Blue Wings (Phantom Stallion Series #20)

Blue Wings (Phantom Stallion Series #20)

by Terri Farley



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060758486
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Series: Phantom Stallion Series , #20
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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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Phantom Stallion #20: Blue Wings

By Terri Farley

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright ©2006 Terri Farley
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060758481

Chapter One

An auburn braid stood out against the black horsehair. Biting her lip in concentration, Samantha Forster tied the strands cut from her own ponytail into Tempest's mane.

For once, the filly cooperated, standing statue-still, until Sam gave her a pat.

"All done," Sam said, but Tempest only shoved Sam with her nose.

The little plait twisted with Tempest's movements, shimmering like a primitive good luck charm in the August sun slanting through the barn rafters overhead.

Sam had read that some Indian warriors braided their own hair into the manes of their horses so that their spirits would mingle. So she'd made a tight, tiny plait at her nape. Then she'd tied it top and bottom with yellow thread and cut it off so close to her scalp that the prick of Gram's sewing scissors made Sam jump.

Stroking Tempest with one hand, Sam used the other to reach to the back of her own neck to feel where she'd cut off the braid. She really hoped it wouldn't leave a bump or gap under the rest of her hair. After all, school started again next week and she'd rather not look weird.

Tempest's small black hooves shifted in the straw. Before the filly turned more restless, Sam talked to her.

"It's just for fun, baby, and to get you used tobeing handled in any way I can dream up," Sam told Tempest. "I don't actually believe it will blend our spirits, but I do wear a bracelet of your sire's hair." Sam paused as Tempest sniffed the bracelet, almost as if she understood. "And this kind of completes the circle, don't you think?"

Tempest's pink tongue eased out to taste the silver-and-white horsehair bracelet. Then the filly glanced toward the pasture outside the box stall, looking for her mother.

"No, I don't think I'll try this with your mom," Sam said.

She looked past the filly to Dark Sunshine. The buckskin mare groaned and rolled, taking a dust bath like any tame horse. Dark Sunshine was far from tame. Mustang caution about humans still coursed through the mare, but she'd come a long way in trusting Sam.

Right now, for instance, Sam was looming over Dark Sunshine's filly, double-knotting the yellow thread so that Tempest couldn't shake the braid loose. Dark Sunshine noticed, lurched to her feet, then gave a snort and set to searching for a tender blade of grass.

There. Fingertips tingling from the delicate work, Sam stood back with her hands on her hips to consider the effect. Tied just at the crest of Tempest's mane, before her satiny ears, it looked cute.

Eyes closed, Sam hugged Tempest.

"My Xanadu." Sam's lips barely moved as she whispered the filly's secret name.

Sam felt a fuzzy mane against her cheek and she breathed in the foal's milky-sweet scent.

Then annoyed voices clashed with the barn's quiet.

Sam froze.

"I'll explain it to you one more time." The voice belonged to Sam's stepmother. Brynna spoke slowly, with forced patience. "I've been told to order more wild horses off the range -- "

"Fine with me," Dad said. "Makes more room for cattle."

What? Sam's throat tightened. This wasn't the first time Dad had taken sides against the horses, but it still shocked her.

"Which species does more damage to the range?" Brynna asked, but she didn't wait for an answer. "Think of solid hooves like horses have . . ." she said.

Sam rested her chin on Tempest's neck, gazed through the open barn door, and watched as Brynna held up fingers curled in a fist.

"And split hooves, like you see on cattle." She divided her fingers.

"Doesn't matter. Those broomtails don't earn a penny for anyone. Cattle do," Dad insisted.

Broomtails? Sam didn't think she'd ever heard Dad use that word. It wasn't like cursing, but it was worse than rude.

Brynna and Dad sounded angrier than she'd ever heard them, but why?

Dad was a cattle rancher and Brynna worked for the Bureau of Land Management, which set rules for grazing livestock on public lands, so of course they disagreed sometimes.

But one minute, they'd been out in the ranch yard talking about tomorrow's adoption day at Willow Springs Wild Horse Center. The next minute their voices had grown louder, and now Dad and Brynna had begun talking through their teeth.

" -- don't even use the same methods to calculate the number of horses and cattle on the range!" Brynna continued. "They count a cow and calf as one animal -- "

"But a horse and foal as two," Dad finished. "You told me."

"You have all the advantages," Brynna said.

"I do?" Dad asked. "What happened to we?"

Brynna caught her breath at that, but she hadn't finished making her points. She stepped closer to Dad and raised her chin, forcing him to look her in the eye.

"You're usually so fair, Wyatt," Brynna said, her freckled face flushed with anger.

Sam waited and watched. Her father and stepmother looked frustrated. They wanted to agree with each other, but couldn't.

Bored with Sam's stillness, Tempest ducked out from under Sam's arm and began nibbling her hand.

"Don't eat my fingers, baby," Sam told her filly, but she didn't pull away. The foal's soft lips comforted her.

When Sam looked up again, Dad and Brynna had moved out of sight.

She edged closer to the barn door and looked out to see Brynna's hands perched on her hips. Dad rubbed the back of his neck.

"Is it worth losin' your job over?" Dad's voice was almost a whisper. When Brynna didn't answer, he went on. "You think I'd abuse this land? Why would I do that?"

"I'm not saying you want to do it, or plan to do it," Brynna said, ignoring Dad's first question to answer the others.

That's probably because Brynna could tell she'd hurt more than Dad's feelings. She'd questioned his devotion to the ranch.

Brynna shook her head hard enough that she almost lost her balance.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book a while ago and am already waiting for the last book to come out, but I can tell you that this book is amazing. In the beginning, Sam is in the barn with Tempest and is eavesdropping on Wyatt and Brynna's conversation. After a while, Sam and Ross go to a holding pen to meet Jen to decide if they can send the bulls back to the range. However, tradgety follows them. Jen is, not really trampled, but the bull pushes into her rib, braking or injuring her ribcage. She goes to the hospital and Sam rides Silly back home. Throughout the book, Sam gets a phone call from her teacher that they are going to do something for back-to-school, Sam worries about going to school without Jen, the BLM holds an Adoption Day, Jed becomes angry with Ross for Jen getting hurt while he was around, Wyatt gets a blue roan Spanish mustang stallion for his birthday, the Phantom is stuck in quicksand (right?) and Sam must rope him which makes her fear his future trust in her, and Sam recites poems that Ross wrote during the talent show, while her friend Ally plays guitar. Jed forgives Ross and although Jen must wear a cast, she's fine. We don't hear a lot about Jake or the Phantom, but besides that, I love this book!
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I dont think so.........- ebonypride
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Leopardbreeze nodded and went back to gazing at the stars. "They're beautiful tonight," she murmured.
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'I wonder what'll happen to me since I'm not in the prophecy...' Amberspirit thought worriedly.
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She leaps onto her branch and lies down, thinking about what Ebonypride had said. 'Keep the sun in your eyes and you will never see the shadows...could that mean that if I think of nothing but the shadow of the prophecy, and let it hang over me, it will paralyze me? I'd be so obsessed with finding the meaning that I thought of nothing else. But if I keep a positive spirit, and don't let the prophecy shadow my path, the sun will always shine on it and there will be no shadows for my assailants to hide in. Or am I overthinking it...?' She shakes her head and lies it on her paws with a sigh.
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just finished book 19 i got it today im a fast reader
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Must read
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Guest More than 1 year ago
that was so good i can not say it was the best one of the series cause i have not read the whole series but overall Fantastic
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!! It was so great but I didn't like the way it talked so much about Jen getting hurt. Also I hate the way Sam's dad and the ranch hands handled the horse. Other then that it was good
Guest More than 1 year ago
Firstly, this book was awesome! In my opinion, it is one of the best books in the series so far, if not the best. I will admit that when it first came out, I wasn't too excited about it since the last book was a bit of a disappointment for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised when this book was so incredible, and like Rhiana said, it was beautifully done and nicely written. I loved Sam's maturity, I loved that we were able to see another side of Ross, I loved the ending, and in fact, I think I loved everything about it. It was so good that I completely don't care Jake was barely in it. =) Finally, I really appreciated that the description on the back cover didn't even give away half of what the book had in it, so there was room for surprises. Thank you for this fantastic book, Terri!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was written beautifully. the series started to get boring around number 11, Untamed, but they picked up again soon after. This book proves that. Blue wings talks about the cowboy ross more. Jen gets hurt, and the new mustang Blue seems so awesome! I was disappointed that Jake didn't come back for the adoption day, after all, even though he said he would. Obviously, Sam and Jake neeeeeed to get together! These books are filled with adventure and HORSES!read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that the horse on the cover is New Moon hence the black spots. Like since hes the Phantoms son it could br time for him to change to white like the Phantom. So the horse that comes to the range could have something to do with New Moon. Like he could fight him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a good book. But it wasnt her best. The horse was cool but i was hopeing that it would more exciting. But overal it was pretty good. I was hopeing that Jake would be in it more than he was but he was off to look at some colleges and what not. And poor Jen getting attacked by that bull. Good thing it wasnt Sam or Ross would be fired and Jake would be having himself a heartattack. Cant wait for the next one and hope its more exciting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the Phantom Stallion series!!! Terri Farley also writes great!! I'd recommend them to anyone who likes horses and adventure!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
the whole summary is on the website: Summer is ending, and Samantha's dad's birthday is right around the corner. When her stepmom picks out a mustang for his present, Sam thinks it's a perfect idea. But will her dad agree? The new horse is gorgeous, but he's also energetic and willful. Only Sam's dad can tame him -- if he wants to accept the birthday gift at all. I can't wait. It isn't the's the mustang. I love Terri's works! Also, if you really are into the series, there are some stories on that are brilliant(no where near as good as Terri's writing)check them out!