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How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse

Arithmancy and Anarchy: The Thorne Chronicles Series, Book 1
Written by: K. Eason
Narrated by: Nicole Poole
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins

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Rory Thorne is a princess with 13 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.

Then, her father is assassinated, her mother gives birth to a son, and Rory is betrothed to the prince of a distant world.

When 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. 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 fairy tale 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 history.

©2019 K. Eason (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Ruthi
  • 11-10-19

Fun, charming & hilarious with heart

This book was one where just the title caught my eye. It’s one of the rare few I bought as a new release that is not heard of until last Tuesday. It is timely, but has so much humor that it never once feels preachy. A great choice if you are feeling burned out from current events.

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  • Michelle Hammond
  • 26-10-19

A delight, if not exactly science fiction

I prefer hard SF with no true good or evil but instead shades of gray, but I did enjoy this fairy tale in sheep's clothing that was none of those things. It has a lot of charm and wit, and in this story of monarchy in space, goodness and love ultimately prevail and I guess needed that because I found this book delightful. There's no actual multiverse to be seen in this novel but the heroine is intelligent and resourceful and her friends are loyal and kick-ass in their respective disciplines. I thought it was very well-written and well-read, and I would absolutely purchase the second book in the series.

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  • Gavin Watson
  • 16-10-19

excellent performance, great timing

narration is excellent. the story was witty and irreverent. lots of fun great characters, and imaginative universe.

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  • Sometime Useless
  • 14-05-20

Loved this book.

It kept me so interested. I wish there was more of it. Just get it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-01-20

Highly entertaining if a bit hard to follow

This is a great writer who has an interesting narrative voice. Contemporary in its ironies and sarcasms, apparently technologically advanced, but kind of old-fashioned in certain attitudes. Really a nice combination. The story was sometimes a bit hard to follow, mostly due to unfamiliar sci-fi/fantasy vocabulary. But I did enjoy it, probably enough to go to the next book in the series, and I’m not generally a reader of this genre. Highly entertaining, as I said.

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  • widget2191
  • 14-01-20

Delightful

This was an enjoyable and delightful story. It reminded me of my all time favorite female protagonist author, Anne McCafferty.

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  • Karla
  • 04-01-20

excessive narration

The narration went into to long and detailed information that took away from the actual story. It could have been a good story.

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  • Shannon Sackett
  • 10-12-19

A wonderful blend of science and fantasy fiction

A truly enjoyable twist of a familiar story in a science fiction world. The author has a great wit and style that asks the listener or reader to keep up without talking down to them.

The world building is fresh and inviting without bring overwhelming or contrived. Suitable for all ages.

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  • K. Rene
  • 09-12-19

A new Favorite

Seriously a 5/5 for this amazing audiobook and phenomenal political space opera. I eagerly await the sequel!

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  • Derrick
  • 22-10-19

very very boring

if you like scifi this will put you to sleep. if you like Elizabethan drama you might like this. I really disliked it.

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  • N. Bennett
  • 25-10-19

Does what it says on the tin.

An enjoyable combination of space opera and magic. We follow the heroine from when she is a young child and learn more about the world as she does. But we're not only in her head so we see the consequences of the events that unfurl on adults. The lightheartedness of the title does cover the wars, insurrections, coups and assassination attempts that take place, and some events are quite devastating fairly early on but the history style narration removes one from most of the horror of what is happening. There are worlds that are recognisable from fantasy and from modern life which are all well realised. The plot moves along briskly but I didn't feel it was rushed. It works well as a standalone book, so I'm not sure where the next part of the Thorne Chronicles will go.

I listened to this as an audio book, and luckily there were not too many exotic names to try and remember so it was an easy listen. The narrator's voice worked well for the chronicle style of the story. And was very amusing when it comes to the interpretation of the thirteenth fairy's gift, where we can hear the original words and what was actually meant.

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  • Jumpin' Bean
  • 13-10-19

Complex and delightful

An interesting and imaginative story set somewhere in the multiverse where magic and science happily coexist.
Sympathetic characters with a good supporting cast.
Well rounded tale, with a beginning, middle and end, with a door left ajar for future developments.

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  • Annie jenkins
  • 22-10-19

A good book, with a few minor flaws

Regardless of the advertising, this is not a remade fairy tale with a woman at the fore, it's a team player book with a girl as the main character, slight but significant difference. Wry humour throughout and likable characters, well narrated. A few slips in pronounciation - she pronounces consortium as consorshim (and it's written a LOT so it's frequently annoying) and omnishent instead of omniscient, hopefully someone will correct these details if she reads the next book. I enjoyed the story, and the magic/tech was just enough explained to let it make sense in suspended disbelief but not so wordy/lengthy that it bores. However, after a well written tale there's a very sudden and involved ending, in fact that very first mention of anything to do with "destroying the multiverse'. It's suddenly "and so in this one sentence we will tell you the entire future and complex relationships developing from this tale the end". Perhaps the second book in this duology will plump this out a bit, the characterisations and humour are more than enough to make up for the minor flaws and I will be buying it.