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How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse

(The Thorne Chronicles #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  2,137 ratings  ·  492 reviews
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.
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by DAW
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Miranda Reads
3.5 stars

Whatever happened now, Rory was on her own
Rory Thorne is (quite literally) blessed.

The Thorne family line has only had males for the last 200 years...but thanks to her mother's wish for a daughter, Rory was born.

And with that...came certain obligations.
"Nevertheless, Majesty...You must invite the that they may bless her. You know. Beauty, kindness..."
"The boys do all right without that nonsense."
And so the fairies came, each bestowing something wonderful u
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5, rounded down because I am annoyed by the plant-as-mood-ring gimmick. Cranky botanist rant: I can't see why or how a plant would have evolved to respond instantly to human moods. Plants don't exist for the convenience of humans.

Otherwise this book is good fun - a bit heavy on the tell and light on the show (again, see plant-as-proxy-for-emotional-state-of-characters), but by the halfway point, I was invested in its characters and outcome. I couldn't quite escape the sense it considered itsel
Michael Mammay
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is big, wonderful space opera with realistic, complex characters. Rory Thorne is, of course, foremost among them--a cross between a young princess Leia and Sansa Stark--but the secondary characters are so well drawn that they almost steal the show. That's not quite right--they don't steal the show--they create the show. The world and its politics are complex and twisty in the best way. Informed by history (it doesn't take much to see the shadows of Scotland and Ireland in the Lanscottirs) t ...more
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
There wasn't a girl born to the Thorne line in 200 years...until Rory. Cheated out of her queenly inheritance by a much younger brother, Rory is shipped off to a marriage alliance that will end the war between her nation and that of her enemy. But trouble is afloat in the Free Worlds of Tadesh, and it's up to Rory and her people to figure it out and stop it. Save the prince. Avoid a marriage. Easy right?

Damn I loved this.

It was very much The Princess Bride meets Sleeping Beauty in space with a d
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I must have been in the mood for the silliness and the somewhat meta aspect of this take on a traditional fairy tale of a princess who has to get married to an opposing country's king to cement peace, but which is transposed here to a space setting. Having not yet read The Princess Bride (yes, I know, I'm getting to it!), I can't comment on this book's similarity to that classic, but I'll just say I found this entertaining with its capable and intelligent princess, Rory, with her smart and dange ...more
The Captain
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys!  The lovely cover drew me attention and the quirky premise hooked me.  This is the first book in a duology that has fairy tale tropes but takes place in space.  And, seriously, it so worked for me.

The tone (kinda silly) and storytelling style (omnipresent narrator) did take some getting used to but I was quickly drawn in.  The story follows Rory who is the first girl born to the Thorne line in 200 years.  Court custom dictates that the fairies be invited to her naming to gi
Allison Hurd
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fem-author
I read this for my GR-to-real-life book club! I forgot we'd picked it, so it was good that was quite quick haha. My general feelings are this was fun, but didn't do anything new--in fact, it kiiinda felt like it was "trying to be different" but wasn't well versed in the genre, and so it just failed the same ways as things that failed 20 years ago.

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Things that were fu
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe 3.5 stars?

Pros: "The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia" is pretty accurate, it is a really fun story, I like Rory as a character a lot. It is supposed to be book one in a duology but it does stand on its own so you can read it without needing book 2.

Cons: Mostly the writing style and construction. It is written as a historian recording the details of this event and a LOT of the chapters end in similar ways (Rory thought X, Y, and Z were going to happen. She was only right about one of tho
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Not surprisingly, the first thing to catch my eye when I saw the publisher blurb for How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse was this little nugget: “The Princess Brides meets Princess Leia.” And now that I’ve finished the book, want to know how closely that description fits the reality? Well, pretty damn close, actually. This rollicking genre-bending adventure reads almost exactly like a fairy tale set in space, with a
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Rory is the first female child born into the Thorne line in ten generations. Reaching back to the home world customs and traditions, the king and his concubine hold a naming ceremony for the child, inviting thirteen fairies; however, no one really believes the fairies are real, or if they are, would take the time to show up. But they do and bestow upon Rory the gifts she will need to be a good leader. However, when Rory is a young girl, things go horrible wrong. Her father is murdered and her mo ...more
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
An effort to blend fairy tale with political space opera that sometimes works, but fails to maintain consistency or pacing and ends in a muddle.

Rory Thorne is the first daughter to be born to the Thorne Consortium's ruling family for generations. At her naming ceremony thirteen fairies bestow their gifts on her, guaranteeing that she will have an interesting life. When she's a teenager she's to marry the Prince of the Free Worlds of Tadesh to seal a peace between the war between the Tadeshi and
KristynRene The Hype Queen of Books
5/5 Stars



The narrating performance actually saved this story for me, and I re-listened to chapters several times because of the political depths this book carried on each page.

DAMN!! I’m just in shock. I really am because when I found this beautiful cover at Barnes and Noble, I didn’t think it would hold a similar beauty within its pages. When I get my signed copy from Mysterious Galaxy, I’ll be re-reading this badass gem of feminism and space politics.

For no
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It’s science fiction with some magic and fairy tale elements — only done way better than the Lunar Chronicles.

I enjoyed the narrative Voice a lot. I don’t expect everyone to, but it kept me engaged most of the time. I liked all the characters and the plot. The pacing was a tad off here and there, but no big deal. The heroes are quite capable, so I never felt too worried about their safety. I was interested in what everyone was doing but not
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rory Thorne is badass and this story was a whole lot of fun, it had a real Princess Bride fairytale kind of feel to it, a ton of humour and an uplifting and simply epic ending that is unforgettable.
Jenn (The Book Refuge)
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a sleeper hit, folks. It demands to be read and enjoyed.
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A perfect mash-up of fantasy and science fiction, this book is an ambitious tale full of sparkling characters, political  maneuvering, a cool magic system and much more. Oh, and Kreshti ferns! 

OK, I was not prepared to love this as much as I did! I’ve read several reviews where the reviewer did not like Eason’s choice of narr
Kristin B. Bodreau
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun! Sure it had some of the drawbacks that a lot of these types of stories have. Over-simplified explanations, far less bloodshed than this type of war/political maneuvering would likely entail, and a couple somewhat 2D characters (including the bad guy.) But who cares!? There was a plucky princess, a lovable disenfranchised second son, kickass ladies, snarky but indulgent older guardians, fairy gifts and magic! PLUS it all happens in Outer Space! Add to that the snarky banter ...more
Shelee at Book Reader Chronicles
DNF @ 6%

Nothing was grabbing me to pull me in and excite me about what the story was opening up to. The pacing felt slow and I couldn’t keep my attention on it. I’d like to try again at some point, but I’m setting it aside for now.

**Received an early copy; this had no bearing on my opinion**
Lauren Stoolfire
This is now one of my favorite reads of 2020. I didn't realize quite how much I needed How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason in my life until now. It's exactly my kind of mashup as a fairytale space opera. Think of the most epic combination of The Princess Bride, meets Star Wars, plus The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, and Sleeping Beauty and this is what you'll get. I need more of Rory and her world. I can't wait to read more from K. Eason in the future and I'm dying for the ...more
Jamie Dacyczyn
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! Ok, ya'll, I REALLY liked this book, and I almost never like books set in space. That's not the kind of sci fi I typically dig. Let me see if I can form coherent thoughts to explain why I loved this one so much!

Ok, so this is basically a fairy tale set in the future. A princess (Rory) is born, and her parents decide to invite all of the fairies in the, uh, space-realm to the princess's naming. As we all know, this never goes well (they allude to Rory's great-great-something-grandmothe
Matthew Galloway
I enjoyed this one thoroughly, beginning to end. First off, it's a loose retelling of Sleeping Beauty -- but as a space opera. While there are fairies and an ability that seems like it could be magical, everything else about the setting is future sci-fi. It's got an entertaining sense of humor that is both satirical and tongue in cheek (there was an early party scene that had me giggling). It's also the kind of tale that questions the underlying assumptions of fairy tales and, thus, our own soci ...more
Oct 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
so me, being the smart, intelligent person that I am, decided it would be a good idea to read a part of this despite already having a book I’m currently reading and having committed to a readathon this week, plus seven other library books at home, and now I want to read the entire thing. 😅
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely DIVINE. Probably my favorite book of the year so far.
I loved all of the characters, but especially Rory for being so badass. This was a YA premise that could have been so overdone and boring but the author really took it to another level, didn't overdue the romance (I don't even think the male lead was introduced until, like, halfway through the book?) and added a lot of really strong characters.
And the ending cemented my love. I don't want to give away any spoilers but hol
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rory got the fairy gifts, and a curse to always hear the truth - which is most inconvenient when one is a piece in a political game between 2 galactic forces.

A coming of age story with vivid characters and many tongue-in-cheek moments, this was a delightful and fast read with somewhat odd pacing and unsatisfying, abrupt ending, but a great start for the series.
Samantha Fondriest
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've found a new favorite! A mash up of Sleeping Beauty, A Winter's Promise, & Foundryside, Rory Thorne was an absolutely original delight. This book is funny, clever, weird, and turns tropes on their head (with a feminist flourish). ...more
Kayla (krakentoagoodbook)
This was a fun mix of sci-fi with fantasy/fairytale tropes! The science/magic here is based on math, so that was definitely cool to see. Rory is a fabulous protagonist and I definitely want to see what happens in book 2! Even though I enjoyed this book, I don't think the narrative style will work for everyone.
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Space-opera-princess-navigating-politics is my jam. Plus the cast of characters is very endearing.
Robin Bonne
DNF % 28

I love a good space opera, but I had trouble connecting with this one.
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dj-books, scifi
This book starts off as a retelling of the Sleeping Beauty narrative where a newborn princess receives gifts (and curses) from the local fairies. It diverges from there and follows the gifted princess as she grows and experiences tragedy. The sci-fi universe, like many, is one of empirical control over spans of inhabited planets. In the main part of the story, the MC’s marriage becomes arranged to the prince of a warring empire, thus ending the war. But not all is all as it seems and it may take ...more
Tim Hicks
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
OK, that can't work. You can't mix spaceships and fairies. Except Eason did, and it worked.
Probably because the two genres stayed in their lanes; the fairies' influence was at the internal level, and stayed away from external events. Or, if you prefer, they were just a metaphor for Rory's particular mix of skills.

But when you have spaceships, alchemy and arithmancy all at once, it can get complicated.

Rory's reasonably believable, smart but not too smart. The Regent was more intelligent than bw
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