This Dark Endeavor

October 27, 2011 at 9:00 am 4 comments

“I felt as though a door had been cut into the air before me, and I had passed through it, never to turn back.”

Many people forget that Frankenstein wasn’t the name of the monster, it was the name of a man. A man who defied all laws of medicine, science, and decency to give life to his infamous creation.  What made him so willing to use his gifts for such a purpose? Go back to Victor Frankenstein’s beginnings in This Dark Endeavor.

When his twin brother Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor vows to find a cure, even if he must delve into the arcane practice of alchemy. With help from the Frankenstein family’s Dark Library and a locally reviled former apothecary, Victor’s quest for the mysterious Elixir of Life begins, and he will not rest until he has the cure for his brother – and the glory for himself.

My Review: I love how this book imagines Victor at 16 and shows what may have made him willing and able to create his monster later in life.  Even knowing what his future holds, I understood and even liked Victor. You catch glimpses of his dark side, but the tenacity he shows in his quest for the cure won me over. You can’t deny his willingness to risk and sacrifice for his brother.  I also loved the suspense, adventure, and danger of the quest for the Elixir of Life, whose ingredients come at a steep price.  

Check out This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein by Kenneth Oppel if you like the classic Mary Shelley story or if you like a different take on classic characters, like those in Alex van Helsing by Jason Henderson.

Katie

 

 

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