For four hundred years, generations of the Family Del Toro and their battle-savvy warhorses have secretly guarded their corner of Colorado from all things creepy. But when a menacing woman with some wicked witch powers shows up at the Del Toro ranch and demands the return of the Red Casket, twelve year old Matt Del Toro must team up with his best friend Perry—along with the warhorses Rigo and Isabel—to out-wit, out-ride, and out-fight one Viking-size sorceress.
Source: Author, Purchase, NetGalley, and Owl Hollow Press Rating: 5 stars
The Bottom Line: Holy TALKING HORSES, Batman! If I haven’t mentioned it in a hot minute or two, I love books with talking animals. Talking animals always add another dimension to a story and in this particular series, the TALKING HORSES are integral part of the story. The horses are prominent characters whose attitudes, language, and actions make them standouts among the cast of characters. If I am honest, I get so much more pleasure out of the TALKING HORSES than I do out of the humans. Don’t get me wrong, the humans are fine, beautifully developed characters – especially Perry! – but they come second to the TALKING HORSES for me. Finally, I found the plot to this story to be all kinds of exciting and entertaining. Who doesn’t love a sorceress with a grudge and a mission? Oh, and does anyone else think that scene with Perry and the sorceress may have somehow altered Perry?? I’m looking forward to an answer to that particular question as well as the future endeavors o the Del Toro family and their amazing TALKING HORSES.