Empire of the Covenant
The Empire of the Covenant is a High Fantasy series with strong romance subplots. It is set in a millennia-old federal empire spread over a whole continent and gathering around 600 independent Estates.
Each Estate is ruled by a powerful mage who is linked to the ancestral magic of their Lands. The series focuses on exploring the conflicts between the two main political partis, the Light and the Dark, and between the powerful mages ruling the empire and those that are subjected to their rules. Each book tells an independent story with an overlinking conflict. Each book has a different POV character from a different side of the conflicts and shows what particular solutions to those conflicts they come to.
In book 1, Annabelle initiates Courtship Rituals in a desparate attempt to gather allies before the Dark Lord kills her.