“I found this book very interesting. I believe that it's for readers who are into adventure and dark novels. Because this book contains a lot of action and it also has a dark, somewhat evil feel to it. ”VictoriaLHB wrote this review Wednesday, March 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I think this book is really good for people who like adventure. It would be good for these people because Kenneth Oppel really adds alot of detail to this book to make you feel that you are actually in the book with all the characters. Also for the people who like romance because Kenneth found a way to add some romance to keep us engaged.”Danell Wright wrote this review Tuesday, March 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The end was startling but I loved it nonetheless!”Mrs. Lawrence wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Ten out of five stars, if I could. I cannot say enough good things about this book! What an incredible read.
First, I'll say I haven't read Frankenstein, and my knowledge of the story is nothing substantial, so I'll speak purely of This Dark Endeavour as a standalone (though I was surprised to find I actually noticed some hints to Mary Shelley's novel during the reading!).
Oppel's portrayal of Victor was enthralling, to say the least. He gave me the chills. To quote Elizabeth, "There is a passion in you that scares me." I can't decide if I'm in love with him or rather disturbed by him! Both. He's real, he's nuts, he has tender moments that undo me, he becomes enchanted with alchemy. THIS GUY IS GREAT. It is he that trips with fear for his brother's illness and sets out, risking his life for a cure. It's this tenderness in contrast to the other flow of his mind—the flow that makes me think he might lure his brother to some remote reaches and push him off a cliff.
Both are believable; this not only makes him an excellent character, but a great villain. I call him villain, yes. Because no other "protagonist" will stick with me quite like him. He's a double-edged blade. He's no sappy, wonderful, perfect male lead that the ladies must fawn over because he can do no wrong (except keeping a serious secret in order to protect the heroine. bleh). Instead, they must look down their noses at Victor because he is indeed a scoundrel. The things he says, from the silly to serious, all of it just makes me believe him. His complaints, his jealousy toward his brother, his disquieting regard for Elizabeth, his defiant attitude and short fuse. Whereas other girls might think him creepy and might like to kick him, I find him stupidly attractive. Not only for those things, of course. Those I listed for their merit in Oppel's crafting a realistic character. One that breathes the air we breathe.
The story itself was convincing. Oppel's writing style was, to me, vastly immersive, and more than once I had to come up for air. I loved the historical setting and the chateau, the adventure, the friendships, the devotion, Victor's obsession, the meticulous pacing; all the way through my attention certainly wasn't going anywhere. What's more, this was a relatively clean read (except for some violence), which certainly added to its merit.
It was a highly entertaining, darkly beautiful story. I don't know how else to describe it. [spoiler]And it ended how the story of a conflicted villain must end; in tragedy, to fire their will.[/spoiler] I'm impatient to read the sequel, Such Wicked Intent. This story was utterly, utterly fabulous.”
“All I can say right now is, "Oh. my. gosh!" What did just happen? I think this was a truly remarkable story! The author, Kenneth Oppel, truly did not withhold a single thing, he just wrote it all out, every gory detail! It's like I have to read the second book immediately because I just can't believe how it ends! Terrifically written, amazing characters! Please read it! ”Kazia: a nemophilist wrote this review Saturday, January 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The is a quick read, written as a prequel to Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The story is not for the squeamish. ”M. Adams wrote this review Friday, January 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another triumph for Kenneth Oppel! This is a beautifully crafted story full of believable characters and fantastic imagery. This is going to make a great story for the big screen if they can make it happen. There's a Planet of the Apes sequel that might tie up the director for a while so this one might be delayed. Hopefully they get to this one but in truth I'd rather they did Airborn. Any story by Kenneth Oppel story that hits the big screen will be a treat.”Michael McClure's Bookshelf wrote this review Monday, December 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Excellent Read!”*MsC wrote this review Friday, December 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“fantasy, mature content: The story is a spin off of the Frankenstein story, with the main character in the original Frankenstein as an ancestor of the twins in the book. The story is told from the "evil twin's" point of view, which is both exciting and creepy. It also involves a bit of romance, which drives much of the competition between the twins in the story.”Lynn M wrote this review Sunday, December 16, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I absolutely loved this book! We all know vaguely the story of Frankenstein and the characterisation of Victor Frankenstein so this story is perfect for those curious enough to wonder what twisted things could have caused Victor to become so obsessed with playing god and creating life. I was gripped right from the very start and I can't wait to finish Such Wicked Intent which is the brilliant sequel. Loved all of the characters and I was so devastated at the ending (I won't spoil it for you but you should definately read this to find out what happens).”Pendragon2601 wrote this review Wednesday, December 26, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No