Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel

Such Wicked Intent is the second novel in the This Dark Endeavor series. I recently came upon this book and had to read it because the first one was so great!

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Now that Konrad is dead and the Elixir of Life was proven unsuccessful Victor blames himself for his brothers death. Victor has now decided to burn every book in the Dark Library along with the help of his family and close friends. The entire library has officially been burned and everyone’s lives seem like they would be better from then on out. That is until Victor finds the remains of a book from the waste pile that had been gathered. Within the book are interesting layouts for a sort of pendulum and instructions on how to contact the dead. Of course, this is where Victor becomes intrigued with the idea of talking to his brother again and maybe even finding a way to bring him back.

From the moment the novel started I could not put it down and actually finished the 310 paged novel within a day. I loved the dark setting and qualities that reminded me of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and how each event led you to great discovery and adventure. The character development, storyline, and settings in the novel were pure and utter genius. I would have to say that this novel is as good as the first novel if not better and kept my interest the entire time. And the ending (if you have read the original Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) was brilliant!

Give this series a try and you will not regret reading it!

Book 1- This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

Book 2- Such Wicked Intent

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