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Re: Reading Goodreads winner "From Blood and Ash" - want to join?
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2021, 09:52:57 PM »
Oh and before I forget there was no repetitive lip biting and inner goddess  voice  :P

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Re: Reading Goodreads winner "From Blood and Ash" - want to join?
« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2021, 10:40:53 PM »
Oh and before I forget there was no repetitive lip biting and inner goddess  voice  :P

Spoiler for Hiden:
I wonder who knows what I’m talking about...

Alas, I do know what you're talking about, and I sort of wish I didn't. Such regrets. ::)

I feel like second-world fantasy romance is a very very hard difficult balance to strike. Nearly every fantasy romance I've read has disappointed either on the fantasy side or the romance side - i.e. it's spent too much time with the worldbuilding/story/magic stuff, and not enough on developing the romance, or the other way round: too much romance, not enough of the world and story. Both genres by themselves have so much that is expected of them, and it is clearly really difficult to bring them together smoothly without disappointing expectations. (This is one place in which fanfic gets to win through cheating - it can lean on canon knowledge of both world AND starting dynamics for relationships, and thus cram in more of the good stuff. Ahem.)

That said, some very romantic fantasies - or fantastical romances - that I've enjoyed are:
  • Wintersong by S Jae-Jones - this is YA/NA (New Adult, same as From Blood and Ash, I believe) fantasy, and historical fantasy, very faerie-tale, sort of a Labyrinth retelling with a LOT more bodice-ripping. Sort of about a young woman's coming-of-age in both sexuality and creativity (and the link between the two) via the attentions of the Goblin King. Very lush, bordering on melodramatic, but I enjoyed it a lot.
  • The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - this is a more restrained sort of romance, set in a fantasy world equivalent of something like Dangerous Liaisons or Edith Wharton's work, but it's got great magic, and great characters, and a beautiful romance. It's out of print right now, but is going to be re-released this year.
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor - also YA/NA, and also lush-bordering-on-melodramatic, but utterly beautiful. A wildly creative second-world fantasy that never lets its wild romantic side compromise its violent-history side, and vice versa.
  • The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh - another YA/NA fantasy, this one a retelling of the Thousand and One Nights.
  • I'd also strongly recommend keeping an eye out for Freya Marske's debut later in 2021 - A Marvellous Light. I haven't read the book yet, but she's someone whose fanfic I have wildly enjoyed from both a romance and speculative-elements angle.