Phantom Stallion #14: Moonrise

Phantom Stallion #14: Moonrise

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by Terri Farley

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Samantha's latest adventure with her mustang friend, the phantom stallion, in the wildly popular series.

oSet in the modern day Wild West, Phantom Stallion has cowboys, horse rustlers, and mustangs – exciting new territory you can't find in any other series.

o Dedicated fan base – will appeal to fans of the Thoroughbred, Ashleigh and

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Samantha's latest adventure with her mustang friend, the phantom stallion, in the wildly popular series.

oSet in the modern day Wild West, Phantom Stallion has cowboys, horse rustlers, and mustangs – exciting new territory you can't find in any other series.

o Dedicated fan base – will appeal to fans of the Thoroughbred, Ashleigh and Saddle Club Series.

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Phantom Stallion #14: Moonrise

By Terri Farley
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2009

Terri Farley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060583156

Chapter One

Mustangs weren't supposed to pout.

They didn't brood over unfairness or store up bad days in their equine minds until they spotted a chance to pay someone back.

It just wasn't the sort of thing mustangs did, but no one had told Ace.

"You're not a sea horse," Samantha Forster told her bay gelding. "We can't stay out here in the lake. If someone comes riding along and spots us, it will be really embarrassing."

Once, Ace had been a wild mustang whose black mane and tail flew back from his red-gold coat as he galloped across the range, but he sure wasn't running now.

Instead, Ace stood in the middle of the shallow lake on War Drum Flats. He stared toward the horizon where the white desert floor met the broad blue Nevada sky.

He splashed one hoof in the water. The droplets felt cool as they soaked through Sam's jeans, but any experienced rider would agree with her: She couldn't let her mount get away with this.

"Come on, Ace. Jen will be here any minute." Sam sat straighter in her saddle. She used her legs, heels, and hands to urge her horse forward. Again.

Her best friend, Jennifer Kenworthy, was supposed to meet her here at ten o'clock.

Sam glanced at her watch. Jen was almost always on time. That meant Sam had eight minutesto convince her horse he belonged ashore. The only reason there was no audience for Ace's stunt was because they'd arrived early.

There was almost no audience. That squawk from a blue jay gliding overhead sounded a lot like laughter.

Sam blamed herself for trusting Ace. She knew he had a mischievous nature, especially when he hadn't been worked enough.

After a lope across the range, she'd allowed Ace a long drink at the lake while she thought about the overnight campout she and Jen were planning. If she'd been paying attention, Ace might not have fooled her into believing he was just wading out for a drink. He'd gone a few steps farther than she'd expected. And then a few more. Her first clue that the tricky bay was headed for the middle of the shallow lake had come when he'd given such a lunge that water spattered her stirrups.

Just as she'd tried to turn Ace, his hooves had lifted, and she'd experienced the uncanny feeling of riding a swimming horse. Excitement and worry had played tug-of-war in her brain, as Ace's legs surged and pulled and she floated along with him.

Finally, he'd settled his hooves so that he stood chest-deep in muddy water. Only by holding her boot toes up was she keeping her polished leather stirrups clear of the muck he'd stirred from the lake bottom.

He'd ignored her instructions since then. Because orders weren't working, Sam tried bribery.

She rubbed Ace's favorite spot at the base of his mane. "Doesn't that feel good, boy?" she said. "As soon as we get back to shore I'll do it some more."

Too smart for bribery, Ace twitched his skin as if she were a fly.

Next, Sam tried peer pressure.

"Let's go, boy. I think Silly will laugh at you."

Silk Stockings was Jen's palomino mare. Jen called her horse Silly, and claimed she only rode the mare to study horse neuroses for her future career as a veterinarian.

Sam could imagine Silly jigging and pulling at her reins trying to swim after Ace, but she couldn't imagine Jen giving her mount enough rein to pull the stunt Ace had.

All at once, Ace tensed beneath her.

An eerie howl raised chills on Sam's arms in spite of the summer warmth. Lost Canyon wasn't too far away. It was supposed to be haunted, but she didn't believe that.

"Coyotes?" Sam asked Ace.

The gelding's ears pointed toward the mountains. He answered with an inquiring snort.

Coyotes howled at night, singing before a hunt and yapping their excitement afterward. Sam heard them almost every night and she knew what they sounded like. These howls were different.

Then she saw dust swirling on one of the mountain paths.

"Are those horses?" she asked Ace.

Wild horses rarely ran during midmorning, but if they had a reason—could coyotes be stalking the Phantom's newborn foals?

Sam's heart thudded crazily.

Mustangs were born to run. If they outdistanced their pursuers right away, the foals would be fine. For a time, they'd keep up with the herd as it fled, but those delicate legs had to take two running strides to match each of their mothers'.

Sam wished she had binoculars. She wanted to see what was going on, but it was just too far away.

If the mustangs had been coming down to water, wouldn't they keep running this way?

"Come out here," she urged the horses. "You're safer in the open."

Sam dropped her reins. Ace wasn't going anywhere, anyway, and she'd read once that you could improve your vision slightly and temporarily by pulling the corners of your eyes.

She tried it. It helped a little bit, sharpening her view of faraway horses that were crashing through thickets of sagebrush. It didn't look like many horses. They might even have riders. And she still couldn't see what was after them.

Sam groaned in frustration. Even if Ace moved, would it help to go galloping up that hillside into the midst of an attack?

Ace shifted nervously, so Sam took up her reins again.

"Why don't they come down here?" Sam asked.

Horses had a better chance of kicking and biting their attackers, instead of each other, if they weren't crowded together like they were in that steep, brushy ravine.

If she knew that, the Phantom had to, as well.

"It can't be him," Sam told Ace.

Even though he was young for a herd stallion, the Phantom was experienced. The fleet silver mustang had protected his band for at least two years. He wouldn't allow his foals to be cornered and struck down by predators.

An angry neigh shrilled down from the hillside and Sam caught a flash of blue-black hide.

"Oh my gosh," Sam gasped.

New Moon. Of course there were other black mustangs on this range, but it could be him.


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Moonrise (Phantom Stallion Series #14) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book rocked the stable!!! I can't believe Sam didn't get Jake back for the prank he pulled on her. But he did teach to rope and had his pressed over hers! Did Blaze ever come back?
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great book!! but to all the sam and jake people, even those who think it's a bad idea WHAT ABOUT SAM AND DARRELL (jake's friend)?? i think that it'd be cool if they went out and jake got jelous or something and asked sam out... corny i know
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could read all of these books in one week...but these are the best books ever. Although i ride english all the adventures that Sam has had with Jake, the Phantom and Jen seems like so much fun!!! But, no offense to anyone....but ever since Bryanna came into the picture shes been messing up Sam's family. I thought that although Sam liked Bryanna, i think that she thought she was messing up they're usual way of doing things. for an example...she (she meaning Bryanna) made sam do extra algebra homework! and she made her clean her room...and Sam doesnt usually think about those things... well thats just my opinion...BUT I SOOOOOO LUV THESE BOOKS!!! YOU GOTTA READ THEM ALL! by the many are there? 20? 23? more or less??
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the books are awesome, and like always, Terri Farley has done an excellent job on Moonrise! I love Phantom Stallion! Did you know she's coming out with a new series!!! The books are MUST READS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome, I have to agree I thought Sam's mishap with Jake was funny. if you haven't read this book yet, you should get it ASAP. This was one of my favorite books of the whole series,I don't know but Jake was acting a little bit different. He wasn't treating Sam as if she was a girl who made mistakes, he was encouraging more then how he usually is impatient or teasing. I don't know if anyone else noticed that, or was it just me? But anyways, awesome book can't wait for the next one to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fourteenth installment of this series provides somewhat of a relief for the Phantom fans that have noticed a slow decline in the quality of the books. In MOONRISE, Sam discovers that a dangerous pack of hunting dogs is running loose. When the dogs attack even her father, she begins to fear them. The story culminates into a rather dramatic ending, with the extra spice of poetic justice being done to the villainous Linc Slocum. Although the plot is not the strongest in literary terms, it does flow well and contains enough interest to keep fans reading. In addition, avid fans of this series will continue to hang onto every word with Jake Ely, the sort-of romantic interest, still in the picture. Although scarce, the scenes with Jake in this book are comical and interesting. Overall, Samantha is a likeable protagonist and in this book her friend Jen will also become a 'friend' to readers as they get to know her better. The only disapointment this book presents is that things still are not heating up between Sam and Jake -- readers can only hope that Ms. Farley will get the ball rolling in the books to come. MOONRISE is otherwise an enjoyable read and will leave fans wishing for more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They always have been it seems lol. Okay well if she's leaving then I suppose I'll just go back and respond to you! And if you want help with personality/looks, I love stuff like that lol. I have a question, Saberkit was whose kit? Creekrun and Songlight had a kit named Saberkit, but wasn't he also like Songlights brother?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Play was a success! Yesss! He didn't mess up at all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss the back of ur hand tree times then post this in tree other books then look under ur pillow
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There are 24 books in the serise just so you know :p I love these books too!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok in this book was about sam and jen going bon a cattle drive to prove to there dads that they can handle the ranch after lincs dohs scare sams dads horse causing him to fall and get hurt. He desides its a good idea so he teaches sam how to do everything. This was va good book but i keep hoping sam and jake get together. But i dont think it will happen.
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MOONRISE was a pretty good addition to the PHANTOM STALLION series. Though, it was a little bit shorter than the usual books in this series. I enjoyed MOONRISE mainly because it shows us how Sam is being taught how to become a cowgirl and all the things she has to do to become one. I think it was a good book, though not as good as the first twelve. Good job Mrs. Farley!