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BevGB
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Looking for a good fantasy series (no romance novels)

I've been looking for a good fantasy series to read but seems like every one I think I might like ends up being a romance novel. I hate romance novels. Can anyone suggest some to me?

 

I've been considering these. Can anyone tell me if they are romance novels?

 

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Minon by L A Banks

Bitten by Kelly Armstrong

Gulity Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton

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Re: Looking for a good fantasy series (no romance novels)

BevGB,

 

All of those books are considered Paranormal/Urban Fantasy books and do have some romance but that is not the main focus of the books.  I think that you are going to be hard pressed to find many fantasy books that don't blend other genre's into the story.  Some fantasy authors that I can reccommend if you haven't already read them are Jennifer Roberson's Del and Tiger series starts with Sword-Dancer, Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy that starts with Assassin Apprentice, Juliet E. McKenna's series that starts with Thief's Gamble.  Hope that helps you.

 

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Re: Looking for a good fantasy series (no romance novels)

I like Kelly Armstrong's Bitten and while there is so romance in their it's the the crux of the book.

 

If you like fantasy I would suggest:

 

The Finovar Tapestry trilogy by Guy Gavriel Kay

any of the Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey

The Shannara series by Terry Brooks, starting with The Sword of Shannara

The Belgariad/The Mallorean/The Elenium/The Talumi series by David Eddings

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Re: Looking for a good fantasy series (no romance novels)


BevGB wrote:

I've been considering these. Can anyone tell me if they are romance novels?

 

Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Minon by L A Banks

Bitten by Kelly Armstrong

Gulity Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton


Bev:

Yes, Toni is right – these are all paranormal fantasy novels – and quite good ones, I might add. Although paranormal fantasy does sometimes utilize elements of romance, it blends it all together with fantasy, mystery, horror, etc. That's why this category – paranormal fantasy – is so phenomenally popular right now: there's literally something for every genre fiction fan. If you or anyone is interested in this type of genre-hybrid read, please check out the Paranormal Fantasy forum – you'll be blown away by all of the releases that are considered paranormal fantasy...

Paul 

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