"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees
The idea of the book is better than the execution. As always I liked the Tarot card-like symbolism as well as the mentions of the French revolution. The main character Emil Larsson seems shallow at first, but he becomes more sympathetic and his earnestness shines through as the story progresses.
There's also this whole brouhaha about the seemingly supernatural art of the folding fan wielded by upper class ladies, but the secret behind this "magic" turns out to be pretty lame once revealed.
But did I mention the cards were fun? Each card in an Octavo spread represents a character that influences a person's destiny, and I enjoyed trying to decode them.