The Black Stallion Legend

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The Black Stallion Legend

The Black Stallion Legend Alec Ramsey has fled Hopeful Farm in order to alleviate his grief over Pam s sudden death He and the Black are aimlessly wandering through the Arizona desert when they hear an amazing Native American

  • Title: The Black Stallion Legend
  • Author: Walter Farley
  • ISBN: 9780679826996
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • Alec Ramsey has fled Hopeful Farm in order to alleviate his grief over Pam s sudden death He and the Black are aimlessly wandering through the Arizona desert when they hear an amazing Native American legend The end of the world is near, but help is promised from a rider on a black horse Alec shrugs off the wild tale until disaster strikes from the sky Suddenly the fateAlec Ramsey has fled Hopeful Farm in order to alleviate his grief over Pam s sudden death He and the Black are aimlessly wandering through the Arizona desert when they hear an amazing Native American legend The end of the world is near, but help is promised from a rider on a black horse Alec shrugs off the wild tale until disaster strikes from the sky Suddenly the fate of an entire native tribe is in his hands and the mighty Black is faced with a challenge greater than any race

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    1. Sheila on said:

      For a horse book, and for a "Black Stallion" book, this story is pretty ridiculous. I had no idea that there was an apocalyptic Black Stallion story, but there is, and this is it. I see now here on that this was the 19th book in this series, so maybe the author was running out of ideas for things that could happen to his characters, but seriously, a worldwide apocalyptic disaster (meteors, massive worldwide earthquakes, massive destruction, volcanic eruptions, etc) just seems a bit out there. A [...]

    2. Anne on said:

      What the HECK was that?Seriously, this was as if you had taken a room full of people who had read the Black Stallion books many times, so they were familiar with the story lines, and had them round-robin writing a book. It was just absolutely wacko.The shrink mentions, those I could accept. Given the supposed time period, and the fact that when you step back and think about it, the whole SERIES only takes place over the course of maybe, MAYBE, 7 or 8 years Alec has gone through some SERIOUS trau [...]

    3. Melody on said:

      As a book in a series about a horse, this is lousy. As a father's meditation on what the world looks like after he's lost his daughter, this is powerful. The story, as story, isn't much- it's implausible and goofy and nonsensical in the extreme. But the central theme, how to go on living after the death of someone deeply beloved, redeems this in my eyes, at least. This last of the Black Stallion books has no races, no Henry to speak of, but most of all, it has Pam's ghost in every word. I can't [...]

    4. Jesse Freedom on said:

      This book was great and vary underrated. (view spoiler)[The stress of competitive racing is catching up to Alec, so is all that he's been though over the past several years. When Pam dies it hits him hard and he can't think straight. He ends up on the road, with no idea where he's going or how he ended up there, but had still made sure to bring the Black with him.He ends up on a mountain, following a herd of wild horses and pretending to be a horse (I loved that part). He soon meets a tribe of p [...]

    5. Rena Sherwood on said:

      The best thing about this book is the cover. I used to have a first edition of this, but I wound up giving it away. Pretty lousy book overall but with some nice prose passages here and there. An incredibly disappointing entry in the Black Stallion series. It's hard not to read this without wondering what possibly could have gone on in Farley's head while he was writing it. Walter Farley seemed to have major anger issues against the Black, Alex and the whole world to put it politely.

    6. Jessica Timmons on said:

      I really don't care for cliffhangers, which is what happened in the end of this book. However other then that I truly enjoy reading the final fully written book of Walter Farley. The end of the world concept was just as strong back then as it is today. Walter Farley's writing will truly be missed.

    7. Emily on said:

      "And the world was gone"Pretty much sums up everything. Whatever else he may have done or been trying to do with his final three books, Farley carefully (and, I think, deliberately) pulls apart the world he spent so many years building. In Ghost, he destroys Alec as a boy we once knew. In The Girl, he destroys Alec as a jockey, Henry and the magical relationship between Alec and the Black we all loved. In Legend he destroys whatever remained of the world of The Black Stallion.Whether he was just [...]

    8. Melissa on said:

      Anyone growing up in the eighties, nineties, or even before has heard of the Black Stallion. It was such a popular book series that everyone had at least one of the books. This book, The Black Stallion Legend, is actually the last book in the series (there was one written after but it's a prequel) and it was written over forty years after the first book was. Which may account for why it's such a drastic change from the original tone of the series. And while you don't necessarily have to read the [...]

    9. Adaline Griffiths on said:

      The Black Stallion Legend starts out describing Alec's career as a jockey. Then he describes his relationship with Pam, and how much he misses her. (view spoiler)[Just when he is about to leave to visit Pam in Europe, he reads about her death in the newspaper. He goes into a crazy state of mind after passing out in the snow. He runs away putting Black into the horse trailer and driving aimlessly. He doesn't remember what happened after he read the newspaper, only that he is glad for Black's comp [...]

    10. SnowJackal on said:

      Well that was quite possibly the weirdest Black Stallion book I've ever read and I remember thinking the Island Stallion book with the aliens was pretty weird as a kid. It wasn't horrible, nor was it great. It went from Alec's disjointed flight of insanity and depression in a heartbreaking study of despair and what people go through with the loss of a loved one. This aspect of it made it compelling. The journey of a soul crushed to the bone then heal from it has a strange pull for me.The journey [...]

    11. Anna on said:

      WEIRD!!!!!!!!! In the beginning, after heaaring about Pam's death, Alec goes into a weird, state. Almost like he was asleep. He loads the Black into a trailer with hay, bedding, etc. and gets into a truck without even knowing it, regaines "conciousness" at the steering wheel, and drives away without even knowing he has a trailer behind him.He drives, and drives, and drives and ends up in the middle of no whare. He rides the Black away, lets him go and pretends he's a horse thinking that sinc he [...]

    12. BeaCharmed on said:

      Well, this was not at all what I expected. It's dark, dystopian, and Alec goes out of his mind, literally. Alec grows up over the course of the series, which I appreciate but things take a dark turn in this book. If you're been reading the series in order, you had some warning, but not a lot; if you're reading out of order, you're taken completely by surprise. The book combines mysticism, dystopia, mental health issues, sudden death and oh yes, horses. Specifically the Black; we get a glimpse of [...]

    13. Kelly on said:

      Finding out about a car crash in another country doesn't really seem newsworthy, even if they're American, but that was how Alec discovered Pam had died. I can believe loading the Black without remembering, grief does weird things to the mind, but I had a hard time slogging through his mind from then on. It made very little sense after that, as well, following Alec as he drove to Arizona, then rode the Black through the desert, then wandered through the desert and suddenly there was a kid with a [...]

    14. Wendy on said:

      This, too, was terrible. (view spoiler)[Pam dies (hide spoiler)], and while that doesn't bother me at all, Alec is crushed. So what do you do when something like that happens?Well, I don't know what you would do, but I know that I would not pack my horse onto a trailer and drive off without telling anyone and without any clear idea of where I was headed.Which is what Alec did. Because he's crazy, apparently.Oh, and then they meet up with Native Americans who, improbably, believe Mighty Whitey is [...]

    15. Dark-Draco on said:

      This has to be the strangest of the Black Stallion books - and so is my favourite! Alec faces a huge personal tragedy and can't cope, so loads up the Black and starts driving. He ends up in the desert, with a vague idea of turning the stallion loose and then letting himself starve to death. Instead, he meets a tribe of secretive Indians, who have a legend that says a man on a black horse will lead them to safety on the day that the world comes to an end.Ok, the plot line is faintly ridiculous, t [...]

    16. Bonnie on said:

      There are not words awful enough to describe this book. Clearly Farley had no more heart for writing after the tragic death of his young daughter. This is the last book in The Black Stallion series, though I think he co-wrote a few more with his son, who continued on with "The Young Black Stallion" series. In this book, a grief-stricken Alec takes his horse out to the middle of the southwest (Seriously? From New York to New Mexico nobody notices?) and gets involved with a tribe of Native America [...]

    17. Rose on said:

      This book is probably my least favorite Black Stallion book. That being said, it is still far above the average horse fiction, and it is a good book.It is a little out of character for the series, involving some fantasy and apocalyptic elements, but hey, maybe that will make it that much more fun for someone. Just not me.

    18. Jennifer Quail on said:

      This is the point where I realized I should stick to reading just the earliest books (up through about "The Black Stallion's Sulky Colt") because after that it just gets increasingly weird. This is the nadir. After this, it couldn't possibly get less plausible or out of this world. It's easier to pretend this has nothing to do with the first few books, which were at least remotely plausible.

    19. Serena on said:

      I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.My Rating System:* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.

    20. Hannah Bowen on said:

      I am very disappointed with this book. I can't believe this the last book in the Black Stallion series. I am VERY disappointed.

    21. Lori on said:

      The first book was the story of a boy and a horse, but the series grows with books on similar themes of overcoming adversity and animal/human bonding. Loved them as a kid.

    22. Hildegart on said:

      Definitely not my favorite black stallion book. It was weird and just seemed out of character.

    23. Emily on said:

      I loved Walter Farley's books as a kid, but this one takes a turn into the "too weird" category, especially since the dystopian elements don't fit with the tone of the rest of the series.

    24. Jutta on said:

      An interesting end to the series. Apocalypse. Always with me, even the horse stories i read as a child hhhhmmmmm.

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