Guest Book Review: Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann

13142835Historical fiction set in XVIIIth century Sweden, with fantastical elements, rather like magic realism. I wouldn’t call it a fantasy though (even thought it is catalogued that way). I liked the way the magical elements are seamlessly woven into matters of eighteenth century life, manners, dress and politics. I found it reminiscent of Karleen Koen’s historical novels, densely packed with details and emotions. Not cold at all, despite the winter setting. This book requires and rewards careful reading; no skimming!
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