Fantasy with romance is relatively new to me. Another author I love recommended this book and I one day randomly decided to pick it up. Best decision ever! The romance while an important part of the story, but it's not the main focus. The world building is so well done, and the characters nuanced and well developed. I loved the themes explored in the book and found myself unable to put it down and even tearing up, which for me is the mark of an unforgettable book. This series has quickly become a favorite, as has the author.