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Life is close to perfect for Emil Larsson, a self-satisfied bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise in 1791 Stockholm. He is a true man of the Town—a drinker, card player, and contented bachelor—until one evening when Mrs. Sofia Sparrow, a fortune-teller and proprietor of an exclusive gaming parlor, shares with him a vision she has had: a golden path that will lead him to love and connection. She lays an Octavo for him, a spread of eight cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize this vision—if he can find them.
Emil begins his search, intrigued by the puzzle of his Octavo and the good fortune Mrs. Sparrow's vision portends. But when Mrs. Sparrow wins a mysterious folding fan in a card game, the Octavo's deeper powers are revealed. For Emil it is no longer just a game of the heart; collecting his eight is now crucial to pulling his country back from the crumbling precipice of rebellion and chaos. Set against the luminous backdrop of late eighteenth-century Stockholm, as the winds of revolution rage through the great capitals of Europe, The Stockholm Octavo brings together a collection of characters, both fictional and historical, whose lives tangle in political conspiracy, love, and magic in a breathtaking debut that will leave you spellbound.
Captivating characters, wonderful story and a changing rhythm that becomes part of the story. Probably one of the most well written books I have read in at least 5 years. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Nina Jimerson-Kidd
I loved the unique approach and format of this book. Most of it kept me turning pages expectantly. But I was very disappointed in the ending.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Blackburn
I don't read enough fun books. This is an easy and interesting read that had a lot of "flavor" of 18th century Sweden. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Bergstrom
This is a multi-layered story with hints of historical undercurrents. While Carl Gustav Pilo aka King Gustav the Third of Sweden lurks behind the curtain on this dark stage, he is... Read morePublished 2 months ago by WORDMAN
I was captivated from the first by the sights, sounds, and aromas of 1791 Stockholm. The characters were sharply drawn, and I loved the concept of the Octavo--a gathering of people... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marilyn C.
very readable book and interesting historically. the details provided on fan making their history was very interesting.light but interesting reading.Published 3 months ago by susan
I downgraded from 4 stars to 3 because of some crude language and innuendo that, in my opinion, was unnecessary. Read morePublished 3 months ago by kathy lee
This novel is very complex and surprising! I know little of Swedish history, but am now interested enough to research the subject. Read morePublished 4 months ago by dbirdie
This was a bit lighter on history than I generally find with historical fiction, but it was very well written and enjoyable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JDE