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Dark Sunshine (Phantom Stallion Series #3)
     

Dark Sunshine (Phantom Stallion Series #3)

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by Terri Farley
 

The classic theme of a girl and her horse is set against a backdrop of mustangs, tumbleweeds, and a West that's still Wild.

In the third book of the series Dark Sunshine, Sam rescues an abused horse from rustlers, but needs the Phantom's help in convincing the young mare to trust her.

Ages 10+

Overview

The classic theme of a girl and her horse is set against a backdrop of mustangs, tumbleweeds, and a West that's still Wild.

In the third book of the series Dark Sunshine, Sam rescues an abused horse from rustlers, but needs the Phantom's help in convincing the young mare to trust her.

Ages 10+

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064410878
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2002
Series:
Phantom Stallion Series , #3
Edition description:
1ST AVON E
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Phantom Stallion #3: Dark Sunshine

Chapter One

The sweet smell of horses and hay carried to Samantha Forster on an early morning breeze. She eased the front door closed behind her. Everyone inside was asleep. By rising at four o′clock, she′d beaten even Dad out of bed.

Sam stifled a yawn. She could have slept in on this September Saturday, but she and Jeri planned to unlock the secrets of Lost Canyon before the sun rose.

Strange things were happening in Lost Canyon. Weird white plumes rose skyward. Were they dust, smoke, or spirits, as some Shoshone elders hinted? And what about those eerie screams?

Standing at the bus stop just the other morning, Sam and Jen had heard the faraway wails. Though they′d agreed those sounds weren′t the cries of Indian ponies slaughtered there a hundred years ago, she and Jeri had scared each other with other "what-ifs." They′d been rubbing gooseflesh from their arms when the school bus finally arrived.

Now, Sam moved silently across the front porch of the white, two-story house. She carried her boots and walked in stockinged feet. With Gram and Dad still sleeping, River Bend Ranch was all hers.

Darkness cloaked the neat pens and corrals, the barn and bunkhouse, and the surrounding rangelands where Hereford cattle grazed, but Sam knew it was all there waiting for her.

As she pulled on her scarred leather boots, Sam glanced toward the river. Across the current, on the wild side of the river, the Phantom could be waiting. But he′d never come to the ranch this near sunrise and probably never would.

Sam hefted her saddlebags and canteen and walked toward the barn.

Blaze woofed from his post outside the bunkhouse. The border collie′s bark startled a horse. Its hooves went thudding across the ten-acre pasture.

A few steps from the barn, a neigh challenged her.

"It′s only me, baby," Sam whispered. She hurried. Once Ace knew it was her, he′d set up a ruckus.

Fingers flying, Sam drew the bolt on the door connecting the barn and corral. Ace followed as Sam flipped the switch for the overhead lights. The little mustang nudged Sam until he backed her against the barn wall.

"You are too sweet." She caught Ace′s muzzle between her hands and gave it a quick kiss.

Sam dragged a curry comb over Ace′s already glowing coat. He wasn′t cross-tied or tethered, just standing with eyes half closed as he enjoyed the massaging movements of the brush.

When Sam stopped, Ace looked back over his shoulder as she smoothed on the blanket. Next, she saddled him and replaced his halter with a snafflebitted bridle.

Sam shivered. She should have remembered a coat. Since she hadn′t, she snatched the faded green sweatshirt she kept hanging from a nail in the barn. Before pulling it on, Sam dropped Ace′s reins, ground-tying him.

Like any well-schooled cow pony, Ace understood the signal to stand and wait. He snorted with impatience, though, as Sam tugged the sweatshirt over her short reddish hair.

"Sorry." Sam′s muffled voice came from inside the sweatshirt.

Ace, pawed the barn floor, stirring dust until she led him into the yard.

Before she could mount, Ace raised his finely boned, almost Arabic head. His nostrils flared as he gazed at the Calico Mountains, where a rim of midnight blue showed above the peaks.

Sam swung into the saddle.

"Don′t get your hopes up," she told the horse. "We′re heading away from his territory."

Sam shifted her weight slightly. Ace started toward the bridge, answering her cue.

"No reason to think well see him, boy," she said, but Sam had watched wild horses travel the trail into Lost Canyon.

Once, they′d been led by the Phantom.

Jeri and her high-stepping palomino weren′t at the pond by War Drum Flats. Although she was disappointed, Sam could guess why.

All week Jeri had sniffled and sneezed, but she′d carried a backpack full of tissues and refused to miss a single day of classes. Sam would bet the flu had finally gotten the better of her friend.

She was out here alone.

Then she heard it. The weird warbling was impossible to identify until it changed to a piercing cry.

Ace trembled. Through the saddle leather and blanket, Sam felt him, and knew the cry was no cougar′s scream. It was the plea of a terrified horse.

Sam wheeled Ace away from the pond and aimed him toward the tumble of boulders and sagebrush leading toward the path. The gelding moved at a stifflegged trot.

"I know you don′t want to go, but that horse is in trouble." Sam knew Lost Canyon lay someplace between here and that highest peak wearing a cap of snow. "C′mon, Ace. I′d want someone to help if you were crying."

Ace moved into a grudging lope, but the steep uphill path meant he couldn′t maintain the pace for long. Just when the footing grew more level, the trail dead-ended into a rock wall. Water seeped from a crack running across its face.

They backtracked until the path turned into a deer trail. Sam almost lost it on a slick stretch of granite.

Sam slowed Ace, stroked his coarse black mane, and listened. She hadn′t heard the whinny for several minutes. When she closed her eyes to concentrate, she did hear something. It was a whirring motor, like a chain saw. This high up the mountain, the sound could have carried from anywhere.

"Just a little farther," Sam told Ace.

The gelding picked his way across the rock, then grunted with irritation as Sam urged him onto a narrow ledge.

Ace did as she asked, but he clearly disagreed. The little mustang understood searching for grass and water. He understood people expected him to chase calves. But running toward a place where one horse was already in trouble? Ace shook his mane in disgust.

Phantom Stallion #3: Dark Sunshine. Copyright © by Terri Farley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Terri Farley is the author of the wildly popular Phantom Stallion series, which has sold one million copies. For her new series, Wild Horse Island, Terri volunteered on a horse ranch in Hawaii for three weeks. After much coaxing, she returned to her husband in Verdi, Nevada, where she lives and writes.

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Dark Sunshine (Phantom Stallion Series #3) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a very good book it is worth every penny dark sunshine is a buckskin who is mistreaten and abused but in the end it is a GREAT BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. I think everybody should rea this book. I love horses, i dont have any but i love them just the same!
Kate Mashburn More than 1 year ago
Love these books a must read!!!!
clarinetplayer More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing !!! I just love all the books in this series!!!! LOVE IT!!!!
Cindy Moffitt More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much it is the best in the series!!!
Kathleen Mager More than 1 year ago
this is a really awesome book, part of an amazing series. a little confusing if you havn't read the first two, but good in itself. sam' s daring and adventurous nature make her a fun character to relate to. many unexpected events make it a great read. Mikki is the type of character you have keep reading to figure out, and Dad and Brynna are a story on their own;) a basic understanding of ranch and horse terms is needed, but most words are easy to figure out. one of the best books i've read in a while!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dark Sunshine is my favorite book in the serise I love it so much! Dark Sunshine is a beautiful horse and Terri writes this book so well this book is a must read no matter what!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Phantom Stallion #3 Dark Sunshine, was a great book. Samantha Forster (Sam) finds a mare abused from wild horses rustlers. (Rustlers round up wild horses and illegally sell them for meat.)Anyway, Sam must gain Dark Sunshine's trust. That's the main plot of the story. It also includes Dad and Brynna's (pronounced BRIN-a) romance and the HARP program being started. Mikki Small is the first HARP girl, she loves horses, is unself-confident, and tries to help the albino gelding named Popcorn. Anyway, the book had many twists and it was fabulous! And supercalifragilisticexpialadocious! (Ha, ha!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this book because it is really interesting and slow in some parts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about a girl named sam and she once had a horse named blakkie and now he is the phantom. and wen a few horse thiveves almost hurt 3 horses and dark sunshine and wen they start to capture the phantoms heard sam gets worried. And now jake is basicly having to babysit mikki she is the first girl in the HARP program. she is trying to help a horse named popcorn and she isnt going any where with him. And she is a juvanile delicent. And she almost set the rach in flames.and wen sam is tryin to help dark sunshine but things are always going wrong. then sam helps save the phantom in time to see dark sunshine ad he needs sams help.
Vanessa Reichenberger More than 1 year ago
I have only read the first and second one but i am waiting until friday when i have enough money can NOT wait!!!!!!!
Pam Demeulenaere More than 1 year ago
I know its been a long time since this series was made but I started reading the first one for school and I loved it so much that it inspired me to get my Nook Color. I loved the first book so much that I wanted to read the whole series! I was suprised that the second book was not as good as the first but I loved this one and cannot wait to read the fourth one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I was kind of surprised that Sam hugged Jake, especially since I was imaganing she was gonna do that. I heard that there's gonna be only 16 books; is that true? If it is, I'll be really disapointes because the Thoroughbred series just ended (I found out today) and that's gonna make me feel even sadder. I LOVE PHANTOM STALLION!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!!!!!!!!! Best seires every!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Phantom. Dark Sunshine. Ace. Sweetharet. I love everyone and everyhorse in the Phantom Stallion and Wild Horse Island serise
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love these books
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Pads in and sees the apprentice practicing. "Nice job... Skypaw right?" -Oaktail
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in and sits down, waiting for his mentor. Also im on easter time her is my scesule:7:00-4:00, wake up go to school and do home work. At 4:00 -8:00im on my nook, on and off. At 8-8:30 im getting ready and then going to bed. On the weekends i wake up around 8:00 then im on my nook on and off through out the day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved horses my whole life. I will never stop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skystep set the kit down gently. "Yes. Where is Lilystar? And is this HorseClans new camp?" She mewed. -Skystep and Limecreek
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Returning after catching a mouse here, fallowpaw turns to the stream, leaps nimbly to a rock jutting out in the middle and waits until a minnow swims by, her claws flashing as she hooks the fish out of the water.
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Fantastic