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Reviewer: Molly Antos Morey; age 28; married; Chicago.
Molly's assessment: Set in the late 1700s, this novel follows two Swedes as they use a practice of fortune-telling they call “the Octavo” to anticipate threats on the life of their beloved ruler, King Gustav III (who reigned from 1771 to 1792). Layered, absorbing, and rife with interesting fictional characters and genuine historical detail, Engelmann’s work kept me in suspense from the first page to the last.
To buy: $27, amazon.com.