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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Airborn won a Michael L. Of course, Victor’s main problem is his jealousy of his twin brother, Konrad. So much I would like to say, but I cannot do that without giving anything away. The plot was very fast-paced and action driven; thiis a dull moment!

The book explores faith and science, loyalty and hypocrisy, love and jealousy — all the things that young readers, and even older readers, struggle with. Two dead, nearly 30 wounded in explosion at shopping mall in Philippines. Yay for talented Canadian authors.

Overall I really enjoyed This Dark Endeavor! I also really want to read Frankenstein as well. Refresh and try again.

Victor I brash, arrogant, occasionally pigheaded, sometimes selfish and greedy, but ferociously loyal. I love this book. When Konrad falls ill, Victor is driven to find a cure, eneeavor if that means turning to the forbidden secrets of alchemy. As much as this tale differs from its counterpart, it has a Gothic chill of its own. By clicking ‘Sign me up’ I acknowledge that I have read and agree to the privacy policy and terms of endfavor.

Toward the final pages, it’s as if Oppel suddenly woke up and realised there just wasn’t enough tension in his narrative, so view spoiler [ the alchemist suddenly and rather inexplicably turns out to be evil after all.

This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel

I actually liked the guy! And as if their task was not complicated enough, a new realm of danger—that of illicit love—threatens to end the ordeal in tragedy. Thus, Victor is just as much a hypocrite as his father, and of course has too much hubris to realise this himself. This is not knowledge…. I loved his motives, and I was really intrigued by some of the dark sides that we got to see from him. I got a letter from them, saying they wanted to take me on, and try to sell my story. Retellings often resemble the original too much to be enjoyable and that was far from the case with this story.

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While the characters are superb, the novel itself is a tantalizing adventure, fraught with danger and cloaked in a lusciously dark, evocative atmosphere.

This Dark Endeavor

The Gothic feel of the book was wonderful and the eeriness that Victor starts to show was cleverly done. We follow Victor Lppel, who’s trying kennsth find the elixir of life, a cure for his brother’s illness. Dec 29, Jennie Damron rated it really liked it.

A seriously wasted opportunity. In This Dark EndeavorI couldn’t help but be uneasy through the most dangerous parts, as if I were right there experiencing every frightening, squeamish moment along with the characters. Story continues below advertisement. Elizabeth’s outfit choices when she’s adventuring.

Well, this book was certainly interesting Any book that encourages kids to read a classic is a good thing, but This Dark Endeavor is also good in its own right.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

Still, even I could recognize the level of detail, skill and panache that Kenneth Oppel put into this fascinating novel. It just makes sense that their mutual friend Elizabeth would be more attracted to Konrad. Oppel is perhaps most well-known for the steampunk Airborn books the first of which won the Printz Award.

Nov 08, Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Science and Faith are both equally strong points of This Dark Endeavor. It had so much adventure and action, and it made me want to pick up the original novel. I would never have his charm, menneth grace or patience or effortless skill at things.


His course of study is the dark arts of alchemy – the first of many such introductions into dark and creepy arts. Elizabeth is the love interest here, if there must be one.

Sierra Raubach This book takes place around the time of the french revolution. And, unlike his twin, Victor burns with an unmatched passion and curiosity that is frightening in its intensity.

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. 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.

I really hate love triangles in books at the moment that felt like the entire plot of this book. Read our community guidelines here.

There are no easy answers, no true villains and heroes.

Konrad then falls ill and none of the medical science of the time seems able to help him. I started out writing sci-fi epics my Star Wars phase then went on to swords I was born in in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B. They also have a tag-along friend who fancies himself a playwright, and a fiery female cousin who has lived with them since childhood and who wants to marry Konrad.

And, on the other, terrifying, heart-breaking, and absolutely tragic.