Review: How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse

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Today I fin­ished read­ing How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Mul­ti­verse, by K. Eason, and I have to say, it was one of the best SF fairy tales I’ve read in a long time.

Rory is the first daugh­ter born to the roy­al fam­i­ly of Thorne in gen­er­a­tions. Tra­di­tion demands that the fairies be invit­ed to her nam­ing cer­e­mo­ny. No one seri­ous­ly believes the fairies will appear, because every­one knows fairies don’t real­ly exist. After all, Thorne Con­sor­tium is a star-span­ning king­dom, tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced, and fairies are… well, myth.

Then the fairies do show up, and each bestows on Rory a gift, last but not least of which is the abil­i­ty to always see past the lie to the truth.

Time will tell if that’s a gift or a curse, though.

This is a nov­el full of sur­pris­es. Rory’s life is not an easy one, and she’s got to deal with assas­si­na­tions, arranged mar­riages, a would-be usurp­er, a not-ter­ri­bly-brave prince, a fern that can read her emo­tions, learn­ing how to hack com­put­er sys­tems, sur­viv­ing in a hos­tile space sta­tion, polit­i­cal maneu­ver­ing, and steal­ing a spaceship.

And that’s all before she turns seventeen.

I high­ly rec­om­mend this nov­el. It’s a col­li­sion of space opera and fairy tale, told with just the right amount of snark, and it works. It’s com­pul­sive­ly read­able; I think I read the last 200 pages in about two sit­tings, last night and this morning.

I look for­ward to the sec­ond half (it’s book 1 of a duol­o­gy), which I hear is titled How the Mul­ti­verse Got its Revenge.

Read the first chap­ter here.