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…  See more details below

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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:
9780375898877
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Series:
Black Stallion
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
828,694
File size:
2 MB
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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The Black Stallion and the Lost City 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
madamelilly More than 1 year ago
Another great story that is a spell binding journey for Alec and the Black. It will keep you swiftly turning from page to page so you never want to put it down. Follow this exciting duo as they get swept up in the world of film making in a land that is a struggle for anything or anyone. This book follows in the footsteps of all the great BlacK Stallion books. This one is sure to please!!!!!!!
Phimaker More than 1 year ago
Like The Black Stallion and the Shape-shifter, this is an exciting, action-packed book that is faithful to the tradition of the Black Stallion and Island Stallion books. These days some people seem to think Black Stallion should become more like My Little Pony, but that is not the way Walter Farley envisioned him, and Steven Farley's books reflect that. Walter Farley established that the Black's original name is Shetan, an Arabian name that translates as "Devil". The Black's first son is named "Satan." In the Black Stallion and Satan. Walter Farley tells us that the Black is a man-killer who threw and killed his previous owner, Alec's friend Abu Ishak. Long ago Walter Farley established that the Black is more like a horse version of King Kong, a powerful, untamed beast controllable only by his love for a single individual. He is not supposed to be Lassie. This is the difference between the Black and most any of the animal characters in popular fiction today. The Black is dangerous. I am glad Steven Farley celebrates this difference and has carried on the tradition and I think you will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I miss reading Walter Farley's books. Its wonderful that is son is continuing his series. Stevens writing is very similar. Well worth it!
Lorraine McIntyre More than 1 year ago
I love horses and the black he is one of my faves
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very strange, weird, and at times disturbing tale which plays out like a B-movie on the Sy Fy channel more than a "Black Stallion" novel. More like a twisted version of "Lost Horizon" than anything else, this book is not something I'd recommend for young children to read. Steve Farley's first couple "Black Stallion" books were relatively good, straightforward horse tales ("Black Stallion's Shadow" and "Black Stallion's Steeplechaser.") His past couple books, including "The Black Stallion and the Shape Shifter," have strayed way over the line into very bizarre fantasy, and while his dad occasionally got into fantasy as well ("The Island Stallion Races," "The Black Stallion's Ghost") those were not among the senior Farley's better efforts either. Can't recommend this title - read the early originals by Walter Farley for really good stories about Alec and the Black.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love alec i love the black to i have so many black stallion movies and watch them so many times
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Good May 22 2012
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Try and get us!" Rockkit taunted. Spinkit jumped towards Flowerpetal. Just as the warrior tryed to get him he jumped away. "Nah nah na na na!" Spinkit sang. Rockkit laughed. The two toms scampered away. -Spinkit and Rockkit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Not so fast, you two. Get it treated back at camp. Your mother is woried sick for you!" ~Flowerpetal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WHAT IS UP WITH YOUR SPELLING?! {I am in second grade and I can spell better than you}
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is padding through when she sees a glint of blue. She turns to see what it was. She crept up on it, in case it was something bad or prey. But when she got there she saw it was just a blue fire opal wolf necklace. "Woah," she said. She dashed and picked it up, sliding it over her head. She admired the was it shined in the sun. Now that he was watching every detail, she could scent the faint smell of a cat. She ignored it and wondered why such a beutiful necklace would be lying on the ground. She didn't care, though. She loved the necklace. No one could ever take it away from her. Its hers now. She found it. She troted away to show cats at camp.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He purred. Gtg in rl to my gmas for a bday party! Milkpelt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He runs in "What happened?!" He panted "Me and Goldenstripe were talking to vixenkit when i heard something coming from over here." He looks down and there was a wolf necklce and a feather.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Falconclaw walked along the border, refreshing the marks. He then picked up the strange scent. He stopped for a second then continued marking the border. He was going to come back when he was done and follow the scent.