10+ Must-Read Books about Royalty
Fictional books about royalty never disappoint. What I mean by this is that my experiences with these types of books have always been great.
So…let’s begin with the list!
The Selection by Kiera Cass
“This dystopian YA novel is the first in a thrilling five-book series!! In The Selection, 35 girls compete to win the heart of Prince Maxon. But, for America Singer, being Selected is the opposite of what she wants. She’s already given her heart to a boy in a caste below her. Nothing in the palace is what she expected though, including the Prince”.
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
“A royal read with an LGBTQ twist! The son of America’s president is feuding with the Prince of Wales and the tabloids are ready to dish out the gossip. When they’re forced by their families to make nice, their fake friendship starts to grow into something more”.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
The Cruel Prince is a story about three sisters: Vivienne, Taryn, and Jude.
“Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences”.
American Royals by Katharine McGee
“This recent royal reads release was a smash hit!! I gobbled it up in just a few days. This novel reimagines America with a royal family. After George Washington won the Revolutionary War, he was crowned King and his descendants have ruled ever since! The current family includes siblings, Beatrice, Jefferson, and Samantha. There’s loads of drama, intrigue, love, and heartbreak”.
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
“Graceling meets The Selection in debut novelist Victoria Aveyard’s sweeping tale of seventeen-year-old Mare, a common girl whose once-latent magical power draws her into the dangerous intrigue of the king’s palace. Will her power save her or condemn her?
Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood–those with common, Red blood serve the Silver- blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard–a growing Red rebellion–even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal”.
The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
“First up in the royal reads section based on the current British royalty is The Heir and the Spare. Evie finds herself enrolled at Oxford University courtesy of her late mother and she’s planning to make the most of her time there. Until she falls in love with Edmund, who turns out to be second in line to the throne of England. As they navigate the expectations and responsibilities together, they also learn that Evie’s mom was hiding a secret of her own”.
The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
“This is a must-read if you love Will and Kate! The Royal We is very heavily based on their relationship and it’s a delight for fans of British royalty. In this romance, Bex is an American who meets Nick at Oxford and finds out he’s the heir to the throne. She’s head over heels, but his demanding family, royal responsibilities, and the expectations of the British people may be too much for her to handle”.
The Heir Affair by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
In the upcoming sequel to The Royal We. Again, with the characters from The Royal We, Bex and Nick! No spoilers just in case you haven’t read the first book.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
“On the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born in every generation. Each is a queen, a posessor of a coveted magic, and an equal heir to the crown. Arsinoe is a naturalist, she has has the ability to control the fiercest animals and bloom the most beautiful plants. Mirabella is an elemental, able to start storms and spark flames at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who has the ability to ingest the most dangerous poisons without any dire consequences.
However, becoming the Queen is not only determined by royal birth. Each girl must fight for it in a game of life of death. When the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen alive gets the crown”.
Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian
“When she was six, Theodosia’s country was invaded, and her mother, the Fire Queen was murdered. Crowned Ash Princess – a title of shame – Theo is now living her new life as a prisoner. For ten years, Theo lives as a prisoner in her own home, until one day the Kaiser forces her to do something unthinkable. As a result, she has blood on her hands, and has lost all hope of reclaiming her throne. However, she does have a weapon: her mind…”
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
“Long before she becomes the terror of Wonderland, Catherine is just a girl who wants to fall in love. Though she is a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, her interests lie in opening a bakery shop with her best friend. But such a goal is unacceptable for a woman who could be the next queen.
Then Catherine finds love in Jest, a mysterious and handsome court joker. Because their relationship would offend the king and infuriate her parents, they keep it as secret as they can. Catherine is determined to fall in love on her own terms, and to define her own destiny. But unfortunately, fate has other plans”.
(I wrote a spoiler-free review about this book which you can read here).
Rule by Ellen Goodlett
“The king’s heir has just been murdered, rebellion brews, and the king is dying. There is one last option for the kingdom of Kolonya. The King summons three girls who arrive to learn that they are his illegitimate daughters. One of them is to become the new heir to the throne. But there is someone in Kolonya who will stop at nothing to keep the girls from ruling”.
Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
“Crown Princess of the Cyrilian Empire, Anastacya Mikhailov, hides within the palace walls and carries a dark secret: she is an Affinite, cursed with a dangerous gift that allows her to control an aspect of the world around her. Her Affinity: blood. Anastacya’s secluded world crumples on the night she gets framed for her father’s murder. Escaping the palace, Ana sets off to find her father’s killer, enlisting the help of the most sly crime lord, Ramson Quicktongue, along the way”.
Do you love books about royalty / royals?
Is there any book that you’ll be adding to your TBR?