This Dark Endeavor: Book summary and reviews of This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark Endeavor

The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

by Kenneth Oppel

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This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

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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.

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"Starred Review. Oppel's novel is a gripping tale of undying devotion, mixing hope with foreboding." -The Horn Book

"Starred Review. Oppel's tale is melodramatic, exciting, disquieting… a delicious mix." - Publishers Weekly

"Brash, jealous, and arrogant, Victor is sweet relief from today's introspective YA protagonists, and one can easily visualize how this teen becomes the mad genius of Shelley's Frankenstein." - Booklist

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Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel's first novel was published when he was eighteen years old. Since then, he was won extraordinary acclaim for his imaginative works, including the Silverwing trilogy and the Airborn series. The novel Airborn won both a Printz Honor and the Governor General's Award. Visit him online at www.kennethoppel.ca.

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