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Good fantasy series where villain falls in love with heroine?


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Initial post: Oct 3, 2011, 1:55:27 PM PDT
Holly says:
Looking for books with a similar theme to Into the Dark Lands (The Sundered, Book 1). Standalone is okay, but if there's a good, well-written trilogy (or longer) with this even better. Thanks!

Posted on Oct 5, 2011, 2:32:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2011, 2:39:15 PM PDT
Rawrr says:
Check out the thread "villain actually gets the girl" in the Romance forum.

Posted on Oct 5, 2011, 7:26:37 PM PDT
HHK says:
I love the Sundered series too.

Posted on Oct 5, 2011, 10:05:12 PM PDT
I would recommend Eon and Eona

Posted on Oct 10, 2011, 8:15:46 PM PDT
HHK says:
Just finished this:Master Of Crows

Hero is a dark Mage, who is possibly evil. Heroine is plain Jane who is sent to spy on him as his apprentice. Delicious sexual tension.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011, 10:21:33 PM PDT
Chris says:
In "The Mages of the Mountains," an evil God falls in love with the Protagonist and her sister falls in love with a wicked sorcerer that kills innocents for fun.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011, 3:19:12 PM PDT
Holly says:
Thanks for the recs, keep them coming! :)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011, 12:57:56 PM PDT
Phaedra says:
You may also enjoy Banewreaker (Book 1 of the Sundering) and Godslayer (Book 2 of the Sundering) by Jacqueline Carey. Not only does the "villian" fall in love with the "heroine", it really turns the whole protagonist/antagonist view on its head.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 17, 2011, 4:13:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 17, 2011, 4:20:14 PM PDT
If you appreciate a more slow build (and a series that isn't finished yet), you can argue that The Hollows is one to look out for when it comes to villains falling for the heroine. Dead Witch Walking

Oh and for completed series there is also the Dark Angel trilogy: The Darkangel (The Darkangel Trilogy)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011, 3:39:56 PM PDT
Holly says:
Thanks!

Posted on Oct 22, 2011, 8:14:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 6, 2011, 1:53:58 PM PST
HHK says:
Here is another one:
The Soul Mirror: A Novel of the Collegia Magica
This is actually Book 2 in the series.
Series starts with The Spirit Lens: A Novel of the Collegia Magica
The romance starts with Soul Mirror.
Hero/Anti -hero Dante is a dark mage. He may have played a role in killing heroines Father, driving her Mother insane and improsoning her Father. He is very dark. Great plot technique also for a romance to develop,
Can't wait for Book 3: The Daemon Prism: A Novel of the Collegia Magica

Posted on Oct 28, 2011, 11:10:28 AM PDT
Holly says:
Thanks Lisa!

Posted on Oct 28, 2011, 1:34:45 PM PDT
MK Hill says:
Don't all villains love heroin?

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Posted on Nov 21, 2011, 5:43:26 PM PST
YellowRose says:
I have not read the Sundered but these books might work. Just finished reading them and can't wait for the next in this series. Cave of Forlorn and Shabb's Revenge, both by R.C. Rutter. Fast-paced, humorous, well-developed characters that you either love or hate, and so much more!!! A great read!!!

Posted on Nov 27, 2011, 12:56:54 PM PST
Holly says:
Thanks!

Posted on Nov 27, 2011, 7:44:41 PM PST
Captain says:
Villain falls in love with heroine seems common. Heroine falls in love with villain, not so much.

Posted on Nov 28, 2011, 5:27:09 PM PST
I've got an excellent find for anyone looking for an epic fantasy series with lots of heroes, heroines and villains to fall in and out of love with (and who also fall in and out of love with each other!) The series has twenty-four novels already out in Kindle and most are in paperback. The story is about Templars and starts out in modern times with a mission gone wrong and takes off into the world of fantasy with fairies and dragons. It's called The Red Cross of Gold and starts with the Knight of Death by Brendan Carroll.
Sometimes the heroine actually falls in love or at least, in bed, with the villain. I absolutely love this series!

Posted on Dec 1, 2011, 12:45:42 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2011, 1:00:47 PM PST
Adnana says:
I'd say that it is significantly less boring when the heroine falls in love right back with the villain. You don't see that quite as often, do you? But this is what happens in "Into the Dark Lands" and thus, this is what the OP requested.
Now, do you have an actual recommendation you can contribute to the discussion?

Posted on Dec 1, 2011, 1:16:54 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2011, 1:19:40 PM PST
Adnana says:
Now, to my contribution:

The hero in Sword of Darkness (Lords of Avalon, Book 1) by Kinley MacGregor starts out as a true villain.

And the heroes in these next books aren't villains per se (they aren't bad men through and through, though they do have some villain-like characteristics), but they are very dangerous and are known to be ruthless with their enemies:
The Misted Cliffs & The Dawn Star by Catherine Asaro
The Black Jewels: Trilogy by Anne Bishop

Posted on Dec 1, 2011, 9:39:36 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2011, 9:40:02 PM PST
Miriam says:
I love this discussion! This is one of my pet tropes, though for the life of me, I really can't recall that many books right now (aside from the ones already mentioned here). I'll probably be coming back when I have more.

You can try The House of the Stag - the villain is actually the protagonist in this one, and he falls in love with a girl who'd be the heroine, in any other book.

Same-ish with Delusion's Master - Azhrarn is possibly the quintessential sexy villain. He spends the past two books in this series wreaking havoc and being all-around elegantly evil. Here, he falls in love and the girl falls in love with him. But they don't get a happily ever after, no. ;_;

You could also try T.C. Southwell's Demon Lord free. It has a very similar plot and theme to Into the Dark Lands (The Sundered, Book 1), in that the heroine had to reform the villain with her love to save the world. But the heroine here was much too passive for me, and I wasn't that happy with the plot and pacing either. I'm hoping things get better with the next books, this one just didn't work for me.

If you read manga Basara, Vol. 1 is excellent. The girl leads a resistance against the villain, but then she meets him in the course of her travels and falls in love, not knowing who he is. This first cover is really unpretty, but trust me, the series is addictive.

Posted on Dec 2, 2011, 1:53:59 AM PST
I, too, like the idea of the villain getting the girl. The House of the stag looks brilliant. Sadly, I'm in the UK where it's not available but I'm going to go start digging and see if I can find a copy. Thanks for all the recommendations everyone.

Cheers

MTM

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012, 8:04:05 PM PDT
she doesn't end up with the villain...

Posted on Jul 14, 2012, 9:30:14 PM PDT
HHK says:
Just found a series with this theme:
Heroine has latent magic and is captured by Dark Mage: trilogy.
The romance is a slow burn
WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock
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