Modern Classic Review: The Black Stallion

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
The Black Stallion (The Black Stallion, #1) 
by Walter Farley

5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads


Alec is heading home aboard a steamship, when the ship sinks in a storm and there are only two survivors: Alec and a spirited black stallion. The two are washed ashore on a small island, where they forage for food, and Alec tames the wild stallion.

I was completely riveted while reading this book! I couldn’t put it down, and read it in one day. The writing has such good pacing, and the action moves swiftly along, pulling the reader into the next chapter and the next.

I adored Alec’s character. He’s smart and tough and resilient.

 He loves that wild horse and the bond the two share is evident to the world. I was amazed at Alec’s energy. He never seems to get tired for long. He’s always bouncing right back up after being injured or disappointed. He displays several different types of courage throughout the book; the courage of waiting, the courage of taking risks, the bravery it takes to stick with a task day in and day out, as well as physical courage, and moral courage. I just loved his character!

The Black is described so wonderfully that I could really imagine his wildness and feral energy. Everyone who sees the Black is overwhelmed by the power of his personality, his fire and strength and beauty. It’s really excellent writing.

I can’t wait to read more books in the Black Stallion series!

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