Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Romances in Fantasy Novels


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I am picking last weeks topic. I don’t read pure romance novels and I get annoyed very easily when a romance in a novel takes over the whole story. I don’t like love-triangles or insta-love. I hate half-arsed sex scenes just as much as I hate a book that seems to consist only of sexy times. I like a good slow-burn romance. I like it, when a romance develops in the background and doesn’t take away from the story. I like explicit sex scenes, that don’t make me cringe.

So here is my list of novels that had love stories I enjoyed. I will only give you the books though and not the actual pairings, because I don’t want to give anything away.

Demon Child Trilogy / Jennifer Fallon –> Slow burn. Doesn’t really happen until the last book but the characters met in the first book and interacted a lot. They didn’t even like each other in the start and then had a teacher/student relationship going, which I was a big fan of. My only complaint: Not enough scenes together, I want more!

Kushiel’s Legacy / Jacqueline Carey –> Also kinda slow burn and lots and lots of Drama, because the characters couldn’t be more different. Their whole ideologies clash but they still find a way to be together. With lots of heartbreak. This is one of the more dominant love stories I enjoyed.

Daughter of the Forest & Son of the Shadows / Juliet Marillier –> You can see it coming, but it’s still a slow burn and I love how the relationships develop. When I want lots of romancing and heartbreak, I will always go back to Juliet Marillier.

Liveship Traders / Robin Hobb –> Slow burn! But I was shipping since book 1 and was so happy it happened! Wasn’t too dominant either.

Paper Magician Trilogy / Charlie N. Holmberg –> Slow burn & Teacher/student relationship. Very tame though.

Uprooted / Naomi Novik –> Teacher & student. Didn’t HAVE to be there, but I loved the characters and their interactions. Was a great book in general.

Wax & Wayne Series / Brandon Sanderson –> Slow, slow burn and I was so invested! I hated her with a passion at first but in the end she turned out to be my favourite. Could have had some explicit scenes.

Black Magician Trilogy / Trudi Canavan –> Slow burn. I was shipping since the first book but it only happened in the last. It was a great buildup but was disappointing when they finally were together. That waterfall scene…. I guess it was more YA but this was a moment where a sex scene could have made it SO much better..

Nightrunner Series / Lynn Flewelling –> Still one of my favourite pairings, I love reading about them together.

The Immortals / Tamora Pierce –> Slow burn & Teacher/student relationship. Doesn’t happen until the last book and I didn’t expect it at all but I loved it! Very tame as those are books for kids.


  1. I read the first Liveship Traders book years ago but I’m not sure who the pairing would be- I guess I don’t remember enough of the book. I did like her Fitz though… slow burn is always good, the Kushiel series and Marillier’s both look like they’d be good too.

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  2. I am so happy to see Daughter of the Forest on this list. I loved them. I think they are possibly one of the best couples ever written. If they hadn’t ended up together after all that build up I think I would have broken something because it was so real it really could have gone either way for awhile there. Red is a dream ❤

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  3. I’ve read a few of these and I couldn’t agree more!! Kushiel especially – it was the most beautiful love story I’ve ever read. Your list has me itching to pick up the ones from it I haven’t read lol

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  4. Love me some Tamora Pierce, but didn’t like the romance in Wild Magic much. I much preferred Alanna and George in Song of the Lioness.
    As for Hobbs’s Liveship Traders, I’m currently reading Mad Ship and I highly suspect Althea and Brashen ending up together….that’s who you’re referring to right? Do we learn more about the Elderling in this book or the last book? I’m so curious.


    1. Hi!
      Ha, that’s funny – I am the exact opposite 🙂 I loved the Alanna books and the characters, but the romance did nothing for me.

      Regarding the Liveship Traders.. You might be onto me 😉 You definitely learn more about the Elderlings in this one, I remember some pretty cool revelations.


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