This was confusing as I am both male and heterosexual. The series follows a boy from his young teens to his early twenties, so you get to see the relationship shift from childhood attraction to love as the story wraps up. Most here would likely recommend reading Tigana or Lions of Al Rassan first. Can't say if the likes of Curse of Chalion is what you're looking for, but there it is. published 2012, avg rating 3.99 — If you're into secret identity, infiltration-type shenanigans, it's great though. The Write Way Café welcomes R.R. published 2008, avg rating 4.37 — 16,034 ratings — published 2014, avg rating 4.37 — 396,722 ratings — Incidentally, I’m searching for the mythical unicorn right now. published 2019, avg rating 4.29 — published 2012, avg rating 3.68 — I don't care for fantasy clichés at all, and I really don't want to have a bad ending (I have no problem with killing but when the main character dies on the last pages I don't like it). I can see at least two books in there that while I’ve not read them, from spoilers I’m quite sure the romance is tragic/depressing. Error rating book. So, I have my MC and her love interest. 34,931 ratings — Black Widow is damaged by the need to downplay her character’s best qualities in order to downplay a romance, Bruce Banner is forced to engage in uncomfortable flirting sequences, and the movie itself must now bear the weight of a hefty romantic subplot while also trying to juggle quite a few more important stories. published 2007, avg rating 4.27 — 149,652 ratings — These books tend to get confused with, and put in the same category as, other types of fantasy romance: alternative history, vampire, werewolf or shifter paranormals. Some people enjoy both and some enjoy one or the other. Brooks, a prolific and imaginative writer, and author of Justi the Gifted. Favorites: All of the Shadowhunters by Cassandra Clare: here we have a bigger focus on romance than in some of my other choices, but the demons and badass Shadowhunters are the main plot. I think that The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher should fit what you’re looking for pretty well. published 2009, avg rating 4.63 — The Riyria Revelations is a fairly classic 6 book series (now mostly published as 3 books), and certainly has a romance subplot by the end of the series, but I think it's something like half way through book 5 that it starts to kick in. published 2011, avg rating 4.40 — The Essential Romantic Subplot (Game of Thrones) Game of Thrones is a grimdark fantasy series that has a dozen romantic subplots. published 2019, avg rating 4.11 — 256,254 ratings — Romance can also add a lighter element to your story – for although you might make… Read 19 889 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. 298,581 ratings — And Mistborn does have some romance in it but it takes until the second book to actually go anywhere. published 2005, avg rating 4.27 — I imagined them as long story ideas, but you might find inspiration for a short story, too. The best way to learn how to use a romance arc in your story is to look at books and films where the arc works, and see if you can map out the path the writers took to create tension and conflict and how they tied this in to the rest of the story. 88,091 ratings — The romance is only sub-plot, right? published 2015, avg rating 4.42 — Romance as a Subplot This might be a controversial take (I have no idea, because I feel like romance gets a bad wrap sometimes? ), but I fucking love romance. avg rating 4.33 — published 2021, avg rating 4.22 — If you choose so, read them in order of their appearance, but the liveship trilogy works as a stand alone. I feel there wasn't enough time to develop it, but then, it's probably because of the circumstances the MCs are forced into. 2,597,277 ratings — published 2015, avg rating 3.85 — It can make the central conflict more intense, raise the stakes, and allow the readers to see your main characters as fully rounded characters. Some end well and some don't. Kingdoms and countries are at stake, usually. The latter has the better romantic subplot imho, but both are very much worth reading. published 2011, avg rating 4.31 — The difference between a romance set in a fantasy world and a fantasy world with a romance is one of emphasis. 164,879 ratings — The Demon King - no idea either, but from the book description I am pretty sure that romance exist. 1,998 ratings — Kushiel’s Dart - not sure if this is book for me, because I don't know if the romance is sub-plot or something more. The romance subplot is fairly light in the first book but continues to grow as the series goes on. I have done some research, but I don't know if the books that I found are that I was looking for: Warbreaker - only 1 book, I don't like short stories :/. 11,576 ratings — published 2007, avg rating 4.26 — Fantasy books all contain some element of the unnatural, i.e., magic. Whether you're planning the fabric of a new story or looking to thread depth into one that's falling flat, try these 7 methods to add great subplots to your novel for a tightly woven plot. “Well, you’ve got three choices,” she answered. Science Fiction novels with romance: The Sirantha Jax series by … published 2009, avg rating 4.31 — 17,930 ratings — published 2017, The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2), Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy, #1), The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3), The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1), Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3), A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1), The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse, #2), The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1), The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1), An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1), First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1), More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2), The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard, #3), Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #2). 10,768 ratings — Just to note, Warbreaker is part of the wider universe of the Cosmere, and if you read the books enough, you'll find crossover characters. 337,996 ratings — published 2018, avg rating 4.37 — published 2012, avg rating 4.20 — Someone else has already recommended Bujold's Curse of Chalion and by extension Paladin of Souls to you. published 2019, avg rating 4.41 — published 2008, avg rating 4.27 — 19,289 ratings — Burning Bright is about using fire magic to fight pirates and societal expectations and Scorpio Races is about flesh-eating water horse racing. published 2007, avg rating 4.07 — Brooks. 120,196 ratings — A strong, capable, defined main lead ( I dont care whether it's male or female or if there are POVs of supporting characters) 2. a "basic" fantasy book (magic, swords etc) 3. a romance subplot that isnt really a "small addition" but at the same time still holds "only" supporting role to the main story. 131,404 ratings — I mean there are fantasy books were romance is the main thing, but those are not my thing. published 2017, avg rating 4.20 — Epic Fantasy Romance can also get lumped with Young Adult Fantasy Romance, and although some of these do span genres, many aren’t actually Epic Fantasy Romance. I haven't read a bad book by him yet. And yes, I care about happy ending. The Wicked King book. Hi! I recently read trilogy of 'Summoner' and I am looking for something similar. My most recent fling with a love triangle of epic proportions is The Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater’s modern paranormal fantasy series.This is another slow burn love triangle, stretched over several books with only small drops of concentrated romance … I’ve included historical fiction, as well, which is where one can find books with little or no romance most easily. But beware that if I’m remembering correctly the romance doesn’t really get going until the second half of the 2nd book. published 2013, avg rating 4.04 — published 2010, avg rating 4.58 — Mistborn & Lightbringer - no idea if romance exist in these series, but I have heard that they are good. published 2009, avg rating 4.28 — Two books that I absolutely adore for their romantic subplots among other things, are Burning Bright (Melissa McShane) and The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater). I prefer fantasy/sci-fi books, so I think it is better as a subplot. Her Paper Magician Series is also pretty great. I was coming here to recommend it based just on your post title. It can allow Fantasy writers to make their books more character-driven. published 2018, avg rating 4.35 — The Riyria Revelations is a fairly classic 6 book series (now mostly published as 3 books), and certainly has a romance subplot by the end of the series, but I think it's something like half way through book 5 that it starts to kick in. Welcome back. They can add to the… I guess that really depends on your reading taste!? Most of the books I read have at least a hint of romance, but I was actually surprised I read a few books without romance and quite some with only a hint of romance last year. The other trilogies are great, but if you want the full experience you should read all the books from the series and they are quite a few. Midway through the Liveship traders I realized I had fallen in love with Kennit. I do agree that a book doesn’t need romance to be good, but I still like to read about romances in one form or another. 32,333 ratings — 217,863 ratings — (sorry if I wrote something wrong, english is not my first language), Kushiel's Dart is exactly what you're looking for. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books where each week there is a topic, and you write a post about that topic! 286,120 ratings — published 2012, avg rating 4.02 — His first work is a series - The Fionnovar Tapestry. Do you have any books to recommend for me? Good job finding ALL of these. published 2009, avg rating 4.52 — 92,167 ratings — Romance adds emotional depth. published 2014, avg rating 4.03 — I second Kushiel's Dart - while love, sex and romance have big roles in the tone and worldbuilding, the plot itself is epic. 365,115 ratings — + a lot of books from this post but from this many I can't decide what is worth reading. 162,015 ratings — 351,373 ratings — 2,310 ratings — $2.99 Frost's Forfeit: A Fae Paranormal Fantasy Romance And there are certain conventions in a story that is a genre romance. There are 4 books, what should I not read? 2,999,189 ratings — 709,445 ratings — published 2016, avg rating 4.35 — By romance sub-plot I mean something like main character is falling in love with someone else but the main plot (saving the world or something else) is still there. 75,144 ratings — Any … There are romance novels, and then there are non-romance novels. Don’t even look up why.). 8,519 ratings — Magic Bitter Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg is a great fantasy book with great romance. 65,156 ratings — Here's a great article by Mette Ivie Harrison: How To Write Romance (in Fantasy), published in OSC's Intergalactic Medicine Show.I think it's particularly appropriate to your question because it focuses on romances as subplots, romance combined with other elements. 1,895,241 ratings — I'm always fond of a decent romance storyline in all the fantasy stuff I've read. Refresh and try again. That said, if you are more interested in romance than the big plot, Brandon Sanderson isn’t your guy. Thanks foe the anwser! It absolutely fits with what you’re looking for, it’s the first fantasy romantic subplot with a male POV that I actually find appealing as a guy. Outside of Tigana and Fionnovar the rest of his works tend to be alternate history with a fantasy twist as opposed to high fantasy. published 2012, avg rating 3.77 — I've been getting into science fiction stories lately and was wondering if I could get some suggestions for books with interesting romance. Not something I'd say is believable though. published 2008, avg rating 4.07 — published 2015, avg rating 4.26 — On this list of romance writing prompts, I've tried to include ideas that could work for paranormal romance, fantasy, young adult, romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and more. You could try the realm of the elderlings series. published 2019, avg rating 4.09 — The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. A subplot (such as their studious preparation for a crucial test) might show that they have the resolve and the focus to achieve their goals, and the smarts, too. /r/Fantasy is the internet's largest discussion forum for the greater Speculative Fiction genre. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. 4,506 ratings — Usually the posts are supposed to be on Friday’s, but since I didn’t have time this week I thought that I would briefly talk about it here! Personally, I prefer books that have just a little bit of romance mixed in with the rest of the story. In light of that, here are 14 Non-Romance books with a romantic subplot. Neither one have save-the-world plots, but there is definitely more going on than just the romance. Is romance better as a subplot or as a main plot? There's a little bit in Lightbringer, but again, though there are some discussions on it, it's more in book 4 that things really happen. 129,253 ratings — 6,555,575 ratings — 3,680,387 ratings — I think romance subplots need to strike the right balance. I also want to second the recommendation for The Demon King. Seriously, you can’t take two steps in Westeros without stumbling on someone’s ill-fated love affair. Sequel series to The Demon King? published 1975, avg rating 4.32 — If era 1 mistborn romance would have me roll my eyes sometimes, era 2 romance just switch between cute and hilarious. Romance as a Subplot. The liveship traders trilogy might fit your bill. published 2015, avg rating 3.99 — 124,554 ratings — Mistborn Era 2's romance is downright adorable though. Looks like you're using new Reddit on an old browser. The Demon King by Cinda Williams China is exactly what you are looking for. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. God damn right. published 2011, avg rating 4.41 — 125,686 ratings — Guy Kay without a doubt is one of the best romantic fantasy writers out there. Well of Ascension gets a bit tedious in that aspect though, and all in all, I know that many people didn't warm up to the characters all that much. 40+ Paranormal Romance Books with Bite If you think about it, “paranormal” and “romance” really go hand in hand: both involve concepts beyond the realm of pure scientific explanation. 527,336 ratings — 742,029 ratings — published 2013, avg rating 4.19 — 283,327 ratings — 441,384 ratings — 635,296 ratings — I haven't read enough books to recommend anything good, but I can tell you that the romance in Mistborn Era 1 is... good. Given your interest in high fantasy I would go with Tigana. published 2011, avg rating 4.05 — 2,416,271 ratings — 71,856 ratings — 76,666 ratings — So I would say romance is better as a subplot! published 2008, avg rating 4.26 — published 2014, avg rating 4.22 — One is a prince who is a fugitive of his kingdom, the other a street urchin who has a scarred past. Looking for YA books without romance is like looking for Christmas cards on Valentine’s Day. A subplot lets you comment on a side issue, show a contrasting point of view, raise the stakes in the main plot, deepen characterization through variety or contrast, provide plot twists, etc. If you could, please name the books on my list with bad endings. 195,131 ratings — Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It’s basically a fantasy plot generator in list form! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts!I’ve listed the upcoming topics in brief at the end of my post, but check out these pages for more information on November 2020 prompts & a list of past prompts! Personally, I loved the romance in Mistborn, especially in The Final Empire. Mistborn is a bit more romantic in "Era 2" but there is some in Era 1. 96,556 ratings — Paranormal romance may range from traditional category romances, such as those published by Harlequin Mills & Boon, with a paranormal setting to stories where the main emphasis is on a science fiction or fantasy-based plot with a romantic subplot included. As long as you put a fresh twist on them, they can all inspire unique love story ideas. It depends how subtle you want your romance. In a fantasy, the emphasis is going to be on some other problem. I’m not sure what about it automatically elevates a story for me, but, if I’m reading a fantasy or sci-fi novel that isn’t marketed as a romance and then I discover there is a romance? Romance as a subplot. Today’s topic is all about romance subplots and I feel like I’m going to have a lot to say about this one! As for whether you should try out the books in the thread you linked, it depends on whether you care if your romance ends with a happily ever after. We welcome respectful dialogue related to speculative fiction in literature, games, film, and the wider world. Best possible combination is, of course YA fantasy because there is ALWAYS romance as a subplot. The Kingkiller Chronicle - I don't really want to start now because the third book is not out yet. - Are the books that I found good fantasy with sub-plot romance? Many of these books do just that. I don't know why, but a lot of Bujold's fantasy series is available on audible for free if you subscribe to the Romance package. Thanks for the long answer! 93,076 ratings — He’s a great author but he likes to use romance to further the plot instead of just being romantic so his romance tend to be a little cut and dry. - What are the other books worth reading for me? Broken Illusions is book two of the complete Ashryn Barker Trilogy, an action packed urban fantasy with a low heat whychoose romantic subplot. In Fantasy or Thriller books, I feel like romance is mostly pushed onto your face because well, as you said it’s something we can relate too and when it’s well-done, it’s great, but in non-romance … The Romance Subplot in Fantasy by R.R. published 2018, avg rating 4.06 — Robin Hobb can write. published 2012, avg rating 4.20 — Other books are pure adventure stories, science fiction romps, constructed entirely in fantasy worlds, or spine-tingling thriller or horror reads. published 2006, avg rating 4.39 — This might be a controversial take (I have no idea, because I feel like romance gets a bad wrap sometimes? I’m not a fan of romance as subplots expect for two exceptions. I don’t mind romance in books, but it HAS to be a subplot. 324,079 ratings — Both major protagonists are male, although there are certainly other points of view, including the lead female. If it’s all about the romance, I’m not interested. published 2015, avg rating 4.42 — published 2013, avg rating 4.13 — ), but I fucking love romance. Elizabeth Haydon’s ‘The Symphony of Ages’ has a sub-plot around romance, as well as an overarching “saving the world” main plot. But it is definitely high fantasy with Arthurian overtones and I personally love it. I am serching for a good High Fantasy book with a romance sub-plot in it. J.K. Rowling does this effectively by showing the complications school work throw into the ring as her characters’ struggle against evil in the Harry Potter books. Most of these are epic fantasy writing prompts, but depending on how you handle them, some of them could be used for paranormal romance, urban fantasy, or dark fantasy story ideas as well. Mistborn is a bit more romantic in "Era 2" but there is some in Era 1. 13,774 ratings — (If you do care about Happy Endings, don’t read the sequel series to The Demon King. published 2013, avg rating 4.35 — In the former, the romance is the main plot arc of the story. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, Stabby Winner, Queen of the Unholy Squares, Worldbuilders. Warbreaker is supposed to get a few sequels and already sort of has one in one of Brandon Sanderson‘ as other books. Thanks! If I can ask, does any of these books (or other if you know of something like that) have something like: main character is going on his adventure with another person or meets another character and they fall together slowly in love? published 2020, avg rating 4.16 — It depends how subtle you want your romance. In addition, many of Bujold's Vorkosigan saga books (I'm currently in the middle of those) have romantic subplots next to the save the world/empire/galaxy main plots, if you don't mind sci fi for a setting. There is a BUT. The Riyria Revelations by Michael Sullivan - Romance is almost nonexistent in the early books, although it starts to seep into the story subtlety, and by the end it's a major subplot (at least for one of the protagonists). The damage here is threefold. Romance as a subplot was the topic for Let’s Talk Bookish this week. 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