Item description for The Young Black Stallion (Black Stallion) by Walter Farley Farley...
Overview Traces the early life of the black stallion in the mountains of Arabia before he was captured and brought to the West. A prequel to the first book in the Black Stallion series.
Publishers Description In this prequel to The Black Stallion, we learn the story of the Black before he was shipwrecked with Alec Ramsay. Born in the mountain stronghold of Sheikh Abu Ishak, the colt shows great promise. During a band of robbers' attempt to steal him, the colt escapes and learns to survive on his own in the high mountains. Will he ever find his way home?
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.64" Width: 5.18" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Aug 20, 1991
Series Black Stallion
ISBN 0679813489 ISBN13 9780679813484
Reviews - What do customers think about The Young Black Stallion (Black Stallion)?
The Young Black Stallion Jul 1, 2005
This is truly the most realistic, culture-related, fantastic, adventurous books Farley has come up with! My eyes where glued to the pages at all times. And in some parts, I was even rubbing gooseflesh from my arms. This is an excellent read! Must buy for young and older Black Stallion lovers! Please check it out, it's worth it.
decent Apr 29, 2005
This book is definitly not as good as the Black Stallion but it is decent. Some parts get kind of exciting and a good portion of the book keeps you guessing even though sometimes it seems like Farley let a chapter get boring. Anyways though, it puts everything together between the Black Stallion and the Young Black Stallion and it's also nice because it gives you a little taste of a different culture
not that impressed Mar 9, 2005
This book is just odd. I am NOT impressed with Steve Farley's contribution to the series. The whole book is weird. Apparently Alec is in the desert with the Black and starts off on some nonsense about the horsehead nebula that was never mentioned before. Then he has a weird vision/dream about the Black's beginnings. There is some stupidity about the Black's father being "the Stallion of the Midnight Sky" or some made-up silliness that has no basis I have ever heard in Arabic or Bedouin culture. It was mentioned and confirmed more than once in the earlier books that Shetan's father was ZIYADAH, not some mystical ghost horse or whatever. The Black hating all humans intensely because the villain hit him once is silliness as well. I can understand an abused horse being violent with people, but a horse being chased and struck once would not make it a man-hating killer. Even the fall he had afterward from trying to run up the side of a mountain seems unlikely to make him some feral, vicious stallion. Also, having the Black climb around with mountain goats was unrealistic as no horse, no matter how agile, could do that: they don't have the right hooves, they weigh too much, are too large, and are not built to do it. Also, the Bedouin scout that follows the Black is a completely unlikable character, who is selfish and makes excuses for his own actions. The whole book he blames the evil sheik for the death of a man HE stabbed (when he was told NOT to kill anyone) and only stays with the Black so he can catch him and sell him for lots of money. The book ends with Alec waking up and remembering all this stuff as if he were the Bedouin scout or something, which is odd and really rather needless.
In all, disappointing and unrealistic. I think the series would have been better off WITHOUT this book. It is not the worst book I have read, but I would not suggest buying it before you read it. You may feel you wasted your money.
Not Exactly Sure Why..... May 19, 2001
This is the book you want to read if you want to hear about all of the blacks early adventures right up to the point when The Black boards The Drake. Great for adventure lovers and all who want to know the whole story. Yet something about it doesn't appeal to me maybe its because theres no Alec. You can judge fthis book yourself but I'd definetly try it.
A wonderful book for adventurous readers and people Oct 1, 1998
It's a wonderful book for people who like adventurous stories, very well written in my point of view. Yet it still had a few bad parts here and there. You should defently buy!