How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse

DAW. (Thorne Chronicles, Bk. 1). Oct. 2019. 416p. ISBN 9780756415297. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780756415303. SF.
This beautifully layered, endlessly entertaining first tale in a new series from Eason (“On the Bones of Gods” series) is part space opera, part Sleeping Beauty retelling, part feminist battle cry, and part send up of The Princess Bride. Rory’s fairy curse, to perceive the truth behind any falsehood, serves her well as she finds herself trapped on a distant space station to fulfill a marriage contract. Her betrothed is MIA. The regent is up to something. Her every move is captured on social media, and her advisers end up lost. This is only the beginning of the chaos that ensues for Rory and her unexpected supporters. Using a mixture of hacking skills and hexes, political maneuvering, martial arts, and flirting, Rory manages to destroy the multiverse and control her own fate. How she gets there is a journey well worth the read.
VERDICT Exquisitely written with complex characters, sardonic wit, and immersive worldbuilding. Highly recommended for all readers.
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