Book Review : Such Wicked Intent
The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein #2
By Kenneth Oppel
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. (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
Such Wicked Intent picks up right after Konrad’s death with each member of the family mourning. Elizabeth and Henry help unlock the clues in the curious book as Victor rushes headlong into the spirit world. Victor wants the return of his brother, but hopes to engineer circumstances so that Elizabeth will ultimately choose him over Konrad. Elizabeth confronts her sensual nature, Henry discovers he has qualities and strengths that are desirable and Victor has to come to terms with his jealousy of Konrad.
Such Wicked Intent has a more simplified plot than This Dark Endeavor. The focus is on the supernatural; entry into the spirit world, affects of the spirit world on the real world, and the creation of a body for a man’s spirit. It’s still a gothic romance at the heart of things; I actually wished for more. I felt like the tone wasn’t as foreboding, Victor did not seem to be moving into a greater state of madness and I had hoped for more scientific experimentation. Victor still exhibits characteristics of the tortured Byronic hero and hopes that Elizabeth will be his salvation. Though Elizabeth recognizes Victor wants something even more than he wants her. Such Wicked Intent is more sensual though not much more than a lusty kiss happens. Elizabeth discounts the creature’s attempted rape as simply having a man’s appetites without the knowledge of right and wrong, which was a disturbing scene. The book is for a high school audience. It will be interesting to see where the next book goes.
Kenneth Oppel is able to write for diverse audiences and I recommend him as an author to watch and read.
3.5 out of 5 stars
- the Mother
If you liked this one try Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Unwind by Neal Shusterman and House of The Scorpion by Nancy Farmer they are all thought provoking and have a dark edge.