Book Review - Reunion of the Untouchables by Kurt Frenier

Friday, December 3, 2010

Product Description

About five hundred years ago, Master Magician Mikhail Pilkington III created a magical flying train, the StudyTrain. His vision: to take average teenagers onboard, show them the world, and turn them into leaders. Ethan is invited on to this train, escaping his miserable life in Switzerland. He soon discovers that the train is all but ordinary. It is filled with magic, secrets, people with interesting histories, and much more. Ethan's intrigue and hunger for knowledge and power catches the attention of a hidden, ancient alliance called the Untouchables. Soon, Ethan learns all their mysteries, powers and sorcery. He stands out from the rest of the students and is recognized as the long-awaited leader for the Untouchables. But his dark side - The Dark Fire Inside - grows and becomes much stronger than anyone thought it would. Ethan gets sucked into a web of conflicts and feuds while battling his own inner feelings. Will he go for power, or turn toward good? Kurt Frenier, 41, born in Belgium, author of children's and young adult books, is a senior director at Pepsi Cola. He lives in Dubai with his wife Sanne and two daughters, Julia and Emilie. Kurt has been writing since he was 16 and has published before in The Netherlands. The StudyTrain is his first English-language young adult book. Publisher's Website:

My Take:
I really like the fantastical twist of Reunion of the Untouchables and I hope it spawns many more volumes in the Study Train Series. There is just enough action to keep the plot moving along while still making it believable (for a fantasy novel) while at the same time not getting bogged down with too much crazy fantasy. It remains rooted in reality and gives the young adult plenty to keep them interested by peppering in characters from the real world such as Thomas Edison and Elvis Presley. All and all a good book and a series with a bright future.

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