Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures...until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library where he uncovers an ancient formula for the Elixir of Life. Elizabeth, Henry, and Victor immediately set out to find assistance in a man who was once known for his alchemical works to help create the formula. Determination and the unthinkable outcome of losing his brother spur Victor on in the quest for the three ingredients that will save Konrad's life. After scaling the highest trees in the Strumwald, diving into the deepest lake caves, and sacrificing one’s own body part, the three fearless friends risk their lives to save another.
This was such a fantastic book! And it was very dark and creepy! After all, while Victor loves his brother, he's also jealous of him. There's Elizabeth who's between them, unknowingly. And yeah, he still wants to save his brother!
And then there's the whole journey to save Konrad. And all the threats that are in that journey, and what they have to do to find a cure, it's creepy, scary, and yeah, it sent chills up my spine! This could pretty easily be labelled as horror, at least horror lite!
We got to know these characters pretty well, there are some mysteries still, since it's the first book, and there's going to more coming! So yeah, there's going to be that, and so we're going to be able to spend more time in this world that's going to lead him to create Frankenstein's Monster!
Yeah, this was a really fantastic book, I really enjoyed it so much, and I can't wait to read more!
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Series: This Dark Endeavour Chronicles #1
Read: April 3rd, 2012
Reason Why: I wanted to, it's a LLFL book, and it's a YAHFC book!
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published: August 23rd 2011