The Four Profound Weaves is a queer fairy tale written extremely well by R. B. Lemberg. I’ve never read something so deep in the recent times. I would say, I felt like I was taken to the Surun lands on a magical carpet. An absolute treat to the reader. Choosing two older transgenders as the protagonists is totally amazing and brave.
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
Uiziya is in search of her Aunt Benesret, who is a master weaver, to learn the final weave among the four profound weaves. After living the life of a woman for a long time, a nameless man struggles with his new found masculinity. Uiziya and nameless man are now together on a strange journey in search of answers to some strange questions. You must read the book to know how they both dealt with the Collector, the evil Iyar ruler in the end. The story is about how they both find their way and embrace their identities in this hostile world.
It amazes me how the author takes the reader on a roller coaster ride of the emotional, physical and intellectual journey of the two protagonists. The magic, spells, musings, dark powers and magical carpets.. everything felt so real and authentic. A must read. The book is out now.