This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein


Title: This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

Author:  Kenneth Oppel

Summary:  Written as a prequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this story introduces us to a young Victor Frankenstein and his twin brother, Konrad. They are as close as two people can be, yet in some ways their personalities are in direct odds with each other.  Konrad is the one everyone loves and respects.  He is smarter, more athletic, and kinder and it all seems to come so easily for him. Victor knows Konrad is the better of the pair and deep in his heart he is starting to resent his brother’s goodness.   

Then Konrad becomes deathly ill. Doctors can’t seem to cure him, but Victor believes he has found a way. Hidden in a secret underground dark library Victor finds a book on potions that contains an entry for the forbidden Elixir of Life. Victor enlists the help of his cousin Elizabeth and friend Henry to embark on a dangerous mission to collect the ingredients for this lifesaving draught.  Victor knows he can save his brother if only he is willing to go against everything he was raised to believe, forgo the love of which he dreams, and sacrifice a part of himself.    

Who will like this?: Oppel’s tale of gothic horror holds appeal to fans of adventure, alchemy, heart-wrenching emotions, love, and mystery.

If you like this, try this: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey.

Recommended by: Jen, Branch Teen Librarian

Find this book at the Fairfield Public Library or Fairfield Woods Branch Library.