Fantasy with No Romance

Now that Valentine’s Day is over, let’s talk about stories that don’t have any romance. While there are plenty of stories that don’t center around romance, I’ve found that it’s less common for stories to lack romance entirely. I love seeing other types of relationships in stories, whether they’re family relations or friendships. So here are ten books that feature relationships other than romantic ones or no relationships at all.

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins takes a trip with the boys to see about a dragon. A reluctant hero pressured by an old friend to help out on a long quest that takes him far away from his comfortable life proves his worth with every obstacle along the way.

Project Hail Mary
by Andy Weir

Ryland Grace wakes up alone on a spaceship with no idea where he is or what he’s doing there. He eventualy remembers that he has been sent on a suicide mission to save all of humanity. No pressure.

by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is cursed to die on her on her eleventh birthday, but is saved by Jupiter North, who takes her away to Nevermoor to escape her fate and compete for a place in the Wundrous Society.

A magical story full of wonderful friendships.

Jurassic Park
by Michael Crichton

When a man brings his dream of running a dinosaur zoo to life and a group of scientists come to give it a test run, anything that can go wrong does go wrong. With only their expertise to guide them, they must find a way to survive and get off the island in one piece.

The Bone Orchard
by Sara A. Mueller

Charm is the madam of Orchard House. Once a week, she serves only the Emperor, and on one of these occasions his deathbed wish is for her to find out which of his sons is responsible for his death.

An intricate story that begins with politics and ends with processing past traumas

Ender’s Game
by Orson Scott Card

Ender Wiggin is drafted into Battle School where he trains with other children in military simulations. Talented and often reluctant in such a competetive environment, Ender may be the strategic advantage the mility has been looking for.

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking
by T. Kingfisher

Mona finds a dead body in her aunt’s bakery, with the help of her familiar, a sourdough starter, she must stop the assassinations of the magical folk in the city.

All Systems Red
by Martha Wells

A ogue SecUnit that has named itself Murderbot would rather be left alone to watch dramas all day, but still feels a responsibility to fulfill its duty as a security unit.

I Kill Giants
by Joe Kelly

Barbara kills giants, and that’s just the beginning of what she’s dealing with.

by Brenna Thummler

Marjorie meets a young ghost named Wendell in her family’s laundry business. The two become unlikely friends as they learn about one another’s situations.