Coming September 2022: The acclaimed R. B. Lemberg’s THE UNBALANCING, the first novel set in the beloved Birdverse
by R. B. Lemberg
ISBN: Trade paperback 978-1-61696-380-4; Digital 978-1-61696-381-1
Published: September 2022
Available Format(s): trade paperback and digital
I am staggered by the richness and intricacy of R. B. Lemberg’s imagination.—Kate Elliott, author of the Court of Fives trilogy
In this first full-length novel from the acclaimed Birdverse, new love blossoms between an impatient starkeeper and a reclusive poet as they try together to save their island home. Nebula, Locus, and Ignyte finalist R. B. Lemberg (THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES) has crafted a gorgeous tale of the inevitable transformations of communities and their worlds. THE UNBALANCING is rooted in the mystical cosmology, neurodiversity, and queerness that infuses Lemberg’s lyrical prose, which has invited glowing comparisons to N. K. Jemisin, Patricia A. McKillip, and Ursula K. LeGuin.
Beneath the waters by the islands of Gelle-Geu, a star sleeps restlessly. The celebrated new starkeeper Ranra Kekeri, who is preoccupied by the increasing tremors, confronts the problems left behind by her predecessor.
Meanwhile, the poet Erígra Lilún, who merely wants to be left alone, is repeatedly asked by their ancestor Semberi to take over the starkeeping helm. Semberi insists upon telling Lilun mysterious tales of the deliverance of the stars by the goddess Bird.
When Ranra and Lilun meet, sparks begin to fly. An unforeseen configuration of their magical deepnames illuminates the trouble under the tides. For Ranra and Lilun, their story is just beginning; for the people of Gelle-Geu, it may well be too late to save their home.