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Daughter of the Centaurs (Centauriad #1)

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  394 ratings  ·  120 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 2 of 5 stars
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...more
TheBookSmugglers
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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...more
Cecelia
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...more
Isa Lavinia
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Dot
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...more
Lilibeth
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
Heidi
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...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
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
Taneika (Flipping Through The Pages...)
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...more
Kira
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
W.
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...more
Victoria
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
Ravwrin
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
Gab
Feb 26, 2013 Gab added it
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.
Aiyana
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
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....more
Lori Vargas-Agnew
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
Cayleigh
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...more
Amy Jacobs
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...more
Alz
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...more
Natasja
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...more
Annie
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
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
Originally posted on my blog: http://libraryladyhylary.blogspot.com ! Check it out for more reviews!

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,...more
Elena Love
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...more
Mara
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...more
Amy (Amy's Book Den)
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 Leat...more
Jenn
Apr 14, 2012 Jenn rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
was very excited when I received my review copy of DAUGHTER OF THE CENTAURS. I thought the concept was exciting and different and I loved the idea of a book about centaurs. Unfortunately, DAUGHTER OF THE CENTAURS wasn't for me. There are some nice elements but, as a whole, I didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped I would.

If you've read my interview with Kate Klimo, you may remember that this book is set in the future -- a future where there are few humans, who live a very primitive lifestyle, whi...more
Bluerose's  Heart
I don't recommend picking it up unless you're willing to give it at least 100 pages. There were many times I was tempted to give up on it, because it was just weird and a bit boring. Since I agreed to review it, I told myself to give it 100 pages. Somewhere between 75-100 pages, it got interesting enough that I kept reading. It did get better. I still won't pretend like it was my favorite book ever, but I am curious where the author will take the story in the following books. It's hard on the fi...more
Anjana
2.5 stars

Maybe I should make it 3 because I really like the cover. I was under the assumption that this was a young adult fantasy novel but was mistaken. Okay, so this one's a mix of dystopia and fantasy, taking place in a world where humans are near extinction and Centaurs rule the world, our world to be specific.

Although Daughter of the Centaurs was initially slow and hard to get through,the pace picked up after around 30% into it and the story improved. Malora's likable enough, although nothi...more
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