- Release Date: 08/21/12
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster
- Length: 8 Hours and 15 minutes
- Narrator: Luke Daniels
Picking up from where This Dark Endeavor ends Such Wicked Intent continues the dark and mysterious tale of a young Victor Frankenstein. After the undeniably permanent death of his twin brother Konrad, a message from beyond prompts Victor to enter the world of the spirits to bring his brother back.
Jealously, contempt and ambition once again come into play as Victor and company find themselves racing against time to bring Konrad back to the world of the living, but something far darker lurks into the background.
Unlike the first novel, Such Wicked Intent isn’t formulaic and is driven by a completely original plot involving ancient cultures, mysticism and supernatural oddities. This plot is so original that it almost seems to be too original. Once again I haven’t read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and while this novel is an adaptation I find myself wondering why? Why does it have to be an adaptation? Why is it an adaptation? Oppel’s story of brotherly love and dark magic seems to work well on it’s own.
What really sets this story apart is that the storytelling feels more like a YA adaptation of a Gothic novel than just a YA historical. Oppel flawless blends the historical aspects and paranormal parts so it doesn’t feel like you are reading about the 19th century but one that is simply apart of the time period. 1800’s.
At the end of the day, I’m really curious how this becomes the story becomes Frankenstein (although I think we are getting close) , with all the crazy twists and turns few crazy I’m not sure I fully understood how this story reached the ending it had. I’m assuming there is one other book left in the series and I can’t wait to check it out.
As for the audiobook, Luke Daniels really ramps of his performance. It is more like he is performing on stage than reading a book
Such Wicked Intent is an enjoyable, modern interpretation of Frankenstein that changes the status quo of YA storylines and plays by its own rules.
1/2 of the blogging duo at Books and Sensibility, I have been blogging about and reviewing books since 2011. I read any and every genre, here on the blog I mostly review Fantasy, Adult Fiction, and Young Adult with a focus on audiobooks.