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Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #2)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  2,678 ratings  ·  478 reviews
When his grieving father orders the destruction of the Dark Library, Victor retrieves a book in which he finds the promise of not just communicating with the dead, but entering their realm, and soon he, Elizabeth, and Henry are in the spirit world of Château Frankenstein, creating and growing a body.

[Book two of The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series.]
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published August 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Mel I think he said this was a duology, so this would be the last book.
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as much as i hated the opening sentences,

The books flew open like startled birds trying to escape the flames. One after another I savagely hurled them into the hottest part of the bonfire, watching them ignite almost before they landed.

**no!! don't burn the bookas!!**

i really liked this book. more than the first one, actually. although they both get four stars because i don't do math. i think this one skews darker than the first one, and builds upon the consequences arising from the first book's
"Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful."-Frankenstein

Setting:Geneva, Switzerland; the early 1800s (I think)

Coverly Love?:Yes! I think the image of Victor and Elizabeth is exquisite.

Plot:After the events of the last book, Konrad Frankenstein is dead. While Henry Clerval has lost one of his closest friends and Elizabeth has lost her betrothed, perhaps the person lost greatly affected by his tragic death is his twin brother Victor. Wracked with raw grief over the death of his beloved
Kat Heckenbach
I have to say that I liked this book better than the first in the series (This Dark Endeavor) although I did find a few minor things frustrating. My biggest gripe was that the pacing was a bit too fast in places. But overall, the story was pretty gripping. This book is even darker than the first, and there were times I somewhat regretted reading so late at night ;). The ending resolved things for the most part, although I felt there could have been more exploration/discover of what the pit god w ...more
I must say that I enjoyed the first book of this series MUCH more than this volume. I wouldn't say this is a "bad" book, but honestly it was just okay. It had a few moments of triumph that were exciting and heart pounding, but for the most part all the characters just became more annoying or whiny versions of the great characters they were in book one.

I did enjoy it enough to keep reading and I honestly wanted to finish it, but it is not a book I think I would ever want to read a second time. I
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

**WARNING: This review contains unavoidable spoilers for the first book in the Victor Frankenstein series. If you have not read This Dark Endeavor and do not wish to be spoiled, LOOK AWAY.**


It has been weeks since Konrad's death, and Chateau Frankenstein is frozen in a state of cold grief. Victor's failed concoction - the elixir of life, brewed at much danger and cost Victor the fingers of his left hand - is a bitter blow. In his grief and rage, V
Nicola Mansfield
Reason for Reading: This is the author's latest book.

Absolutely stunning. The first book was good and this one is twice as good. Oppel has stepped up the gothic atmosphere, introduced the supernatural element, played the romance element and kept the entire story very dark. There is not one character in this book who is not immune to the elements of the darkside. The reader doesn't really know if anyone is truly a 'good' character. I found this to be one of the best books I've read by Oppell and
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Those Seeking Excellence will Definitely Find it Here

There are not so many YA Canadian authors out there. But let me tell you something, Kenneth Oppel alone, counts for a thousand more.

There is no biggest pleasure in the world than to read a book written by Kenneth Oppel. He was born to write and to express his thoughts in the most eloquent and graceful way. From tender and heartwarming moments, to the most gruesome and ghoulish scenes, Mr. Oppel's quill
I thought this book was way better than the first because, it was so much more exciting. it got started right away the first couple of chapters were already in to the story. the book went by so fast (could be because I was in a van for 2 days). it had lots of action and it played a lot with more dark kinds of magic. I felt that it was really detailed, and I loved how Wilhelm was in it. after the spirit only attacked Analiese I knew she was "off". this book I only gave 4 stars because it had some ...more
Book two in the "Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein" series and I find Oppel simply enchanting. I'm talking open the book get thrust into another world, à la The Neverending Story type of magic. Not to mention taking an old idea (The Frankenstein story) and putting a fresh face on it (Victor Frankenstein, the early years)
I generally try to let people know if a book from a series can stand on it's own. There does seem to be a bit of a gap from book one to two, but that might be my own fault
Jennifer Rayment
Positively brilliant sequel to Oppel's This Dark Endeavor. Plenty of fast paced action, twists and turns. Had me on the edge of my seat and I had no idea what was going to happen, even after having read Mary Shelley's tale. All of the characters are richly developed and feel so very real. Once again Oppel doesn't write down to his readers and he has created a dark gothic tale for readers 13 plus. The ending is left open so even if Oppel doesn't write another story, you feel satisfied with what h ...more
'Such Wicked Intent' by Kenneth Oppel
Done By: Khwahish

Kenneth Oppel's most recent book, 'Such Wicked Intent' (sequel to 'This Dark Endeavour'), has fascinated readers of many ages with its captivating and gothic tale regarding the early life of Victor Frankenstein. Being one of this year's Red Maple picks, just as 'This Dark Endeavour' had been last year, it has a promising look towards being this year's winner!

Sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein has been coerced to cease his passion for alch
Such Wicked Intent. When does obsession become madness?
April 26, 2012

I must confess, I begged the wonderful assistant marketing manager at Simon & Shuster for an early copy of Such Wicked Intent, Kenneth Oppel’s second installment in the Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. I LOVED This Dark Endeavor (see “There is a Passion in You That Scares Me,” November 2011). I danced around the room when TDE was put both on the Texas Lone Star and the TAYSHAS reading lists (it has also won many othe
Sierra Abrams
Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel (#2)
Pages: 310
Release Date: Aug. 21st, 2012
Date Read: 2012, August 11th-12th
Received: ARC (borrowed)
Rating: 5/5 stars
Recommended to: 14+

There are some maaaajor spoilers in this review, so if you don't want the first book ruined for you, I suggest you skip reading this! Howevvver...I HIGHLY recommend this series, so if you're interested, check out my review of the first book, This Dark Endeavor.

Victor has made a promise - an oath. After the death of th
Emily S.
I've decided that I'm a fan of gothic horror novels. Really, no time period does horror better than gothic. It's dark, twisted, terrifying...while being free from all the gore and disgusting stuff that turn me off in modern horror.

This series is no exception. When I read the first book, I was a little put off in the beginning by the slower pacing. By the time I finished, however, I realized that it was perfect. The story NEEDED it. It didn't need to speed by at a pace I couldn't keep up with.

Shawn Spjut
Once again Oppel has managed to successfully lead me down the dark and twisted pathways of the heart and mind of the young Victor Frankenstein in such a way, that even now, twenty-four hours after reading those hateful words, "The End", I have yet to decide whether to embrace the main character in hopeful love, or toss him in an asylum for the criminally insane before it’s too late. I don't know whether to applaud his willingness to explore all the possibilities to try and save his twin, or resi ...more
Stefanie Hasse
"Ein Tropfen Blut quoll aus meinem Finger auf das Schmuckstück und sofort wurde das Ding in meiner Hand zu etwas Lebendigem."
(S. 15)

"Immer schneller wächst die Kreatur heran, sieht jede Sekunde mehr aus wie ein Mensch. Seine Haut ist nicht länger lehmig, sondern nach Farbe und Beschaffenheit menschlich."
(S. 133)

"Ich kratzte mich an der Stirn und wurde irgendwie das Gefühl nicht los, dass wir einen Fehler begangen hatten, aber der konnte jetzt nicht mehr rückgängig gemacht werden."
(S. 167)

This book picks up shortly after the first one leaves off. Just as Victor is dealing with the death of his twin, Konrad, he discovers a portal into the spirit world where he finds his brother in a state of limbo. Together with his friends he searches for a way to bring his brother back from the dead.

This one is slightly darker in tone. Where the first one focuses on science and the dark arts, this one is centered around the spirit world and the paranormal. I found I did not like this approach qu
I was a HUGE fan of the first book of The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series, This Dark Endeavor. That book was chock full of genuinely creepy surprises, and I loved the whole Gothic, claustrophobic feel of the story.

Unfortunately, this book seems to suffer from "2nd Book Syndrome". Which is what I call the annoying trend of sequels never living up to the awesomeness of the first book in a series. I have been running into this quite a bit lately, and it's more than a little depressing.
Michelle Isenhoff
I loved the occult-free scariness of book one. It left me with the same nicely unsettled feeling as the classic novel, Frankenstein, for which this series serves as a prequel. But in book two, after the Elixir of Life fails to save his brother, Victor burns all his books of alchemy and turns his focus to the spiritual. Mr. Oppel does weave a page-turning story which I did finish and enjoy, but I do advise much more caution than with book one. My fear of dabbling with spirits closely resembles El ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Victoria rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People reading red maple books or like frankenstein
Recommended to Victoria by: red maple/Mr. Gould
In the second installment of the The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, a great tragedy has forced 16-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear never to dabble in the dark arts and sciences of alchemy again-just as he had promised to no longer covet his brother's betrothed, Elizabeth. If only these things were not so tempting to him. One day, Victor and Elizabeth discover an easy portal into the spirit world, where Victor's dead brother, Konrad, is. With their best friend Henry, Victor, Elizabet ...more
Thea Aurora
Ok...I read this book series in french. The first book I finished reading in one sitting... that's how good the first book was but honestly the second book was kind of a dissapointement for me. I was expecting way more and I thought maybe there should be a third book or even make the book longer cause after all that's happend I thaught it finihsed poorly. The ending was happy but not happy cause I thaught Konrad would be back in the mortal world in a form whatsoever but that did not happen some ...more
This book is the sequel to Kenneth Oppel's original "This Dark Endeavour". I really enjoyed the first book but this one topped it by A LOT. There was mystery, horror, and adventure. I savored this book and cannot wait for the movies to release. This novel goes at a fast pace that fits in perfectly; you can relate to the characters and I never once wanted to put this one down! 5 STARS
Mourning the loss of Konrad, Mr. Frankenstein has ordered the books from the hidden library burned and the well filled and bricked up. But Victor finds a metal box that doesn't burn in the fire of books. Inside the box is the key for enter a dimension that holds the dead. He tries out the instructions and is able to meet up with his brother once again. Elizabeth and Henry visit the land of the dead with him. Victor's jealousy of Elizabeth and Konrad's love don't prevent him from trying to resurr ...more
This book was really great. I enjoyed this book a bit more than the first one. I loved the growth of the characters, especially Henry and Victor. Victor is one of those characters that you want to hate , but you just can't. His curiosity is what drives him, in 'This dark endeavour" and in this book. Two books are perfect for Victor and Konrad's stories. A trilogy would not have been this great.
Afton Nelson
What I really want to say about this book is that it made me nervous, uncomfortable, freaked out, and a little disturbed. But those aren't words one uses when one wants to convince someone else to pick up a book. This is the second in the "Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein" series and is every bit as good as the first one. The action is perfectly paced and made my heart race. But there is a psychologically thrilling element to this story too. The characters are put in a position to act on da ...more
I won Such Wicked Intent by Kenneth Oppel in a giveaway for free on Goodreads First-Reads I read and enjoyed book one in this series This Dark Endeavor- however I loved Such Wicked Intent a whole lot more. This series is such an adventure and truly engrossing. I finished this book in two nights. Fantastic Characters and Impossible to put down! I will read anything by Kenneth Oppel I can not wait to read more :) If your looking for an easy flowing~ fun~ quick read~ I would recommend Such Wicked I ...more
I truly hope this is more than a duology; I can see where Oppel might have intended to tie the narrative up, but there's room for much more, both within the context of this series and also within the Frankenstein canon.
even more exciting than This Great Endeavor, in my opinion.
i'm always in awe of an author who has a sequel that is better
than the first novel (especially when the first was a fantastic
read as well), because i know from experience how challenging
sequels are to write.

Not only is the storytelling and prose strong, but Oppel
does such a fantastic job with character. and i find myself
gobsmacked and reviled by young Victor, yet utterly intrigued
and drawn to him. Oppel still makes him sympathetic, even
Michelle E.
I'm listening to the audio book version. Updating as I listen.

(view spoiler)

OK, so I'm giving up on this now. I listened for about 40 minutes and just wasn't feeling it. Some say this was better than the first, and maybe
Liv Chanin
I got this as an ARC from the PLA conference this past week, and I read it on the bus ride home. I LOVED this book. To me, it's always a happy day when the sequel is better than the original. Oppel did some fantastic character development in this book. I repeat, fantastic. He has really delved into Victor's psyche, and what can I say about Henry other than I love him. This book was downright frightening at points, and the unexpected plot-twists had me flying through the pages. Nothing about this ...more
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