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Daughter of the Centaurs

(Centauriad #1)

3.32  ·  Rating details ·  584 ratings  ·  147 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 03, 2011 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 26, 2012 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
Jan 27, 2012 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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Nov 26, 2011 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
Nov 07, 2011 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 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 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 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
Branwen Sedai *of the Brown 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
Oct 26, 2011 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 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
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, which is a unique perspective I've never read before.  She's not a centaur, though--she's human.  And before reading, 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 ...more
Sep 27, 2012 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
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was interested to read a story starring a lesser-used creature (centaurs), but the execution had a number of little flaws that built up to a disappointing flop.
1) I went in expecting centaurs = Greek setting, so had a moment of confusion when, several pages in, the animals being hunted were all African (lions, giraffes, rhinos, etc). So then I adjusted my mental image to say "okay, even though there's a brown-haired white girl on the cover, the protagonist must actually be black." Then about *
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
oh my god! this book took me too long to read and it was booooooooring! I mean I read and read and read and hoped that it will get more interesting, something will finally happen but nothing happen! there was no action, no question, no quest, no conflict and even no emotion!
the only reason that probably make me to finish the book was that I had not much of a choice! for couple of days I had an hour ride in a bus and noting to do except reading this book.

The story is about a verrry young girl w
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 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.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Daughter of the Centaurs, as a whole. I thought some of the dialogue was a little funny, but attributed it to serving the purpose of distinguishing the backgrounds of the characters. Throughout the book, I kept feeling like I've read it before, even though I know I have not.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jennifer  Butler
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed reading about centaurs in this aspect. A fun read and recommended for horse lovers and lovers of mythology!
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Both a good horse book AND a good fantasy novel - no mean feat! I plan to dive right into Book 2.
Amanda Weaver
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Very interesting world built for this story. How often do you get to read a story about centaurs!?
Mar 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars, fantasy
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
Sep 05, 2011 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 Leat ...more
Lindsay Stares
Jan 19, 2012 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
Hylary Locsin
Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Originally posted on my blog: ! 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,
Kathy Martin
Jan 03, 2012 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 t ...more
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