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Book Review: This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

Award-winning author Kenneth Oppel creates a spellbinding prequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Check out Kidzworld’s book review of This Dark Endeavour.

The Dark Library

In Victor Frankenstein’s teenage years, before he created his infamous monster, he lived with his parents, younger siblings, twin brother Konrad, and beautiful cousin Elizabeth. Victor felt outshined by his twin in every way, and he always strived for attention. When he, Konrad and Elizabeth discover the Dark Library hidden in a secret passage, Victor’s interest is piqued. He finds all kinds of old books, most pertaining to the illegal practice of alchemy.

The Elixir of Life

When Konrad becomes ill and no doctors are able to cure him, Victor takes it upon himself to search for the Elixir of Life. He, Elizabeth and their friend Henry seek out a retired alchemist named Julius Polidori who’s had success with this elixir before. When he agrees to help, the wheelchair-bound alchemist gives the teenagers three ingredients to collect. But the manner of collecting them is not easy, and nearly costs them their lives.

Envy

Meanwhile, Victor begins to develop feelings for Elizabeth, only to discover that Konrad has already claimed her heart. Even on his deathbed, Konrad outshines him in love, in sport and in manner. So what is Victor’s real intention in curing him: brotherly love or a hero’s fame?

The Bottom Line

This Dark Endeavour is a rich, dramatic novel filled with love, jealousy and betrayal. Kenneth Oppel paints Victor as an anti-hero, whose jealousy plays a big part in turning him over to the dark side. Each character is very distinct and likable (or hateable, whenever that was the author’s intention). Even though this book is targeted at a teen audience, we recommend it for the middle grades as well! Happy reading!

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(:P So for Hearth, I'm replacing him with Solomon Wreath from Skulduggery Pleasant . And Blitz is being replaced by Kotake from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time ... except a slightly altered version of her, more of a reincarnation, since Link and Zelda are always reincarnated versions of the two same people. XD You can do the same sort of thing with your guys if you want to change the person in some sort of little way. I'll start writing as soon as you pick your dudes out.)
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(Since it's not an RP, it's kinda pointless to make forms. We can just divvy up characters to choose, and say, for example: "Magnus is Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson and the Olympians. " If the other person doesn't know the character, they can research them a bit so they're more confident writing with them. So to make this completely random, I used a random number picker to assign characters to each of us. The randomness came up with you choosing the replacements for Magnus and Sam, and for me to do Hearth and Blitz.)
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"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote: (Nice! So we're doing  Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard ? And, it'd be more fun to write this with fictional characters from other universes. If we were doing  The Sword of Summer , here's the people we would likely replace with some of those swapped dudes: Magnus Blitz Hearthstone Samirah Yeah? And since this would be considered a roleplay if we just took small turns, we'll write it in larger chunks and just leave off where the other continues, and choose where each of us keeps going. I could start it out after we determine the characters, if that was confusing.) (Yeah. ok! YAY you even listed the charactersssss!!! And that's exactly what i was thinking XD It was confusing. Should be make forms?......and you can start if you want XD) 
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