This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel
  

This Dark Endeavour

Written by Kenneth Oppel

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In this prequel to Mary Shelley's gothic classic, Frankenstein, impossible odds, dangerous alchemy and a bitter love triangle threaten the heroes' quest at every turn. 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein begins a dark journey that will change his life forever. An alluring story for young adult readers the story follows Victor Frankenstein - together with his beloved cousin Elizabeth and reliable friend, Henry - on a desperate quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life. They must succeed, and quickly, if they are to save Victor's twin brother, Konrad, from an unknown and perilous illness. Chateau Frankenstein is home to many secrets, which unravel as Victor tests his ambition, skill and loyalty; as well as the trust of all who surround him. Readers may know Kenneth Oppel's earlier writing - the Silverwing trilogy and Airborn series, and his last novel, Half Brother, but in This Dark Endeavour, the author reveals to us a new perspective towards an old story; crafted with his usual flair, pace and atmosphere.

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Synopsis

This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

The purest intentions can stir up the darkest obsessions. Victor Frankenstein knows he must not fail. But his success depends on how far he is willing to push the boundaries of nature, science, and love - and how much he is willing to sacrifice as Victor's twin, Konrad, has fallen ill, and no doctor is able to cure him. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Victor enlists his beautiful cousin Elizabeth and best friend Henry on a treacherous search for the ingredients to create a forbidden Elixir of Life.

Reviews

'A true page-turner... Oppel has reinvented the gothic thriller for modern readers. The narrative crackles with tension, emotions run high, and the atmosphere is perfectly dark and brooding. The Shelleys would be proud.' - Rick Riordan

Praise for Half Brother:

'Oppel is pleasingly unafraid to ask awkward questions, often right at the point where readers might have made up their minds. What a particular joy for a teenage reader, to be challenged rather than instructed.' - The Guardian

'..a compulsively readable, extraordinarily gripping and moving book.' - The Bookseller

About the Author

Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn won a Printz Honor Award, and the Canadian Governor General’s Prize. Its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller. His Silverwing trilogy has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, and has been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Movie rights in This Dark Endeavour have been bought by the producers of Twilight. Read the author's biography here.

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Format

Hardback

Author

Kenneth Oppel
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Author's Website

www.kennethoppel.ca

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Publisher

David Fickling Books an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

6th October 2011

ISBN

9780857560124

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