This Dark Endeavor
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the apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein
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In this prequel to
Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is on a dark quest to save his twin’s life. With help
from his best friend Henry and his lovely cousin Elizabeth, the three go on a quest to
concoct the mythical Elixir of Life. How far is he willing to go to save his twin?
Based on Frankenstein.
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Young Victor Frankenstein is a rich and privileged young man, the kind of boy who you might say has everything -- but Victor has always felt second best compared to his twin, Konrad. Victor's perfect life is shaken by two events -- his brother falls terribly ill, and he finds a secret room at the heart of his house, the laboratory of an alchemist ancestor. Although Victor promises his father that he won't go back, he suspects that only alchemy will save his brother's life, and he drags his cousin Elizabeth and his friend Henry into a dangerous quest to make the Elixir of Life. This quest will challenge Victor in body and soul; as he and Elizabeth work together, he finds himself falling in love with her, even though she loves Konrad. Will Victor be able to finish the Elixir and save his brother's life?
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"It's a terrible thing," I said, "to be crippled in the prime of one's life."
"You've sprained your ankle,"
'"Your beauty makes the sunset itself pause," I said, "so it can behold you but a second longer."'