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Such Wicked Intent

Such Wicked Intent

The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book Two

For Ages: 12 and up
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Devotion turns deadly in this second Gothic thriller from Printz Honor–winner Kenneth Oppel that is “every bit as thrilling and engaging” (VOYA) as This Dark Endeavor.

When does obsession become madness? Tragedy has forced sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He 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, the four 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.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442403192 | 
  • August 2013 | 
  • Grades 7 and up
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CHAPTER 1

CONSUMED

THE BOOKS FLEW OPEN LIKE STARTLED BIRDS TRYING TO escape the flames. One after the other I savagely hurled them into the hottest part of the bonfire, watching them ignite almost before they landed.

We’d hauled everything out of the Dark Library, every alchemical tome, every grimoire, every glass vial and earthenware mortar. Father had ordered that it all be destroyed, and he’d enlisted the help of only our most trusted servants. But even with their assistance it had taken us many hours to carry it all out into the courtyard.

It was well past midnight now. There... see more

Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to

Such Wicked Intent
by Kenneth Oppel

About the Book

Devotion turns deadly in this second gothic thriller from Kenneth Oppel. When does obsession become madness? Tragedy forces sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein to swear off alchemy forever. He burns the Dark Library. He vows he will never again dabble in the dark sciences—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, the four 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.

Prereading Activities

1. Some terms cited in the story will likely be unfamiliar to most readers. Ask readers to use reference books or electronic research sources to find out as much information as they can about the following: apex, colossus, conflagration, diabolical, draconian, exhilaration, elixir, frenetic, indignation, infernal, laudanum, maelstrom, malevolence, mutability, penumbra, periphery, phantasm, pungent, ruefully, talisman, tarpaulin, tempestuous, tendril, unquenchable, and vehemently.

2. Most readers will likely not ha see more

About the Author

Kenneth Oppel
Photograph © Jim Gillett

Kenneth Oppel

Kenneth Oppel is the author of numerous books for young readers. His award-winning Silverwing trilogy has sold over a million copies worldwide and been adapted as an animated TV series and stage play. Airborn won a Michael L. Printz Honor Book Award and the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for children’s literature; its sequel, Skybreaker, was a New York Times bestseller and was named Children’s Novel of the Year by the London Times. He is also the author of Half Brother, This Dark Endeavor, Such Wicked Intent, and The Boundless. Born on Canada’s Vancouver Island, he has lived in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Canada; in England and Ireland; and now resides in Toronto with his wife and children. Visit him at KennethOppel.ca.

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