There’s fantasy, there’s romance, and then there’s romantasy. Romantasy is that special blend of storytelling, where the love story is just as important as the adventure. These novels don’t just throw a romance subplot in to appeal to the masses.
Romantasy has always been around, but the popularity of Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer Armentrout, and Diana Gabaldon, to name a few, have catapulted the genre back into demand like never before. Here are 12 upcoming romantasy books that will have you swooning for the rest of the year.
Immortal Longings (Flesh & False Gods Book 1)
Five years ago, Princess Calla Tuoleimi killed most of her family and left the palace empty. On the run, she plans on using the death games of San-Er as her chance to finish the job. Anton Makusa has his own reasons for trying to win. Calla and Anton don’t expect to be allies, and they really aren’t prepared for their alliance to shift into something more. As the games move to the end, Calla has to choose: her love or her kingdom.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, Gong’s adult debut is a romantasy filled with power and blood as two people fight to survive a deadly competition.
Immortal Longings will be available July 18, 2023.
A Duet with the Siren Duke
In a tale reminiscent of The Little Mermaid, Elise Kova's story features a young girl who bargained for five years of freedom on land. Now, her time is up and she has to return beneath the waves. But there’s a siren waiting for her, and he’s already claimed her as his sacrifice.
A stand-alone romantasy in the Married to Magic universe, A Duet with the Siren Duke will have readers swooning for a forbidden love that triumphs over all.
A Duet with the Siren Duke is available August 15, 2023.
The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic
All magic has a price, and for Sadie Revelare, that price is four heartbreaks. She always thought it was worth it. But when her grandmother is given only weeks to live, her brother comes back to town with deeply buried family secrets. To make everything worse, her first heartbreak, Jake McNealy, is also suddenly back in her life. As her grandmother gets sicker by the day and her feelings for Jake are rekindled, Sadie faces her fourth and final heartbreak. In the end, is magic more important than love?
Does she even have the strength to decide?
A sweet debut romantasy perfect for fans of Practical Magic and Gilmore Girls, The Unfortunate Side Effects of Heartbreak and Magic is available September 19, 2023.
The Hurricane Wars
Talasyn has only ever known war. After life as an orphan, she’s now found family in the soldiers she fights with. But she has a secret: She has light magic, the power that killed an emperor and ignited the Hurricane Wars. It's a power that the Empire believes was eradicated.
Prince Alaric is the Empire’s greatest hope. No one has bested him and his Shadow magic. When he sees Talasyn’s blazing light on the battlefield, he seeks her out. The clash of their magic creates something no one has ever seen. Untrusted allies, they must work together to overcome the strange new magic they created. There is something else between them, too. The spark of passion they feel could save their world—or destroy it.
The start of a romantasy trilogy, The Hurricane Wars is available October 3, 2023.
Throne of the Fallen
The Prince of Envy knows exactly who he is. A villain. Sinner. And by the time he’s done playing a deadly game, the names will get worse. It doesn’t matter. All that matters is winning. But nothing prepared him for her. Camilla Antonius never intended on playing the game. But bad luck lands on her on the wrong side of a devil’s bargain. Together, Envy and Camilla travel through the Shifting Isles. But as they fight for their lives, they both desperately try to avoid the deadliest trap of all: love.
In her adult debut, Kerri Maniscalco's Throne of the Fallen is a sweeping romantasy set in the Kingdom of the Fallen world with a seductive mystery at its heart. The novel publishes on October 3, 2023.
A Curse for True Love
When Evangeline Fox went to the Magnificent North, she was looking for her happily-ever-after. Now, married to a prince and living in a legendary castle, it seems she found it. But Evangeline paid a steep price for her fairytale ending. She just doesn’t know it.
Her husband is set on making sure she never does. To keep the secret, he only has to kill Jacks, the Prince of Hearts. The long-awaited romantasy conclusion to the Once Upon a Broken Heart trilogy puts true love and happily-ever-after to the test.
A Curse for True Love is available October 24, 2023.
Sun of Blood and Ruin
In 16th-century New Spain, witchcraft is punishable by death. Pantera defies the law, fighting tyranny with magic and swordplay while hiding her identity behind a mask. Behind palace walls, Leonora de Las Casas Tlazohtzin is promised to the heir of the Spanish throne. She’s obedient, quiet, and faints at the sight of blood. No one would believe Pantera and Leonora are the same person. When an ancient prophecy threatens to come true, Leonora has to make a choice: Let go of her mask or die fighting. But when she discovers the truth of her magic, she may be destined for more than an early grave.
A gender-bent, Zorro re-imagined romantasy with a heroic warrior sorceress that weaves Mesoamerican mythology and Mexican history in a swashbuckling debut, Sun of Blood and Ruin is available November 7, 2023.
A Touch of Chaos
Persephone the Goddess of Spring never prepared for the life she was thrown into. A chance encounter with Hades, God of the Underworld, changed everything. Now, she’s in the middle of a war as gods battle for humanity. To save the people she loves, she’ll go to war. But to end the violence, she has to let go of Spring and embrace the darkness that comes with being Queen of the Underworld.
The fourth in a series inspired by Greek mythology, A Touch of Chaos is an all-consuming romantasy that continues the epic love story between Hades and Persephone. It's available November 14, 2023.
A Dance of Smoke and Steel
Laina is heir to the Krimathe throne, but Anumith the Destroyer’s army marches to destroy her realm. To find the strength to defeat him, she seeks the aid of a goddess. All she has to do is serve the man who helped destroy her family. A man she’s sworn to kill.
Saxen was only freed from years of torture thanks to a tenuous alliance. Son of a demon warlord, he only wants to make amends to his people and has no interest in the company of a quiet woman who insists on joining his small band of warriors. He does everything he can to get rid of her, but Laina won’t let him chase her away. She needs to fulfil her quest to defeat the Destroyer. But the price is much higher than she ever imagined possible, and it may destroy Saxon first.
As the steamy conclusion to the Gathering of Dragons romantasy trilogy that fans have been breathlessly waiting for, the audiobook for A Dance of Smoke and Steel will be published on December 1, 2023.
A River of Golden Bones
After a powerful sorceress destroyed their kingdom, twins Calla and Briar, heirs to the throne, went into hiding. Briar is to marry the prince of an ally wolf pack to save the Golden Court, and Calla is to be a secret: Briar’s shadow, just in case. The only person who knows the truth is Prince Grae, Briar’s betrothed. But when the twins come out of hiding for Briar’s wedding, the sorceress strikes with another sleeping curse aimed at the heir. To save her twin and her kingdom, Calla must travel across the realm, discovering not just a world she never knew, but pieces of herself she never dared explore.
A Dance of Golden Bones is a thrilling stand-alone romantasy filled with monsters, adventure, self-discovery, and forbidden love. It is available December 5, 2023.
Being gold-touched by King Midas seems like a blessing. But then war comes, and with it, betrayal.
Auren went from being kept in a cage to being free. But freedom has a price. Surrounded by enemies, tangled in plots and schemes, she’s been manipulated and used. Until she met him. With kingdoms pressing in, one man and one woman face them all. Villains? Heroes? It doesn’t matter as long as they end up together. And it all ends now.
The heart-pounding conclusion to the sensational Plated Prisoner series, Gold is available on Amazon starting December 7, 2023.
House of Flame and Shadow
Bryce Quinlan wants to get back to Midgard. Everything she loves is there: Her family, her friends, her mate. That's easier said than done, however. She’s stranded in a strange world and doesn’t know who to trust.
Hunt Athalar is desperate to help Bryce, but he’s locked in the Asteri’s dungeons with no word on where she is or what she needs. Bryce and Hunt both face enormous odds, with nothing less than the fate of their world—and their future—hanging in the balance.
The Queen of steamy romantasy is back with the final installment of her sexy, action-packed, swoon-worthy Crescent City series, which concludes January 30, 2024.