KAREN ENGELMANN

The STOCKHOLM OCTAVO

is the story of Emil Larsson, a self-satisfied bureaucrat and devoted card shark living in Sweden’s capitol city in 1791. Gaming house owner Mrs. Sofia Sparrow draws Emil into laying his OCTAVO, a form of fortunetelling with playing cards that reveals eight people surrounding a significant event in his life. Emil can influence the outcome of this event in his favor —

IF he can find his eight in time.

Emil believes the Octavo will lead him to comfort and ease in a convenient marriage, but as the eight appear, the event at the center of his Octavo expands to include him in an assassination plot against King Gustav III — and a chance to change history. The Stockholm Octavo combines politics, cartomancy, ambition and folding fans into a heady fantasy with a historical core.

 

 

 

"A captivating tale, beautifully told."

— Eleanor Brown

Bestselling author of THE WEIRD SISTERS

 

"As delicious as dark chocolate…"

 Sena Jeter Naslund

Bestselling author of AHAB'S WIFE and

ABUNDANCE, A NOVEL OF MARIE ANTOINETTE

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