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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The adventures are exciting, like those of a Middle Grade adventure novel.

I think this wasn’t very well handled. Victor is passionate and odd and has just a little bit of darkness in him. I came across this book by accident, and did not think I would enjoy it this much. This Dark Endeavor is an incredible book! However, he did have some characteristics of the Victor we know, including: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein 1. Open Preview See a Problem?

While Konrad apparently loves Elizabeth for her generous and warm nature, Victor is drawn her spirited and animalistic side. Oppel expertly lays the groundwork for the man we know Victor will become.

I love this book SO much, I can’t write a deserving review. Being that this book is sort of like the prequel I think I might have to read it soon. I honestly cannot wait to get to know more about her ienneth the second book endevaor this ddark. Father forbids them from ever entering the room again, but when Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is drawn endeacor to olpel Dark Library where he uncovers kneneth ancient formula for the Elixir of Life.

I will say I really did lppel like opprl scene due to what happened in it—but the scene was not gratuitous and part of the reason I was upset is because Oppel wrote it so skillfully. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned in life, it’s not to envy your siblings – especially your own identical twin.

We can easily see the complex psychology of Victor and what makes him the way he is. I especially looked forward to the scene when the two brothers would explore the world together perhaps across the seas and into the unknown, as they wishedwith just the two of them.


I don’t know where Kenneth Oppel got the idea to write a prequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein starring a teenage version of the eponymous character, but what an ingenious idea!

This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel. But regardless all this mix of feelings, it is Victor’s infinite love for his brothel is that moved me to tears.

Aug 29, Scarlett Readz and Runz The narrative crackles with tension, emotions run high, and the atmosphere is perfectly dark and brooding. I loved his motives, and I was really intrigued by some of the dark sides that we got to see from him.

This Dark Endeavor, by Kenneth Oppel

Sarah It acts as a prequel to Frankenstein which was published in and is most likely set in the 18th century You must understand that these books were written centuries ago. But, I’m sad, as well as ecstatic because I know what lies in Victor’s future, and now that I actually sympathize with him so much, it’s depressing… This book is amazing, and even if you haven’t read Frankensteinyou’ll still be able to follow it. It seemed as if a bit of Victor’s curiosity and passion had also rubbed off on her and she did not always know what to make of her own actions.

I highly recommen I loved that this book was centered on twin brothers. Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read.

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

While the characters are superb, the novel itself is a tantalizing adventure, fraught with danger and cloaked dak a lusciously dark, evocative atmosphere. I suppose this was the most interesting facet of the book, all told. Thank you for your patience. Konrad then falls ill and none of the medical science of the time seems able to help him.

It’s not quite a powerful story like that classic, but oppep really got to me. It’s just all the pre-release hyping had teased my expectations with its seductive, titillating premise and then left me cold, unsatisfied and krnneth a painful case of blue brains.

Of course, Victor loves her too, and this feeds the predictable brotherly rivalry. Victor Frankenstein has always lived in the shadow of his twin, Konrad Frankenstein. My little ADD-self can put down the most thoroughly interesting of books, too, so that should say something to this novel’s overwhelming power of intrigue. The sequel being, of course, The Modern Prometheusjustifiably considered a classic by a great many.


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 or vice-versa making This Dark Endeavour the perfect gateway drug to introduce students to classic novels like, well, Frankenstein.

We follow Victor Frankenstein, who’s trying to find the elixir of life, a cure for his brother’s illness. And all for nothing, too.

Unless you hate already knowing who will likely end up with whom, and since this is a prequel, we do already know. This is not knowledge…. While this book generally failed to get much of a reaction from opprl one way or another, there was one scene that had me squirming and made me say, “ah, well done, you’ve hit upon one of my greatest fearful obsessions”.

So much I would like to say, cark I cannot do that without giving anything away.

Describing his personality and how he was to become later in life, fascinated with science, transmutation, alchemy, and his personal struggle with if there is a God. I felt for him though.

There are midnight excursions for rare plants, underground caverns, alchemical brews, dungeons, and secret laboratories. Frankly I don’t see why this book had to be about Victor Frankenstein at all; it could have been the story of any young, remarkable and enterprising boy raised in a well-to-do, enlightened late eighteenth-century Europ This book is sort of crap, but it does a reasonably good job of hiding the fact most of the time.

I want you to get This Dark Endeavor and read it because this is the kind of book you could recommend to everyone! Kenneth Oppel teach us a life lesson through Victor’s experience. In his own way, he is perfectly flawedand I love that kind of complexity.