Book cover for "Daughters of Izdihar."

Bob’s Most Anticipated Fantasy Books

Created by Bob Helmbrecht, collection development librarian

From reworked fairy tales, to contemporary fantastic romance, to new trilogies, to historical fantasies, there’s something coming out for everyone. Check out some of my most anticipated fantasy titles for the first half of 2023.

The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi” by Shannon Chakraborty

Shannon Chakraborty, the bestselling author of “The City of Brass,” spins a new trilogy of magic and mayhem on the high seas in this tale of pirates and sorcerers, forbidden artifacts and ancient mysteries, in one woman’s determined quest to seize a final chance at glory — and write her own legend.

Bitter Medicine” by Mia Tsai

In this inspired contemporary fantasy, a Chinese immortal and a French elf try to balance new romance, familial loyalty, and workplace demands. In her debut novel, Taiwanese American author Mia Tsai has created an unforgettable paranormal adventure that is full of humor, passion, and depth.

The Daughters of Izdihar” by Hadeer Elsbai

From debut author Hadeer Elsbai comes the first book in an incredibly powerful new duology, set wholly in a new world, but inspired by modern Egyptian history, about two young women — Nehal, a spoiled aristocrat used to getting what she wants and Giorgina, a poor bookshop worker used to having nothing — who find they have far more in common, particularly in their struggle for the rights of women and their ability to fight for it with forbidden elemental magic.

The Magician’s Daughter” by H.G. Parry

In the early 1900s, a young woman is caught between two worlds in H. G. Parry’s spellbinding tale of miracles, magic, and the adventure of a lifetime. Off the coast of Ireland sits a legendary island hidden by magic. A place of ruins and ancient trees, sea salt air, and fairy lore, Hy-Brasil is the only home Biddy has ever known. Washed up on its shore as a baby, Biddy lives a quiet life with her guardian, the mercurial magician Rowan. A life she finds increasingly stifling. 

Untethered Sky” by Fonda Lee

Ester’s family was torn apart when a manticore killed her mother and baby brother, leaving her with nothing but her father’s painful silence and a single, overwhelming need to kill the monsters that took her family. From World Fantasy Award-winning author Fonda Lee comes “Untethered Sky,” an epic fantasy fable about the pursuit of obsession at all costs.

The Water Outlaws” by S.L. Huang

Inspired by a classic of martial arts literature, S. L. Huang’s “The Water Outlaws” are bandits of devastating ruthlessness, unseemly femininity, dangerous philosophies, and ungovernable gender who are ready to make history — or tear it apart.

White Cat, Black Dog: Stories” by Kelly Link

Finding seeds of inspiration in the Brothers Grimm, 17th century French lore, and Scottish ballads, Kelly Link spins classic fairy tales into utterly original stories of seekers — characters on the hunt for love, connection, revenge, or their own sense of purpose.

Witch King” by Martha Wells

After being murdered, his consciousness dormant and unaware of the passing of time while confined in an elaborate water trap, Kai wakes to find a lesser mage attempting to harness Kai’s magic to his own advantage. That was never going to go well.