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Daughter of the Centaurs (Centauriad #1)

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  527 Ratings  ·  137 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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Apr 10, 2016 Taneika rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-or-galley
This is a 2.5 rating.

More of my reviews can be found at Flipping Through the Pages!

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
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
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
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 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
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 ...more
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 ...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
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, ...more
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.
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
What...? This was odd, and not to mention cliche as fuck. And the writing...*shudder*.
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
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
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.
Natalia Kuprewicz
Oct 26, 2016 Natalia Kuprewicz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-books
I liked this book a lot because it was adventurous. The main character, Malora, is forced to leave her village because her people were attacked by these large birds called "leatherwings." After Malora leaves her village on her dad's horse, she wakes up and finds herself surrounded by what she thought were men on horses, but ended up being centaurs. These centaurs took her in and let her live a luxurious life with them. I liked this book a lot because I just couldn't put it down.
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
Amy Acosta
Dec 24, 2011 Amy Acosta rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
Malora's dream has always been to become a huntress and to ride over the plains with her father and the other hunters, but her tribe (the People) have very strict rules about what men and women should do. One day the Leatherwings (bat-like creatures) attack and kill all the men in the village. While every woman and child in the village mourns, Malora teaches herself to train, mount, ride, and do tricks on her father's horse Sky. She's determined to be prepared in case of another attack. The ...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,
Lindsay Stares
Jan 19, 2012 Lindsay Stares rated it it was ok
New Release! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for the purpose of review.

(NB: It looks like the author's name on the cover changed between when the review copies were released and the final book release?)

Premise: Malora wants to grow up to train horses like her father before her, but when disaster strikes their tiny settlement, she and the horses must learn to survive alone in the wild. That is, until she meets travellers from a city of centaurs, who are rather surprised that any hu
Kathy Martin
Jan 10, 2012 Kathy Martin rated it it was amazing
I was swept away by the world-building and the characters in this fantasy/dystopia. Malora is one of the few children of the small remaining Settlement of humans. Her mother is the Healer and her father is in charge of the horses and hunting. While it is traditional for girls to take up their mother's role, Malora wants to work with the horses. She knows that is her working with the horses is her destiny. She does convince her family and learns to care for and train the horses. But when she is ...more
Jennifer Rinehart
Mar 15, 2012 Jennifer Rinehart rated it did not like it
Nope this book is not a joke, honeypie. My hubby thought I was joking when I tried to describe the plot to him, he gave me a weird lewd grin and I pushed him out of the room, sheesh, he's so immature.

So, I read the first chapter and then blah. So far I can't finish it. I guess I don't like the voice of the main character and the set up, so far, is not doing it for me.


I never went through a horse phase as a girl. I loved barbies, rainbows, unicorns and baby animals, especially bunnies, but
Lovey Dovey Books
Feb 08, 2013 Lovey Dovey Books rated it it was amazing
Daughter of the Centaurs was not what I was expecting, but Kate Klimo has made me a believer in centaurs and this futuristic world she's created. Malora is one of the People, possibly the last of the People since everyone she has ever known was killed by ferocious Leatherwings. In an attempt to save her from the same fate, Malora's mother had packed up her favorite horse, Sky, and sent her out into the plains. After some of years wandering around, surviving, growing her herd of horses, Malora ...more
Felicia Chien
Feb 23, 2012 Felicia Chien rated it liked it
Book: Daughter of the Centaurs by Kate Klimo
Pages: 362
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Source: Sent from Random House

Short Synopsis: Some time in the future, earth will be populated by half- animal, half-human centuars. Due to a horrible attack on the human population, Malora, daughter of the plains maybe the only human left.

My Thoughts: The story itself was a bit different than what I'm normally used to, but the characters really do pull you into the story.

In the future, the population is a mix
Maria Waltner
Jan 19, 2012 Maria Waltner rated it really liked it
There are aspects of this novel, especially in the beginning, that give the impression of a time long past when people lived very simply in small villages with labor-intensive jobs meant to insure the survival of the group. The only thing is that for this story that scenario happens in the future and those humans, the People, are the last surviving pure-bred humans hunted nearly to extinction by competing 'hibes' (hybrid-tribes). The hibes are any number of humanoid creatures, many out of ...more
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
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
I was really close to rating this book with 1 star. If I could have chosen 1.5 I would have gone with that, but Goodreads doesn't allow you to give partial stars. Oh well.

The idea behind this book had such promise. Centaurs, the last human, leathery winged bat things. It all spells out excitement doesn't it?

It pains me to write a bad review, it does. But here it goes...

This story falls flat on its face. The writing is mostly poor. It doesn't flow well. There were some points of the book, but not
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