The Unbalancing: A Birdverse Novel

The Unbalancing: A Birdverse Novel by R. B. Lemberg 1616963808 9781616963804
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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. Le Guin.

[STARRED REVIEW] "Lovingly crafted with a deep and rewarding world full of complex characters who are often LGBTQIA+ and/or neurodiverse, this is an outstanding novel from a rising star in fantasy fiction."
--Booklist

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 Ergra Liln, who merely wants to be left alone, is repeatedly asked by their ancestor Sember to take over the starkeeping helm. Sember insists upon telling Liln mysterious tales of the deliverance of the stars by the goddess Bird.

When Ranra and Liln meet, sparks begin to fly. An unforeseen configuration of their magical deepnames illuminates the trouble under the tides. For Ranra and Liln, their story is just beginning; for the people of Gelle-Geu, it may well be too late to save their home.

About the Birdverse The Birdverse is the creation of fantasy author R. B. Lemberg. It is a complex, culturally diverse world, with a range of LGBTQIA characters and different family configurations. Named after its deity, Bird, Birdverse shorter works have been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, Tiptree award, and Rhysling awards.

Author: R. B. Lemberg

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 256

Publisher: Tachyon Publications

Publication Date: 2022-09-20


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