This Dark Endeavour: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

Author(s): Kenneth Oppel


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. Victor's quest to find a cure leads him into the Dark Library, a secret room full of ancient, forbidden knowledge. On the spine-chilling mission that follows, he is forced to confront strange foes, alchemical forces and the most difficult torment of all - the pain of unrequited love. Set against the turreted backdrop of eighteenth-century Geneva, This Dark Endeavour is the first book in Kenneth Oppel's haunting new gothic duology.


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KENNETH OPPEL has won countless awards, including The Governor General's Award for Children's Literature, The Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, amongst numerous other accolades. His novel Half Brother (published in January in the UK by David Fickling Books) won the 2011 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and he has been nominated again for Canadian Author of the Year. Born on Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, England, Ireland, and now lives in Toronto with his wife and children. You can visit him at

General Fields

  • : 9780857560445
  • : Random House Children's Books
  • : David Fickling Books
  • : October 2010
  • : United Kingdom
  • : November 2011
  • : books

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  • : Kenneth Oppel
  • : Paperback
  • : 1111
  • : 13+