Wild Honey (Phantom Stallion Series #22)

Wild Honey (Phantom Stallion Series #22)

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by Terri Farley

The Phantom's lead mare is injured, and Samantha wants to help her. But she can't call the vet -- what if he won't let the mare return to the wild?

So Sam starts treating the mare's injuries in secret. But the horse seems awfully calm for a mustang, and she matches the description of a missing mare from California. Is Sam helping a mustang, or has she


The Phantom's lead mare is injured, and Samantha wants to help her. But she can't call the vet -- what if he won't let the mare return to the wild?

So Sam starts treating the mare's injuries in secret. But the horse seems awfully calm for a mustang, and she matches the description of a missing mare from California. Is Sam helping a mustang, or has she accidentally stolen someone's horse?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jamaica Johnson Conner
While taking an early morning trot on her mustang Ace, Samantha Forster, a troublemaker and horse lover, encounters the Phantom Stallion's lead mare, whose injured foot has made her easy prey for predators. Sam and her friend Jake attempt to temporarily bandage the wound while deciding where to take the wild mare to allow her time to heal before releasing her back into the wild. Finally, Sam determines to take her to Deerpath Ranch, which is owned by Trudy Allen. Mrs. Allen is worn out from trying to care for the ranch and animals on her own, but she reluctantly allows Sam to hide the wild mare in her barn. When Mrs. Allen is offered a financially beneficial opportunity to host the local police force's desensitization training for a mounted posse, Sam and her crew of friends soon discover that this beautiful mare may not be as wild as they thought. This book is part of the "Phantom Stallion" series, but readers should start with the first book in the series, as Farley devotes very little time to exposition and character development. Young ladies who enjoy reading and learning about horses and social dynamics would enjoy this story.

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Phantom Stallion Series , #22
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Phantom Stallion #22: Wild Honey

By Terri Farley

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Terri Farley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060815396

Chapter One

Leather creaked as Samantha Forster swung onto her horse's back and tested the saddle's position. This was no time to make a mistake.

Dawn's golden shimmer still hovered beyond the peaks of the Calico Mountains and the two-story white ranch house stood silent, with only the kitchen light glowing, but Sam was ready to ride.

Her bay mustang Ace flicked his black-edged ears forward. When she didn't urge him ahead, his ears slanted sideways, then back. He snorted plumes of vapor into the September morning, just as eager to leave as Sam was.

"Now?" Sam asked.

She did her best to sound patient, though it wasn't like she hadn't ridden in predawn darkness plenty of times before. But her stepmother Brynna stood barefoot on the front porch, making sure Sam didn't leave without permission.

At three thirty-six A.M., Sam had heard Tempest squeal. The filly was barely three months old and she was Sam's baby. Eyes half open, Sam had lurched out of bed as if a fishing hook had lodged in the center of her chest and her filly's cry was reeling her in.

Sam had beaten Dad down the stairs but his whiplash voice had stopped her before she reached the front door.

"Samantha. You don't know what you're runnin' into."

Outside, Blaze, the ranch watchdog, had been barking. He hadn't sounded ferocious, just watchful; but Sam had known Dad wouldn't take her translation of dog talk as a guarantee of safety.

"I'll look out the window first," she'd protested loudly.

Too loudly, it turned out. Her voice kind of echoed off Dad, who'd come downstairs, too.

Sam pushed back the curtains covering the window over the kitchen sink and stared toward Tempest's corral. Dad stood just inches behind Sam, but he let her look first.

Wow. If she'd been an instant later or even blinked as she stared out the window, Sam wouldn't have caught that glimpse of waving paleness. If she hadn't dreamed of the Phantom's moonlight visit almost every night, the saddle horses' neighing and Dark Sunshine's circling hoofbeats wouldn't have made her stare past Tempest's pasture to see the silver stallion dash up the hillside, away from civilization.

"Dad, did you see -- "

"I saw him. Can't think of one good thing about him lurkin' around like that, either."

Sam had stared at her father in disbelief. Even though he'd seen the Phantom, too, Dad had actually snorted when she'd insisted she had to ride after the stallion. He'd forbidden her to leave until daybreak and he hadn't been nice about it. Her disappointment didn't affect him either.

"But, Dad . . . ," Sam had moaned as he'd turned away from her and started back to his bedroom.

"Quit your sighin', Samantha," he'd said. "I can feel the draft from here."

Then he'd continued back upstairs without another word, despite the excitement that kept their saddle horses neighing and restless all night long.

Sam had stayed downstairs. She wouldn't disobey Dad, but her mind kept planning her escape -- as if she would.

There'd been no chance to sneak out, anyway.

Brynna, restless herself in her last months of pregnancy, had stayed up to study maps as big as beach blankets, which she'd spread out on the kitchen table.

Just the same, Sam had gotten dressed, then saddled Ace in the darkness, making sure the latigo strap that held the saddle in place lay flat and snug. She'd taken a stupid dive out of the saddle a few days ago. Since then, Ace seemed to be waiting for another mistake.

Like the one she kept picturing right now, Sam thought. She should not be imagining herself leaning low on Ace's neck, urging him into a rash and reckless gallop up the rise, along the ridge and after the Phantom.

She should be keeping her eyes focused on Brynna, who'd appointed herself clock boss.

"I don't know what you hope to accomplish," Brynna said, finally, pulling her robe a little closer.

"There must be a reason the Phantom was here," Sam explained. "He almost never crosses over to our side of the river. Please, can I go now?"

A rooster scratched the dirt noisily, then hopped to the henhouse roof, fluttered his feathers, and gave a rusty crow.

Sam looked pointedly toward the bird. Even the chickens knew it was time to get moving.

"Okay," Brynna surrendered. "Be careful."

"Always," Sam said.

Despite Brynna's skeptical groan, Sam reined Ace, her bay mustang, away from the porch. She'd barely thought of shifting forward when the gelding set off across the ranch yard at a speedy jog that threatened to break into a lope if she'd allow it.

"Not yet," Sam told her horse, and his smooth gait turned to a pouty, hammering trot.

Sam had already opened the gates in the old pasture. She angled Ace through the first one, then let out her reins, letting Ace lope over the short, crunchy grass of the shortcut while she looked up, toward the trail head.

Other horses called after them, crowding against their fences as Ace bounded through the second gate and up the trail that ran behind River Bend Ranch. It was steep and crowded with sagebrush at first.

"Careful," Sam told her horse as the path began weaving through granite boulders. The footing disappeared between bleached drifts of cheatgrass, then turned dusty and choked with dry brush. Each time their passing cracked a twig, it gave off the smell of summer's end.

As soon as Ace reached the ridge top, Sam glanced back over her shoulder. A toy house, miniature barn, two little bunkhouses, and a bridge made up the River Bend Ranch. She was leaving it behind and riding into wild horse country. Smiling.

She and Ace were following the Phantom. The silver stallion was roaming out of his home territory and Sam had to know why.

"We would have had a better chance of finding him if we'd started an hour ago," Sam grumbled to Ace.


Excerpted from Phantom Stallion #22: Wild Honey by Terri Farley Copyright © 2006 by Terri Farley. Excerpted by permission.
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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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Wild Honey (Phantom Stallion Series #22) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Anyone who likes horse storys should really like this. I hope BarnsandNoble gets more of the available.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! It is by far the best one in the series! I love how Jake is in it more, because he wasnt really in the ones before this much. I also really liked how Jake's buddy, Darrell was in this book more, because you dont really hear about him much in the books. He is a really good character though, and I think he should be in the books more. You should definately read this book if you love horses and the Phantom Stallion! Hope you enjoy it! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE HORSES MORE THAN ANYONE IN THE WORLD an I mean it this is great serise. Terri farley rocks!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own the whole series and i loved reading every minute of these book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plese tell my clan at mares 1,2,3 result to go to xyz. Im dying. Thankyou!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love horses
Mikayla Barrett More than 1 year ago
On honey its a horse sam finds duhhhhhhhhh.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are the type that likes horses than you should read this book. Not many people love horses the way I do. Wild Honey is about a girl that finds a horse that she thought was wild but really belonged to someone else. She treats the horse back to health. If you love horses you should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Phantom Stallion series. This one is a good read but it was not the best in the series. I like the earlier ones where Jake and Sam are always getting into trouble. This was a real 'mystery' book though because Terri Farley brought us Wild Honey in either Desert Dancer #7 or The Challenger #6 as just another lead mare for the Phantom then it turns out that it is actually a stolen horse set free. I hope she will write another series focusing on Sam's little sister and/or brother. Review from a 15 year old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book I believe is the BEST of the phantom stallion series. It brings back some people that you thought wouldn't come back! Well worth the wait for this book. It also has extra pages then most of the phantom stallion books does. I had to read the whole thing To good to put down!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, this book was great. Sam has definately proved herself, and I loved it. I can't believe we only have two more books left in the series, though. :( I'm sure it will end something with Jake going off to college or something, the seperation, that jazz. Either way, this series is a must read:take it from someone who was enticed enough to read two in a day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book... it's one of the best ones!!!!!! I was so happy when Jake came back because he hasn't really been in the two books before that much. I also liked the fact that Sam hit someone with the ELY Brother's Secret Sock and it worked!! Have a great day!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
for all you people who think the horse on the cover is a kenworthy palomino, your WRONG!! the horse is a mare that was stolden and then let out into the wild and her name is Honey, hense the title. she belongs to a retired police sergent...read the book, and you'll find out more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was by far in my opinion the best book she has written in this series. I got the book this afternoon and finished it in a couple of hours. It keeps you hooked, and for all of you who wanted Jake back into the mix of things, don't worry he is, along with one of his buddies. If you haven't read this book yet, then go out and get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was wonderful! I loved it. Not only was the story itself phenomenal, but this book also had about one-hundred more pages than the average Phantom Stallion book contains. I felt like doing a fist-pump every time I remembered the additional pages, since all of these books are such a joy to read, Wild Honey being no exception. It was captivating, full of suspense, and skillfully done. Even some old ¿ but definitely not dull ¿ characters were back, causing yet another delight in reading the book. Thanks, Terri!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't read the book yet I'm only on chapter4 in the 8th. But I think its Rose because Silly's actaul name is SILK STOCKINGS and the horse on the cover doesn't have stockings. Why would they name a horse Silk Stockings if it didn't have stockings??? So it has to be Rose unless Champ gets loose or something.
Guest More than 1 year ago
How do you know Gypsy Vanner is going to be the #23 book? I heard on Terri Farley's weblog that she was writing two books, Dawn Runner and Gypsy Gold. Maybe she changed the name, but how do you guys find out this stuff? I can barely keep up. I think the horse on the cover of Dawn Runner is completely new and so is the horse on the cover of Wild Honey. But maybe it is Silly, who knows? I don't think anyone except Terri Farley and maybe her publishers. (If you want to find out how I knew about Gypsy Gold and Dawn Runner, check out Terri Farley's September entires. It's really long and about a horse named TB.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
That would be cool! But didnt they say that Silly had stockings?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the cover for this. It is by far my favorite of them all. The lighting is excellent. The horse is how i pictured Silly to look so it it increases my anticipation to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought at first 'ok this must be the phantom's lead mare' but it looks like silly or one of the other Diamond k ranch's famous palaminos. And for anyone interested there is a horse named Dancer from gold dust ranch mentioned in one of the first couple books(mostly for WHV editors, might want to put that in the map columns). I can't wait to see gypsy vanner #23. these books can get unrealistic but its a way for me to get away from the real world with the war going on and everything. So people dont complain about the books wasting your time because if you dont like them then just dont read them. Terri farley does an awsome job writing and jake being in collage is really going to change everything. I wish the series would continue until same goes to collage or maybe make that in the next series, maybe it could be about jake or sam's little sibling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
That could be Rose on the cover, I don't know. But I'd like to find out more about her. I just can't wait to read this book, I have read all the others published as of today and they're fantastic!
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"Hey Rainmist! Can I join your hunting patrol?" ~Silverspirit (Set Fire To The Rain) @>----
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