I rarely rate a book five stars, but this classic of the west earned my highest rating. Not only that, Wildfire is one of the very best books I have ever read. Zane Grey's description of this wonderful part of the country along with his character development was 'spot on'. He made it easy to transfer the written word to the mind's eye with his detailed portrayal of all aspects of the landscape, the characters and - of course - the horses. Speaking of which I certainly can relate to the indomitable spirit of Wildfire having spent a fair amount of time around both show horses and feral horses. A spirited horse would most certainly try with all its spirit and lifeblood to escape capture and domestication. In this case, even though Wildfire was caught and trained (somewhat) he never really abandoned his wild, majestic inner core. It was as though he tolerated his captors after having been hounded for hundreds of miles and was finally subdued - but never conquered - by them.
This book is really about Wildfire first and foremost, and secondly about the people, good and bad, who came in contact with him. That part of the book is almost a subplot, but is still very complete and well defined.
I highly recommend this wholesome book for any person, young or old, man or woman, boy or girl interested in how spirit manifests itself and how a feral creature can teach us all about courage and persistence.
The red stallion did not appear to be hurt. The twitching of his muscles must have been caused by the cactus spikes embedded in him. There were drops of blood all over one side. Lucy thought she dared to try to pull these thorns out. She had never in her life been afraid of any horse. Farlane, Holley, all the riders, and her father, too, had tried to make her realize the danger in a horse, sooner or later...