In this next exciting book by Walter Farley, Alec and the Black are finally reunited.
A letter arrives one day from Abu Ben Ishak’s daughter, surprising Alec with the shocking news that Abu Ben Ishak died in a tragic accident.
In the letter Abu Ben Ishak’s daughter tells Alec that her father stated that the Black was to become his.
Alec’s joy is bittersweet.
Once reunited, Alec loves to watch the Black as he roams about the field.
He is determined to let nothing separate them.
But, there is more than one person interested in the Black.
Everyone remembers the speed of the Black as he won the race against Sun Raider and Cyclone.
Not long after he and the Black are reunited, Alec decides to run the Black at the nearby park.
He accidentally reveals the Black to a police officer, who later tells reporters of the giant black horse he saw.
Suddenly, Alec’s hopes of keeping the Black’s return from the public go up in smoke.
Now everyone knows, and more than one voice shouts for the Black to run in the race for the fastest horse in the world.
In honor of Abu Ben Ishak, Alec agrees, but he knows that the race will not be without its challenges.
The last time he had raced the Black in America, it was all that he could do to stay on, much less control the Black.
And this time the Black would not only be racing against the world’s fastest horses, but he will have to race against his own son, Satan!
Author: Walter Farley
Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition(April 14, 1992)
Series: The Black Stallion
Age Range: 10-14
Media Type: Paperback, Kindle
What to expect: Excitement, Adventure
What I liked about The Black Stallion and Satan:
One of the reasons I liked The Black Stallion and Satan is that the Black is back.
I also like how there is excitement in it.
Like there’s this one part at the end of the book where Alec and the Black are galloping for their lives against a raging forest fire.
The Black Stallion and Satan has many twists and turns. At one moment you think the story is going to be about the Black racing.
Then suddenly, the whole direction changes and now you find out that he’s running from a giant forest fire, among all the other changes that take place.
But despite all the twist and turns, The Black Stallion and Satan has a really nice ending where just about anyone who loves horses wishes this would happen to them.
What I didn’t like about The Black Stallion and Satan:
For me, I kind of wish the Black’s and Alec’s reunion had been a bit more dramatic and awesome.
Like it would have been really cool if the Black had instantly recognized Alec and galloped toward him, and stuck his head against Alec.
The Black Stallion and Satan is not at all that intense or lovingly dramatic in the beginning.
In my opinion, the reunion scene in the book shows the Black as more of a wild and untameable stallion.
While I did imagine the Black as being all of those things and more, I also imagined him with a deep and loyal love for Alec.
With the two of them having an inseparable bond that could never be broken.
While the other Black Stallion books have that, I don’t think this one portrays it in the beginning very well.
Other books you might like:
Book 1: The Black Stallion
Book 2: The Black Stallion Returns
Book 3: Son of the Black Stallion
Book 4: The Island Stallion
Book 6: The Black Stallion’s Blood Bay Colt