How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse by K. Eason
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 dash of the Vorkosiverse and comedy of manners, and I was THERE for every single minute of it.
I 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 Zhang.
The 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 novels).
It reminded me very much of Bujold’s middling Vorkosigan books, with slapdash humor built around etiquette and manners and the breaching or observing thereof.
This 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 you.
I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse released 8 October 2019 from DAW.