Thursday, December 1, 2011
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
Life is relatively peaceful until Konrad becomes unexpectedly ill, and all medical efforts fail. Victor remembers a dark library hidden in the house with alchemy books and papers. He struggles to create an Elixir of Life to save his brother and to glorify himself. Victor and Elizabeth must battle vicious creatures and cunning enemies to meet their goal, but Victor finds the danger exhilarating.
This book was a heart pounding thrill ride that manages to be character driven at the same time. Oppell looks further into Victor's motivations than the original story does, and he creates a character who is believable and disturbing.
This Dark Endeavor was also named as part of the 2012-2013 Lone Star List!