“Such Wicked Intent was a fantastic sequel. I enjoyed it better than the first book.
The strength of this book (and the first one) is the characters. Victor Frankenstein is a very complex character and I loved it. He can often make you want to hit something (preferably him) because of his utterly selfish and greedy actions. However, he can also make you sympathise with him because of the unconditional love that he has for his twin brother. We never know what his true intentions are and I think that even Victor, himself, doesn’t know what he truly wants. He is one of those characters that you can’t really bring yourself to hate, no matter how selfish and stupid his actions are.
Elizabeth and Henry also had their character developments. Elizabeth turned out to be more rebellious than I thought. Her love for Konrad made her do things that go against her beliefs. She was also the cause of the many conflicts that happened between the boys. In my opinion, Victor’s ‘love’ for Elizabeth was an illusion. He wanted everything that his brother had so he wanted Elizabeth as well. His obsession with her was very uncomfortable to read.
Henry grew as a character. He was braver, more outspoken and much more aggressive. This might be influenced by Elizabeth’s sudden affections. I wonder why she led him on though. It was just cruel.
The plot was fantastic. It had the fantasy element that the first book was missing. I couldn’t stop reading because I had to know what was going to happen next. This book was darker than the first and I loved it. The confrontation between Konrad and Victor when Victor told him that they had to kill his body was heart-breaking. Their relationship was the heart and soul of this series so naturally, I cried when Konrad moved on.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series. If you’re interested in a dark and gothic read, I highly recommend this series.