Well written fantasy - with just enough romance

Top 10 Well written fantasy - with just enough romance : Magic Strikes, Uprooted, Magic Bites, Sweep in Peace, Child of the Prophecy, Howl's Moving Castle, The Witch With No Name, Kushiel's Dart, Archangel, Stardoc

Magic Strikes
AuthorIlona Andrews
ISBN0441017029
When magic strikes and Atlanta goes to pieces, it’s a job for Kate Daniels…

Drafted to work for the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems these days than she knows what to do with. And in Atlanta, where magic comes and goes like the tide, that’s...
Uprooted
AuthorNaomi Novik
ISBN0804179034
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s...
Magic Bites
AuthorIlona Andrews
ISBN0441014895
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for the magic…

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of...
Sweep in Peace
AuthorIlona Andrews
ISBN1943772320
Dina DeMille isn't your typical Bed and Breakfast owner. Her inn defies laws of physics, her dog is secretly a monster, and the only permanent guest of the inn is a former Galactic tyrant with a price on her head. The inn needs guests to thrive and guests have been scarce, so when an Arbitrator shows up at...
Child of the Prophecy
AuthorJuliet Marillier
ISBN0765345013
Child of the Prophecy is the thrilling conclusion to Juliet Marillier's award-winning Sevenwaters Trilogy.

Magic is fading... and the ways of Man are driving the Old Ones to the West, beyond the ken of humankind. The ancient groves are being destroyed, and if nothing is done, Ireland will...
Howl's Moving Castle
AuthorDiana Wynne Jones
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Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a...
The Witch With No Name
AuthorKim Harrison
At long last... The final book in the New York Times bestselling Hollows series by Kim Harrison!

Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled...
Kushiel's Dart
AuthorJacqueline Carey
ISBN0330493744
The land of Terre d'Ange is a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace. It is said that angels found the land and saw it was good... and the ensuing race that rose from the seed of angels and men live by one simple rule: Love as thou wilt.

Phèdre nó Delaunay is a young woman who was born with a scarlet...
AuthorSharon Shinn
ISBN0441004326
And so it came to pass...

Through science, faith and force of will, the Harmonics carved out for themselves a society that they conceived of as perfect. Diverse peoples held together by respect for each other and the prospect of swift punishment if they disobeyed their laws. Fertile land that...
AuthorS.L. Viehl
ISBN0451457730
Dr. Cherijo Grey Veil leaves Earth and accepts a position as a physician at Kevarzanga-2's FreeClinic. Her surgical skills are desperately needed on a hostile frontier world with over 200 sentient species--and her understanding of alien physiology is nothing short of miraculous. But the truth behind...
Freedom's Landing
AuthorAnne McCaffrey
ISBN0441003389
Kristin Bjornsen lived a normal life, right up until the day the spaceships floated into view above Denver. As human slaves were herded into the maw of a massive vessel, Kristin realized her normal life was over and her fight for freedom was just beginning…

The alien Catteni value strength...
Restoree
AuthorAnne McCaffrey
ISBN0552083445
There was a sudden stench of a dead sea creature. There was the sudden horror of a huge black shape closing over her. There was nothing...

Then there were pieces of memory, isolated fragments that were so horrible her mind refused to accept them. Intense heat and shivering cold; excruciating...
Moonlight
AuthorAnn Hunter
One vow. One curse. One thousand moons.

While Princess Aowyn's six brothers are favored by their father, Aowyn is the jewel in her mother's crown. When the Queen dies, Aowyn takes a vow to protect her brothers and father from the hungry eyes of the queen's handmaiden, Ciatlllait - who is more...
The Golem and the Jinni
AuthorHelene Wecker
ISBN0062110837
Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic, created to be the wife of a man who dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire...
赤髪の白雪姫 1 [Akagami no Shirayukihime 1]
AuthorSorata Akizuki
ISBN4592183738
"Red-haired Snow White" ("Akagami no Shirayukihime") will appeal to a very particular group of readers, only.

This series is 100% innocent and pure, peaceful and calm. Despite the fantasy fairy tale middle age-ish setting, the main genre of it is without argument Slice-of-Life. It is episodic...
AuthorJ.V. Jones
ISBN0446606235
Tessa McCamfrey, young and rootless resident of Southern California, has never found much in life that interests her. All of that changes when she stumbles upon a ring that transports her to a distant time and place. There she discovers her unexpected talent: She can create luminous, magical illustrations...
Fire
AuthorKristin Cashore
ISBN0803734611
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair...
AuthorKate Elliott
ISBN0756400953
The first book of Kate Elliott’s epic Novels of the Jaran, set in an alien-controlled galaxy where a young woman seeks to find her own life and love, but is tied to her brother’s revolutionary fate

In the future, Earth is just one of the planets ruled by the vast Chapalii empire. The volatility...
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
AuthorTamora Pierce
ISBN0689878583
"Let her prove herself worthy as a man." Newly knighted, Alanna of Trebond seeks adventure in the vast desert of Tortall. Captured by fierce desert dwellers, she is forced to prove herself in a duel to the death -- either she will be killed or she will be inducted into the tribe. Although she triumphs, dire...
AuthorWen Spencer
ISBN1416573852
The appearance of the warp drive from the long lost spaceship, Fenrir, triggers an epic quest for Captain Mikhail Volkov. According to the drive’s computers, Fenrir had been lost to hypothetical ‘nowhere’ of subspace, but with the drive’s housing covered with coral and sea life, obviously...
Grimspace
AuthorAnn Aguirre
ISBN0441015999
As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace-a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters...
Resenting the Hero
AuthorMoira J. Moore
ISBN0441013880
In a realm beset by natural disasters, only the magical abilities of the bonded Pairs—Source and Shield—make the land habitable and keep the citizenry safe. The ties that bind them are far beyond the relationships between lovers or kin—and last their entire lives…Whether they like it or not.

Since...
AuthorS.L. Viehl
ISBN0451458559
TW: Violence, some sex mostly tasteful.

[25 July 2019]
Fourth installment of the Stardoc series, and my least favorite so far. Not as exciting as the first three, and it seemed rather contrived. Cherijo and Reever are kidnapped by a group of outcast Native Americans (who the author calls...
AuthorS.L. Viehl
ISBN0451458915
Aboard the star vessel Sunlace, Dr. Cherijo Torin and her husband have found refuge from the Hsktskt, the League, and her half-mad creator. Now they intend to find Cherijo's foster mother--and the truth behind the subliminal messages she left in Cherijo's brain.

But first they have some promises...
Luck in the Shadows
AuthorLynn Flewelling
ISBN0553575422
When young Alec of Kerry is taken prisoner for a crime he didn’t commit, he is certain that his life is at an end. But one thing he never expected was his cellmate. Spy, rogue, thief, and noble, Seregil of Rhiminee is many things–none of them predictable. And when he offers to take on Alec as his apprentice,...
Beyond Varallan
AuthorS.L. Viehl
ISBN0451457935
Dr. Cherijo is living the perfect life--if you think that finding out you're a clone, then being declared "non-sentient" by your father/creator is your idea of perfect.Things could be worse. But when the Human League comes after her, with bounty hunters of every race trying to bring her in, Cherijo...
AuthorWen Spencer
ISBN0451458370
Wow. This book was exactly what I needed. Everything is just about perfect, from the very well-drawn characters to the setting (which I don't normally pay attention to but which I was impressed with) and the themes explored.

First the characters. I loved Ukiah Oregon. In fact, he may have to...
Freedom's Choice
AuthorAnne McCaffrey
ISBN0441005314
Abducted by the alien Catteni, Kristin Bjornsen was one of many humans brought to the planet Botany as part of an experiment to see if it could support life. Enslaved and forced to colonize a world not their own, the settlers have accepted Botany as their home—a home worth fighting for…
 
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