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The Four Profound Weaves: A Birdverse Book

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Wind: To match one's body with one's heart
Sand: To take the bearer where they wish
Song: In praise of the goddess Bird
Bone: To move unheard in the night



The Surun' do not speak of the master weaver, Benesret, who creates the cloth of bone for assassins in the Great Burri Desert. But Uiziya now seeks her aunt Benesret in order to learn the final weave, although the price for
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Paperback, 192 pages
Expected publication: June 11th 2020 by Tachyon Publications
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⭐ Roxie Voorhees ⭐
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The desert had revealed itself to me. And everything was made of death."

The Four Profound Weaves takes us to the desert sands around the city of Iyar to meet two elder changers. In this world Lemberg has built, gender roles are ridged and strictly defined. As a changer, a man that has gone through the transformation, A Nameless Man struggles to find his place among his people. He travels as nen-sasaïr with his friend, Uiziya, also a changer. They seek Uiziya's aunt, Benesret. They travel via
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Bogi Takács
I was a first reader of this as a manuscript and I loved it!! Awesome trans epic fantasy, carpets, bones :) Now I can finally add the book to Goodreads too!
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Source of the book: The author (who is my Spouseperson)
Izzy Wasserstein
I was fortunate enough to get to read this in advance of its release. It's a lovely, powerful, deeply moving story of aging, taking risks and embracing truly transformative change. Lemberg's genius for setting, their finely-crafted characters, and their tale full of grief and hope will all stay with me for a very long time.
Courtney
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy from Tachyon Publications in exchange for an honest review. I thought this was a brutally beautiful tale, with some fantastical elements that enhanced the narrative but did not take away from the insightful messaging. Lemberg developed, powerfully transformative characters that give us the opportunity to explore pain, hope and acceptance. A truly lovely read.
Lisa
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sff
The most deeply satisfying book I’ve read in years. Solace, recognition, humanity, inspiration. I feel as if I’ve just returned from a spiritual quest.
K.A. Doore
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
this is the queer fairy tale we deserve
rtc
Suna
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to be granted an ARC through Netgalley and.. Wow.
This is my first foray into the Birdverse and what a wondrous strange and beautiful world it is. The poetic language seeps under your skin almost unnoticed until you realise you are grabbing every free second to be with it again, leaning against the kitchen work surface, in the back of the car, in line at the post office. It’s a true strength of the narrative that this is a perfect standalone story; I was made aware there
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Ashley
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I cannot wait to share my full review. Its moving, magical, inspiring, thought provoking and insightful. I loved it.
Laura N.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book via NetGalley.

So this is an odd book. It's not like anything I've read before. At first I was a little confused and thought I wouldn't like it. But I really did, it was so emotional and the way the story was told was original and magical. I particularly loved "the nameless man". I would like to read it again in the future.
Liz Derrington
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This lyrical, poignant novella is an absolutely stunning work of art. Lemberg takes deep feelings about gender, love and family, aging, and death, and weaves them together into a captivating tale of two friends’ journey across the desert in search of answers, and so much more. I got to hear Lemberg read the poem in which this novella has its origins earlier this month, but I would still call this my first proper sojourn into the Birdverse, and what a thrilling introduction it was. I can’t wait ...more
Allyson
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is indeed profound. A hopeful tale of wanderlust told from the perspective of those who are tired of waiting for their lives to begin. I felt lucky to be able to explore this world and would love to return. This story of light also includes a rich darkness that talks of death and hope. I was given an advanced copy of this book for an honest review.
Jim
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I never got a chance to read any of the BIRDVERSE stories out there, but I got to read R. B. Lemberg's debut novella in that world and I have to say, I was blown away. It is beautiful: the language, the emotion, the characters, the world-building--everything.

This book needs to be read and enjoyed by everyone. It won't be available for a few months, but I was lucky to read it in advance and I believe that this may take home some awards for a 2020 book.

Get this one.
Read it.
Love it.
Tanvi
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Megan
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first introduction to the bird verse, and wow! Like most fantasies, this book throws you in fast, with the story told in alternating viewpoints: Uiziya and the nameless man. I read it all in one setting and would love to sit in this world a little longer, as brutal and harsh as it can be. There is a hopeful tone as these two characters seek to better understand their identities and discover freedom for themselves. I’m intentionally vague and I don’t want to give anything away, but ...more
Fran
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this for a blurb! And I can finally share what I said! "R. B. Lemberg’s The Four Profound Weaves takes the reader on a deeply resonant journey of transformation and strength. Lemberg’s lyrical skill, combined with unforgettable characters and the magic of the Birdverse makes a stunning fabric over which this story plays beautifully."
Lexi
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Four Profound Weaves: A Birdverse Book
Author: R.B. Lemberg
Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ+
Rating: 5/5

If you care about someone strongly enough, if you listen hard to their stories, perhaps one day you will find yourself in that place.

I’ve struggled to find the right way to review this. After listening to those whose story is being told here I think I’ve found the right words.

First and foremost I would like to thank Edelweiss+ and NetGalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair and
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Siobhán
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free book.*

I've absolutely no clue what was going on in this novella, but some things were extraordinary and beautiful. R.B. Lemberg is a queer bigender author and an immigrant from Eastern Europe / Israel, using they/them pronouns. In their story, two transgender elders must defeat an evil ruler by weaving from Death.

There are four things to weave: wind, sand, song, bone. Wind for example allowed our two
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Maria Haskins
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
R.B. Lemberg’s novella The Four Profound Weaves (forthcoming from Tachyon later this year) is a lyrical and gripping journey that begins in a sunlit desert full of sand and bones, continues into a city haunted by memories and ghosts, and eventually takes the reader into the the light-less depths beneath the earth.

It’s a story that delves deep into themes like resistance, courage, and endurance. With both gentleness and sharp precision, Lemberg explores the importance of our connections to the
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Layla
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/4 out of 5 stars.

A very interesting story centring on identity, self discovery and acceptance.

Unfortunately for me, the writing style just didn't speak to me, so I really struggled through this. I found it hard to wade through. That's not to say that this isn't a good story, it just isn't the writing style for me.

I really loved the look into what it means to be one's truest self, and the different
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Kendra
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book of great beauty and wit and imagination. In The Four Profound Weaves, R. B. Lemberg crafts a story about growing up and growing old, magic and art, learning and traveling, trusting and transforming. The weaver Uiziya sets out into the desert to to find her aunt, who weaves clothes for assassins from bone, in hopes that her aunt will teach her the last of the Four Profound Weaves: weaving with death. With her travels an unnamed man, who is also looking for a kind of final learning, ...more
Ally
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars

I received an advance reader copy from Tachyon Publications through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

This story says so much more in 112 pages than some books can in 900. It follows two transgender elders in a fantastical world where magic and weaving must come together to fight evil and lead the protagonists on a journey through the desert to claim their true identities.

This is one of the most beautiful and touching fantasy stories I have read in a long time. The world
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delph ✨
dnf - 66% (im sad)

An e-ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES is one of those books I wish I liked more than I did. If the world building and the lore the author wrote was great, I failed to connect with the plot and the overall story. Though I'll be supporting this book and this author as I believe it has great representation and is a book which can resound with a lot of readers.

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Leo
Jan 15, 2020 marked it as to-read
"Two transgender elders must learn to weave from Death in order to defeat an evil ruler."
YES please.

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Sajid
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This book speaks of change, of wanderlust, of hope; and of death.

We follow our two MCs- Uiziya, who has learned the first three of the four profound weaves, now ventures out into the desert, in search of her exiled aunt Benesret, in search of knowledge. To learn the fourth weave.
The nameless man who struggles with his identity. The identity that his society rejects. He seeks to acquire his name.

I enjoyed the book. That's all for
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Eule
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Two elders are leaving the encampment in the desert, one of them wanting to find her aunt to finally learn the secret of the fourth profound weave.

Fantasy about weaving sounds boring at first - or at least, sounded to me.
But weaving is important - clothes are important. Yes, of course, today most of the work is done by machines, and clothes are so readily available that they're mostly seen for the purpose
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Jen
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Four elements bear unique powers when woven but become something even greater when woven together in R.B. Lemberg's The Four Profound Weaves.

To read this, and other book reviews, visit my website: http://makinggoodstories.wordpress.com/.

The reputation of the master weaver Benseret has left many people fearing her and unwilling to say her name, though they appreciate her immensely powerful abilities. Her niece, Uiziya, had learned three of the four weaves from her aunt and has long sought to
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dori
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought perhaps Netgalley automatically sent my review here as it has before, but apparently this time it hasn't so I'm reposting it, because OMG. I was and am still competely enthralled by this book. Since then I've been trying to hunt down every Birdverse story I can. I don't often buy fiction anymore - reserving it mostly for galleys and library borrows via Libby - but this is one for the shelves once it's published. There are so many levels of importance to it. WOW. Below follows my ...more
Ashley
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

First, let me say that I liked the simplicity of the cover. This was an amazing story and very clever. The world building was great and imaginative yet with a cultural aspect. I really liked the character development and exploration of being newly transgendered regardless of age, and trying to figure out where one fits in according to societal standards. I liked the inclusion of bigender as well and how it was done
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Ashley
Feb 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
**ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

First, let me say that I liked the simplicity of the cover. This was an amazing story and very clever. The world building was great and imaginative yet with a cultural aspect. I really liked the character development and exploration of being newly transgendered regardless of age, and trying to figure out where one fits in according to societal standards. I liked the inclusion of bigender as well and how it was done
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Starr
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This excellent novella is best read as a follow-up to the author's Nebula-finalist novelette, "Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds" , but can be enjoyed separately if you are a reader with the patience to read between the lines. It is a beautiful desert-set fantasy featuring older characters and a compelling magic system that explores cultural differences in response to gender diversity. Cultures in this secondary world appear to be broadly accepting of queer and poly relationships, but ...more
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R.B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Ukraine, Russia, and Israel to the US. Their stories and poems have appeared in Lightspeed‘s Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny Magazine, Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, and more. R.B.’s work has been a finalist for the Nebula, the Crawford, and other awards. Many of R.B.’s stories ...more

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