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When Steve Duncan is asked to go on an archeological search on a remote Caribbean island, he never imagines the stallion he will find there. But the giant horse is unapproachable, showing nothing but fear and fury towards people. When the stallion gets caught in quicksand, can Steve get close enough to save the wild horse?...

Title : The Island Stallion
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ISBN : 9780394843766
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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The Island Stallion Reviews

  • Becky
    2019-03-14 04:37

    Okay, it's a little embarrassing that I'm even reviewing this. Like I said earlier, the bar exam made me mentally and emotionally regress to about 2nd-grade level, and I couldn't resist re-reading this installment in the Black Stallion series that I picked up for $2. These books were seriously my absolute favorites when I was a kid. I have to say, though, maybe I should stop re-reading these old classics because they're, well, they're just not as good as you remember. Like, seriously. This one I used to love because not only is there the boy-horse love story that exists in all of Walter Farley's novels, but there's also a mysterious lost island and buried treasure and even a map (oh, how I love books with maps). But it's kind of totally cheesy, and the main character's single-minded obsession with possessing this wild horse he finds verges on creepy. Maybe it didn't seem so creepy in 1948 or whenever this was written. Good times, though. And now that the bar is over I can return to reading grown-up books (although I can't promise I won't return to other childhood faves that I stumble across in used bookstores).

  • Kristine Hansen
    2019-03-01 05:29

    This has been one of my favorite books, and though it's hard to call it, I might just like Flame better than I like the Black.Well, after all, this has a whole lost island, a lost civilization as well. That's what makes me love this story - the combination of history and horses. I love how Steve grows up in the course of this book, becoming a man capable of making the hard decisions. I'm not sure I'd have the strength to do the things he does. The bond he shares with Flame is something I've longed for my entire life and still feel when I re-read this book for probably the 20th time. While this series DOES go a bit crazy / science fiction down the road, it's never stopped me from loving this book. This story, the story of how Steve finds Flame is beautiful and brilliant all by itself.

  • Kate
    2019-03-22 05:39

    This was a very strange addition to the Black Stallion series... It's really not related (not that I recall anyway), but I remember being able to tell the order of the series by these numbers on the spine (F-1, F-2... this was F-4). Once again there's a kid who finds a wild horse on an island... and then these aliens come along. From what I remember, there were two men who were really aliens who get involved in the horse racing business. Maybe I'm making this up, but I remember the aliens very clearly, they had weird eyes, and one of them described horse racing as it had been in the 1880s, even though he couldn't have possibly seen them, it being 1950 or whatever. Yeah, so horse racing and aliens.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-12 09:29

    This has its boring parts. The lead-in to finally finding the valley (and therefore Flame) seems to take forever--realistically so, but it's still tough to get through.The rest of it is pretty good. Steve and Pike are likable, and the horses and their valley sound beautiful. I'm not convinced of Farley's idea of the genetics of the island, but since it was written way back when, the fact that he even hand-waved it by having the Piebald represent the 'genetic weaknesses created by inbreeding' is pretty impressive in a non-sci-fi book.

  • Summerfly
    2019-03-04 06:30

    When ever anyone says "The Black Stallion" - THIS is the book I think of. I remember so many random little things about this story - the chalk arrows/drawings in the caves, lamenting the flashlight parts they DIDN'T bring, how they worried over the fight with the Piebald and the future mating issues. I'm sure it's been 30 year since I read it, but I still love this book.

  • Robin
    2019-03-04 04:29

    My dad told me once he was always looking for the best adventure story. This book, I think, qualifies. Not only does it have a lost world, 'buried' treasure, suspense and secrecy, but it's a great horse story!(What more could a 13-year-old girl want? - LOL)Rereading it as an adult, I notice the only plot idea it doesn't have is romance, but the adventure aspects still hold up well.

  • Tanja Berg
    2019-03-21 04:25

    This was my favourite book when I was 10 years old. I think I must have read it a dozen times. Not in the past 18 years or so though!

  • Sara
    2019-03-13 02:37

    This was SUCH a good horse-lovers' book! It's full of adventure, glamour, and, of course, a gorgeous wild stallion. So fun! I absolutely loved it :)

  • Sarah
    2019-02-27 05:23

    I didn't have access to very many books when I was younger, so checking off the to-do to "Reread your favorite book from your childhood" was a bit of a stumper. I don't know how old I was when I first read this, but I clearly recalled some parts. It turns out, I recalled them wrong. I found bits in this book that fascinated me and I retold them through imagination until I didn't remember the original anymore. Coincidentally, I was reading about Readers' Advisory and the article spoke to me: in describing the "reader as poacher," readers "seize upon whatever speaks directly to their immediate lives, they forget or simply skip over the parts they don't find meaningful, and they sometimes rewrite unsatisfying endings."* That's pretty much me.I can see why I liked this; the writing, particularly the dialogue, is clunky, but the emotion comes through strongly. *Ross, C. S. (2009). Reader on top: Public libraries, pleasure reading, and models of reading. Library Trends, 57(4), 632-656. Retrieved from

  • Kristen Coffin
    2019-03-11 04:46

    "Tomorrow, tomorrow. And the day after – and the one after that. Oh, if only I could be with him always!"The Black will always have a special place in my heart and is my favorite literary horse, but this is my favorite of the Flame books. It brings back to mind the original Black Stallion, except the setting isn't a desert, it's an island paradise. We get to see a boy and horse forge a bond under extraordinary circumstances.

  • P.J. Paulson
    2019-03-13 08:43

    I first read this book back around 1960 in a nice hardcover with dustjacket. It's my favorite of Walter Farley's books. I think it was the island, its caves, and the hidden valley that I found so intriguing. Really liked the book!

  • Donna G
    2019-03-19 07:37

    I have read this one several times over the years!

  • Stephanie Bezant
    2019-03-04 02:43

    The Island Stallion is a great book! It's my first time reading a book from this series but I have to say I was really impressed by how Walter really captured the joy and thrill Steve experiences when he encounters a wild stallion on Azul Island, Flame. To be honest, at first the first few chapters didn't really excite me and it was hard to get my head around the plot and characters however considering this is the 4th book of the series I'm sure if I'd read the previous books I would enjoy and understand it better. Having said that, The Island Stallion is truly a heartwarming book and I loved reading about a Steve's childhood fantasy turn into a reality. The bond between them is incredible and is told with great description and emotion making it so believable.

  • Michelle Isenhoff
    2019-03-24 02:33

    After rereading The Black Stallion a few weeks ago, I had to revisit my second favorite book by Mr. Farley. This is the first of a companion series, one I put off reading as a child because after cruising through a dozen books featuring the Black, my loyalties were firmly entrenched. I figured I could never come to feel about Flame as I did his black counterpart. I figured wrong.Steve Duncan is a young man who visits his older friend, Pitch, in the Caribbean where they camp on an island with wild horses. The island is solid rock with only a small, sandy plain that barely grows enough grass to sustain life. Pitch is certain the Spanish conquistadors once inhabited the island. Steve is all about the horses.Then one night a magnificent stallion appears on a cliff high overhead. It’s a beautiful animal, nothing like the scraggly horses that live on the plain, and the friends realize there must be more to the interior of the island than just rock. They eventually find a lost world full of Spanish treasures, including a valley full of the purest breed of horses Steve has ever seen. Then Steve discovers Flame, the wild stallion of his dreamsThis, like The Black Stallion, is the wonderful story of the relationship that grows up between a boy and a wild horse. It’s not particularly beautiful, but it touches on the stuff dreams are made of: love and wonder. What kid wouldn’t want to discover a world left undisturbed for centuries, especially if the only ways in are through a maze of tunnels or a hidden canal? Who didn’t grow up with dreams of taming and loving a special animal loyal to no one else? Even after a months-long relationship with the Black, I fell in love with Flame. I wished I could travel to Azul Island and run in the tall blue grass with the wild band. And I did, time and again. My last trip was just this week; I brought along my two boys who loved Flame as much as I always have.Like The Black Stallion, I give The Island Stallion the highest recommendation simply on its ability to cultivate dreams. In my opinion, they are the two best of Walter Farley’s many works. (A note of caution: the book does contain two fights to the death between horses.) Fifth grade reading level, first grade listening level.

  • Katie
    2019-02-27 10:17

    I was an avid Walter Farley reader when I was in middle/school and high school. I have actually read the entire series and the beginning of his daughter's series, The Phantom Stallion. I also remember this book in particular as it is my favorite of the series. It was exactly as I remembered it. It is a little too easy for me to read now, definitely meant for younger readers, but the vocabulary is great and the story moves well. The plot follows Steve and his older mentor Pitch as they investigate an uninhabited island in the Caribbean. Pitch had moved to Antago to live with his brother Tom and work as his book keeper. Tom is the local horse wrangler for the wild horses that come off of Azul Island. The horses are nothing impressive, hardy little creatures full of spirit. Steve is mildly obsessed with horses. He goes to visit Pitch during summer vacation and agrees to spend two weeks on Azul Island with Pitch in exchange for any horse he wants on the island. While they are there, they see a magnificent stallion on the cliffs of the until then assumed uninhabited rock of the rest of the island. After an intensive search, Steve and Pitch discover a way into the interior of the island - a series of tunnels left by the conquistadores. The rest of the book is the discoveries they make and the growing connection between a boy and a stallion. It is a fantastic book for young readers. The story revolves around loyalty, trust, compassion, and self-confidence. Also, the story moves well, with constant drama and action. I highly recommend this book to any reader in middle and high school, particularly ones who love horses. The series is also a great one. There is little to no swearing, all good clean reading that helps to inspire self-confidence and being true to ones' self.

  • June Ahern
    2019-03-02 03:37

    I love horses every since I was a wee girl and since I could read, books, movies and TV shows about horses and dogs have been my favorite ones. Now I am a senior and my love has never wavered and only grown stronger. My dream like the young man in this book, Steve, was to have a horse of my own. I do now. I read "Island Stallion" at my horse ranch and enjoyed it very much. It is a bit old way of speaking, the old British way that is and at times I thought too formal in speech. Still, the story about Steve's love and his cousin's Pitch, who is with him on this island adventure, is about going forth to discover what you so wish to find. I liked the story and it is good for those young and old interested in adventure and animals, especially horses. I have read "The Black Stallion" what the author, Walter Farley, is mostly well known for.What the story is about: Steve Duncan is visiting a cousin, Professor Phil Pitch, who lives in the Caribbean for a summer vaction. They take a boat to an inhabitable island - a rather wild one that has a few stray not so healthy or great horses. It is called Azul Island. Steve had a dreams when he was a very young boy about a red horse and believed he could find it someday. Well, he does on this island and Pitch findswhat he is seeking too, Conquistador's treasures and proof they did indeed inhabit this island at some time. The red stallion Steve finds is named Flame by him. Flame is the stallion to a herd of mares and young horses and he was left by the Conquistadors.Another character, the half-brother to Pitch named Tom, is a brutal horse dealer. He's been to the island to grab whatever horses he can from the band of not so healthy ones. He doesn't know about Flame and the better horses though. The book has a brutal moment toward the end between two stallion horses, but it is part of nature although a young child reading this book might not like it.All in all, I enjoyed the book.

  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-02-23 07:25

    This is a great read, separate from the Black Stallion series.A boy called Steve Duncan is staying with a friend who is a history professor called Phil Pitcher or Pitch. One day Pitch takes Steve by boat to a looming rocky island called Azul Island - meaning Blue in Spanish. Nobody really knows why as the cliffs are bare rock and there is just a sandy spit to land on where allegedly the Conquistadores had some connection. Steve is more interested in horses than in the professor's lessons. However a storm comes up and their small boat gets tossed into a hidden channel which reveals a secret passageway into the interior of the hollow island, to a grassy land and blue lake.Another author would have made this a pirate treasure story; Farley of course gives us a large herd of beautiful horses left by the Conquistadores and gone wild. To both Steve and Pitch there could be no better treasure. A fiery chestnut stallion which Steve names Flame allows Steve to befriend him (these horses had no predators) while Pitch wants to keep the lost world secret until he has had a proper chance to study the antique cannons and other artefacts.One of Farley's best books, which makes it one of the best horse stories around, this will bring young people to read it again and again. The island stallion appears in other books such as The Island Stallion Races which was also Farley's experiment with science fiction. He combined his two series in The Black Stallion and Flame - which brings the Black to Azul Island - and a couple of later stories.

  • Rena Sherwood
    2019-03-09 08:38

    Very early on his writing career, Farley got bored with the Black Stallion series. I'm not sure if Farley ever admitted that in public but that certainly seems to be how his books read. However, his forays into other subjects tended to tank. This is also a boy meets wild horse story, but Farley did it miles better in The Black Stallion. It's kind of like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World only there's horses instead of dinosaurs.This book takes a long while to get going. Steve (our fearless and arguably obsessed protagonist) is also a cardboard cutout of a character that seems numb to just about everything.I think you have to be younger to enjoy this book. I used to read it every year when I was a kid but the prospect of reading it again now that I'm old makes me wince.

  • Tania
    2019-03-06 06:30

    In a novel similar to The Black Stallion, Farley introduces us to a whole new set of horse adventures. Young Steve travels to an island paradise in search of a mythical horse - and what he finds is even more than what he dreamed. Accompanied by childhood friend Pitch, and under the guise of an archaeological dig, Steve discovers a strain of horses that date back to the Conquistadors. He dares to hope that he has found his dream horse at last... though at what price is a question he still has to answer.The Island Stallion is as exciting as any of the Black Stallion books, and I didn't mind being diverted to a new origin story as Farley masterfully weaves another tale of action and adventure on a deserted island. I always loved how the two stallions' stories intertwined throughout the series.

  • Saphirablue
    2019-03-12 04:46

    Well, that has been disappointing. :(I really liked the beginning with the exploring of the tunnel systems and the adventure like vibe I got from it. But later? When the time on the island has come to an end and Steve decided to forsake an entire breed of horses because he wants his (wild and barely tamed) horse with him? Knowing what will happen to the other horses when a certain character learns of the existence of this herd? Seriously? The whole seesaw between "It's better for the herd to let Flame here." and "Nooo. He's mine. I have to take him with me." really started to get on my nerves in the end and Steve became very unlikeable for me then. And when Pitch did it for the artefacts too? Yeah. Not a happy reader I've been.

  • Melody
    2019-03-02 03:45

    I started a Black Stallion re-read several years ago, and though I've been buying the books as I come across them, I've failed to keep up with my re-read. Probably because I knew that this was next in line, and I never liked the Island books as well as the ones about the Black. My memory served me well- this is a clunky, painful book. The two human characters are dorky beyond all belief, and the horses are either angels or demons. The plot about the Conquistadores is also clunky. Clunky, clunky, clunky. And yet... I read the whole thing again.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-21 07:25

    I started re-reading The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley in April and read five more from that series in May: Son of the Black Stallion, The Black Stallion and Satan, The Island Stallion, The Island Stallion's Fury, and The Blood Bay Colt. Only The Black Stallion and Satan was as enjoyable as when I was a kid, though I remember never really caring for the Island Stallion "spin-offs" or the two books on harness racing. Where's Alec and The Black? Bring 'em back!

  • Belinda
    2019-03-21 09:29

    This is perhaps the best horse story I have EVER read, and I have read (at least) hundreds. I first read it when I was in elementary school; it grabbed my imagination throughly. It was so good that I've reread it a few times (very rare for me) and occasionally still find myself pondering certain parts of the story. A genuine classic I recommend to any young reader and/ or horse lover.

  • Jes (RebelReads)
    2019-03-16 08:19

    How have I not marked this as read?? One of my favorite books in the Black Stallion series. On nights I can't sleep I still remember the part where the main character needs sleep but can't and just says something like "rest is as good as sleep for a couple hours". Probably the root of my insomnia right there lol.

  • A.M. Kuska
    2019-03-21 07:23

    Even grown up I love this book. It has moments that make me roll my eyes from lack of realism (The Island Stallion and the Black Stallion would not have decided who was supreme by a race. That's not how horses do things.) The history though, and the way it was handled makes it 5 stars because I can still enjoy it even all grown up.

  • Shannon Farrell
    2019-03-23 08:38

    I read this out loud to my girls after reading the first 3 to them. They were disappointed in the spinoff. Steve is pretty whiny and the relationship between him and his friend is just weird. His obsession with the horse is a little much and it treads the same ground as the black stallion and son of the black stallion; boy befriends aggressive wild stallion through traumatic experience.

  • Lauren
    2019-03-22 09:16

    This book definately moved slower than the first three-there is little human interaction and so there is lots of description and talking to the horse. The few paragraphs from the horses perspective were new-I liked break from straight narration and the author did not overly humanize how a horse would feel.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-08 02:44

    Azul island is a barren wasteland. Or is it?Deep inside the island there is a valley full of horses carrying the blood of the Spanish Conquistadors. And Flame, the Island Stallion, who will learn to trust and love a boy.Beautiful, epic.

  • C
    2019-02-27 04:23

    Loved the idea of the "hidden paradise" and for horse crazy young adults, this is THE ideal hidden paradise. Always appealed to my sense of adventure as a kid, while crushing on the main character and walking around all dreamy eyed and goony over the horses...

  • Jacqueline
    2019-03-24 10:30

    Not as good as The Black Stallion but still good. This is the book that made me want to be an archeologist. That didn't pan out for me but it had the same effect on my boys. So maybe they will become archeologists.:-) They immediately wanted to read the next book.