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

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

I am really drawn to these kinds of books called alternate fiction, where they take some kind of well-known or classic story and put some kind of twist on them.  It’s really interesting to see how the author’s creativity mixes with the original story.  I really enjoy the original Frankenstein story, but I was a little worried I wouldn’t like this book, since the last one didn’t quite meet my expectations.

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Devastated from the death of his twin brother, Konrad, Victor and his father decided that the dangerous books of the Dark Library have to go.  But even after burning all the books, one still remains.  And in that book, Victor discovers the secrets to not only seeing the dead again but bringing them back to life.  Together with Elizabeth and Henry, they enter the spirit world with the wicked intent of bringing Konrad back to life…if they don’t die in the process.

I did like this book more than the last one, partly, I think, because it’s more closely aligned with Frankenstein.  You can see that it’s not a very far jump from what Victor does in this book to what he’s very well-known for.  It was thrilling and I just really liked making the connections between this book and Mary Shelley’s.

Victor is a very involved character.  He’s very prideful and cocky and arrogant.  To him, if he has the capability of doing something (like raising the dead), then he should do it.  Consequences are irrelevant.  (And characters accuse him of playing God, which he does frequently.)  He’s kind of a jerk.  But the interesting thing is that he still comes off as likable in the end.  He truly does love his friends and family, and he tries to atone for his mistakes when he can.  He tries to fix what he’s done wrong and sacrifices a lot for them.  He just has a funny way of showing that he cares.  And that was weirdly endearing.

It was definitely a gothic tale.  Alchemy and giant castles, creepy cathedrals and hidden rooms.  There’s a healthy dose of paranormal in this as well, which was interesting and fit well with the story.

I appreciated that this story took on something so lofty as Frankenstein and put its own spin on it.

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