July 13th, 2012, 11:04 PM
Looking for some High/Epic fantasy book series, with a strong romance sub-plot.
Hello everyone, recently I've been lurking these forums trying to find some good book series to start working my way through, and I've decided to make my own post to see if I can find some series with all (or at least, most of) my preferences.
Now, bear with me, I'm not making this post without reading any of the post before me. I went to the handy-dandy search function and picked out several threads similar to mine, but sadly, there was only about 4-6 threads that had any relation to what I was looking for, and I would like some more reccomendations.
That being said, here are my preferences:
-Hopefully, I would like the novels to be part of a series, at least a trilogy. My reasoning behind this is because larger book series usually allow for much more in-depth plots, and I don't like when the characters I come to love only have one book to their name.
-I really do want a strong romance, but I do NOT want it to be the focus-point of the book. I need a strong plot to go with the romance, or I feel like there isn't much point to keep reading if I'm not going anywhere with the story.
-I'm a sucker for magic, the "chosen one" cliches, and all that. I've really enjoyed the series like Sword of Truth, Wheel of Time, Mistborn, etc etc (Except I felt like the romance in WoT was a bit lacking, it was good and all but I felt like it wasn't developed enough.)
-Cliches are perfectly fine, I haven't read enough fantasy to be annoyed with them yet.
-Explicit scenes are fine, I'm even of the opinion that they add some more depth to the story. However, not required at all.
That's about it for now, I'll edit if I forgot a point that I wanted to add.
It would be much appreciated if you would include a short summary and a x/10 rating.
Last edited by Olimious; July 13th, 2012 at 11:06 PM.
July 13th, 2012, 11:56 PM
Too many books to read...
I'm sure the following have been mentioned more than once:
Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel books (some BDSM, not too detailed, but the heroine is a courtesan who enjoys pain)
Anne Bishop, The Dark Jewels books
Codex Alera, by Jim Butcher - lots of romance but doesn't overshadow the story. I think it's very romantic, too. The lost heir theme is present but with a clever twist.
Patricia McKillip, The Forgotten Beasts of Eld
Poison Study, Maria Snyder
Lilith Saintcrow, The Hedgewitch Queen
July 14th, 2012, 12:07 AM
Try Dragon Prince and Dragon Star, two related trilogies by Melanie Rawn. It has been a long time since I read these books so I wouldn't do them justice in a summary, but Wikipedia has a good article about them here. Rating them is difficult as well, because I've read a lot of books since that I like a lot better, but that is due in large part to personal taste, not the quality of the books necessarily. So let me just say that the books are well-written, the world (it is an alt-world setting) is fully realized and the main characters have depth and are interesting. Most importantly, the two series meet all of your criteria.
Romance not the focus...check
Plenty of magic...check
Some semi-explicit stuff...check
July 14th, 2012, 02:41 AM
maybe farseer trilogy by robin hobb. though its probably more starcrossed lovers. the second trilogy [liveships] is probably more what you are looking for.
July 14th, 2012, 06:40 AM
bingley bingley beep
Curse of Chalion springs to mind, Bujold has romance in a quite a lot of her stuff, though it mostly doesn't overshadow the rest of teh plot. That one is one of her best imo. And check out Sharon Shinn, or for older stuff Chronicles of Morgaine by CJ CHerryh.
July 14th, 2012, 09:02 AM
I would take a look at:
The Indra series by Sherwood Smith
The Twelve Houses by Sharon Shinn (and her Angelica series, which isn't so much high fantasy)
Nine Kingdoms series by Lynne Kurland
Deed of Paksnarrion and continuing series by Elizabeth Moon (not as much romance in the first three books, but you need to read those to get to the later books)
Green Rider series by Kristin Britain
Cast in series by Michelle Sagara
Either of Lynne Flewling's series
July 16th, 2012, 02:57 PM
Great list! I have read everything on there but one, and I highly recommend them.
Originally Posted by finnskeeper
July 20th, 2012, 07:31 AM
Seconding the Kushiel and Chalion books.
Carol Berg is always reliable for excellent fantasy with strong romance elements. The romance doesn't usually come to the fore until the second book of the series, but there's always lots of groundwork in Book 1 as well. The Rai-Kirah trilogy is my personal favorite of her work, but the Bridge of D'Arnath series is probably of more interest from a romance angle.
Martha Wells' Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy is great, as well. I've only read the first volume of her current series, but that's hitting some strong romance territory, too. (Her other work is standalones, but again, good romance.)
Last edited by Jen526; July 20th, 2012 at 07:34 AM.
July 23rd, 2012, 10:03 PM
Another vote for Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. A great book and good series. Her Sharing Knife series is also good.