A review by archaicgambit
The Four Profound Weaves, by R.B. Lemberg

emotional hopeful slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes


I really liked this book! I had high expectations at the start, and I did love the ending, but the middle lacked.

The language of the book is artful without being flowery, just shy of lush. I think the writing style works-- it neither shone nor hampered the story.

I wanted to be excited about the characters, but their portraits were very simply drawn, I think by nature of it being a shorter novel. I just wish we got a little more complexity in their interactions instead of relying on their backstories. 

That said, the representation in this book is outstanding. Two transgender leads and very creative worldbuilding around gender and culture. The magic system was very interesting, and the visuals of the settings were stunning.

This book didn't quite live up to my high expectations, but I'm still happy I read it!

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