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The Red Casket

(Del Toro Tales #2)

4.80  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Never trust a witch.

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
Paperback, 260 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Owl Hollow Press
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Beverly McClure
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After reading Darby Karchut’s DEL TORO MOON a couple years ago, I’ve been waiting for more about the Del Toro family and their talking horses. Yes, their horses are very intelligent. They not only talk but watch over the family when they’re in trouble, which is often. Now, I have THE RED CASKET and, like DEL TORO MOON # 1, I’ve read it twice. I’m just not ready for the story to end, and now I’m waiting for Book #3.

For ten years I’ve been reading books by Darby Karchut, and each one gets better.
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the second book of the Del Toro Moon series, The Red Casket, Matt finds himself with more responsibility as his older brother Ben is away helping another family of knights. Javier is a wise and competent father and leader of their clan, but even he has his weakness when it comes to the new bad girl in town, Hester Lemprey. In order to prove to his father (and himself) that he is up to the challenge of taking the lead, he, along with his BF Perry and their 2 Andalusian war horses Rigo and Izzy ...more
Kelly Hager
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been reading Darby Karchut for a long time, since her first novel was released. I have loved everything of hers I've read, the YA and the middlegrade and the adult books (I'm in one! I die. It's great). She wasn't the first middlegrade author I routinely read, but she's definitely one of the reasons that I read the genre even outside of the authors I already love who write MG sometimes. And again, I have LOVED everything of hers I've read.

I said all that to say this: The Red Casket is the b
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
A great sequel to Del Toro Moon with just as much heart and adventure as the first when the two- and four-legged Del Toro family (along with best friend Perry) works together to defeat their newest foe, a wand-welding hag sorceress who demands the Red Casket.

To add to the tension, Matt knows he needs to pick up the reins so to speak, and in an effort to save his dad, takes a huge risk. Like so big I wasn't sure what the final cost would be.

Great mystery adventure with talking horses, lonely mesa
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the previous book in the series, the reader was introduced to "skinners," or these creepy creatures that are all bloody and kinda resemble a "fresh-skinned animal carcass." The reader also learned that Matt and his family are a part of this ancient order of Knights sworn to protect the world against these creatures. With their talking Andalusian warhorses, they've been able to keep the skinners at bay. Much of the first book centered on Matt's training with some awesome fights against these c ...more
Nick Garlick
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m not a big fan of multi-volume sagas, but I’m making an exception for Del Toro Moon, Darby Karchut’s stories of the Colorado family that fights ancient demons with the aid of... talking Andalusian war horses.

I wrote in my review of the first book that it might sound too Disney-cute for words. It wasn’t then. It still isn’t. The horses’ dialogue is a major part of the attraction here, and it’s good snappy dialogue. Turk, Rigo and Izzy come across as real individuals and I loved every page they
Feb 05, 2020 added it
I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

“I simply thought of the excursions as our family’s business. The business being creepy critter search-and-destroy. We ran it old-school style, complete with battle-savvy warhorses and magic-powered iron maces.” -Matt Del Toro, Red Casket-pg.7

This is the sequel to Del Toro Moon, so if you haven’t read that, then I suggest that you read that first.

Matt Del Toro and his family has been protecting their corner of Colorado f
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A worthy sequel that does what the very best sequels do: builds upon the original, expands the mythology, and further develops our understanding of the important characters as they grow, change, and mature. Karchut makes it look easy. Highly recommended for those who enjoyed the wonderful first book in the series, Del Toro Moon. ...more
Colette Sewall
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you open the pages of The Red Casket, prepare yourself to saddle up for an action-packed adventure featuring modern day knights taking care of some serious “pest control” problems in Colorado—including one frighteningly evil sorceress. This contemporary fantasy features 12 year old Matt working to sort out his normal family problems along with learning the ropes of his family’s unique business of battling extremely creepy monsters. In addition to magical ancient weapons, we have sassy talki ...more
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Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy wrangling words.
Her upcoming book, ON A GOOD HORSE, releases November 2020. Her other middle grade books include DEL TORO MOON (Colo

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