Tuesday, August 2, 2011

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel

The subtitle of this book is "The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein" and it is indeed a dark tale...

Simon & Schuster sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It will be on sale August 23rd, so watch your local bookstore for a copy.

This is the story of a young man that has a brilliant mind and loves his twin brother.  They do everything together.  And their cousin, Elizabeth tags along.  When Konrad gets ill, Victor is determined to help him get well.  After all, the doctors aren't helping...

Horror, evil, alchemist works, and more fill this tale.  If your young one hesitates at violence, this is probably not a book for them.  But if your child enjoys adventure, action, impossible odds, and ironic endings, this is a wonderful book for them.

Victor uses information he finds in books that are hidden in a library forbidden to him to try to find a cure.  He gets in touch with an evil alchemist and asks him for help translating the text to create an "Elixir of Life".  Once it's translated, he has to obtain three ingredients.  And try not to die in the process...

This book is busy from beginning to end. If you'd like to know how the book ends, grab yourself a copy and read it.  It's written well, has a good flow, and is entertaining to read.  I also believe there will be a sequel to this book; Victor's story is not done.

If you'd like my ARC of this book, please leave a comment here on my blog and email me at info at bookfaerie.com and give me your name AND address and why you'd like to read it.  I'll pick a winner in about a week.

Happy reading.

1 comment:

SusanB said...

Even though this is a children's book, it sounds interesting enough that I might just put it on my tbr list. Thanks for the review.