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June 1, 2016

This Dark Endeavor

I have to admit, I’m a big scaredy-cat when it comes to most Halloween fare. I don’t like being scared. The kind of scared that stays with you after you turn off the lights at bedtime, the kind of scared that means you can’t enter a bathroom with the lights off because…oh man, Bloody Mary. I don’t like that feeling, and I don’t ever seek it out.

On the other hand, I do love suspense and thrills and mysteries—the kind of scared that comes from not knowing where the story is going. I eat that up.

Kenneth Oppel’s This Dark Endeavor has so much of the latter that I have become the book’s most ardent supporter. I tell everyone I know to read it. It has everything! Fantasy, romance, horror, suspense, intrigue, mystery…and best of all, it’s steeped in the lore of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

This Dark Endeavor (oh, that title!) is the beginning of Dr. Frankenstein. When we meet him, he’s just Victor, a 16-year-old boy who is best friends with his twin brother and just beginning to fall for his father’s ward, Elizabeth.

We learn very quickly, however, that Victor is not necessarily the hero of this story. He’s a bit strange, he’s too quick to temper, and he has a terrifying ambition and passion about him that frighten his family—even his brother Konrad, the “good” twin. Despite some brotherly jealousy, Victor does love Konrad, so when he inadvertently causes his brother to become ill, he vows to do anything in his power to save him…even if that means turning to the dark arts.

This book is perfect for TAB readers who aren’t quite ready for Frankenstein, and it will be an inspiration for those same readers to continue on to the classic story. You can find it in TAB this month [Teachers | Parents]!

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2 Responses

  1. arlette Gomez

    i would like to buy book through your catalogue.
    How can i get one?
    i live in coatzacoalcos veracruz, i know your books and i like them very much.
    I knwe your books when i live in mexico city in a kinder garden.
    Please let me know how to do it.

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