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Daughter of the Centaurs (Centauriad #1)

3.27  ·  Rating Details ·  521 Ratings  ·  133 Reviews
Malora knows what she was born to be: a horse wrangler and a hunter, just like her father. But when her people are massacred by batlike monsters called Leatherwings, Malora will need her horse skills just to survive. The last living human, Malora roams the wilderness at the head of a band of magnificent horses, relying only on her own wits, strength, and courage. When she ...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jillian -always aspiring-
Aug 06, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who will not get offended on behalf of the centaurs (as I did)
Imagine a world where humans are near extinction, mutant bat creatures stalk the skies like birds of prey, and centaurs rule as nobility within their own mountain fortress. That sounds like such a great fictional world, doesn't it? Wouldn't you want to read about such a strange yet dangerous place?

Well, I definitely did -- but once I started reading Daughter of the Centaurs my enthusiasm quickly dimmed to lukewarm feelings and then, finally, to a sense of disillusionment and confusion.

The author
Jan 27, 2012 TheBookSmugglers rated it did not like it
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

On The Cover:

We must start this post by saying that we strongly believe the cover of Daughter of the Centaurs to be the latest case of Whitewashing.

The story is set in Africa. The protagonist of the book is described as being “dark-skinned” whose “skin and hair are the dusky red-brown”. At various points in the story, attention is called to the earthen red-brown tones of her skin (especially as Malora tries on pretty Centaur dresses).

The person on this
Mar 05, 2012 Cecelia rated it did not like it
I’m just going to put this out there: Centaurs are super cool. And yes, you can judge me for my nerdiness. Greek mythology, Narnia, and Harry Potter – none of you did anything to cure me of this! And then came Kate Klimo’s Daughter of the Centaurs.

The first chapters of Kate Klimo’s book seem to promise something excellent. Deadly Leatherwings threaten Malora’s small settlement, and the scene is set with impossible choices and an interesting world. Then, everything goes south. Warning: if you lik
Isa Lavinia
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Dec 12, 2011 Dot rated it did not like it
Oh, geez. First, I'll give some props. I always loved the Walter Farley and Marguerite Henry books, and I liked the main character's interaction with her horses. It was an enjoyable part of the plot line.

Having the story set in future Africa (I'm assuming, due to the types of animals that show up) was kind of interesting, although I'm a bit curious as to how hippos are somehow not dangerous to humans, since they're considered totally aggressive and kill humans all the time. I think the girl on
Aug 16, 2015 Lilibeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya-fantasy
I love when stories--particularly with "selfless" female protagonists/heroines--live by the seat of their pants and know the skills--or slowly learn, in this case--how to survive and be independent. When Malora must leave her People and live alone forevermore with just her horses as company, she saw a restless but fortifying life ahead of her. When she went back to discover the desolation of her people it destroyed something in her. That's when they discovered that the People were not as dead as ...more
Jan 24, 2012 Heidi rated it did not like it
Review originally posted here.

Malora was born with an affinity for horses, and desires nothing more than to follow in her father’s footsteps as a horse wrangler and hunter. After leatherwings ravage her family’s settlement, destroying both men and horse, her mother sends her off into the plains with Sky--her father’s horse that was too big to be carried off--in order to secure her safety. She begins a herd of her own, strong, black, fast horses, encountering no other being for three years. When
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
I luckily received this book through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review. Despite her family wanting her to be a healer when she grows up, like her mother, Malora dreams of being a master horserider, like her father. When her family and tribe are all killed by malevolent huge bat-creatures called leatherwings, Malora escapes and lives for a few years on the open plains with her beloved horse, Skye. She breeds and cares for her own horde of wild horses until a group on centaurs capture th ...more
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This book was strange to say the least. It's about a girl named Malora who ends up being the last known human in the world. Malora also has a way with horses (and this book kinda made me like horses a little bit - I'm terrified of their heads) and takes over her father's job as horse master.

I found the beginning of the story to be the best part of the book, however it was still quite strange. There are some creep
Mar 23, 2012 Kira rated it liked it
When the Leatherwings hit her village, Malora is forced to flee with her family's horse, a few provisions, and the clothes on her back. Three years later, she, and the horses she rescued along the way, fall into a trap set by her people's enemies, the Centaurs. Forced to become their "guest" and adopt their ways, Malora feels unsettled. She likes most of them, but their ways are strict and stifling to her. When a group of rogues start attacking people on the trade route that the centaurs use, in ...more
Aug 26, 2011 W. rated it liked it
Review: Centauriad #1: Daughter of the Centaurs by K.K. Ross (for ages 12 and up)

Twelve-year-old Malora is one of a small tribe of people. In the far future, humans are nearly extinct. Yet they eke a meager living from the brutal plains where they live. Much of their heritage becomes forgotten or lost in the struggle to survive.

Though they live a rough life without technology, books or many of the modern comforts we take for granted, life is good, until a flock of viscous birds attacks the men r
Dec 13, 2012 Victoria rated it did not like it
Despite its rather cheesy cover, the description of this book really attracted me to it. Centaurs in a post-apocalyptic world? Sounded terrific! Unfortunately, its execution failed to be as intriguing. The book opened not with mythical half-human, half-horse creatures but with a ragged group of human survivors (the “People”). Malora, a young girl obsessed with her father’s horses, and with a mother who spoke only in platitudes, witnessed a tragic attack by Leatherwings (monstrous humanoid bat-ty ...more
Oct 26, 2011 Ravwrin rated it really liked it
In a world where dystopian meets fantasy this book was an interesting concept. We follow a young human girl into the bush of what could be an African savanna of modern time after her whole village is decimated. Her only companion left from her father and the village she loved is a horse. Along the way the two pick up more horses and she finds herself taking care of a whole herd of horses she lovingly thinks of as her boys and girls. She and the herd are trapped by a group of Centaurs. They take ...more
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
What...? This was odd, and not to mention cliche as fuck. And the writing...*shudder*.
Gab McLaren
Centaurs aren't seen nearly enough in today's books and that's what drew me to this book originally. I loved the take that Kate Klimo took on them, but I couldn't help but feel that the book was uneventful. I never sensed a conflict, or impending doom. Furthermore I didn't really click with the main character as I thought she was rather overly perfect. The vivid descriptions and clever take on centaurs, their society and their living space was incredible.
Apr 15, 2015 Hannah rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I thought the characters and story were unique and enjoyable. True, some things are left unexplained-the whole how the Centaurs came to be(although there is one teasing hint, but no elaboration, only enough to cause speculation), but all in due time.
*spoilers ahead*
The only real problem that I had with this book was the kinda easy going atmosphere everyone had. For instance, in the beginning, Malora is all 'well I have no where else to go so I'll just go with you guys' meani
Aug 07, 2014 Aiyana rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. I can't even begin to describe the beauty of the tale. I only hope there are more books in the series for me to read as well! (And a thank you to Victoria for purchasing the book for me). Malora is a strong and brave girl, and also the last knowing survivor of the People. I found it amazing that she held no grudges for the centaurs who were so happy that her entire family was killed. I am also surprised that she (the biggest female role) didn't end up with Orion (the bigge ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Nita rated it it was ok
The ideas are good. However this author (or maybe the publisher) underestimates the intelligence of her readers, because the writing style was painfully dumbed down (which is a more contemporary YA/ preteen trend, I just think that it just makes less intelligent readers over the long term). Which wouldn't have even been mentionable had she developed the book to be habitable, but the further it went on, the more it fell apart. Or rather, the more she tried to explain how the world she created cam ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it
Shelves: adventure, fantasy, 2015
Did not like how this book was written. It was boring. There were parts of the book that were supposed to be exciting and they could have been, but the writing style made it feel bleah. I also thought Malora was boring. After surviving an attack that kills her people, she survives in the wild with her horses, they become her family, she takes care of them and is the head of the herd. But once she meets the centaurs and goes to their city, she totally abandons her herd to the twani, a cat like pe ...more
Tina (yAdultReview)
Originally published at Nose in a Book

One of my hard limits in fiction is animal death. That doesn't mean werewolf death, because weres are humans too. It means the death of Sookie's cat really, really upset me. It's the reason I can't seem to finish The Daughter of Smoke and Bone. The beginning of this one was rough for me, and I'll admit I had to skim a little. So Malora watches her father and all the men carried off by Leatherwings, which come back later to finish the rest of the People off.
Lori Vargas-Agnew
Aug 21, 2011 Lori Vargas-Agnew rated it it was amazing
The story starts out with a young girl becoming of age learning her place in life. In the time it takes place females had a purpose and men had theirs. Malora wanted to do as her father be a horse trainer or take care of horses. Not the practice of her mother Thora which was like a healer mixing herbs and flowers. Large creatures appear one day and wipe out the men while hunting so Malora listens to her mother and learns quite a bit. She also learns much from her father before he died. Then one ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Cayleigh rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
A novel set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are all but wiped out and the inhabitants are all “hibes” hybrids of human animals. Malora is our narrator and she could potentially be the last of “The People” (humans). She is an avid horsewoman and living on her own on the plains when she is captured by Centaurs and taken to their homeland.

I usually don’t judge YA novels the same way I judge adult books. For me it is enough that I enjoyed them in YA. Klimo has created a very unique world
Amy Jacobs
Feb 20, 2012 Amy Jacobs rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
Forget the vampires. Forget the werewolves. No zombies. Welcome to the new supernatural in the dystopian world. In Daughter of the Centaurs, we are introduced to just that -- Centaurs. These are those half human/ half horse people from long ago legends and fables. I was curious about this one. Not only is the cover kind of pretty, but it features the dystopian world with a different twist in the paranormal we have grown accustomed to.

This was in fact a hard read to get into. It has a lot of narr
Sep 29, 2012 Alz rated it did not like it
The book starts off fairly interesting, with little Malora living in the Settlement with her family, wanting to raise horses like her father and being shunned by the other people for a variety of reasons. Malora is an outsider for all that she is a child, loves her parents who love her back, and it was pretty nice at first to read YA where the heroine 1) HAS parents who 2) actually care about her.

The book blurb is misleading and made for a weirdly-paced initial reading experience since there is
Jan 27, 2012 Natasja rated it liked it
Daughter of the Centaurs by K.K. Ross is the first novel in the Centauriad Series and I’m not sure what to think of this book. You definitely can sense that this is a first novel in the series, but I’m missing a lot of background information that you need to really understand some parts of the book.

Malora is a young human girl when she looses first her father and not much later her mother and the rest of the village. Her only companions are her beloved horses, but she is about to loose them too
First Look: This book looked awesome because a)centaurs, b) horses, c) is that not the same girl that's on the cover of Blue Flame? and c) CENTAURS. Before I saw the tagline, I thought the main character would be a centaur, whichis aunique perspectiveI've never read before.She's not a centaur, though--she's human. Andbeforereading, I thought that she was literally a daughter of centaurs. I spent way too long trying to figure out how that works (I don't recommend doing this). And then all I could ...more
Sharon Tyler
Jan 04, 2012 Sharon Tyler rated it really liked it
Daughter of the Centaurs by K.K. Ross is the first book in the Centauriad series for young adults. It is scheduled for release on January 24, 2012. Malora is a headstrong and independent teen that wants to follow in the footsteps of her father, a horse wrangler and hunter. Despite her mother's wishes that she follow her path and become a healer, Malora does everything she can to follow hr dream. Unfortunately, huge bat like creatures called leatherwings attack and soon Malora is on her own and d ...more
Hylary Locsin
Oct 21, 2012 Hylary Locsin rated it it was ok
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In the distant future, twelve-year-old Malora is the daughter of Thora and Jayke, the leaders of the last tribe of the People. Malora’s tribe relies on their horses to hunt and bring game to feed the People, and no horse is faster than her father’s, Sky. Malora wants nothing more than to learn to become a hunter herself and have her own horse like Sky to look after. Malora’s life changes, however,
Elena Love
Dec 01, 2012 Elena Love rated it really liked it
So I read this book in like,two days and I found it really interesting.I really love horses so I was eager to see what would happen next.I really enjoyed reading it but I thought it'd have more scenes with action but anyway.And I fell in love with Sky and believe me or not I'm like,obsessed with horses right now.Especially black ones.Seriously.And I have to find and read a book about horses because the information on the internet are just not enough.
Anyway.First of all the characters were fascin
Oct 22, 2014 Mara rated it liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? No, I'm not a fan of the cover. The character impersonator is way too prominent, especially her mouth. And she looks nothing like how I pictured Malora (they rarely do). The title is what initially caught my attention.

Characters: Malora was surprisingly likable. Whenever heroines are described as kick-ass, I get a bad feeling about them. Kick-ass is code for major chip on her shoulder and man-hater. Malora is tough; she knows the survival and hunting skills required to su
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