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While riding the Black in the Everglades one day, Alec meets a man astride a ghostly gray mare. Alec’s fascination with the man turns to fear as he realizes the man is dangerously close to insanity. Soon Alec and the Black are caught up in a deadly chase through the depths of the Everglades, where a misstep could be fatal....

Title : The Black Stallion's Ghost
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ISBN : 9780679869504
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Number of Pages : 208 Pages
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The Black Stallion's Ghost Reviews

  • Christine Meunier
    2019-03-01 10:46

    Alec Ramsay is back in this adventure with his 17 hand high Arabian stallion, the Black. On a break between racing campaigns, Alec and the Black are housed on a stud farm passing time whilst the Black’s trainer Henry is dealing with business elsewhere.Whilst out on a ride to exercise his horse, Alec finds himself drawn to the Everglades, a haunting and unusual swampland. Read more at

  • Kensie Linton
    2019-03-06 05:40

    The main characters in this book are Alec and a new guy he met in the swamp named Captain Philippe de Plumminel. He is in the circus unit. He has a horse named the Ghost because of her swift movements. The setting takes place in the Everglades with the captain.The conflict in this book starts when Alec met the captain and the captain wanted Alec to come back with him to his house in the middle of the Everglades. The captain wants to breed the Black with his mare, but Alec can’t because the racing season isn't over yet. There was a storm, so Alec couldn't head back to his house. The captain put the Black in the barn for the night. Alec was worried because his stallion was in the same barn as his mare and didn't want the Black to get out of the stall and get to the mare. Alec had to sleep in the upper part of the house that night. The captain had told some stories about the legend of Kovi. The captain didn't listen to Alec about him breeding and so that night the captain went out to the barn and tried to breed the two horses. Alec caught him beating the Black because the stallion was trying to attack the captain. Alec attacked the captain and the Black ran out into the Everglades toward the home of Kovi. The captain apologized to Alec and they set out into the Everglades on the search for the stallion. They ran all the way to the home of Kovi. The captain went somewhere and came back so terrified he couldn't move. Alec took off to go look for the Black so they could get out of the place. Alec wasn't scared of Kovi because he thought it was all an imagination. He was caught by Kovi and was sent into darkness. He eventually got out of the darkness and had figured that it was what the captain had saw. When Alec found the Black he got on him and went back to the area he had left the captain. He wasn't there so he went searching for him. He found the captain dead by a tree with wounds and blood surrounding him. He went back to the captain’s house to tell Odin, another man at the captain’s house, to tell him the captain was dead. When he got to the house, both the barn and the house was locked so tightly. Odin had left with the mare. A few weeks later he went to the circus where the mare was playing. Odin had sold her to some other circus man who would show her in the circus. After the mare was done with her act he went past the security guards and found the mare in her stall. He talked the man into letting him buy her for $30,000! He bought her because she was pregnant with the Black’s foal and for other reasons.I think this book was really awesome. At the beginning I didn't really know what was happening, but as the book went on I understood more. I was so into the book. It was great! I was so shocked when the captain had died. I wasn't expecting any of that to happen. I would recommend this book to my friend Abby Sparks and any other person that likes a lot of surprises!

  • Isabelle
    2019-02-28 10:47

    This is the only book from the Black Stallion series that I kept; This one is a scary horror story, with a raging storm that traps them deep in the Everglade swamps with a sinister stranger. Then a ghost story about a swamp demon begins to come true... *shiver*

  • Katie Winkler
    2019-03-21 12:32

    Loved this one especially

  • Kristen Coffin
    2019-03-18 06:57

    "A god-horse, one no longer earthbound but of dancing fire, a winged Pegasus..."Another non-racing book in the Black Stallion universe, but not as interesting as the Black Stallion Revolts.

  • Javi07
    2019-03-11 09:56

    In the book the black stallions ghost this boy named Alec went ridding in the woods with his horse he saw.What he saw was a ghost like horse and a man ridding it. It was ghost and it changed him for ever.

  • Rena Sherwood
    2019-03-05 12:31

    My review originally appeared on for the squeamish! There's forbidden sex, a non-Christian diety and violence. And really not for children ages 9-12, as recommended. I know--I've HAD this book since 9 and hated it then. I re-read it a couple nights ago (I am now in my late 20s) and really enjoyed it. Personally, I would rate the book a 7, but using the entire Black Stallion series as a reference, I gave it a 6. The average reader of the Black Stallion series likes their stories to have all the questions clearly answered, have the horses be the most complex characters and have a definite ending--this book does not have those. I have the feeling Walter Farley wrote this book more for himself than for his audience. He tried to write something he was not known for--a creepy Edgar Allen Poe type book, instead of a regular horse story. Also, he wrote The Black Stallion in 1945 and this was published in 1969--I think he EXPECTED his readers to grow up a bit and want to read something different. If you avoided this book as a kid, give it a try now--you'll be surprised. This is one of the most unique books of the series, requiring you to think and use your imagination as well as to have a love for horses

  • Dark-Draco
    2019-03-24 10:32

    Having got a bit bored by the Black Stallion series, I have to say that this one knocked my for six - completely different to any of the books that have gone before. Alec and The Black are taking a well earned break near the Florida Everglades. Enjoying a sense of freedom he has missed for a long time, Alec lets a ride get over long and they end up at the house of Captain de Pluminel, a horse trainer of exceptional skills whose white mare, The Ghost, is the envy of everyone. Accepting the Captain's hospitality, Alec soon realises that there is something else going on, but marooned by a storm, he is helpless to escape. Until The Black is threatened and escapes into the swamp.A slightly spooky story that I would have loved as a child, but I definitely never read it back then. As an adult, I don't understand the Captain's actions, especially when he mishandles the stallion, but without them there wouldn't be a story, so he can kind of be forgiven. I liked the ending a lot too. Definitely back to the great stories that were so evident in the first two books of the series - looking forward to seeing if any future ones live up to it.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-22 13:32

    I hated this one. It was surreal and far-fetched and horrific and not at all what I was expecting, all in the worst ways possible. And, yet again, there was no point, as this is never mentioned again, and we're not sure if (view spoiler)[the Ghost is pregnant or not (hide spoiler)].So why did Farley put us through this torture? Well, do you remember The Island Stallion Races? He was clearly insane by this point, it's the only explanation.Now, despite the harsh sound of that, I do want to point out that his daughter, Pam (remember this when you read The Black Stallion and the Girl), died in an accident while traveling with friends through Europe. This was understandably devastating and likely contributed to Farley's increasingly erratic, strange writing, so while I do believe he was insane by this point, I also think he was deserving of sympathy at the same time.However, all of that does not make this book worth reading, so I advise you to skip it.

  • Karen
    2019-03-04 12:45

    I have a number of this series' books--and some others by Farley. Sooo good (most of them), but this one is a little eerie. Still, it leaves one wanting a bit more and waiting to see if there will be a sequel to this particular book--especially sine the ghost-like mare in the book may be in foal to The Black. Since it is set largely in the Florida Everglades and (even way back then) states dissent over the engineering devices which started to drain the Everglades, I have to admire it if only for that reason! But, the plot gets sort of "other-worldly" and it's harder to appreciate this book over some of the others he has written. It is hands-down more violent than many of them and incorporates Haitian legends, Seminole folklore, etc., but not in a positive way. The Black and Alex survive--but only just--and yet The Black seems to have no ill-effects from having a pitchfork stabbed into him (???!!!). Too hard to explain the plot!

  • Karen GoatKeeper
    2019-02-28 09:50

    I have been horse crazy for as long as I can remember so books about horses are something I look forward to. That said, The Black Stallion's Ghost was disappointing.The gray mare and her training is interesting. From other reading I have done, she must be incredible to do the airs above ground as only some stallions are supposed to be strong enough. The idea of using musical cues really piques the imagination. I wonder if anyone has ever really done it.The book bogs down in the ghost story part. It gets unreal. It relies on the old deus ex machina of the antagonist being crazy.Since it takes place in the Everglades during the disastrous canal building time, the site locations and comments are nice. But Farley should have done more research as the hammocks are not all built by Indians.The book is a fast read. It was enjoyable.

  • Tania
    2019-03-20 08:40

    On a well deserved break before the start of the racing season, Alec and The Black find themselves once more embroiled in mystery and danger. Deep in the heart of the Everglades, the pair stumble into a set of circumstances they don't fully understand. Alec must save his horse, and himself... there's no one else around to help them.Walter Farley, a true lover of horses, always jumps at the chance to introduce his readers to yet another equine discipline. This time we are treated to the workings of dressage - how it's composed, how it's performed, and how much training goes into it. Yet Alec and The Black remain in the forefront, and that's what always makes for the best in this series.

  • Mirrani
    2019-03-02 08:33

    I am always saying how Walter Farley's books are true adventures. This is where his adventures start to deviate from the norm and become the surreal. I am not a fan of this writing style for Farley, but I enjoy the concept of this book. I wish that there had been a little bit more of an adventure to it than the talking that went on between two characters for a good half of the book. There was also a lot of repetition that isn't typical of Farley's work. It's enjoyable and in some ways is a mystery for the mind. Does the creature exist? Alec thinks he knows what happened, but did it really happen in the way he thinks it did? The beginning of the end for the Black's great adventures.

  • Sarah McC
    2019-03-01 12:48

    I really thought that The Island Stallion Races (remember? ALIENS!) would be enough of a ramble into the world of the alien and supernatural for Farley, but he ventures there again in this completely pointless story. I’m not even going to bother describing the plot. Suffice to say, Alec spends most of the story running around the Everglades in the dark, pursued by some sort of supernatural being/god who scares another guy to death. The book has virtually nothing to do with the Black; a race is thrown in at the end for no reason; the storyline of the series (what little is left, anyway) is not in any way furthered by this book.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-24 08:47

    The last few books in this series are really bad and what's really sad is that as much as I hated this one, there are worse books in the series. Re-reading this childhood favorite has been a real love-hate relationship. The books I remember liking the best, I still love. I think the ones I didn't like, I hate even more. In this book Alec and The Black get lost in the Everglades and spend the night with an old man determined to "steal" a mating for his mare with The Black. The night is filled with terror and voodoo. Really horrible book.

  • Selina Kyle
    2019-02-24 10:48

    This was probably my favorite horse book that I had ever read growing up. It was also the first ghost story I'd ever read that really scared me, in part because it's such a departure from most of the other Black Stallion novels. I remember reading some of it out loud to my brothers (who also have a taste for the morbid) and getting a shiver out of them, too. I want to re-read it but I worry it will tarnish the memories of the nights I spent reading it originally.

  • Fragilemuse
    2019-02-21 12:37

    I LOVED this book when I was a kind. Granted I was very much in love with creepy books such as Shadow in Hawthorn Bay and anything by Stephen King, so of all the Black Stallion books this one was right down my alley. I wish I still had a copy of it now because at the age of 33 I would probably still read this every few years. There was just something so deeply haunting about it that brought me back over and over again. I even still dream about it once every couple of years.

  • Wesley Shively
    2019-02-26 06:28

    One day, the main character named Alec was riding in the Everglades with his horse, Black, stumpled upon a mysterious man and a beautiful gray mare. Alec then invited into the mans house, only to realize the host is on the verge of insanity. Alec and the Black are then being swarmed by demons through the deadly Everglades.

  • Celest
    2019-03-24 06:38

    Since this is the first of the Black Stallion series I've read, I didn't really know what to expect. It was an alright story and I liked how the others told Alec that it was all due to hallucinations caused by the swamp. The ending was meh and I don't know if I'll pick up the other books from this series.

  • Quadragon27
    2019-03-08 05:56

    I was not a big fan of this book. It sort of felt like The Black Stallion meets some kind of Lovecraftian horror, and the end result was ultimately kind of boring. I didn't feel very invested in the story, and while it was not entirely obvious what was real and what was imagined, I found that I didn't really care. Kind of a letdown.

  • Anna
    2019-03-01 06:47

    YUCK!!! I just wanted to yell at Alec "Go home!!!" It was such a weird book!! One of those books where Alec lives some experience and he falls asleep right before that so you think he is dreaming but he isn't, so it portrays the fact that there are ghosts and the like. There are several books in this series that are the same, and I did not like any of them!!!

  • Kiersten
    2019-03-12 11:35

    The horses were beautiful, as always—but the whole tone of the story and the Haitian captain's beliefs were just too creepy for me. The only Black Stallion book I have read to date that I really dislike.

  • Serena
    2019-03-08 12:36

    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.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-24 07:35

    I raced through this series as a child. Of course, "The Black Stallion" was my favorite, and I read it a few times, but I waited eagerly for any of the books to return to my branch of the library so I could snap them up.

  • Jessica Timmons
    2019-03-23 05:54

    I never realized just how much walter farley could take you into the supernatural world. It completely threw me off balance and I couldn't put the book down. He obviously did his research on the native american folklore for that area, of Florida. Definately a very good book.

  • Melody
    2019-03-02 11:37

    Wow. This one may be even worse than the rabid bat one. Or the one with the alien horse race aficionados. Either way, it's near the very bottom of Farley's oat bag. Ludicrous plot. No Henry to speak of. Weird gods. Inexplicable characters who flicker in and out. Give it a miss.

  • Jutta
    2019-03-15 09:43

    I remember being terrified of this story when i read it in grade school. even though i read most of the others multiple times, i wouldn't reread this one. not scary really as an adult.

  • Faithann
    2019-03-15 05:50

    They probably could have done without this one. It really didn't contribute much to the series.

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    2019-02-24 10:56


  • Kate
    2019-03-07 06:32

    This was one of my favorite books in the series. I liked reading about the circus life, and the white horse that performed to cues in the music.