This Dark Endeavour. Apprenticeship Of Victor Frankenstein. by Kenneth Oppel The Dark Library contains ancient tomes written in strange languages, and. Victor Frankenstein leads a charmed life. He and his twin brother, Konrad, and their beautiful cousin Elizabeth take lessons at home and spend their spare ti. The Dark Library contains ancient tomes written in strange languages, and filled with forbidden knowledge. Their father makes them promise never to visit the.

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If your looking for a little Young Frankenstein, might I suggest: When his identical twin brother Konrad falls gravely ill with a mysterious ailment no doctor seems to be able to cure, Victor, his best friend Henry and his cousin Elizabeth go on a treacherous journey to gather the ingredients for the Elixir of Life, a potent liquid that promises to cure Konrad before it’s to late. Further, I saw nada in the narrative that expanded upon or provided any insight into the established Frankenstein mythos.

Mar 15, Latasha rated it liked it Shelves: Oppel’s past novels for children have showcased his talent for writing action-packed tales. Together with their friend Henry Clerval, they enjoy the carefree lives of privileged young adults, oplel amuse themselves exploring the grounds, fencing and performing plays.

Follow us on Twitter globebooks Opens in a new window. I came across this book by accident, and did not think I would enjoy it this much. Visit him at KennethOppel. He also came off as selfish and brash, and several times I questioned his motives as to if he really wanted to save his brother or just take all the glory for the potion himself. October 7, kebneth 34 Oct 22, He secretly enlists the help of an old alchemist in town, who requires that he and his friends fetch the three ingredients to make the Elixir of Life, a potion that gives a person immortality.

It was gripping, had an adventure feel to it, dark and some cringe-worthing scenes. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! Yep; in an interesting twist, it’s twin vs. Konrad then falls ill and none of the medical science of the time seems able to help him.

We had a family friend who knew Roald Dahl – one of my favourite authors – and this friend offered to show Dahl my story. The Victor Frankenstein we meet at the beginning of the book is just a kid with complexes and insecurities that put him on the road of obsession for triumph. The book does a smashing kennwth of showing us, in big and small ways, how Victor, a very flawed character to begin with, does things that, well, make a lot of sense at the time.


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I recognise that this is sort of the point, and yes, this book has a surprisingly downbeat ending for a so-called young adult novel, but it feels rather like an empty prequel film made after the big blockbuster to cash in, if you know what I mean. It’s not quite a powerful story like that classic, but it really got to me. I really hate love triangles in books at the moment that felt like the entire plot of this book. This Dark Endeavor Trade Paperback This is the story of Victor and Konrad Frankenstein, along with their cousin, Elizabeth, and good friend, Henry.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This Dark Endeavour introduces year-old Victor Frankenstein. Any book that encourages kids to read a classic is a good thing, but This Dark Endeavor is also good in its own right.

However, he did have some characteristics of the Victor we know, in Although I believe Endeavor has promise and deserves five starsI will only give it three. Their parents are the kind of progressive thinkers that cook dinner for their servants once a week and stress the importance of an equal education for Elizabeth, despite the fact she is female. Of course, Victor’s main problem is his jealousy of his twin brother, Konrad. I began the first chapter with some knowledge of Victor Frankenstein already.

See full terms and conditions and this month’s choices. I did enjoy the writing. He feels that he is always second best to his twin, something he resents greatly. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Sarah It acts as a prequel to Frankenstein which was published in and is most likely set in the 18th century Despite the literary premise, This Dark Endeavor is no different. I don’t know many authors brave enough to walk their main characters through the loss of limbs, an identical twin, and romance in the same one hundred pages.

This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel

I felt sure he would turn up again and find out that the father of the brothers he was “helping” was the magistrate who had saved his life years before, but nothing at all came of this. Although, I wouldn’t suggest this novel for younger children, as we get a lot of insight into Victor’s thoughts about his growing attraction to Elizabeth—if you know what I mean.


In this case, Konrad vs. To prove himself and others better than his perfect twin, jealousy and a love for a girl who does not reciprocate his feelings, are the fuel to Victor’s veins that nourishes his obsession. This one had my name written all over it. The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, may be my favorite yet.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

The plot was a bit formulaic with how the characters needed to go on a sort of mini-quest to obtain each of the ingredients they needed to make the Elixir of Kennrth, but each quest was filled with something dangerous or disturbing, and altogether it was well-written and made for a good story.

Sacrifice to no avail.

Doted on by loving parents, treated to a rigorous liberal education, and given the companionship of their adopted distant cousin Elizabeth and neighbor Henry, at fifte Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers: He believes that it works without even having seen the slightest bit of evidence. I’d be on Victor’s side in this matter, myself, though perhaps a little nicer about it if I was trying to woo my cousin; but Victor places an intense, unreasonable faith in this Elixir of Life.

When Victor finds the Dark Library hidden deep in the subterranean passages beneath Chateau Frankenstein, it is like something out of their Gothic plays. Frankly I don’t see why this book had to be about Victor Frankenstein at all; it could have been the story of any young, remarkable and enterprising boy raised in a well-to-do, enlightened late eighteenth-century Europ This book is sort of crap, but it does a reasonably good job of hiding the fact most of the time.

The Gothic feel of the book was wonderful and the eeriness that Victor starts to show was cleverly done. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. This Dark Endeavour Movie. I would like to say so much more about what this book gave me but I think I already said too much.