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This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

by Kenneth Oppel

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When his twin brother falls ill in the family's chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family's secret Biblioteka Obscura.… (more)
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    Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book Two by Kenneth Oppel (SmithSJ01)
    SmithSJ01: This is the second prequel
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    Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Readers who enjoyed Kenneth Oppel's prequel to the Frankenstein tale may enjoy Shelley's original tale.
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teen/adult fiction (Frankenstein origin)
This is written in the gothic style, so some kids may take a while to get used to the comparatively dryer action. However, it is full of adventure, so once they settle in, maybe they'll be hooked. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
there was nothing about this book that was horrible, but I disliked it anyway. perhaps it's because Victor Frankenstein is a horrid little beast! ( )
  kickthebeat | Nov 1, 2020 |
Advance copy ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
This was an obvious finish to the story. I could for see the ending from the first chapter . . .soooo It's a NO on this one
  MrNattania72 | Mar 17, 2020 |
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.
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When his twin brother falls ill in the family's chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family's secret Biblioteka Obscura.

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In this prequel to Mary Shelley's gothic classic, Frankenstein, 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. Victor's twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor is able to cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. Impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten their quest at every turn.
Victor knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love - and how much he is willing to sacrifice.
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Victor Frankenstein
Hopes that the Elixir of
Life will save his twin.
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