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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Return to Book Page. Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein and inseparable until Konrad falls gravely ill. In the forbidden Dark Library, Victor finds an ancient formula, and seeks an alchemist to recreate the Elixir of Life.

With friends Elizabeth and Henry, he scales highest trees in the Strumwald, dives deepest lake caves, and each sacrifices a body part. Hardcoverpages.

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

The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein 1. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about This Dark Endeavorplease sign edneavor. What time does this book take place in?

Like Maybe the Year? Sarah It acts as a prequel to Frankenstein which was published in and is most likely set in endavor 18th century Sierra Raubach This book takes place around the time of the french revolution.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

See all 5 questions about This Dark Endeavor…. Lists with This Book. Aug 23, Stephen rated it it was ok Shelves: Light, fluffy and completely forgettable. It left me with a mild case of enxeavor Mehs.

Granted, not a full dose of Meh, but Cark nonetheless. It’s just all the pre-release hypi Light, fluffy and completely forgettable. It’s just all the pre-release hyping had teased my expectations with its seductive, titillating premise and then left me cold, unsatisfied and sporting a painful case of blue brains. I endeeavor up having to rub my scalp for an hour to release the tension…it was like High School all over again.

When Konrad develops a life-threatening disease, Victor is desperate to save him. His search for a cure leads him to the Bibliotheca Obscura i. A 30cc injection of Meh. She also seemed the most genuine and had some interesting shades to her personality.

Conversely, I found nothing in the portrayal of Victor that went beyond the second dimension or that added any depth to his older, more famous, more manic persona. Further, I saw nada in the narrative that expanded upon or provided any insight into the established Frankenstein mythos.

A seriously wasted opportunity. If your looking for a little Young Frankenstein, might I suggest: View all 33 comments.

Jun 30, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 52 comments.


This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel

Nov endeeavor, Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Short for Perseus, yes, but Percy Shelley, who was enamored with Greek myths and wrote extensively about them, also liked to fancy that his name was derived from the old Greek hero.

This Dark Endeavour introduces year-old Victor Frankenstein.

When Konrad falls ill, Victor is driven to find a cure, even if that means turning to the forbidden secrets of alchemy. And so, from the best of motives, a dark thhis is born — to unlock the secrets of kehneth and death. There is much more to the story, though. Most importantly, there is Elizabeth, the distant cousin of the Frankenstein family — a spirited, fiercely independent young woman, devoutly Catholic, beautiful, headstrong, and drawn to both Konrad and Victor for very different reasons.

This Dark Endeavor

There are no easy answers, no true villains and heroes. I found myself cheering for Victor, and yet hating him at times. Konrad comes across as noble, and yet insufferably perfect. Elizabeth is mercurial, yet perfectly true to her convictions. Oppel really brings them to life, which in a Frankenstein novel has many levels of meaning, I suppose.

The book explores faith and science, loyalty and hypocrisy, love and darm — all the things that young readers, and even older readers, struggle with. The narrative crackles with tension, emotions run high, and the atmosphere is perfectly dark and brooding.

The Shelleys would be proud. I anticipate This Dark Endeavor will get a lot of attention, and rightly so. Dec 29, Jennie Damron rated it really liked it. I loved that this book was centered on twin brothers.

Being a Twin myself I enjoyed that immensely.

The closeness, feeling each other’s oppe as if it were our own, the lengths we would go for the other was all perfectly depicted in this book. The Gothic feel of the book was wonderful and the eeriness that Victor starts to show was cleverly done. I have never read the book Frankenstein before.

Being that this book is sort of like the prequel I think I might have to read it soon. I highly recommen I loved that this book was centered on twin brothers. I highly recommend this book. Really, can you blame me? That book is the worst. Then they went and made Anne of Green Gables: I say this because while reading Frankenstein is not strictly a pre-requisite endeavo enjoying This Dark Endeavour, it does heighten appreciation for how skilfully Oppel has entwined his novel with the original work.

Teenage-Victor is not an archetypal YA hero. He is sympathetic, but he is coloured with the shades of ambition, drive and selfishness that define him as an adult. Teenage-Victor is not above manipulation, and dsrk complicated feelings of jealously and covetousness towards his twin. Stumbling upon a concealed library of forbidden texts on alchemy — initially a source of amusement — takes on serious significance when Konrad falls ill.

While not a complete reimagining, Oppel gives Elizabeth a strong, feminist sensibility in his novel, and she plays an active role in the quest. While Konrad apparently loves Elizabeth rhis her generous and warm nature, Victor is drawn her spirited and animalistic side. As I mentioned earlier, I found Victor sympathetic, but he is also somewhat morally ambiguous at times, and his choices present an interesting and complicated conflict for the reader.


View all 10 comments. Oct 28, Paige Bookdragon marked it as to-read Shelves: Most people know my obsession with Frankenstein so I wanted to give This Dark Endeavour a go; since the author Kenneth Oppel calls this a prequel. With the help of his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry; Victor pushes the boundaries of nature and science in a treacherous sear Most people know my obsession with Frankenstein so I wanted to give This Dark Endeavour a go; since the author Kenneth Oppel calls this kennetu prequel.

With the help of his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry; Victor pushes the boundaries of nature and science in a treacherous search for the ingredients to help Konrad. This is book one in The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series which I believe is being made into a trilogy.

My first thoughts were; a YA novel about Victor Frankenstein was that this is never going to work, but then after a bit of a look at the book I decided to give it a go anyway. I really should have stuck to my first thoughts because from the very start I hated this book. First kenneyh all this book follows the same old paranormal young adult formula; which means not so much dark and gothic elements but lots and lots to do with a love triangle.

I really hate love triangles in books at the moment that felt like the entire plot of this book. Personally I wish I never read this book, it really did nothing for the Frankenstein story and love triangles are always annoying. There is a small steampunk element in this book but that felt like the author was jumping on the bandwagon to help market this book to the readers that want Steampunk, Paranormal, Love Triangle filled Young Adult romance.

If want gothic and dark YA like I do, then this book is not for you. But if opel like the idea of a romance with paranormal elements in it, then maybe give this book a go. View all 8 comments. Mar 15, Latasha rated it liked it Shelves: This YA book starts off slow but picks up a little before the middle.

This story is about the Frankenstein’s during Victor’s teenage years, when he first learns of alchemy. Aug 29, Scarlett Readz and Runz Kenneth Oppel has such a way with words that I was drawn in right from the beginning. But here is the description of the book from Amazon, just as a refresher: Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures They stumble upon the Dark Library and discover secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies.