The Black Stallion and the Lost City [NOOK Book]

Overview

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.

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Overview

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!

From the Hardcover edition.

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Kirkus Reviews

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375898877
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Series: Black Stallion
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 333,203
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    A must read for anyone wanting a true exciting story!!

    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!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    highly recommended

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2011

    Don't waste your money

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Wonderful book. Almost as brilliant as his fathers work

    I miss reading Walter Farley's books. Its wonderful that is son is continuing his series. Stevens writing is very similar. Well worth it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Awesome

    I love horses and the black he is one of my faves

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2014

    How many pages?

    How many pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Alec lover

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Kits

    "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

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    Flowerpetal

    "Not so fast, you two. Get it treated back at camp. Your mother is woried sick for you!" ~Flowerpetal

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2012

    ?

    WHAT IS UP WITH YOUR SPELLING?! {I am in second grade and I can spell better than you}

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    A stone

    -a red stone sat there. It as extracting heat and when a cat touched it burn. But it didnt when it was in the water.....-

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Starpaw

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Milkpelt

    He purred. Gtg in rl to my gmas for a bday party!
    Milkpelt

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    good May 22 2012

    Good May 22 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Skyleaf

    Runs off. Skyleaf

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Blacksoul

    He pads up to braveheart smelling fear of lilystar. Tracking her scent he stops when the scent stops behind a bush...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Wolfpaw

    She walks into the clearing and tracks velveteyes scent to two rocks. Thats weird the trail ends here. Oh well. She turns around to go when she hears the fantest of breths. Aha i found u velveteyes she peers into the crook between the rocks i found u how did i do. Its 8:53 ur time now if u have western. It took me four minutes including writing this post. Going to friends hous. Im really a boy in rl so were playing bck ops bye.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Oaktail

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    A Cruel Capture

    A light grey tabby shecat can be seen padding across the wide open plains. She is heavily pregnent and her movements are slow. But the fresh breeze blowing her whiskers calms her. She knows she should not be out here. Both Braveheart and Cloudheart had warned her to stay in her nest but today was such a nice day that Lilystar couldn't help herself. So she had snuck out of her camp alone and was now heading for her favorite spot in Horseclan's territory, the stream. There she plans to sun herself on one of the many warm rocks and then go home. Little does she know that this foolish act will lead to much hardship. As Lilystar walks along, she soon sees the stream ahead. Eagarness floods through her. No wait... not eagarness. "What the..." Thinks the leader of Horseclan as she feels a strange sensation come over her. "What's going on? I'm not sick! Then what is that... OW!" With a moan, the light grey tabby shecat feels a wave of pain wash over her. "What's happening? I feel like I'm going to explode!" Lilystar thinks in agony. "Oh no! I'm so stupid! My kit! My kit is coming! What have I gotten myself into! No one knows I am out here! Stay calm... stay calm... I've just got to make it back to camp..." Rising unsteadily onto her paws, the leader of Horseclan tries to walk. But as soon as she does, another wave of pain, this one more fierce and violent, grips her. With a howl of shear fear and agony, Lilystar crumples to the ground. "Well, that won't work!" She thinks. "Maybe if I can just drag myself to that bush..." Once more, the laboring shecat tries to move but now the pain is so sharp it takes her breath away. "Cloudheart, Tigerpaw, Goldenstripe, anyone, help!" Whimpering with fear, Lilystar looks up at the sky, trying to concentrate on anything that will ease her suffering. But as her ice blue eyes scan the clouds, horror floods through her. A tiny black dot is seen circling overhead. Although she has seen this many times before, now it is different. Now the black dot does not have his eye on some rabbit or mouse. No, now that dreaded black dot has honed in on her. Knowing she doesn't have much time, Lilystar desparately tries to crawl under the heather bush, using all her willpower to overcome the pain. But her efforts are futile. The eagle dives towards her, his talons outstreched and a look of triumph in his sharp eyes. The light grey tabby shecat watches as the bird swoops closer with each passing second. Then he has her gripped in his talons and the leader of Horseclan feels a rush of air as the predator takes off with his prey. Soon her territory is hundreds of feet below her and Lilystar's heart is beating so fast, she is suprised it doesn't burst! As the eagle soars, the queen yowls, "Help, someone help me!" But the light grey tabby shecat knows no one can possibly hear her. With a yowl of dispair, Lilystar thinks, "No, it can't end like this! That bird can rip away every one of my lives! And my kit... oh my poor kit!" Still feeling the pains of her contractions, the shecat is carried away to the only eagle nest on Horseclan's territory (you have to find it but it is somewhere in the Black Stallion series! I may not have the eagle nest up until later)! Her only hope of survival is that her clan will find her. The only trace of the incident is her blue fire opal wolf necklace lying beside an eagle feather where she was captured... ~ Laboring and Panicing Lilystar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Falconclaw

    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.

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