“My only love sprung from my only hate.” …

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn Nathan is once again taking us tough travelling through the tropes of fantasy.  This week’s topic is:


Even in Fantasyland parents are not always happy with their children’s choice of partners.

Most of the romances here are not intended to be the main story – they’re all pretty much asides.  Also, there could be spoilers with some of these examples so beware.

  1. Hexed (The Sisters of Witchdown) by Michael Alan Nelson – I loved this it was a really good read.  I will say this is not a romance novel!  Not at all.  But, as an aside there is a budding relationship that develops between the main character Lucifer who develops feelings for a young man accompanying her on a rescue mission.  Why is this forbidden – well the rescue mission is to recover the young man’s lady love – awkward.
  2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown – in which Darrow and Mustang become involved in a relationship.  Again, this is far from the central theme of the story.  The reason it’s forbidden – Darrow and Mustang are from different ‘class’ structures all together.  Darrow is a Red, born into the mines and Mustang is a Gold, born into one of the most elite and powerful houses.  On top of this – well (spoiler alert) Darrow is all made up as a Gold – the treachery!  Doubly forbidden.
  3. The Greyfriar by Clay and Susan Griffith – love in the most expected place – a vampire and a human.  Absolutely forbidden – a vampire falling in love with it’s food, tsk.
  4. Angellfall by Susan Ee – Penryn and Raffe – what can I say, angels and humans – it won’t be the first time that the attraction has happened between humans and angels but, forbidden or denied or not, there is a lot of chemistry that is very readable taking place in these pages.
  5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon – a strange world full of clairvoyants.  Paige is kidnapped and taken to ‘Oxford’ where she will become a slave to a warden, one of the Rephaim.  Mm, guess what happens next.  Well, obviously they develop feelings for each other.  Yep, didn’t see that coming!  Again though, the romance isn’t the central theme of the book and in fact book 2 actually sees the two spending very little page time together.  Of course, for the treachery and betraying their own kind both of them could be put to death.
  6. Stolen Songbird by Danielle Jensen – in which Cecile only goes and falls in love with the Prince.  Wait, hold on a moment.  That sounds too good to be true.  Ahh, well, he’s a troll (not a cave troll thankfully).  And the trolls may have abducted her because they needed a human to break the curse they’ve been living under.  Yeah, not so dreamy any longer.

Finally, can we just take a minute to consider this:

No, not Fassbender, well, ,no… – Mr Rochester from Jane Eyre, okay, not a fantasy novel – but how forbidden was his love for Jane – very much so.  It’s usually frowned upon to marry, when your first wife is alive and well and living in your attic!  She was a tiny bit crazy though, so..


16 Responses to ““My only love sprung from my only hate.” …”

  1. Kaja

    Ooh, Angelfall! That’s a good pick. Have you read the entire series? I really liked books 1 and 2 but was slightly disappointed by the finale…
    And I thought about including Stolen Songbird, too, it’s true, Cecile and Tristan should never have really fallen in love.
    A nice list you have here, Lynn! 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      Thanks. No, I’ve only read the first book but I have No.2 waiting so I’ll have to get to it soon – although it’s disappointing if the finale doesn’t stand up!
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    I haven’t read any of your examples this week, except Jane Eyre. I wasn’t a huge fan of the book but I loved Michael Fassbender as Rochester in the film adaptation 🙂

  3. Carmen

    I like your examples and the whys, though I only know Jane Eyre. The heading with Romeo and Juliet is the quintessential forbidden love.

    • lynnsbooks

      I included Jane Eyre and Romeo and Juliet because they were really the first to spring to mind as perfect examples but they’re not fantasy – which is why they’re not my main choices.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Danya @ Fine Print

    That Romeo and Juliet quote, though. Too good. The Greyfriar is coming up next in my audiobook queue, very excited about the romance in that one! Penrynn/Rafe are too swoon worthy…their banter is epic. Jane/Mr. Rochester is so forbidden it’s not even funny. I had never heard about the twist in that one when I first read it and I was unbelievably shocked and heartbroken when I found out about Bertha in the attic!

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – Bertha in the attic – you just don’t see it coming and yet you can feel the tension building. Looking back I’m sure I was reading this with a puzzled expression because Rochester is in such a rush and seems so weird about it all. Clearly with hindsight you know why but at the time I was really curious.
      I hope you enjoy the Greyfriar. I do like this series so far and I’ve got the 3rd and 4th waiting to be read.
      Lynn 😀

  5. mervih

    Greyfriar is the only one I’m familiar with but that’s definitely forbidden love.

  6. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I still have to read Hexed. And also like the Stolen Songbird and Red Rising picks!

    • lynnsbooks

      This was a good topic – I had more examples than I thought I would have.
      Lynn 😀

  7. rudejasper

    I really really really want to read Stolen Songbird – it looks like such an interesting premise and everyone seems to like it. And forbidden love!! Must get to soon!

    Also I thank you for giving us a a little Fassbender…uh I mean Rochester to contemplate. Nice book ending of the post with the classic masters of this trope!

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s actually a good series so far. I think I probably preferred the first book but the second ends on a very good set up for the final in series.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Okay, you win this week for posting a picture of my boyfrie–I mean, Mr. Fassbender 🙂

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