Preorder "Yoke of Stars" by R.B. Lemberg

Preorder Yoke of Stars by local author R.B. Lemberg!

The newest title placed in acclaimed local author R.B. Lemberg’s Birdverse universe is coming out on July 16, 2024, and we’re celebrating with a preorder campaign and a giveaway! Yoke of Stars is lush, queer dark fantasy that explores the beauty of language and the transformative power of storytelling, featuring an apprentice assassin and an inquisitive linguist. You won’t want to miss adding this title to your Birdverse collection, alongside The Four Profound Weaves, The Unbalancing, and Geometries of Belonging, which was shortlisted for the 2023 Ursula K. Le Guin prize for fiction.

Preorder Yoke of Stars today to get your signed and personalized copy! When you place the order through our website, please specify whether you would like your copy personalized and who the book should be made out to in the order comments. All preorders must be placed by 11:59 p.m. CST on July 14, 2024 to ensure personalization. We cannot ensure that any orders placed after that date will be signed or personalized.

For each copy of the book preordered, you will get one entry into a giveaway for a chance to win a copy of The Four Profound Weaves and The Unbalancing!

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About Yoke of Stars

In this newest novella from the queer, mystical Birdverse, an apprentice assassin and an inquisitive linguist share their tales in order to make a fateful decision. Lush and lyrical, this cross-cultural tale of the beauty of language is a gift to anyone who appreciates the transformative power of storytelling.

“Over the years, R. B. Lemberg has built a world of serpents, deserts, stars, and bones, where transformation is omnipresent and restlessness rewarded.”
—C. S. E. Cooney, World Fantasy Award-winning author of
Bone Swans, Stories

In the School of Assassins, Stone Orphan waits for a first assignment. After their first kill, they will graduate and attain the coveted cloth of bone. But instead of a commission, Stone Orphan gets an inquisitive linguist, Ulín. Ulín has heard the Orphan Star’s song of despair, mirroring her own, and drawing her to the School of Assassins. But Ulín is far more interested in learning Stone Orphan’s language than deciding whom she wishes to kill.

Unable to contain their curiosity, Stone Orphan offers to exchange stories with Ulín to help her decide the fate of three men. By turns, Stone Orphan and Ulín narrate tales of love, suffering, exile, and self-determination, and two hurt souls find hope in each other through the radical act of listening.


About 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. The Four Profound Weaves is the first full-length work set in the Birdverse. Learn more here.


About R.B. Lemberg

Le Guin Feminist Science-Fiction Fellowship recipient R. B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender fantasist, poet, and professor. Lemberg was born in L’viv, Ukraine, and also lived in Israel and subarctic Russia before migrating to the U.S. Lemberg’s Birdverse novella The Four Profound Weaves was a finalist for the Nebula, Ignyte, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. Their stories and poems have appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, We Are Here: Best Queer Speculative Fiction, Sisters of the Revolution, and many other publications. Lemberg lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with their family.


 

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781616964184
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Published: Tachyon Publications - July 16th, 2024

In this newest novella from the queer, mystical Birdverse, an apprentice assassin and an inquisitive linguist share their tales in order to make a fateful decision. Lush and lyrical, this cross-cultural tale of the beauty of language is a gift to anyone who appreciates the transformative power of storytelling.