The Stockholm Octavo

The Stockholm Octavo

by Karen Engelmann
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The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann

One man’s fortune holds the key to a nation’s fate in this sensational debut novel set in 18th-century Sweden.

The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann transports readers to a colorful Scandinavian world of intrigue and magic in a dazzling golden age of high art, music, and opulent fashion.

A masterwork of historical fiction in the vein of Patrick Suskind’s classic novel, Perfume, Karen Engelmann’s The Stockholm Octavo is mysterious and romantic—as magical and enthralling as The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern—and features a brilliant and unforgettable cast of extraordinary characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061995354
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 410
Sales rank: 804,579
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Karen Engelmann lived and worked in Sweden for eight years. She has an MFA from Goddard College in Vermont. She lives in Dobbs Ferry, New York.

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The Stockholm Octavo: A Novel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally absorbing,on so many levels!! There are books for historians, for lovers of mystery, for romantics, and for those intrigued by politics - this book has it all.  This novel invites the reader to savor the subtleties of life in Stockholm of the late 18th century and to explore the nuances of court life and the magic of the Octavo. The novel unfolds, layer by layer, and is best read while in a good reading chair, for time will fly in this absorbing story.  I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book without reservation. It's a real page turner with suspense, humor, intrigue and history. I appreciate Engelmann's way with words and found myself transported to another country during a different era. Look no further, if you're searching for a unique tale cleverly constructed by a true artist!
ReaderRaven More than 1 year ago
I savored every page of this beautifully written, many-layered story.  Engelmann expertly weaves the various story threads and characters into a solid, spellbinding tale of political intrigue, romance, revolution. sinister villains and mysterious heroes - all leading up to the assassination of King Gustav III of Sweden.  I was particularly fascinated by the Octavo itself - a spread of 8 cards that help people realize their dreams. Loved the way the author incorporated the language of fans and how, for purposes of this book, women used them to captivate...and kill. I found myself limiting the number of pages I would read each evening....just so I could make the book last.  The Stockholm Octavo is one of thosebooks that weaves a spell around the reader as they read - it is a matter of pure magic! Fabulous job, Ms. Engelmann.  I hope we get to see more of your work - soon.
jsbmd More than 1 year ago
I read scientific and technical writing voraciously. And most of why I do is to understand the "what", "how" and "why" of things. If you are curious, then this book is for you. The Octavo character development is amazing, written so that you feel and believe you are in the room with these characters from Gustavian Stockholm. And once drawn in, the book/story provides a fascinating tale of intrigue and human relationships. What drives ambition? How do people resist and/or use temptation for advancing their agenda? Why do people behave as they do? I realize this is written as a piece of fine literature, and perhaps the publisher and author don't realize it, but it is also a terrific study of human character and behavior. Don't start with a textbook, dig in here and you get those insights with some serious entertainment. Look forward to more enthralling insights from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The journey stops at the last page, but the imagination continues to massage the ideas contained in this compelling story of intrigue, magic and romance.  I stopped frequently, because I wanted to savor the concepts of the Octavo, and because I did not want the book to end.  Sadly, the novel ended, but I can play the Octavo still, I can imagine the future for the characters, and I can dream of a sequel.  I treasure this story.  Thank you Karen Engelmann, for the gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love 'not quite knowing' where the author is taking me while still being thoroughly engaged. The writing is uncluttered, imaginative and smart. It 'felt' similar in style to The Night Circus. Certainly if you enjoyed that, read this!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a bit too long - middle of the book dragged and almost lost me.
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I'm only halfway through, but would definitely recommend this for anyone who likes historical novels. Lots of good cultural detail.
WindOwl More than 1 year ago
Writing was good but story unraveled and left me very dissatisfied with ending. Midway through the book the characters simply fell apart. Not enough explanation of the Octavo or the parts. This could have and should have been an excellent book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was really looking forward to delving into some labyrinthine twists & turns of plot, with the subject of card divination being one that seemed rife with possibilities. I followed the twists & turns until the subject matter turned to a weird & stuffy obsession that these women of the upper class had with their fans. I was totally turned off to think that they had nothing better to do than to play cards & covet each others' elaborately decorated fans, even to the point of theft & murder. This left me hung up halfway through the book. Hate to not finish a book, but couldn't get past these self-centered, trivial & repulsive characters! Sorry. It seems the author has some genuine potential, given a more reader-friendly subject!
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AnneTressa More than 1 year ago
You'll love it!
blondemd77 More than 1 year ago
why is the Kindle ebook $11.99?