Book Review: The Black Stallion Returns by Walter Farley

In this, the second book in the series, the heart-stopping adventures of the Black Stallion continue as Alec discovers that two men are after the Black. One claims to be the Black’s rightful owner and one is trying to kill the beautiful steed. An Arab chieftain proves his ownership of the Black and takes him away, but Alec is determined to find his horse again. Following the pair to Arabia, Alec encounters great evil and intrigue, as only a horse as spectacular as the Black could inspire.

The Black Stallion returns brings back my favorite childhood stallion and is the second book in the very long series by Walter Farley. When I was younger this book gave me my first look into the true history of the Arabian horse and just how the nomads of Arabia treated their horses, like life Blood.

In this novel, we will follow Alex through a labyrinth of many things. An Arab chief finds Alec and claims that The Black is his, and has the proof. So The Black becomes Shetan and is taken away. However, Alec finds that another man wants The Black dead and goes on an adventure to save his beloved horse.

Once again, you are brought into a world of fantasy and horse love. You really cannot find a better set of books that embody so many things. Walter Farley writes fantastic prose and kid friendly books but the plots are interesting enough to keep even the adult mind busy. In reading this book again as an adult, I have found subtle things within it that I missed as a kid it did not take any enjoyment out of the book when I was younger. It merely added a better enjoyment for the story now that I am older.

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