For fans of Patrick Suskind’s classic Perfume comes
a dazzling debut set during Stockholm’s opulent golden age and brilliantly
interweaving history, romance, and intrigue—a story in which one man’s fortune
holds the key to a nation’s precarious fate.
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 proprietress 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 tale that will leave
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