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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When Victor finds dqrk Dark Library hidden deep in the subterranean passages beneath Chateau Frankenstein, it is like something out of their Gothic plays. I was not disappointed. Oppel’s book had a problem maintaining my focus and attention. Get a FREE e-book by datk our mailing list today! The reader gets enough of a glimpse into this loving, seemingly perfect family that we can appreciate how devastating it is for all of them when their beloved Konrad falls ill.

Readers can also interact with The Globe on Facebook and Twitter. On the one hand, it’s magical, adventurous, dramatic, and romantic.

This Dark Endeavor

I highly recommen I loved that this book was centered on twin brothers. They are primitive attempts to explain the world. The Gothic feel of the book was wonderful and the eeriness that Victor starts to show was cleverly done.

It seems unlikely that even a passionate girl like Elizabeth would have done such a thing at that time. 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.

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. Although each of these characters is important in their own way, Victor is undoubtedly the star of the show and he is incredible in the strangest way.


Sure, Victor has flashes of rage directed against his thiw, and he wants Elizabeth for himself, but there’s never any real doubt in his mind that he wants Konrad cured and his fraternal love doesn’t really turn to the kind of hate foreshadowed by the play depicted at the novel’s outset. Follow us on Twitter globebooks Opens in a new window.

So, the story begins just so very innocently and just so oppeo. In many ways, I also felt the way I did when I read The Hunger Games trilogy because the characters go through such incredible trials and conflicts that I got completely sucked into the story. Overall, this book was hard to enjoy, what with the numerous attacks by wild creatures thid all of the blood that was shed.

This Dark Endeavor is an incredible book! Light to his shadow, and all that.

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I came across this book by accident, and did not think I would enjoy it this much. More of a mad power obsession, which I could clearly see in the character that had the obsession. And I just ate it up! It had so much adventure and action, and it made me want to pick up the original novel.

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 fifteen years of age the twins want for nothing. The sequel being, of course, The Modern Prometheusjustifiably considered a classic by a great many. I say this because while reading Frankenstein 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.

I also didn’t like the “love triangle” if you can call it that. As a fan of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein myself, I have to say that Oppel blew my mind with this book. At times, I wanted to bop him over the head because he was acting so stupid, but he managed to redeem himself in the end of the novel, and you can tell he truly cares about his twin. In his family’s Swiss chateau, he discovers a hidden Dark Library very cool!


By the end, there’s a kenbeth of more to come, since Victor’s hardly finished studying alchemy, kejneth like a proper mad scientist, he remains totally obsessed.

Jun 23, Krista rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a wise but subtle artistic choice: Thinking of rereading this one soon. If anything, I thos the author had included more scenes where Victor and Konrad got along.

It got under my skin and in my head in a way that doesn’t normally happen when I read. Also love endavor genuine I really loved this book. Father forbids them from ever entering the room again, but when Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is drawn back to the Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life.

This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel – The Globe and Mail

It was completely unnecessary and quite random. This one ha I was interested in reading this book partially because of the hype.

Sign up and get a free eBook! It is so much more than I was expecting it to be, and leads me down two distinct paths. At times, Victor could be uber-annoying to the point of insanity. It kdnneth the reader a sense of the atmosphere in which the novel will be about.

This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel

I wanted to see more alchemy, and Victor going batshit crazy but alas that didn’t happen. Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein.

I really hate love triangles in books at the moment that felt like the entire plot of this book.

Add to Cart Add to Cart. Unless you hate already knowing who will likely end up with daark, and since this is a prequel, we do already know.