Such Wicked Intent
In this second book of The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein series, we pick up not long after the death of Victor’s twin brother, Konrad. Victor is bereft without his brother and soon becomes determined to somehow bring Konrad back to life. With the aid of a spirit clock and a mysterious elixir, Victor is able to transcend the essence of the spirit world, and, along with his cousin Elizabeth and friend Henry, hatches a scheme that will bring Konrad’s soul back by means of a strange being created through mud. While all this is taking place, however, Victor also becomes intrigued by an unknown force being held within the ancient tunnels beneath Frankenstein manor, and this as fascination as much as anything spells doom for all concerned.
Though I’d not read This Dark Endeavor, the first in the series, I was able to follow the story quite well as Victor, with more than a hint of future madness, tries to find the secret to resurrecting his twin. The writing is very dark and at times quite scary, and there are frequent references to Victor’s non-belief in God. Told with passion and atmosphere, Such Wicked Intent succeeds in its quest to scare the bejeebers out of the reader.