R. B. Lemberg’s gorgeous THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES offers many pleasures

Cover by Elizabeth Story based on initial concepts by Francesca Myman


I love this opening sentence from R.B. Lemberg. It’s not a hook – it doesn’t strain with danger. It’s not a promise. There’s no weight on where the story goes next. The word “alone” suggests that “I” may stop being alone – or may not. The word “in” holds the possibility of “out” but doesn’t coerce that next step. There’s no giveaway to the genre of the story – an old goatskin tent could be historical or contemporary, realistic or fantastic. 

I have a third type of first sentence I consider: the seduction. First sentences are seductions when they promise pleasure. I started looking at this sentence, and I wasn’t sure what pleasure it promised. Would I need to make a new category? “I sat alone in my old goatskin tent.” 

No, as I looked longer, I saw the pleasures here. 

CADL CAST, podcast for the Capital Area District Libraries (Lansing, MI), recommends the novella, starting around 8:04.

Lemberg joins Argo Bookshop’s Trans & Nonbinary Book Club to discuss THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES. Email to sign up.

Thursday December 10 | 7:00PM – 9:00PM

We are thrilled to have author R.B. Lemberg joining us for a discussion of their wonderful debut novella, The Four Profound Weaves

REDDIT r/Fantasy continues their love for the book and the Birdverse.

Gorgeous novella about two elderly trans people on a quest for a magic carpet. Themes of acceptance, culture clash, and change.

Best fantasy novel you read in 2020?

I liked Grandmother-nai-Laylit’s Cloth of Winds by R.B. Lemberg, which is a prologue to THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES.


For longer, novella-length stuff, I enjoyed Ring Shout, The Haunting of Tram Car 015, THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES and The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water!

What are your absolute favourite short stories in the fantasy genre?

THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES by R.B. Lemberg a bit of a wild card as it’s a West Asian inspired fantasy. Gotcha! Bet you forgot all about West Asia!

Asian inspired fantasy

Birdverse by R.B. Lemberg – So this isn’t exactly a series, but I read THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES for Bingo, and I’ve read the Cloth of Winds story, and I’d like to go back and read the rest of the stories (or as many of them as I can get my hands on).

Finish some of those series – a challenge and a plan