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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Not only this, but he basically finds Paracellsus’s elixir completely at random; it’s stated several times in the text that there are many such formulae, and no doubt had he first happened upon some other recipe by John Dee or someone or other, his faith would have been equally blind. View all 10 comments.

When Victor fell in the pool I almost stopped reading there, I was terrified. But here is the description of the book from Amazon, just as a refresher: If anything, I wish the author had included more scenes where Victor and Konrad got along.

I anticipate This Dark Endeavor will get endeavro lot of attention, and rightly so.

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

I know she’s supposed to be tomboyish, but even so, girls in that time period did not wear breeches. The only reason it got four stars and not five is that the sudden appearance of a love triangle quite bothered me.


As a fan of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein myself, I have to say that Oppel blew my mind with this book. I found the plot to be extremely intriguing. Oppel doesn’t neglect the female part of his audience either. I don’t read much gothic fiction, but I definitely felt like he did a wonderful job of placing me into the Frankenstein house in Geneva.

Visit him at KennethOppel. View all 52 comments. Mar 15, Latasha rated it liked it Shelves: The language of the novel is almost old-fashioned, but the action will appeal to boys and the elements of romance will appeal to girls endaevor vice-versa making This Dark Endeavour the perfect gateway drug to introduce students to classic novels like, well, Frankenstein.

Overall, I will be continuing to the next book. At times, Victor could be uber-annoying to the opppel of insanity. The target audience, though, is teens, most of whom will not be familiar with the source material. They stumble upon the Dark Library and discover secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies. Being that this book is sort of like the prequel I think I might have to read it soon. I’m a huge Frankenstein fan.

This Dark Endeavor

A 30cc injection of Meh. Feb 16, Tracy Cornerfolds rated it it was amazing Shelves: Although it wasn’t a perfect read, I thought it was a fantastic prequel story to the Frankenstein I’ve grown up with through the movies.


October 7, 19 34 Oct 22, I also didn’t like the “love triangle” if you can call it that. Really, can you blame me? Yep; in an interesting twist, it’s twin vs. Stumbling upon a concealed library of forbidden texts on alchemy — initially a source of amusement — takes on serious significance when Konrad falls ill.

I never heard back from Roald Dahl directly, but he read my story, and liked it enough to pass on to his own literary agent.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

When Konrad falls mortally ill ienneth to a strange disease of the blood, Victor watches as doctors try all manners of treatments to no avail. Each character involved is firm about whom they love—no one waivers, and no one gives anyone the wrong idea at least not consciously.

Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. Also love real genuine I really loved this book.

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