How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is one of those books that surpasses your expectations. It is not only delightful, clever, but also entertaining. Consistently playing with fairy tale tropes and convention, Rory Thorne is a fast paced read.
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is exactly what I needed to read. There’s just the right amount of snark, of cleverness, and humor. Taking fairy tale tropes, Eason turns them around on their head. Not only does Eason subvert our expectations, but also seems to question the tropes themselves. There’s such a flair for writing and Rory’s perspective jumps off the pages. It’s a perfect storm in the making.
There’s science fiction and fantasy elements all wrapped up in one. A piece of tangled speculative fiction cosmic magic. Rory is a character I couldn’t help but like. Not only is she destined to see through people’s deceptions and committed to making the hard choice, but she is inquisitive and sarcastic. Totally underestimated, a little rash, and wonderfully witty, Rory will have you rooting for her the entire way through.