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This Dark Endeavor : The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

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Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures...until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula. Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrads life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one's own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 399.16g
  • Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1442403152
  • 9781442403154
  • 341,541

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"Oppel's novel is a gripping tale of undying devotion, mixing hope with foreboding."--The Horn Book in a STARRED reviewshow more

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9,624 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 29% (2,811)
4 38% (3,637)
3 24% (2,295)
2 7% (635)
1 3% (246)

Our customer reviews

What an amazing book and an amazing author! I went into this book thinking that it was going to be like a Frankenstein movie, you know, "It's alive!" (in my best Frankenstein movie voice) and all that. But this was a very refreshing and adventurous story of a young man of sixteen who seeks out alchemy to help his sick and dying twin brother. A very refreshing take on an old classic. The author had a way of telling this story so well that you would believe that you were the one actually living it, and the way he used the dialect made you actually hear the accents as you were reading. The characters were quite likable, and I found myself feeling pity for Polidori, the crippled apothecary. I did cry a few light tears while reading this, which was unexpected, to say the least, and the outcome of this book was not expected, however, at the same time, it was. The backdrop of the story was incredible, I have always been fascinated with Geneva and it's history for some reason. When reading this, I found myself amazed with Victor, the younger of the twins. He had such strength and passion for what he was setting out to do that I think drove the other characters, Elizabeth and Henry. And Elizabeth was not the squeamish, ordinary type of girl you find in historical novels, which was refreshing. I cannot wait to read the second book in the series, Such Wicked Intent, to see what is in store for Victor and Elizabeth.show more
by Erin PreFontaine
Reason for Reading: I read all the author's books. This is Oppel's third series for Young Adults and each one has been so completely different from the other. The only thing consistent between them is a dark atmosphere or plot. This time Oppel has entered the Gothic world, set in Eastern Europe near the end of the French Revolution; it is never quite clear whether this is our earth or an alternate reality. Everything feels true and real for this historical time period; it is only when Victor's potions of alchemy provide fantastical results that we enter into a world of magical realism. I did find the book a bit slow to get into but once I caught the flow, I was hooked and found the book hard to put down. There are four main characters and each has their own distinct personality. Victor is not the most likable of the bunch but the book is told from his point of view and this reader found him the most genuine however unreliable he may be :-) I loved the whole Gothic atmosphere, the dark eerie tunnels, forests and sinister scientists. The added magic of alchemy brings that touch of the supernatural to the events to provide an all around gripping story with fantastic plot, characters and atmosphere. The ending wasn't surprising to this reader and yet it was still a shock as it was deftly written, coming out of when least expected and leaves all sorts of plot openings for the next volume which I am eager to read as it will have been released by the time this review has been posted.show more
by Nicola Mansfield
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