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The Black Stallion and the Lost City Hardcover – June 28, 2011

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About the Author

STEVE FARLEY is the son of Walter Farley, the man who created the Black Stallion and wrote 20 stories about the best-loved literary horse of all time.

A freelance writer based in Manhattan, he travels frequently, especially to places where he can enjoy riding, diving and surfing.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Black Stallion
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375868372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375868375
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,097,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
Like The Black Stallion and the Shape-shifter, this is an exciting, action-packed book that is faithful to the tradition of the Black Stallion and Island Stallion books. These days some people seem to think Black Stallion should become more like My Little Pony, but that is not the way Walter Farley envisioned him, and Steven Farley's books reflect that. Walter Farley established that the Black's original name is Shetan, an Arabian name that translates as "Devil". The Black's first son is named "Satan." In the Black Stallion and Satan. Walter Farley tells us that the Black is a man-killer who threw and killed his previous owner, Alec's friend Abu Ishak. Long ago Walter Farley established that the Black is more like a horse version of King Kong, a powerful, untamed beast controllable only by his love for a single individual. He is not supposed to be Lassie. This is the difference between the Black and most any of the animal characters in popular fiction today. The Black is dangerous. I am glad Steven Farley celebrates this difference and has carried on the tradition and I think you will enjoy this book.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The Black Stallion and the Lost City follows in the footsteps of this legendary icon. It is a must read for anyone that loves books and especially the Black Stallion. Follow the Black through this remarkable journey and learn to love it all over again. If you read one book this summer, you must read this one. It is sure to excite your sense of adventure and please your love of a wonderful read. It is truly an awesome book and wonderful story!!
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Format: Hardcover
I think this might have been my least of Steven Farley's Black Stallion books. His writing style is good, but this seemed really different from the others. Like another reviewer pointed out, the Black is still dangerous, and I do appreciate that. But the part where Alec and the Black are stunt doubles came across a little far-fetched to me, as the Black is a valuable racehorse. I thought the whole Diomedes story where Alec and the Black find themselves in the lost city was implausible, but it was interesting learning about the mythology. In all, the characters were good (I think Alec seemed more like the original Alec in this one), and the cover illustration is very pretty, but the storyline seemed like it was taken too far, in my opinion.
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The Black Stallion and the Lost City is a good read. I enjoyed this new story about the Black and Alec.

The story opens with the Black and Alec on a movie set, about a young Alexander, in Greece.

The author uses both the country, Greece, and the myths (legends) of it to create an interesting story. For example: Diomedes is an interesting myth and his mares add a bloody element to it. Then there is the movie: Alexander has a lot of various myths about him and to select one was fun to read. And the added elements of the 'walking' trees and poisonous rivers were nice touches.

The Black Stallion series has in many books a mystical/legendary, or science fiction elements in them. This book adds its myths to the series.

I love this series, and the science fiction and mythology; I find the book a good, fun and interesting read.

And I recommend it to horse lovers and science fiction or mythology lovers.
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By a customer on February 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book was bad from beginning to end. Steve Farley's books are not half as good as his father's.(the Black Stallion's Shadow is a joke)
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Format: Hardcover
It's an interesting premise that Alec and the Black are stand-ins on a movie set in Greece, and they stumble upon an isolated lost Thracian city which seems to contain powers of everlasting youth, as well as the mythical flesh-eating mares of Herculean renown. But the writing is wordy and dull, the characters flat and lifeless, the champion stallion a stuck-up snob, and deviations from the myth so fractured the reader can't grab onto a handle of understanding. The plot has a most difficult time moving along from boring to disastrous adventure to horrific culmination. If this book is between a kid and a long car ride, I'd say ditch it and look out the window.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I loved this book because it had all the things I like in a book. Fave book!!
1. Excitement on every page.
2. Full of intense and action-packed scenes!
3. Fun and amusing.
4. Mythical creatures.
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