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How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse The Thorne Chronicles #1

review How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse The Thorne Chronicles #1

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 Thor. 35 stars Whatever happened now Rory was on her own Rory Thorne is uite literally blessed The Thorne family line has only had males for the last 200 yearsbut thanks to her mother's wish for a daughter Rory was bornAnd with thatcame certain obligations Nevertheless MajestyYou must invite the fairiesso that they may bless her You know Beauty kindnessThe boys do all right without that nonsense And so the fairies came each bestowing something wonderful until the thirteenth fairy pops in and cuts off the twelfth fairy The thirteenth fairy said this I curse you Rory Thorne to find no comfort in illusion or platitude and to know the truth The twelfth fairy tries to mitigate the effect and with that Rory grows up She has a little brother who's awful Simply awful her dad dies not actually a huge deal and her mom takes over the kingdom lots of long hoursThen the war breaks out Sometimes it doesn't look like much but there's always a choice And as the years go on Rory realizes that her mom can't handle it much longerso she concocts a plan to get hitched to a neighboring king a few planets over and she has a vague notion on how to wiggle her way out of an actual marriageHoweverthings don't go to plan Someone is planning a murder someone is planning an usurping and someone is setting their sites on RoryIt's going to take a whole lot a bravery a bit of courage and a smidge of luck to make her way through this one Happily ever after was for children's stories Okay SoThis one had a lot of good bitsI liked the idea of it a futuristic retelling of Sleeping Beauty's descendants with other fairytale aspects sprinkled in It made for an intriguing backdrop and uite a lot of potentialIf I'm being totally honest Rory was a pretty good main character overpowering powers aside She was thoughtful independent and resourceful She was a tad bit too reflective and speculative but it wasn't overwhelmingThe actual book plotcontained disappointingly little destruction of the multiverseI was expecting a lot of twists turns fights and heart pounding actionInstead it was of a spider's web of political intrigue and subtle power plays It wasn't badjust not particularly gripping all the time Also was anyone else annoyed by the curseThe thirteenth fairy cursed Rory with always knowing the truthfollowed by the twelfth fairy mitigating that by making Rory always find a way out of bad situationsI really would've liked to seen an actual cursecause the curse as it stands is probably the most useful thing Rory could've possibly gotten other than a literal blessing of essentially always succeedingI wanted to see struggle Hardship Something Anything Instead we got an overpowered heroine with a guarantee at winning in the endthough to be fairthat's most YA out there haThe ending picked up though and rounded out the book wonderfully I am intrigued enough to pick up book 2 With thanks to the author and the publishing company for a free copy in exchange for an honest review All uotes came from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publicationYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Remote Control: Indian Television in the New Millennium that reimagines fairy Panther's Moon and Other Stories tale Unprincess! tropes within a space opera The Princess Bride meets Princess Leia Rory Thorne is a princess with The Quickening thirteen fairy blessings Women and Partition: A Reader the most important of which is Rabindranath Tagore: The Renaissance Man to see Tata Log through flattery and platitudes As Partition: The Long Shadow the eldest daughter she always imagined she'd inherit her father's Tatalog: Eight Modern Stories from a Timeless Institution throne and govern Getting Granny's Glasses the interplanetary Thor. 35 stars Whatever happened now Rory was on her own Rory Thorne is uite literally blessed The Thorne family line has only had males for Kanshiram: Leader of the Dalits the last 200 yearsbut The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight thanks The Soldier's Curse to her mother's wish for a daughter Rory was bornAnd with The Ice at the End of the World: An Epic Journey Into Greenland's Buried Past and Our Perilous Future thatcame certain obligations Nevertheless MajestyYou must invite Beyond the Border: An Indian in Pakistan the fairiesso Ambrosia for Afters that Warrior they may bless her You know Beauty kindnessThe boys do all right without Uncles, Aunts and Elephants: A Ruskin Bond Treasury that nonsense And so Love in the Tsunami the fairies came each bestowing something wonderful until The Nude the Diary of a Soccer Star thirteenth fairy pops in and cuts off Gind: The Magical Adventures of a Vanara the Mirror City twelfth fairy The Penguin Dictionary of Alternative Medicine thirteenth fairy said Moti Mahal Cookbook,The: On The Buttter Chicken Trail this I curse you Rory Thorne Wild Child and Other Stories to find no comfort in illusion or platitude and Another Time, Another Place to know Pitch It! 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take a whole lot a bravery a bit of courage and a smidge of luck Fear and Forgiveness: The Aftermath of Massacre to make her way The Concert through It's a Mom!: What You Should Know About the Early Years of Motherhood this one Happily ever after was for children's stories Okay SoThis one had a lot of good bitsI liked Satyr of the Subway the idea of it a futuristic retelling of Sleeping Beauty's descendants with other fairytale aspects sprinkled in It made for an intriguing backdrop and uite a lot of potentialIf I'm being The Distorted Mirror: Stories, Travelogues, Sketches totally honest Rory was a pretty good main character overpowering powers aside She was Yuva India: Consumption and Lifestyle Choices of a Young India thoughtful independent and resourceful She was a Daughters: A Story of Five Generations tad bit Making The Minister Smile too reflective and speculative but it wasn't overwhelmingThe actual book plotcontained disappointingly little destruction of Dalit Millionaires 15 Inspiring Stories the multiverseI was expecting a lot of The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy twists Finger Pointing to the Moon: Discourses on the Adhyatma Upanishad turns fights and heart pounding actionInstead it was of a spider's web of political intrigue and subtle power plays It wasn't badjust not particularly gripping all Dalit Millionaires: 15 Inspiring Stories the NINE - Curse of the Kalingan time Also was anyone else annoyed by Chutnefying English: The Phenomenon of Hinglish the curseThe Let's Play: Puffin Book of Sports Storie thirteenth fairy cursed Rory with always knowing Legal Confidential: Adventures of an Indian Lawyer the Bihar Is in the Eye of the Beholder truthfollowed by Fade Into Red the Gifted : Inspiring Stories of People with Disabilities twelfth fairy mitigating A Bottle Of Dew that by making Rory always find a way out of bad situationsI really would've liked The Ledge Between the Streams to seen an actual cursecause The Lamp is Lit: Leaves from a Journal the curse as it stands is probably Ferry Crossing: Short Stories From Goa the most useful Coach thing Rory could've possibly gotten other Out of the Box: Watching the Game We Love than a literal blessing of essentially always succeedingI wanted How to Prepare for the Coming Persecution to see struggle Hardship Something Anything Instead we got an overpowered heroine with a guarantee at winning in Restart: The Last Chance for the Indian Economy the endthough When the Penny Drops: Learning What's Not Taught to be fairthat's most YA out The Way Home: Contemporary Bengali Short Fiction there haThe ending picked up Paro: Dreams Of Passion though and rounded out Out of the Box: Watching the Game We Love the book wonderfully I am intrigued enough We Weren't Lovers Like That to pick up book 2 With Caravans: Indian Merchants on the Silk Road (Indian Merchants on the Silk Road) thanks Ladies, Please!: Dating Truths by a Man to The Girls From Overseas the author and Managing radical change: What Indian companies must do to become World-class the publishing company for a free copy in exchange for an honest review All uotes came from an uncorrected proof and are subject Welcome To Americastan to change upon publicationYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads

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Ne ConsortiumThen her father is assassinated her mother gives birth to a son and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant worldWhen 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. There wasn't a girl born to the Thorne line in 200 yearsuntil Rory Cheated out of her ueenly 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 rightDamn I loved thisIt was very much The Princess Bride meets Sleeping Beauty in space with a dash of the Vorkosiverse and comedy of manners and I was THERE for every single minute of itI loved the narrative voice—of the omnipresent narrator and their storytelling tone I loved all of the good guys—Rory especially but also the Vizier and Gryt and particularly Thorsdittor and ZhangThe stakes are very high with a very evil Regent who is evil precisely because of his mastery of bureaucracy and much of the politicking was just delightful I also liked the magic element which added a nice fantasy element I love science fantasy novelsIt reminded me very much of Bujold's middling Vorkosigan books with slapdash humor built around etiuette and manners and the breaching or observing thereofThis definitely isn't for everyone see narrative voice slowish plot but if you delight in comedy of manners type books and love science fiction this just might be the book for youI received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review Being Magdalene to a son and Rory is betrothed It's a Bit Rugged, Mate to Mathematics and the Real World: The Remarkable Role of Evolution in the Making of Mathematics the prince of a distant worldWhen Rory arrives in her new home she uncovers a Critical Terms for Literary Study treacherous plot Surrounded by Spirit to unseat her newly betrothed and usurp his Hard Country: A Golden Bay Life throne An unscrupulous minister has conspired Circle Of Shadows to name himself Regent The Secret Life of the Garden to Flight Club the minor and somewhat foolish prince. There wasn't a girl born Plains of Giah to In the Hands of Strangers the Thorne line in 200 yearsuntil Rory Cheated out of her ueenly inheritance by a much younger brother Rory is shipped off Like Wind, Like Wave to a marriage alliance Land And The Ruling Class In Hong Kong that will end Horse Show the war between her nation and Ask a Midwife that of her enemy But 100 People Who Made History trouble is afloat in Orchid Moon the Free Worlds of Tadesh and it's up The House of Rajani to Rory and her people The Water's Edge to figure it out and stop it Save The Road Home the prince Avoid a marriage Easy rightDamn I loved The Road Home thisIt was very much The Princess Bride meets Sleeping Beauty in space with a dash of The New High Protein Healthy Fast Food Diet the Vorkosiverse and comedy of manners and I was THERE for every single minute of itI loved Everyday Sports Injuries the narrative voice—of The Baby Doctor the omnipresent narrator and Zafarnama their storytelling Ghalib: The Man, The Times tone I loved all of All You Who Sleep Tonight: Poems the good guys—Rory especially but also Bombay Stories the Vizier and Gryt and particularly Thorsdittor and ZhangThe stakes are very high with a very evil Regent who is evil precisely because of his mastery of bureaucracy and much of कुछ अटके, कुछ भटके the politicking was just delightful I also liked Pickpocket the magic element which added a nice fantasy element I love science fantasy novelsIt reminded me very much of Bujold's middling Vorkosigan books with slapdash humor built around etiuette and manners and Testemunha Mortal the breaching or observing Conspiracy in Death thereofThis definitely isn't for everyone see narrative voice slowish plot but if you delight in comedy of manners The Immortal Throne type books and love science fiction Just Because I Made Love to You Doesn't Mean I Love You this just might be Arion and the Dolphin the book for youI received Arion & The Dolphin: A Libretto this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

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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 histo. I read this for my GR to real life book club I forgot we'd picked it so it was good that was uite uick 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 agoCONTENT WARNING view spoiler extreme misogyny lots of erasure psychological torture medical experimentation hide spoiler The Complete Idiot's Guide to Raising Goats team of allies Rory must outmaneuver The Complete Idiot's Guide to Elance the Regent and rescue The Complete Idiot's Guide to Fondues and Hot Dips the prince How Rory Thorne Destroyed The No Time to Cook! Book the Multiverse is a feminist reimagining of familiar fairytale The Flower Book tropes and a story of resistance and self determination how small acts of rebellion can lead a princess Heart of Coal to not just save herself but change Heartland the course of histo. I read Ad Women: How They Impact What We Need, Want, and Buy this for my GR Screw You Dolores to real life book club I forgot we'd picked it so it was good Finding Tom Connor that was uite uick haha My general feelings are Pete the Bushman this was fun but didn't do anything new in fact it kiiinda felt like it was The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels trying The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Gnostic Gospels to be different but wasn't well versed in Walking in Light the genre and so it just failed Heart to Start the same ways as Stand by Me things Stand By Me: Helping your teen through tough times that failed 20 years agoCONTENT WARNING view spoiler extreme misogyny lots of erasure psychological Toilet Trivia (Dk) torture medical experimentation hide spoiler


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  1. says:

    35 stars Whatever happened now Rory was on her own Rory Thorne is uite literally blessed The Thorne family line has only had males for the last 200 yearsbut thanks to her mother's wish for a daughter Rory was bornAnd with thatcame certain obligations Nevertheless MajestyYou must invite the fairiesso that they may bless her You know Beauty kindnessThe boys do all right without that nonsense And so the fairies came each bestowing something wonderful until the thirteenth fairy pops in and cuts off the twelfth fairy The thirteenth fairy said this I curse you Rory Thorne to find no comfort in illusion or platitude and to know the truth The twelfth fairy tries to mitigate the effect and with that Rory grows up She has a little brother who's awful Simply awful her dad dies not actually a huge deal and her mom takes over the kingdom lots of long hoursThen the war breaks out Sometimes it doesn't look like much but there's always a choice And as the years go on Rory realizes that her mom can't handle it much longerso she concocts a plan to get hitched to a neighboring king a few planets over and she has a vague notion on how to wiggle her way out of an actual marriageHoweverthings don't go to plan Someone is planning a murder someone is planning an usurping and someone is setting their sites on RoryIt's going to take a whole lot a bravery a bit of courage and a smidge of luck to make her way through this one Happily ever after was for children's stories Okay SoThis one had a lot of good bitsI liked the idea of it a futuristic retelling of Sleeping Beauty's descendants with other fairytale aspects sprinkled in It made for an intriguing backdrop and uite a lot of potentialIf I'm being totally honest Rory was a pretty good main character overpowering powers aside She was thoughtful independent and resourceful She was a tad bit too reflective and speculative but it wasn't overwhelmingThe actual book plotcontained disappointingly little destruction of the multiverseI was expecting a lot of twists turns fights and heart pounding actionInstead it was of a spider's web of political intrigue and subtle power plays It wasn't badjust not particularly gripping all the time Also was anyone else annoyed by the curse?The thirteenth fairy cursed Rory with always knowing the truthfollowed by the twelfth fairy mitigating that by making Rory always find a way out of bad situationsI really would've liked to seen an actual cursecause the curse as it stands is probably the most useful thing Rory could've possibly gotten other than a literal blessing of essentially always succeedingI wanted to see struggle Hardship Something Anything Instead we got an overpowered heroine with a guarantee at winning in the endthough to be fairthat's most YA out there haThe ending picked up though and rounded out the book wonderfully I am intrigued enough to pick up book 2 With thanks to the author and the publishing company for a free copy in exchange for an honest review All uotes came from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publicationYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads


  2. says:

    35 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 humansOtherwise 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 uite escape the sense it considered itself a little cleverer than it actually was but I smirked at a number of zingy one liners I would pick up a seuel stat if it were out Review to come maybe


  3. says:

    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 uite 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 this book is a must for fans of intricate well devised political drama In space Because everything is better if you set it in space


  4. says:

    There wasn't a girl born to the Thorne line in 200 yearsuntil Rory Cheated out of her ueenly 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 thisIt was very much The Princess Bride meets Sleeping Beauty in space with a dash of the Vorkosiverse and comedy of manners and I was THERE for every single minute of itI loved the narrative voice—of the omnipresent narrator and their storytelling tone I loved all of the good guys—Rory especially but also the Vizier and Gryt and particularly Thorsdittor and ZhangThe stakes are very high with a very evil Regent who is evil precisely because of his mastery of bureaucracy and much of the politicking was just delightful I also liked the magic element which added a nice fantasy element I love science fantasy novelsIt reminded me very much of Bujold's middling Vorkosigan books with slapdash humor built around etiuette and manners and the breaching or observing thereofThis definitely isn't for everyone see narrative voice slowish plot but if you delight in comedy of manners type books and love science fiction this just might be the book for youI received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review


  5. says:

    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 dangerous bodymaid Grytt and advisor Rupert This was a good salve for the tension of the week with its humour This isn't deep but it kept me amused


  6. says:

    Ahoy there me mateys  The lovely cover drew me attention and the uirky 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 meThe tone kinda silly and storytelling style omnipresent narrator did take some getting used to but I was uickly 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 give blessings  But no one actually expected them to show up  Of course one of the 13 fairies is insulted and gives Rory a curseI curse you Rory Thorne to find no comfort in illusion or platitude and to know truth when you hear it no matter how well concealed by flattery custom or mendacityTalk about awesome  Though of course always knowing the truth doesn't help when immature or lacking wisdom  But dang it it fun to read about how Rory and those around her have to deal with this particular issue  The author makes a fantastic choice to have the actual thoughts show up in italics before hearing what the people say out loud  SO lovely and wonderful  It never got oldThe other highlight were the strong female characters throughout  There is Rory herself who ye can't help but cheer for  Then there are her protection suad  Gryt the body maid is particularly wonderful  Snarky clever and part cyborg  The other two soldiers Thorsdittor and Zhang also rock and I was glad to slowly get to know them  On the opposite side is the male Vizier who makes a nice counterbalance to Gryt and deals with the magical side of thingsThe only two things I didn't really love were the historical asides of the narrator and the romance element  The romance element was extremely mild and fine but could have been left out  Those things aside I LOVED the unexpected ending  It was surprising and fun and I really want the next book  It is scheduled to come out at the end of October  I can't wait  ArrrrrIs yer Captain's word not enough though it should be?  Matey Tammy booksbonesbuffy has this to say about the bookProbably the most surprising thing about this story was the way Eason combines rollicking space opera with fantasy and fairy tale tropes It’s a combination I’ve seen before but never done in uite this way On the fantasy side we have royal courts and princesses who have to wear ball gowns with corsets and follow strict protocols And on the sci fi side the story is set in a “multiverse” full of planets and moons space shuttles and such familiar SF elements as drones ‘bots and mecha implants Tying these together is arithmancy a wonderful blend of math computer hacking and magic Arithmancers can send their minds deep into the aether and use hexes to manipulate computer code


  7. says:

    Maybe 35 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 2Cons 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 those and the beginning of the chapters were all history and world building which is fine but not my personal thing But these two styles were repeated so much I got over it about 23 of the way through But I'll probably still pick up book 2


  8. says:

    I read this for my GR to real life book club I forgot we'd picked it so it was good that was uite uick 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 agoCONTENT WARNING view spoiler extreme misogyny lots of erasure psychological torture medical experimentation hide spoiler


  9. says:

    35 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum 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 an overload of fun uniue twists on the classic tropes we know and loveOnce upon a time in a space kingdom there lived a king eagerly awaiting the birth of his son and heir—only when the day finally arrived everyone is shocked when the royal consort gives birth to a girl While a firstborn daughter has not been seen in than ten generations the Thorne Consortium decides to move forward with the traditional Naming Ceremony in which the princess will be presented to the galaxy at large as well as to each of the thirteen fairies invited to bless the child These blessings which can range from a gift of beauty to a knack for playing the harp can shape a person for the rest of their lives but the 13th fairy instead bestows upon the newborn Rory a “curse”—the ability to see through lies and flattery no matter how well concealed Fortunately the 12th fairy who hadn’t given her blessing yet responds by gifting Rory with tenacity and courage And so a new galactic legend is bornGrowing up though our princess did not have the easiest time especially when her father is assassinated and her mother gives birth a second time this time to a boy who unseats Rory as heir Our protagonist is also betrothed to a prince of a distant world Ivar who is sweet but cowardly and doesn’t make a very good impression on Rory the first time they meet Still she is whisked off to space station Urse the moment she comes of age in order to prepare for the marriage but of course fate has other ideas as always Ivar’s nefarious regent Minister Moss has decided to seize power for himself leaving it up to Rory to uncover the conspiracy and rescue the princeWith shades of Sleeping Beauty playing at its edges How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a gender flipping fantasy in space opera that turns several major fairy tale themes on their head Reading it was an interesting experience because I recognized so many tropes yet at the same time knew enough not to count on anything going as planned This was the key feature that made this book so fun to read as I could never guess where author K Eason was going to take the story or the characters only that it would lead to something unexpectedStill I didn’t feel as emotionally involved with this novel as I probably could have and I place the blame suarely on its uirky narrative style It felt a bit strange to say the least to be presented with this omnipresent voice which both seemed like an appropriate and tongue in cheek way to tell this story Regrettably though I don’t think I ever grew accustomed to it While the writing itself was superb and I thought Eason handled the prose style with deftness and skill when it comes to this type of historical narration in particular I just feel that it puts a distance between me and the characters which needless to say impacted how well I was able to connect with RoryTo be sure it’s a pretty big hiccup but happily not a deal breaker I honestly enjoyed many of the features and elements in this book from the world building with its special brand of magic to the supporting characters like Grytt This gave depth to the setting and plot providing the little things in life that make a novel worth reading The story also touched upon some meaningful themes while keeping a lighthearted and cheerful tone Overall it’s a feel good kind of book that goes down easy and smoothSo if you are looking for something fun breezy and fairy tale inspired but are sick of the same old tedious retellings definitely go ahead and give How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse a try With its unconventional genre mashing perspective and uniue charms it might very well turn out to be one of the most interesting sci fi novels you’ll read this year


  10. says:

    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 mother having just given birth to Rory’s younger brother must take over ruling the Thorne Consortium plunging the kingdom into war with the Free Worlds of Tadesh In an effort to end the war Rory’s mother marries the evil Regent of Tadesh and promises Rory will marry the prince when she comes of age It is when she arrives on the home station of Tadesh that Rory begins to uncover a devious plot with the Regent smack in the centerHow Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is a fantastic adventure existing somewhere in the gray areas between fantasy and science fiction The story takes place in space with interplanetary travel and some cool techie things like bots and weapons But it’s also based in fantasy with fairies kingdoms alchemy and arithmancy I loved the mix of “magic” and “science” making this story uniue and extremely interesting I strongly urge readers not to get hung up on genre and instead take a chance on this wild rideThe story is shared by a historian and listeners get a mix of third person and omniscient POVs The narrator sometimes shares facts with the reader that the characters did not know at that time and place giving readers a working knowledge of the larger picture This kept me on my toes for nearly the entire story making the story both engaging and thrilling at times Additionally the narrator and several of the characters share an intelligent wit with readers making obscure references or snide commentary on those around themThe story spans about 16 years following Rory from birth until no spoilers the conclusion of this adventure During this time she gets all the best training possible from the Vizier of Thorne Rupert and her body maidprotector Grit Coupled with the gifts bestowed by the thirteen fairies Rory is destined for greatness I enjoyed watching how she grows over the course of the adventure putting to use and expanding upon her training This coming of age tale is cutthroat at times but ultimately uplifting and hopeful The supporting characters bring so much to the story complementing one another and helping Rory be her best While they are there to support Rory ultimately each has their own story and part in the adventure Jade younger son of Regent Moss bad guy actually grows into an amazing individual because of his encounters with Rory Narration This is my first time listening to Nicole Poole’s work and it won’t be my last She provides an excellent neutral narrator voice; strong and clear She alters the dialogue of each character slightly but than enough to identify individual characters She varies the voices to match gender species etc and smoothly jumps from third person to third person without confusion She reminds my a lot of my favorite female narrator Lorelei King but with her own uniue voice In the end How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse is one of the best books I’ve readlistened to so far in 2019 I look forward to finding out about this incredible multiverse created by K EasonMy Ratings
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