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This dark endeavour

This dark endeavour

Oppel, Kenneth, 1967-

Victor and Konrad Frankenstein are twins, born just two minutes apart but with very different personalities. Along with their beautiful cousin Elizabeth, they lead a charmed life at their parents' chateau. But when Konrad falls dangerously ill, everything changes

Paperback, Book. English. Historical. Young adult fiction. Gothic fiction (Literary genre). Fiction 13+.
Published Oxford: David Fickling, 2012
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Statement of responsibility: Kenneth Oppel
ISBN: 1849920893, 9781849920896
Intended audience: Adolescent.
Note: Originally published: 2011.
Physical Description: 376 p. ; 20 cm.
Series: The apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein ; bk. 1
Subject: Twins Fiction.; Frankenstein, Victor (Fictitious character) Fiction.
Series Title: Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein ; bk. 1.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 5
Interest Level: UY
Points: 11
Quiz Number: 222367

Author note

Kenneth Oppel is one of the great contemporary story-tellers. His first novel was published when he was eighteen years old. Since then, he has won extraordinary acclaim for his imaginative works, including theSilverwingtrilogy and theAirbornseries. The novelAirbornwon both a Printz Honor and the Governor General's Award. His last novelHalf Brotherwas named both Children's Book of the Year and Best Young Adult Book of the Year by the Canadian Library Association.

Kenneth Oppel lives in Toronto with his family and can be found online


Adventures do not come more thrilling, gorgeously written or absorbing than this
Times||A thrilling examination of a fictional character, packed with action, guilt and tension, and a useful intro to the original horror story
Daily Mail||Kenneth Oppel's brilliant creation of the early character-forming of Frankenstein isThis Dark Endeavourand it is a superb extension and tremendous read which remains faithful to clues from the Mary Shelley original. A truly gripping Gothic page-turner.
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Back cover copy

The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions.

Sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein and his twin brother Konrad are inseparable - until the day Konrad is struck down with a mysterious illness that no doctor is able to cure. Passionate, temperamental Victor cannot imagine a life without his twin, and swears to save him, no matter what it takes.

But impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle are working against him, and Victor's dark endeavour will alter the course of their lives for ever.

'Oppel has reinvented the gothic thriller . . . The narrative crackles with tension, emotions run high, and the atmopshere is perfectly dark and brooding' RICK RIORDAN

'Adventures do not come more thrilling, gorgeously written or absorbing than this' THE TIMES