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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In This Dark EndeavorKenneth Oppel adds a prologue to Shelley’s classic with a young adult novel about Victor Frankenstein, the teenager who will grow up to play God.

Oppel’s past novels for children have showcased his talent for writing action-packed tales. Crazy for Young A When Konrad falls mortally ill due to a strange disease of the blood, Victor watches as doctors try all manners of treatments to no avail. I think this wasn’t very well handled. Victor Frankenstein is a interesting character, and he developed a lot through this short book. He’s not as brave as the rest of them in the beginning, but in the end proves his worth and friendship.

Perhaps some of Victor Frankenstein’s backstory is given in the original book, but having never read that, I only have secondhand sources to go by. 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 European family, and the book might have even been better for it. For those who have read FrankensteinThis Dark Endeavor adds a new chapter — and a fresh angle — to a familiar story.


Jun 23, Krista rated it it was amazing Shelves: While Konrad apparently loves Elizabeth for her generous and warm nature, Victor is drawn her spirited and animalistic side. If want gothic and dark YA like I do, then this book is not for you. Action scene follows action scene, and the suspense in some of them is painful. Their friend Henry also spends a great deal of time at the chateau.

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Oppel has done a remarkable job reimagining the early life of Frankenstein, and what he might have been like as a teenager. Light, fluffy and completely forgettable. But, this doesn’t ruin a thing. I think I was living under a rock because this is the first book by Kenneth Oppel I ever read.

This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel

I think entirely too much about my fingers being broken, sometimes by accident, but mostly with force by some assailant. We can easily see the kennetth psychology of Victor and what makes him the way he is. This is not knowledge…. I certainly don’t remember Mary mentioning a twin brother. And I know that This Dark Endeavor will absolutely be a bright spot in your life.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

It must have been hard to try and make one of literature’s most megalomaniac characters into a sympathetic boy, eager-to-please and desperate for attention. His search for a cure leads him to the Endeabor Obscura i. To ask other readers questions about This Dark Endeavorplease sign up. He secretly enlists the help of an old alchemist in town, who requires that he and his friends fetch the three dari to make the Elixir of Life, a potion that gives a person immortality.

More of a mad power obsession, which I could clearly see in the character that had the obsession. I really don’t remember a slow moment.


It was gripping, had an adventure feel to it, dark and some cringe-worthing scenes. I also really want to read Frankenstein as well.

I knew going in that Victor would be a Aug 06, Dan rated it really liked it Shelves: Personally I wish I never read this tis, it really did nothing for the Frankenstein story and love triangles are always annoying. The sequel being, of course, The Modern Prometheusjustifiably considered a classic by a great many. View all 33 comments. There are midnight excursions for rare plants, underground caverns, alchemical brews, dungeons, and secret laboratories.

Describing his personality and how he was to become later in life, fascinated with science, transmutation, alchemy, and his personal struggle with if there is a God.

How does obsession begin?

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 tthis journey to gather the ingredients for the Elixir of Life, a potent liquid that promises to cure Konrad before it’s to late.

Also love real genuine I really loved this darm. Giant, should-be-extinct aquatic creatures! I really liked the book.

This Dark Endeavor

With friends Elizabeth and Henry, he scales highest trees in the Strumwald, dives deepest lake caves, and each sacrifices a body part. I say this because while reading Dar, is not strictly a pre-requisite for enjoying This Dark Endeavour, it does heighten appreciation for how skilfully Oppel has entwined his novel with the original work.

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