Fire Maiden (Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island Series #5) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Darby is excited to go on a "volcano watch," camping out and observing the island's volcanoes, despite recent small earthquakes that could mean an eruption is coming. After all, Darby grew up in California, so she's used to the earth rumbling now and then. Plus, the expedition is perfect for working with Hoku, helping the young mustang learn to handle any situation.

But when the volcanoes do erupt, it's much scarier than Darby anticipated, and a stream of lava leaves Darby and ...

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Overview

Darby is excited to go on a "volcano watch," camping out and observing the island's volcanoes, despite recent small earthquakes that could mean an eruption is coming. After all, Darby grew up in California, so she's used to the earth rumbling now and then. Plus, the expedition is perfect for working with Hoku, helping the young mustang learn to handle any situation.

But when the volcanoes do erupt, it's much scarier than Darby anticipated, and a stream of lava leaves Darby and Hoku stranded. Can Darby's horse-charming skills keep the mustang calm? Or will her filly run back to the wild?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061890338
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Series: Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island Series , #5
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 307,221
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 940 KB

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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First Chapter

Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island #5: Fire Maiden

Chapter One

"My foreman tells me Hoku is about ready to start carrying a rider," Jonah said as Darby Carter climbed out of the 'Iolani Ranch truck after school.

Although her boots had just now touched the red Hawaiian dirt, and she still held the truck door open, Darby didn't move. If she'd slipped through time molecules into an alternate reality, one in which her grandfather trusted her to start riding her mustang filly, she didn't want to change position and shatter this dream come true.

Darby took in everything around her. It looked just like it had when she'd left for school that morning.

She was still in Hawaii, on Wild Horse Island. The Australian shepherds were barking their usual welcome, and Sun House—in which she had a bedroom—was still cantilevered over a bluff, looking down on hundreds of emerald acres that made 'Iolani Ranch heaven for horses.

Across the yard, in one direction, sat the round pen.

Past it, right where it should be, stood the foreman's green house next to the tack shed. Beyond that, a clutter of grayed wooden fox cages rested in the shade of a tree that often provided a hunting perch for a friendly owl. And right on down the path, she could see the corral where her filly Hoku was penned, getting used to the sights, sounds, and smells of ranch life until she was . . .

"Kit said Hoku's ready to carry a rider?" Darby finally repeated.

"It's not April Fools' Day, Granddaughter," Jonah told her. "He said she did fine in the waves over at Sugar Sands and he doesn't think we should waste hercuriosity."

"Wow," Darby said.

Jonah looked like he was holding in a smile.

As Megan Kato, Darby's best friend on the ranch, slid down from the truck carrying her soccer bag, she gave Darby a thumbs-up.

"Go change your clothes and meet Kit at Hoku's corral," Jonah said.

Megan flashed Darby an excited look and said, "This is so cool. I'm coming over there to watch."

"Hurry," Jonah urged, as if Darby had settled in for a chat instead of shivering with anticipation. Then he glanced at the horizon and added, "This might use up all the daylight we've got left."

Use up all the daylight? Darby caught her breath.

Was Jonah forgetting that she and Hoku had an unpredictable relationship? Most of the time, they were sisters. Once in a while, though, the mustang filly regarded Darby with the same impatience she had for other clumsy two-legged humans.

With raised eyebrows, Darby looked at Aunty Cathy. Although Cathy Kato was Megan's mom and the ranch manager, and not really related to Darby, the woman was a respected friend that Darby honored in the Hawaiian way by calling her aunty. Besides, Cathy was an experienced horsewoman and Darby always welcomed her advice.

Pushing her brown-blond hair out of her eyes with the back of her wrist and balancing a bag of groceries on her hip, Aunty Cathy said, "I wouldn't count on teaching an untrained horse to carry a rider before dinnertime, but that's just me."

"Hmph," Jonah said. "Probably right. That filly's got too much wild horse in her. She'll just run off instead of standing and thinking like her dam."

Hoku's dam was Princess Kitty, a running Quarter Horse related to the champion Three Bars. Jonah believed Quarter Horses were royalty in the world of equines.

Jonah gave an approving nod for his own wisdom, then walked away before Darby could speak up for Hoku's mustang bloodlines.

In a mock-Western accent, Megan drawled, "Ya got 'til sundown, Horse Charmer."

"I really want to do this, but a little warning would have been nice," Darby muttered as she looked after her grandfather.

"Tell him you want to wait," Cathy suggested. "At least until after your camping trip."

Darby's sensible side, the part of her that had ruled her life when she lived in Pacific Pinnacles, California, agreed with Aunty Cathy. She'd only been riding for a month, after all.

But Darby's Hawaiian heart, the part of her that had come to life on Wild Horse Island, overruled her head.

"No way!" Darby said, and she ran inside Sun House, down the hall to her bedroom, to pull on riding clothes.

Ten minutes later, Darby was jogging toward Kit Ely. The ranch foreman, a half-Shoshone Nevadan who was often mistaken for a Hawaiian, stood at the fence of Hoku's corral. In his customary chaps and pressed shirt, Kit looked younger than usual as he gave Darby his happy wolf smile.

This is going to be fun, Darby thought, and just then, her horse moved out from behind Kit.

Ears pricked at the sound of Darby's approach, the sorrel filly tossed her flaxen forelock from her eyes. Her hooves made a staccato beat as background to her snorts and nickers.

She's glad to see me, but she wants Kit to go away. Because the filly had been beaten by a man during her colthood, Hoku had good reason to dislike men, but she tolerated Kit better than other males.

"Hi!" Darby heard her own singing tone as she walked up to the pair.

Kit's smile showed white against his dark features. He looked almost as excited as she felt.

"This is just the beginnin'," he cautioned Darby. "Just preparation for the main event, okay?"

"Okay," Darby said, smooching at Hoku.

The sorrel stopped. She flung her muzzle toward her back, as if urging Darby to come inside the pen.

"Listen up now," Kit said, more seriously than before.

Darby let the smile fade from her lips. Crossing her arms to keep in her exhilaration, Darby faced him.

"All we're going to do today is show her how it's done. Riding, that is," Kit said. "Together, we're going to lead her into the round pen and turn her loose, wearing just her halter. Next, you'll go inside, leading Navigator, and I'll bring you your gear and you'll tack him up."

Phantom Stallion: Wild Horse Island #5: Fire Maiden. Copyright © by Terri Farley. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    Hoku shows what's she made of in this book.

    Fire Maiden is an amazing book. The artwork is simply amazing. Terri Farley brings out everything in these books, including Darby's absolute love for her mustang, Hoku. With the dangers of erupting volcanoes and collapsing caves, horse and girl battle the disasters nature had spewed out on the island.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Love it

    Must read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    OMG! WOW! VERY THRILLING!

    this book NEVER had a dull spot! but Terri Farley's books never do! omg! awsome book!

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    Some body pleaseread it,memerize it, and type it on here so i dont have to by it

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    Starpaw

    I know medicine, plus I have healing and birth powers.

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    Minteyes

    IS KITTING IN RESULT 5

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    Posted October 4, 2012

    Fire maidan

    This book is so awsome.

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    I was just crossing, I was looking looking for herbs.....*she dips her head*
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    ISLAND STALLION

    GREAT STORY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2008

    Excited!

    I have loved all of Terri Farley's previous books! These Hawaii ones are really exciting. I can't wait till Fire Maiden comes out!

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    Posted January 8, 2008

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    I can't wait to read it!

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