Doris Chan's fourth book breaks down lace garment construction into simple shapes, then guides the reader through construction of sophisticated-looking skirts, vests, wraps, and dresses. This is not only a wonderful introduction to charted crochet patterns, but also a great starting point for more experienced crafters to adapt shapes to their own vision.
Chan's introduction points out that crochet motifs are not naturally flat in the way woven fabric is. Rather than this being a downside, she calls it an advantage when fitting crocheted work to our non-flat human bodies. Her patterns are typically constructed of a dozen or more smaller shapes stitched together into a garment. It's a forgiving method, allowing you to rip a motif it doesn't match the others.
She is also a careful instructor. She provides both written and charted instructions, with large and small variations for each motif. I'm not great at charted designs, but was able to create nearly symmetrical hexagons out of cotton yarn without any outside resources. Next, Chan details all of the rules for joining, edging, blocking, and caring for your garments. There are so many fine steps to the full process that she recommends reading all of the construction chapters before starting your work. I agree with her advice, which may be a downside if you're eager to jump into a new project. She does get a little sidetracked by her interest in astronomy, but the diversion is forgivable for the resulting balanced motifs.
The book was published in 2013, but the designs have aged well. In general, they are pretty loose but drape nicely on most figures. Even the peplum top, an inescapable staple of the book's year, still looks wearable today. The blocked and posed version that Chan posted to Ravelry is the most popular design after her Titan Top. I'm less of a fan of her examples in multiple colors, because the designs are so intricate they stand better on their own. The book photos rarely use more than one color per design.
You can also visit Chan's blog to see more of her work and get blocking tips, though it appears to have gone dormant in the last two years. She does not answer questions about the book on her site, so you're better off seeking support on Ravelry or the r/crochet subreddit if you get stuck. Definitely check out her work if you're interested in lace crochet.