Review: This Dark Endeavour (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #1)

this dark endeavourAuthor: Kenneth Oppel
Pages: 298
Published: August 2011 by HarperCollins (Canada)
Genres: YA, Horror, Adventure, Fantasy
Synopsis: 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 time fencing and horseback riding. Along with their friend Henry, they have explored all the hidden passageways and secret rooms of the palatial Frankenstein chateau. Except one.
The Dark Library contains ancient tomes written in strange languages and filled with forbidden knowledge. Their father makes them promise never to visit the library, but when Konrad becomes deathly ill, Victor knows he must find the book that contains the recipe for the legendary Elixir of Life.

Yay for talented Canadian authors.
I will certainly be watching this film.

I have an intense fear of giant birds, water and fish of any size, specifically sharks and prehistoric looking things like this one, and loss of limbs or permanent body mutilation. Thank you Kenneth, for bringing all of my fears together in one place that was so fascinating I will never be able to forget them, unfortunately.

I have read the Airborn series and Darkwing, and Oppel never lets his readers down. All of his adventures are unique and dark. This is probably one of the best stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading.

I was thoroughly disturbed and involved in all three of the ventures made by the children. Everything scared the crap out of me. Kenneth Oppel really works with his reader’s imagination, sometimes when I read his work I take it much too far. I was certain the last trial would make me wish I had never read this. 

Fair warning that this does contain a love triangle, but the book is so good that I hope this wouldn’t dissuade anyone from picking it up.

5 Star5 Ships, Favourite

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