The StudyTrain |
Sixteen-year-old Ethan is a lonely and beaten-up teenager, living in a small village in
From the moment he steps on the StudyTrain, something happens to him. He meets people he admired and likes, and that like him! Lord Althulos, guardian of the train and headmaster of the school, is the father figure Ethan never had. All seems peacefully and quietly going his way, as if the odds have turned.
Pretty soon, Ethan discovers the wonders of the 500-year old train. The Delivery Room in particular, where all the knowledge of the world and of all the previous students-now-world-leaders is saved, opens Ethan’s eyes.
He gradually transforms into a strong, knowledgeable but rather egocentric individual.
Krixit, rival of Lord Althulos and member of The Untouchables, helps him go through that transition, offering him power, energy and tricks he would never be exposed to otherwise.
Pivotal point in the story is the recognition of Ethan as the long awaited leader of The Untouchables by Krixit. He get the symbol of that leadership, The Knights’ Grand Token, together with a difficult task: to fly the train to
Read the book to see how the story ends! (book available in US stores, online at Amazon and Barnes&Nobles and other quality online retailers around the world)
2011, Jan, review
review by onebookshy (comparing my book to Harry Potter!!)
review on raynadeatren.blogspot.com
review on MindingSpot
review by Amos Lassen
review on Mockingjay.blogspot
interview/guestblog on Just Jennifer
review by Novelspot
review on vvB32.blog
author interview on Wise Words
reviews on Shelfari : (1), (2)
guest story I wrote, tweeking Alice in wonderland to Alice in were-land
A small glimps of what I'm working on for volume 2 of The StudyTrain series. [updated July 2011]:
The Elixir of Life.
by Kurt Frenier
After being accepted on board of the StudyTrain again, Ethan quickly falls into his old trap. Blinded by power, he reestablishes contact with Krixit and starts a journey to get him the Elixir of Life. It is a painful quest in which he has to deceive his friends, fight protectors of the Elixir, and wrestle his inner feelings.
Ethan is grateful to being accepted on the StudyTrain after he tried to kill Master Althulos in Shanghai. He studies hard and gets along well with his friends. The train takes him once more to magnificent places in the world where he discovers amazing things.
He becomes fond of Alesia who, like him, has powers and starts a relationship with his best girlfriend Lana.
All goes well until one day he discovers a secret book, called Magic Words. The book blinds him and makes him hungry for more power and more magic skills. While discovering its secrets, he gets tangled in Krixit’s web again, and follows his demand to get the Elixir of Life for him.
The quest for the Elixir proves to be difficult and requires him to go the extra mile. After a daunting journey, he is able to make the Elixir. But this turns out to be only the beginning.
Ethan is tormented throughout his journey. He wants to learn from Althulos, being grateful about having a place on the train again, but he also wants to do something with his powers. His internal struggle takes him in various directions.
[to be continued]
Wordle for The Studytrain, vol 2, The Elixir of Life, by Kurt Frenier (2011)