Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel
The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein: Book Two
Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library and 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, they 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..1
Spoiler Alert for first novel.
The story begins with the Frankenstein family trying to cope with the death of Konrad. The once enticing dark library is stripped and burnt, but there are always surprises to be found at Chateau Frankenstein. Victor has sworn off alchemy, but as new places are discovered, Victor, Elizabeth and Henry set out on a dangerous mission to try to bring Konrad back from the spirit world. With temptation and power, Victor struggles with his feelings for Elizabeth and his honour to his brother.
The characters are very much the same as the first novel. Despite Konrad being dead, the discovery of the spirit world brings his character back to us. There are a couple additions to the story but we still focus on Victor, Konrad, Elizabeth and Henry. The parents, as well as the rest of the surrounding characters, are still around and pose problematic time constrictions to their plans, but are very much in the background. The father is busy with work and the mother is removed due to grief.
I absolutely loved the first novel and was really excited to hear that there was a second novel. Kenneth Oppel does an excellent job creating a thrilling adventure with these characters that we’ve come to know and enjoy. There are many new and exciting ideas that come into play in this book, but I must admit I wasn’t completely on the edge of my seat like I was with the last one, just leaning forward. I really hope that they take the rights to this movie seriously and bring the amazing story of the first novel to the big screen. Depending on it’s success would relate to the second book becoming a film but that is very much in the far distant future. If done properly I think a film version of Such Wicked Intent would help the story. This was one of those books that cuts short the climax by ending so abruptly. I have mentioned this before with Harry Potter. 99% of the book is leading up to the climax and only 1% is left to give you the conclusion and wrap things up. A film version would do the slow subtle ending that I prefer, but perhaps it is just the fact that I don’t want it to end. I must admit that I laughed to myself and enjoyed the associations and assumptions that the ending leaves us. I have not read any of Kenneth Oppels other work, and to be honest by the looks of it much of it is for much much younger readers. The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series seems more of a YA series than a children’s book but don’t let that dissuade you. Regardless of its targeted audience age, I have thoroughly enjoyed both of these books and would highly suggest people of all ages to read them. (Please make a movie soon. Please make a movie soon. Please please please!)