A good friend met Kenneth Oppel recently, and snagged signed copies of the first two books in the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series, and last week, I hunkered down on the couch with these dark, enticing tales.
In This Dark Endeavor, Oppel paints a believable portrait of young Victor; the youngest of a pair of twins, he both worships and envies his older brother. But when his brother falls ill, Victor is willing to put his faith in the outlawed art of alchemy if it means the chance to save him. Becoming a hero doesn't hurt, either, and Victor is pulled into dark acts by his own ego and his love for his twin, Konrad. With a dash of romance, a hearty dose of danger, and an action-packed plot, it's no wonder this novel has been optioned for a motion picture!
In Such Wicked Intent, Victor's ego takes him away from science and into the dark occult world of his famous ancestor, the man who compiled the mysterious dark library, claimed to have mastered death, and disappeared one day, leaving his family behind without a glance. In his quest to save Konrad and at the same time to outshine him, Victor unwittingly awakens a powerful malicious spirit. Can Victor and his friends set aside their differences to save the Frankenstein family, or will everything crumble in the wake of Victor's ambitions?
Now I just need to go read Shelly's ACTUAL masterpiece that inspired this exciting, dark YA series.