Rory Thorne is back for another adventure in K. Eason’s How the Multiverse Got Its Revenge (2020). At the end of the first THORNE CHRONICLES novel, How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse, it looked like Rory was finished with politics. (“Does the multiverse really need more politicians?”)
Rory, Jaed, and their friends/bodyguards Zhang and Thorsdottir are currently working as privateers far away from civilization. Grytt and the Vizier are farming sheep on a remote planet.
They are all unaware of the revolutions and wars they sparked after the events of How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse. It’s been two years since then and Rory has renounced her title and position as princess.
Rory has no interest in returning to her old life, but princesses can’t just stop being princesses.
When she and her crew stumble upon a sentient bioweapon disguised as a rosebush that alien enemies are looking for, Rory is thrust back into another dangerous political adventure that could, again, have both personal- and mulitverse-shattering consequences. Fortunately, she has some loyal and competent friends, and her mom still has some influence, too.
The THORNE CHRONICLES continues to be mildly entertaining though much of this comes from its deliberately wordy style and funny figures of speech. The plot itself is uncomplicated and a bit sparse. Much of the word count is taken up by the amusingly (for a while) pompous wordiness rather than stuff actually happening.
Eason’s characters are endearing but I don’t feel attached to any of them. I might enjoy reading about them in a third THORNE CHRONICLES novel but, if it never appears, I’ll live. If I do read another THORNE story, I will definitely choose Tantor Audio’s edition. Nicole Poole gives a terrific performance.