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The Black Stallion and the Lost City

The Black Stallion and the Lost City

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by Steve Farley
     
 

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When Alec and the Black are hired to work as stunt doubles in a film about Alexander and his horse, Bucephalus, they find themselves on set in the remote mountains of the Greek/Bulgarian border. Movie making involves a lot of waiting, so they set out for a morning of exploring. Chasing an elusive albino mare, the two find themselves caught in an underground river

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When Alec and the Black are hired to work as stunt doubles in a film about Alexander and his horse, Bucephalus, they find themselves on set in the remote mountains of the Greek/Bulgarian border. Movie making involves a lot of waiting, so they set out for a morning of exploring. Chasing an elusive albino mare, the two find themselves caught in an underground river which drops them, half-drowned, beside a city lost in time.

Revered at first, they soon discover that they are intended as the entertainment at a horrific ritual . . . sacrifices to the legendary flesh-eating mares in the coloseum of King Diomedes.

Another thrilling new Black Stallion novel by Walter Farley's son, which proves that the art of writing a great horse story is definitely in the genes!

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The Black Stallion battles flesh-eating mares in this strange, off-putting addition to the late Walter Farley's series, written by his son.

Alec Ramsey andhis Black Stallion are playing the parts of Alexander the Great and his horse Bucephalus in a movie filmed in the mountains of Greece near a mysterious, heavily guarded "resort." When the Black pursues a strange albino mare across a stream, Alex andthe13-year-olddaughter of one of thestunt riders(whoseems to have no purposein thestory other than to keep it from being entirely populatedby adults) follow. They fall into a mysterious underground river and thence into a strange world where people stay young by drinkingmagical water and offeringhuman sacrifices to flesh-eating mares. It's meant to parallel the legend of Diomedes; unfortunately, none of it makes any sense.A graphic scene of horses consumingan elderly couplewill unsettle many readers. Farley's writing,simultaneously flat and full of hyperbole, would be right at home in a B-movie Western, as would hischaracters, who come straight out of central casting, bad foreign dialects and all.Even the Black has become a stereotype.

Readers are better off stickingto the originals. (Fiction. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375872082
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/12/2012
Series:
Black Stallion Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
928,982
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

STEVE FARLEY is the son of Walter Farley, the man who created the Black Stallion and wrote 20 stories about the best-loved literary horse of all time.

A freelance writer based in Manhattan, he travels frequently, especially to places where he can enjoy riding, diving and surfing.

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