Kenneth Oppel writes a prequel to Mary Shelley's Frankstein titled This dark endeavor: the apprenticeship of Victor Frankstein In this account, 16 year old Victor Frankstein lives with parents, his twin brother Konrad, distant cousin Elizabeth Laveza, and younger brothers at Chateau Frankstein in Geneva, Switerzland. His best friend Henry Cleval also stays with the family on a regular basis. Victor struggles with his conflicting feelings towards Konrad. As his twin, Konrad is interconnected to Victor like no other. Victor hides his animosity towards his brother who is gifted with far more intelligence, atheticism, and charm. One day, the four teenagers stumble across a secret library filled with mysterious books. When Mr. Frankstein catches them, he forbids the teens to ever step foot in the room.
In a short period of time, Victor, along with Elizabeth & Henry, disobey their father's order, after Konrad becomes gravely ill with a mysterious illness no respected doctor can treat. As the three teens search for answers through less than reputable sources, they uncover a way to create a permanent cure. However, they must enlist the help of a Polidori, an alchemist admired for medical discoveries, yet banished
by their own father after of the concoctions kills a respected member of the community.
During Victor's quest to save his brother, he falls passionately in love with Elizabeth, a girl who had always thought of as a sister. When Victor discovers she is bequeathed to Konrad, a rage & passion burns inside him. Victor vows to cure Konrad and have the girl he wants at any cost.
Take a look at Kenneth Oppel's discussion & book trailer at http://www.kennethoppel.ca/pages/darkendeavor_videos.shtml
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