Title: How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse
Author: K. Eason
Series: The Thorne Chronicles #1
Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Daw Books
Release Date: October 8, 2019
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
Recommended for fans of: fairy tale retellings, space operas, The Princess Bride
First in a duology that reimagines fairy tale tropes within a space opera—The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia.
Rory Thorne is a princess with thirteen fairy blessings, the most important of which is to see through flattery and platitudes. As the eldest daughter, she always imagined she’d inherit her father’s throne and govern the interplanetary Thorne Consortium.
Then her father is assassinated, her mother gives birth to a son, and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant world.
When Rory arrives in her new home, she uncovers a treacherous plot to unseat her newly betrothed and usurp his throne. An unscrupulous minister has conspired to name himself Regent to the minor (and somewhat foolish) prince. With only her wits and a small team of allies, Rory must outmaneuver the Regent and rescue the prince.
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale tropes and a story of resistance and self-determination—how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess to not just save herself, but change the course of history.
This was very entertaining. I am a sucker for anything fairy tale related. In a world of dark and gritty retellings, Rory Thorne is a breath of fresh air, taking on familiar fairy tale tropes with the wit, whimsy, and humor of The Princess Bride…IN SPACE!
Rory Thorne uses her fairy gifts, her intelligence, her political savvy, her arithmancy, and her physical training to skillfully protect those she loves and fight for justice, threatening the status quo in the multiverse.
I was sometimes confused by the use of arithmancy, a combination of magic and technology. I didn’t fully understand its rules, applications, and limitations, so I would’ve appreciated a little more background information at the beginning. I also thought that the tone of the story didn’t always strike the right balance between satire and more serious moments, but overall I enjoyed the book.
The sequel, How the Multiverse Got Its Revenge, publishes today (October 27, 2020), and I cannot wait to see what adventures Rory and company embark on next!
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted eARCs in exchange for an honest review.