The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
This is a retelling of the Illiad set in Ancient Greece and exploring the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. Interwoven with gods, goddesses and magic, at its core this is a romance of truly epic proportions. If you know the mythology, you know to brace yourself for tears and heartbreak.
The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan
Daughter of Venice by Donna Jo Napoli
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
This was only very recently published, and I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know ever since. Set in a magical Regency England, this is the perfect mix of the magical regency London of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, and Georgette Heyer’s shamelessly trope-filled romances. The whole book make me squirm with delight – it has everything from UNICORNS to GIANT FURIOUS MERMAIDS to CLOUD FLYING. Just – I want to tell you about every scene, because every scene is a wonder.
If you’re looking for more diverse fantasy, then this is the place to look. Both Zacharias and Prunella are POC, and the plot revolves around a Caribbean island, with another central WOC character.
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
This is set in Victorian England, and tells the story of Sue, a thief, and Maud, the noble lady she is trying to rob. Their lives are tied together in unexpected ways, made even more complicated when they fall in love. Full of twists, romance and betrayal, I promise you that once you start this story you won’t be able to put it down.
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