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Darker and Scarier: A Review of SUCH WICKED INTENT by Kenneth Oppel

Posted by on August 29, 2012
Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, #2)
Such Wicked Intent
Kenneth Oppel
310 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: August 21st, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher

When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never dabble in the dark sciences again, just as he vows he will no longer covet Elizabeth, his brother’s betrothed. If only these things were not so tempting. When he and Elizabeth discover a portal into the spirit world, they cannot resist. Together with Victor’s twin, Konrad, and their friend Henry, the four venture into a place of infinite possibilities where power and passion reign. But as they search for the knowledge to raise the dead, they unknowingly unlock a darkness from which they may never return.

   Kenneth Oppel’s captivating storytelling continues in Such Wicked Intent – a novel much darker and scarier than its predecessor. As skin-crawling as it may be, Such Wicked Intent was just as good as This Dark Endeavor.

   The rich prose I came to love in the prequel to Frankenstein filled the pages of Oppel’s latest. Lavish and descriptive, Such Wicked Intent is a must read for all fans of dark and gothic.

   While This Dark Endeavor dabbled in alchemy and witchcraft, Such Wicked Intent takes it up a notch or two and dives into the spirit world. It was dangerous, frightening, and yet, just as I noticed in This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent was beautiful. It’ll leave you breathless, your heart pounding, and your fingers flipping the pages faster than you can read them.

   Victor’s constant battle with himself left me questioning so many aspects of the story – and I mean that in a good way. His characteristics and attitude make him a more than worthy protagonist for a novel that claims to be a prequel to Frankenstein. But Victor isn’t all we see – there’s the wild and beautiful Elizabeth, shy and smart Henry, and of course, Victor’s better half, Konrad.

   The conflict was just as engrossing as This Dark Endeavor, and spurred by Victor and his overly-passionate mind. Fans of gothic novels – pick this one up. Such Wicked Intent is a must-read sequel.

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  1. I wish I had more time so I can read this one straight away. This is one of the few love triangles that I think is done really well and actually adds to the suspense of the story. It's kinda nice that Konrad is a part of this one. I really liked the dynamic between the two brothers. Can't believe Henry is seriously in love with Elizabeth now as well!

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