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The best romantic fantasy books

Looking for a new romantic fantasy read? Take a look at our list of the best fantasy romance books to read now, as we celebrate our favourite genre mash-up.

The mysterious alchemy of great chemistry. The feeling that serendipitous events that bring people together can’t be just chance. The language: we enchant, we charm, we put a spell on you. Romance has always had an element of magic to it. And right now in the book world, fantasy romance is having a real moment.

Is it the genres' shared ability to sweep us away, whether with emotion or into another world? The heightened nature of stories involving love, sorcery and fantastical events? The opportunity they both offer for escape? Wherever the magic lies, you’re sure to find it in our pick of the best romantic fantasy books.

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Want some love in your life but want to stay (mainly) in your world? Here are the best romance novels of 2022.

A Taste of Gold and Iron

by Alexandra Rowland

Book cover for A Taste of Gold and Iron

A magnetic ‘will they, won’t they’ gay romance and intriguing mystery plot, entangled in the courtly politics of an Ottoman Empire-inspired world, where myth runs hand in hand with history. When the Queen’s brother, Kadou, finds himself under suspicion of attempted murder, he endeavours to rescue his reputation by taking over the investigation of another, apparently unrelated, incident. Accompanied by his handsome but distant new bodyguard, Evemer, he uncovers a complex crime network with a powerful, dangerous leader.

A Marvellous Light

by Freya Marske

Book cover for A Marvellous Light

If you like your fantasy romance with a healthy dose of humour, or love Bridgerton and Downton Abbey but would like to introduce a little magic to your country (and reading) pile, then Freya Marske is for you. In an alternative Edwardian England, a Baronet and a magician must unravel a murder mystery together, whether they want to or not. The first in a trilogy, A Marvellous Light is a hugely entertaining comedy of manners, manor houses and hedge mazes.

A Restless Truth

by Freya Marske

Book cover for A Restless Truth

Already hoovered up A Marvellous Light? Then you’re probably on the lookout for this. The second in the series features Maud Blyth, who had been hoping for an adventure until the adventure started happening, an ocean liner, and a dead old lady. Throw in a rude parrot and outrageous partner-in-(solving)-crime-come-love-interest and you’ve got another hilarious murder mystery. Think Titanic, but make it magic. And sapphic. 

Uprooted

by Naomi Novik

Book cover for Uprooted

Agnieszka’s village is blighted by the enchanted forest that lies beyond it, and relies on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from it. But his help comes at a horrible price – every ten years a woman must leave the village and live with him. Agnieszka fears her dearest friend Kasia – beautiful, graceful and brave – will be chosen next. But when the Dragon comes, it's not Kasia he takes. The perfect read for those who like fantasy worlds built on traditional tales: Uprooted adds a new flavour to classic folk stories without losing their dark faerie aftertaste. 

The Thousand Eyes

by A. K. Larkwood

Book cover for The Thousand Eyes

How far would you go for the person who saved your life? After inadvertently releasing a storm of ancient magic, and reviving a sleeping warrior and their thousand-year-old war, Csorwe and Shuthmili face jeopardy at every turn. The soldier has bound Csworwe to her cause, and whilst Shuthmili is desperate to protect the woman she loves, she fears embracing the eldritch powers she knows she must use to do so. Expect priestesses, assassins, sorcerers, dark gods, giant snakes, underground temples, and, of course, romance. 

We Hunt the Flame

by Hafsah Faizal

Book cover for We Hunt the Flame

The first in this YA series is a searing epic inspired by ancient Arabia. The Hunter and the Prince of Death are both legends in their kingdom – but wish they weren’t. The Hunter’s real name is Zafira, and, forced to disguise herself as a man, she risks everything for her people. The Prince of Death is actually Nazir, bound to command of the sultan, his father. Both are sent on a quest to return magic to their fracturing land, when an ancient evil (and a few feelings) begin to stir. . .