his crimes. Now they are both trapped in her castle as the army of a far greater enemy approaches, and they have only one chance: stand together, or fall... more

  • #8 Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

    Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey

    historical fantasy urban fantasy medieval mystery

    The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good...and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

    Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Sold into indentured servitude as a child, her bond is purchased by Anafiel Delaunay, a nobleman with very a special mission...and the first one to recognize who and what she is: one pricked by Kushiel's Dart, chosen to forever experience pain and pleasure as one... more

  • #9 Lord of the Fading Lands - C.L. Wilson

    Lord of the Fading Lands - C.L. Wilson

    paranormal demons mystery medieval royalty

    Once he had scorched the world. Once he had driven back overwhelming darkness. Once he had loved with such passion, his name was legend...

    Long ago, in the magical holocaust known as the Mage Wars, the immortal Fey and their allies fought to defeat the grasping evil of the Elden Mages and their dark-gifted supporters. During those wars, in a fit of grief-induced madness caused by the death of his mate, Fey shapeshifter Rain Tairen Soul nearly destroyed the world in a blaze of tairen fire.

    Now a thousand years later, a new threat calls him from the Fading Lands, back into the world that had cost him so dearly... more


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