Hello, everyone! :) I haven’t been blogging in a while and I’m sorry about that (because I know that you miss my posts … aha, probably not). But please enjoy this review of Kenneth Oppel’s second novel in “The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein” series, “Such Wicked Intent”!
Even though I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, “This Dark Endeavour”, “Such Wicked Intent” was explained very well and was simple to understand, even if you didn’t have much background knowledge. In the book, Kenneth explains that the main character, Victor, had a twin brother named Konrad who had become extremely ill. Victor, in the previous book, had discovered a “Dark Library” and found books with so-called recipes for cures that would (hopefully) rid his brother of his disease. Did it work? Despite sacrificing two fingers on his right hand on the quest to find the ingredients in the medicine, Victor had failed to cure his brother. But there was more yet to come.
In “Such Wicked Intent”, the story starts off with Victor and his castle servants burning all the books in the “Dark Library” as a promise that he will never trust the dark books which were lies and false guarantees. But when Victor, along with his friend, Henry and Konrad’s beloved lover, Elizabeth (whom of which Victor may or may not have feelings for), discover an even deeper secret that may bring Victor’s brother back, they find out that they may have bit off more than they can chew.
Without spoiling this book, I’ll try to give a some-what brief “What would I rate this book?” and “Why?”. Here goes:
From the moment I started this book, it was nearly impossible to put down. “Such Wicked Intent” is so full of suspense, mystery and had a very ghostly, supernatural feel to it. It’s so realistic, yet so unrealistic. The characters seem so real and so defined, while the story itself is hard to believe, but easy to picture. Kenneth Oppel does a tremendous job of describing the settings, the characters and est of all, the feelings. There is so much emotion put into this, emotions expressing death, life, re-birth, love, longings, anger, sadness, loneliness and best of all, fear. Victor, Henry, Elizabeth and Konrad become involved in some of the most intense battles I’ve ever read about. My rate for this book? 5 stars/5stars: *****! :) Well done, Kenneth Oppel!
Sound interesting? Pick up a copy of “This Dark Endeavour” or “Such Wicked Intent”, today! Happy reading, everyone! :D