In this exciting adventure Steve Duncan goes with his friend, Pitch, to explore an uninhabited Island called, Azul Island.
Pitch thinks that they are there to look for lost Spanish relics from the Conquistedor time period.
But Steve is far more interested in the horses that live there than anything else.
Pitch’s brother tells Steve that if he stays there for two weeks he can have his pick of any horse there to keep.
Ever since Steve was a young boy he had dreamed of having a horse of his own.
Dreams of a wild fiery stallion named, Flame, had galloped through his head back then.
But the horses of Azul Island are but poor creatures struggling for survival on the barren waste land.
Steve’s hopes for finding a majestic stallion of his very own are very quickly dashed.
Then, one night as he and Pitch are sleeping in their tent, a shrill scream wakes him up.
There on the towering cliff above them stands a fiery wild stallion.
Is the barren wasteland and cliffs of Azul Island with its poor horses all there is? Or is there more to this Island than meets the eye?
Author: Walter Farley
Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition(March 12, 1980) At Amazon
Series: The Black Stallion
Age Range: 10-13
Media Type: Paperback, Kindle
What to Expect: Adventure, Excitement, Thrill,
What I liked about The Island Stallion:
I liked the Island Stallion because it is full of adventure and excitement.
Like, there is this one part where Steve and Pitch find some dark and secret tunnels.
But they end up finding a horrible secret within them and in their endever to get out they wind up getting lost in the tunnel’s maze of darkness.
I also like how it’s a series in a series. There are four books with Flame and Steve within the Black Stallion series that I know of.
There are three books with Flame, including this one, and then two books where Flame and the Black Stallion meet.
The books with Flame and the ones with the Black Stallion and Flame are interspersed between the other books in the Black Stallion series.
The first time the Black Stallion and Flame meet is when the Black washes up on the shore of Flame’s Island in The Black Stallion and Flame.(Book 14)
In The Black Stallion Challenged, the Black Stallion meets Flame for the second time in an epic race for the finish line!(Book 15)
That one will be really interesting to read because Walter Farley writes about both horses and both of them are main characters.
Each of them have an amazing amount of speed and stamina as well as a deep love and loyalty to their boys.
So who will exactly win this race?
For me it is kind of conflicting because you kind of want both horses to win.
But that’s not exactly possible, I mean he could have it as a tie, but there’s not really a true winner in a tie.
Although, if there is going to have to be a race between the two, I think that I would prefer a tie to anything else really.
So I guess I will just have to see when I get to that one.
What I didn’t like about The Island Stallion
I didn’t like the end of The Island Stallion quite as much because it kind of felt a bit unresolved in some ways.
At least, to me it did. I mean they have the whole story filled with adventure and finding this beautiful stallion, and then other stuff happens and then the end comes.
It feels as if their should be more to the story but there’s not. At least, not until you get to book 7, The Island Stallion’s Fury.
Other books you might like:
Book 1: The Black Stallion
Book 2: The Black Stallion Returns
Book 3: Son of the Black Stallion
Book 5: The Black Stallion and Satan