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How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse

(The Thorne Chronicles #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  4,537 ratings  ·  886 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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Amanda It felt like YA to me, but reading the comments below I realise I apparently don't even know what that means. The main character is a teenager and the…moreIt felt like YA to me, but reading the comments below I realise I apparently don't even know what that means. The main character is a teenager and the topics are very teenagery, but it's baked into a whole plot of being royalty and having outsized responsibility with a minimum of power, kind of like being a teenager.

Apparently some people are concerned about their teens hearing...*checks notes* swearwords and *checks other notes* "adult topics" which I presume to mean sex. If those are concerns for you (and I think anyone worrying about their 14yo hearing swearwords or reading about sex has very, very unrealistic expectations) I still think the book is fine.(less)
Sarah no, there aren't any animals at all, aside from a few fish.…moreno, there aren't any animals at all, aside from a few fish.(less)

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Miranda Reads
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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 fairies...so 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
This just wasn't for me.

Nothing particularly wrong with it. Nothing really right with it, either, in my purview.

And...I'm comfortable leaving it at that. Yeah.

That's the review.

Bottom line: Not everything can be for everyone!


no matter what i tried, i couldn't get myself interested in this book.

and i tried, like, 3 things.

review to come / 2.5ish


challenging myself to read as many review copies as possible this month because i'm addicted to projects!

ARC 1: s
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
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.

CONTENT WARNING: (view spoiler)

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
laurel [the 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
this book has the coolest title ever so i am forgiving the obvious flaws in exposition, and gimmicks that wore halfway through.
Sep 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2021-shelf, fantasy, ya
All told, I thought this genre-mixing fantasy/SF YA was pretty enjoyable. Rory was a little firecracker and her fae gift of always being able to hear the truth was an old but good twist in what was otherwise a large galactic empire royal mess, complete with nuptials avoidance and taking down an empire from within.

But honestly? I just loved the title. It predisposed the hell out of me enjoying what was otherwise a somewhat predictable tale of *captured princess saves herself*.

Voice was fun, the
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
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/11/05/...

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
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
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
KristynRene SwissCheese JellyBean
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
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
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
Shelves: favorites-2020
This is a sleeper hit, folks. It demands to be read and enjoyed.
Jul 18, 2022 marked it as decided-not-to-read
Shelves: young-adult, sf, i-quit
About 49% in, and I quit. I usually give up on books earlier, but I managed the first part of the book, as a kind of setup and now we arrive in the middle and the Star Wars like political machinations, just are not interesting me, and I keep putting it down after a couple pages.

I think it is not necessarily me, but the narration voice, the glibness, the sleeping beauty fairy tale and sf blend which is not working for me way hard. Not helped we are not ever in anybody's head really, always somewh
Jamie Dacyczyn
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2020 reread: Listened to this on audio in preparation for reading the sequel. My original review remains accurate; I really enjoyed the narrative style, though it's hard to say why. Normally I cringe away from over-embellished writing, but this was done in a way that makes you feel the author's eyes twinkling at you as she tries to keep a straight face. Like...faux-pompous? So it feels funny in that way that won't admit to itself that it's being funny? Ugh, I can't figure out how to describe it. ...more
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
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
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have no idea why this book wasn't on my radar, why I had never heard about it. The moment I found out that this is a fairytale princess story set in space I was sold. I love fairytales, I love science and therefore sci-fi and the combination sounded delicious! So, when the book arrived last Friday I knew that it was gonna move instantly to the very top of my to be read list. However, maybe it wasn't the smartest idea to start this book the day after being down with migraine.

Because if there's
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
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**
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
DNF at 50%
Not actually bad, but I just don’t care about anything happening in this book and it isn’t as funny as it’s going for.
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
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. ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
A pretty good YA book with a strong heroine and a twist on the Sleeping Beauty story. The fairies are still at work generations later.
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