Today, we kick off our October Book of the Month feature on This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel. This book came out just over a month ago, but we wanted to feature it in October because it’s really the perfect lead-up to Halloween. Why? Because it’s actually a prequel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, one of the most classic horror novels of all-time!
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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 piques Victor’s curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not 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. With their friend Elizabeth, Henry and Victor immediately set out to find assistance from 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.
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