Review: This Dark Endeavor

This Dark Endeavor
Kenneth Oppel

 This Dark Endeavor is the story of young Victor Frankenstein. Victor, his twin brother, Konrad, and their distant cousin Elizabeth discover a hidden library of books filled with dark magic. Although Victor’s father forbids them from visiting the library again, when Konrad becomes seriously ill, Victor cannot resist searching through the ancient tomes in the hope of finding a cure, namely, the Elixir of Life. Victor needs only three ingredients to create the elixir, but how much is willing to sacrifice in the name of love?

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I found it slow-moving in parts, particularly during Victor’s quest to find the ingredients for the Elixir of Life. I expected a bit more excitement than I got. Still, I enjoy Oppel’s writing and I think this is an interesting concept for a book. In fact, it’s already being optioned for a movie. Victor is a complex character who is torn between brotherly love and jealousy, a situation further complicated by the fact that the woman he loves is in love with his brother. The ending sets up a sequel, which I hope will be a little more action-packed.


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