They have freaking mansions and gold trimming on everything. They also have little slave animals that apparently LOVE slaving after them - like the house elves from Harry Potter called Twani, these are cat-human hybrids that looked like a transparent fluffy white cat that could talk in my head - not a very pleasing image. The thing that did my head in was the descriptions of the setting and the clothing oh yeah, centaurs have to cover up their bits with magnificant cloth and whatnot. Including a lot of the Twani's clothing! So I ended up picturing this: That was basically the image I got whenever the description came up and even when the freaking decorations were white and blue striped.
Whilst I appreciated the world building, I wasn't a fan of the writing. Oops I lied, I appeciated but didn't love the world building. Apart from the centaurs, Twani and Leatherwings, there are apparently a whole assortment of hybrids Was it the result of evolution? The middle of the book was pretty boring and consisted of Malora having hallucinations of Sky by the way, where did he go and some other random bloke whom we find out nothing about, eating bread and cheese and learning how to read and write.
Towards the end, it doesn't get much better - she races a horse and becomes accepted by the centaurs and then BAM. The ending was so abrupt I thought I had accidently skipped some pages on my tablet. I would have much preferred a cliffhanger to such a boring ending. You can't tell me that centuries, perhaps even thousands of years from now, that Stephenie Meyer will be considered one of the great writers of love. Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen and Shakespeare I can understand because they've basically already proved themselves. The author may as well have put Nicholas Sparks down too.
And one more thing that pissed me off - the centaurs constantly called Malora 'pet' and Orion said she was "his pet". She doesn't even complain about it! Overall, I loved the concept of hybrids and how far in the future it is, however there are so many plot holes and things that just bugged me, that I couldn't enjoy this as much I would've liked to. I was quite disappointed. Nov 26, Heidi rated it did not like it. Review originally posted here.
She begins a herd of her own, strong, black, fast horses, encountering no other being for three years. When Review originally posted here. When her herd, and Malora, are captured by a group of centaurs seeking horses to compete in an annual race, Malora finds herself surrounded by a completely foreign culture and way of life. Malora determines the comforts of civilized living are worth losing her freedom, but she must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice.
I have to get this off my chest. Daughter of the Centaurs was constructed like the opposite of Star Wars. I cannot for the life of me understand why this was necessary. The only time this reality is even brought up within the story is through books, which I also had a huge issue with. Not survived in that they were printed on high quality linen paper and preserved well in safe environments; survived in the sense that wealthy centaurs actually have our physical books like Dr.
Seuss which was probably printed on highly acidic paper and they read them in their homes and what not. Honestly I really wish Daughter of the Centaurs had just embraced the fantasy label and either cut out the aspects that tied it to our current society, or provided stronger ties to make it more believable, as is, the story was weakened. The narration of Daughter of the Centaurs is at times perfect. This works beautifully in the beginning of the story, while Malora is on her own save for her horses, but becomes slightly less effective as the story progresses.
The world and story that Klimo has constructed have a great base, but could use some trimming. Daughter of the Centaurs could have made a good stand alone story, but I did not like most of the allusions towards future plots. For example, Malora has visions of meeting a man in the future. I loved that this story had no romance in it, as this is always refreshing, but the foreshadowing of a future romance to me seemed forced and irrelevant to the current story.
Again, this came across somewhat as an attempt to shove this book into a popular trend, and it would have been best left alone. There's a chance this is me just being a stick in the mud about preferring this story as a stand alone. I did very much enjoy the featuring of centaurs as main characters. Malora comments at one point that she herself is more horse than the centaurs themselves, and for all intents and purposes, this is true.
Centaurs seem to be largely ashamed of their horse halves, attempting to cover any horselike scent, and going modestly clothed in order to minimize their animal half. This aspect of the story was very well done, and created a nice counterpart between horse loving Malora and the horse shaming centaurs. The power of olfactory stimulation from scents was very unique as well. Orion, one of the centaurs to initially discover and befriend Malora, has a profession of creating scents--oils or perfumes that the centaurs use to disguise their horsey smells--and they have a powerful affect on Malora.
Finally, the horse lore in Daughter of the Centaurs was fantastic. Nov 07, Lilibeth rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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 they thought. A society of human and horse hybrids have been living successfully since the war with the People of Mount Kamaria--known now as Mount Kheiron, habitat of the centaurs--occured.
From Daughter of the Mountains, to Daughter of the Plains, to Daughter of the Centaurs, Malora "Ironbound" Thora-Jayke does not fail to capture the reader's heart and symbolize inspiration for a whole other race. Such vivid descriptions of mountainous and barren landscapes. So easy to hear the hoofs of Malora's "boys and girls" stampeding across the plains. Without the need to learn to read or write, Malora's voice captures more abstract concepts and appreciated the primal nature of the land she knows by heart.
Her love of horses became my love of horses for all their nickering, whinnying, snorts and eye-rolls. When first encountering the Highlanders and their method of living, the frivolity was comforting but seen as a waste through the main characters'. The author's writing ability to depict all the monuments, murals and colorful aspects of a Highlanders' life was dazzling and absolutely awe-inspiring to behold.
With the minor addition of its own terminology, Daughter of the Centaurs was originally created and uniquely executed. I did not want to put down this book for longer than six hours, couldn't part with it; not the world or the characters. The plot did prove a bit too peaceful and calm, but it was successful in appealing to the no-nonsense side of me. I can't stand when authors make up unnecessary conflict between two parties just to liven up a certain scene.
The book's solitary, soothing tone helped develop Malora's characters and was easy to use as a filter to distinguish traits and personalities of other characters. It is obvious, reading the ending and knowing all the other unanswered questions, that there will be a second book in the series. No doubt the "Centauriad 1" gave that away. Its the waiting that might do me in if I don't get another horse-y book-related fix in the next six months.
Please review your cart. Originally posted on my blog: First, I'll give some props. After three years on her own, Malora is now fifteen and the keeper of a large herd of horses thanks to Sky meeting with several wild mares in the bush. I actually got a little teary eyed towards the end! The last quarter of the book is suddenly re-devoted to the horses and the horse race, as if the author realized that she was running out of pages and oh yeah, there ought to be some kind of climax!
Aug 26, W. Daughter of the Centaurs by 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 Review: 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 returning from a hunting trip.
Young Malora witnesses the atrocity, which plunges her community into chaos. Things go from bad to worse when the predators return and attack the village again and again. She does her best to keep herself and the horse safe alone in the wild. What she finds plunges her into despair. The Centaurs are the civilized beings in this future, at least on the surface.
Ross does a remarkable job of world building with this novel. Even though the history of how the humans became almost extinct, and the centaurs became the dominant species is far-fetched, I found the story line believable. The inconsistency of the prose did detract from the story. The narration felt as if there was more than one author.
Parts of the story were confusing, and in several instances, I found myself going back several pages to clarify the action. The inconsistency was minor until the last few chapters where it grew pronounced enough I almost put the book down. I found the conclusion to the story rushed. The final pages wrap up the book quickly, in the process creating gaping holes in logic.
Since the book seems to be the initial offering in a series, perhaps the questions left unanswered here will be address in future books. This review was based on an ARC provided by the publisher. Dec 12, Dot rated it did not like it. 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 Oh, geez. I think the girl on the front cover is nowhere near as dark as the main character describes herself in the book, so that's a bit disappointing. I haven't read an uncomfortable cultural mishap like that in a while. You see, they're small cat-people who the centaurs saved from a volcano many ages ago, so every generation since then has pledged themselves to the service of the centaurs.
It makes them happy, you see. And don't even try to pay them, because that makes them less happy. Basically, it reads like the author needed an excuse to have a race in servitude perhaps because centaurs have tricky physical logistics , but wanted to avoid all the icky cultural implications that would ensue. But somehow, having these cat-people adds a whole different level of squick, especially the one that fawns over our main character.
In full honesty, I think this would have worked better as a middle reader novel. Right now, the writing style and plot line just isn't working for YA, but a little tweaking could have made a really terrific adventure for younger girls. Dec 13, 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? Unfortunately, its execution failed to be as intriguing. The book felt painstakingly detailed, but - frustratingly - without any of the background story that felt rather necessary regarding this new version of Earth.
Even after the introduction of the centaurs, the book still felt overly detailed, but without ever setting up an actual plot. I kept waiting - and waiting - for something more interesting to happen than endless details on the luxuries of the living with the Highland centaurs. The strong relationship between Malora and her horses certainly spoke to my inner twelve-year-old, but the underdeveloped relationships and lack of plot soured the book as a whole. The foundation was laid for a plot more thrilling than a horse-race and while the curious hints of the future were intriguing, I just am not dying to see where the series goes from here.
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 I luckily received this book through NetGalley, in exchange for my honest review.
She breeds and cares for her own horde of wild horses until a group on centaurs capture them. Malora travels with them to Mount Kheiron, a huge city of centaurs. While there she learns of their customs and way of life. This book was great for a number of reasons. First of all, I have always enjoyed horses, but never actually took care of any.
The first half of this book relates a lot of information about horses, horse behavior, and how to train them; which I found very interesting. Secondly, the author paints an image of centaurs that is very different from the myths and stories that most people know, so it was very enjoyable to learn about their society and habits. Oct 26, 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 In a world where dystopian meets fantasy this book was an interesting concept.
They take her to the Highlands where they live and her life changes. I found this book to be fascinating. I couldn't put it down. It was a good read but some of the parts fell a little flat. The development of the main character was quite nice but the other characters were a little flat. The horses were more interesting than the Centaurs which is depressing.
Though I got the feeling that the Centaurs, at least the Highlanders, were more or less the idealistic philosophers of the age of the Greeks and Romans. The were too frivolous and airy to care about the others below them for my liking. Though I must say, this book left me wanting more.
I would surely read the next book that comes out. Mar 23, 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 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.
When a group of rogues start attacking people on the trade route that the centaurs use, innocent people begin dying and deep secrets about the past between the centaurs and her people begin to emerge. Can Malora save the centaurs? Will she find a place she can call home? Still, the characters are likable and the spread-out action does keep the reader wanting to read more. Readers who are fans of fantasy or who like books that are more character-based than plot-based might enjoy reading this book.
Feb 26, Gab McLaren 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. Jan 01, Selena Yukino The Lioness: This was odd, and not to mention cliche as fuck. View all 4 comments.
Sep 13, Annie rated it it was ok Shelves: This book looked awesome because a centaurs, b horses, c is that not the same girl that's on the cover of Blue Flame? She's not a centaur, though--she's human. I spent way too long trying to figure out how that works I don't recommend doing this. And then First Look: Apparently this was supposed to be some sort of dystopian novel, based off reading some other reviews.
I understand that their overwhelming passion for the arts was supposed to come off as a little impractical. I couldn't respect them. They devote their lives to things such as sculpting, painting, or making mosaics, while leaving the day-to-day cooking, cleaning, and such to another species that's basically a slave race.
While the worldbuilding was in-depth, it just didn't work for me. When all of the men from her tribe, including her father, are killed right in front of her this isn't a spoiler--anyone who has read the back cover of this book will know that this happens , she barely even reacts. The rest of her people are killed, and she barely even cries.
She just doesn't have any emotions. Then she gets angry and starts bossing people around, sometimes rudely. Apart from that, she didn't do anything--she just let things happen to her. Neal showed a little promise, but he wasn't given a big enough part in the story for me to get to know him better. I can't abide people who never stop talking.
For the first part, there was a plot. It moved along at a good pace, and had action. It presented an actual problem that the characters had to face. After that, there wasn't really a plot. Centaurs are a rare topic in YA fiction. This book wasn't an exception. The phrasing was often awkward, disorienting, or both. It skimmed over seemingly important things with not much thought. Nothing not already mentioned above. Is it just me, or does she look absurdly bony, or is that just the angle and the background? Preferably an entire cake.
Also, what was with Malora's fascination and obsession with small talk? She keeps yearning for small talk with her mother. I can't understand this. She seems to not understand the concept. Here's the definition of small talk: You talk about the weather and your health but neither person really cares what the other is saying.
So what's the point? Why would anyone long for this? I'm an INTJ--small talk is the kind of thing that makes us scream internally because we recognize how pointless it is but sometimes we just can't avoid it. This is what survives into humanity's future? Danielle Steele and Stephenie Meyer?
No wonder people talk with such fear about an impending apocalypse. Daughter of the Centaurs was an awkwardly written book with hardly any plot to speak of. The setting was unique, but it also dominated the book and didn't make room for other important aspects like characterization or conflict. The main character, Malora, showed no emotion, and she never did anything.
Other characters, like Zephele, just annoyed me. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this, and I won't be reading the sequel. It involved humans interacting with horse-like creatures like The Scorpio Races though in all other aspects they're very different books. Sep 27, Alz rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 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. The book blurb is misleading and made for a weirdly-paced initial reading experience since there is a Leatherwings attack right away, but it doesn't totally devstate the Settlement and leave Malora the last living human the way the blurb makes you think.
No, it takes several more chapters and several more Leatherwings attacks before that happens. From then on, there's a timejump of three summarized years of Malora living alone on the plains with an increasing herd of rescued and incestuous horses. I say incestuous because her stallion Sky mates with a mare and produces twin offspring, and thereafter it seems like the horses are all breeding with each other and And then Malora meets the centaurs and everything in this book goes downhill, and downhill, and ever on downhill, the downiest downhill that can ever boringly be downhill in the history of downhilliness.
The centaurs all largely sound the same--okay, flighty young Zephele talks more than the others god she won't shut up with her inane chatter that literally fills pages , but they all speak in the same formal pseudo-educated slightly-formal style, and none of them have any distinct character except for shallow things like Zephele being flighty or Orion being nicer than the other centaurs to Malora at first.
So the centaurs are boring. The worldbuilding around them is sub-par and kind of weird--apparently they're all living in this city that they stole from humans after massacring them or something, and there are the Highlanders nobles and the Flatlanders peasants but I'm unclear exactly as to the politics between them except that they don't like each other because they are nobles VS peasants.
The Highlanders adhere to the Edicts, which are 14 centaur laws that I didn't know were helpfully all listed in the very back of the book, which would have made things easier since they're never all spelled out in the text and they're just referred to as the First Edict or the Seventh Edict and I'd have no idea what that meant except for vague context-- Ahem.
Even weirder is the fact that the centaurs openly admit that they don't like their horse halves and carry around scented cloths to hold to their noses specifically because they don't like the smell of horse. Okay, fine, that's probably the centaur equivalent of BO, but really? They don't like their horse halves ALL centaurs are like this? It also seems a tad odd to me that they go around racing horses when they themselves are half horse, but this is never mentioned or brought up as an issue.
That's right, the centaurs want horses because there's an annual race that the Flatlanders have always won past years and the current centaur Highlander leader wants to win really really badly. Which is where Malora and her herd of horses come in, and where the story was ruined for me because Malora's actions and thoughts make no sense whatsoever from this point onward. Basically Malora's entire herd of horses, that she has raised since birth and rescued from certain death and cared for three years running, her sole companions, are brutally trapped by the centaurs and some of them are killed in the process while a few others escape.
Malora herself is snatched off the back of one of the horses and the centaurs view her with open horror and talk right in front of her about killing her since she's a human. Malora's thoughts at this moment are: She's in shock, I thought. She was trapped in a dead-end canyon with her horses and there was a flash flood that drowned a bunch of them and nearly her and she got rescued by centaurs she didn't even know existed.
But no, Malora is just stupidly, badly written, or extremely shallow and emotionally weird. Her next thought is, Oh no! I don't see him anywhere, so that means he's either dead or escaped! And then she decides that she's uninterested in the rest of the herd because Sky isn't there anymore. She's just kind of depressed that he's gone and that's all, vaguely depressed, not torn by grief or worry or anything and oh well, she doesn't want to lead the herd anymore if he's not there.
Hey these centaurs have silk clothes and fancy tents and weird cat-people servants! Life with them might be okay, even though they treat her like an animal and are thinking about killing her! The rest of the book is one mass infodump of various centaurs explaining to Malora bits of their society that are really not that interesting and hardly pertain to what's going on. I don't really care that centaurs "jubilate" instead of dance or that they are forbidden from drinking spirits, or that they choose a vocation when they are twelve and train for a few years under a master, or that they are vegetarians by choice, or etc.
I don't mind knowing these tidbits in the interest of worldbuilding, but I don't need to read 5 pages dedicated to Malora being led around by Zephele or Orion and having them explain to her these things in minute detail. The last quarter of the book is suddenly re-devoted to the horses and the horse race, as if the author realized that she was running out of pages and oh yeah, there ought to be some kind of climax! So suddenly, for no apparent reason, the centaurs that have mistrusted and feared Malora decide to trust her and be nice to her and give her all the help she needs with the vague plotty things that happen.
But the whole general setup of Malora-with-the-centaurs reeks of self-gratified Mary Sue. Malora is great and suddenly everyone realizes it! Malora is so awesome she can wield a sledgehammer with ease and strike the same place on an anvil ten times in a row and impress the crusty old centaur blacksmith! Malora can lasso a running ostrich at fifty paces on horseback! Malora learns to read and write and memorize poetry within a couple of months! All this is interspersed with more infodumps and random inconsequential plot tangents that never go anywhere in this book but will probably pop up in book 2, like how Orion's older brother is missing presumed dead, presumed eaten by a hippo, I'm not kidding , and there are rumors of wild centaurs running amok in the legendary nearby Port City of Kahiro that we never get to see, and Malora has a random dream about some hot silver-haired guy named Lume.
Oh yeah, about that. They're all either big-brother figures, vague not-really-antagonists, or BFFs. Not a hint of romance anywhere. Also, Orion's tutor is a faun named Honus. Which begs the question: Are there other fauns? Where did Honus come from? There are talk of other peoples with weird-sounding names, who apparently are not human, but are they centaurs? And there's some Empress or Emperor somewhere who wants an alliance with the centaurs for some vague reason?
What is going on? The book also ends on what is supposed to be a rousing note of jubilation and triumph but it falls totally flat since there's no logical reason for this to happen because there was no setup and somehow I doubt everyone involved is going to be accepting of the proposal put forth. Read book two if you want any resolution to anything whatsoever! The Leatherwings never make another appearance again, by the way, they were solely a plot device to get this story started.
Not touching book 2 with a ten-foot pole. I have better ways to spend my time. Jul 10, Anna 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. 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, over pages in, they finally bother to mention that she has red-ochre-y skin.
Distinctive details of appearance should be mentioned early on to avoid forcing the reader to rewrite their mental image again and again, thereby disturbing the flow of the story. Description seems to be a recurring weakness for this author, because later when she describes the main centaur she says the human girl's head is level with his, which gave me difficulty forming a mental image: Fair enough, but the guy doing the talking speaks to himself in an unrealistic level of detail, making it obvious that this was an info-dump.
Daughter of the Centaurs has ratings and reviews. Jillian -always aspiring- said: Imagine a world where humans are near extinction, mutant bat cr. uzotoqadoh.tk: Centauriad #1: Daughter of the Centaurs (): Kate Klimo: Books.
Instead, the Edicts are only listed in an appendix, leaving readers fumbling in the dark if they don't know to look for it. I don't care how lonely you've been, if the people you fall in with regularly and unabashedly treat you with that level of condescending OWNERSHIP, you either confront them or get the heck out of there. What the heck is wrong with you???
Ben-Hur chariot race that for some unconvincing reason that came completely out of the blue will solve all these serious sociopolitical rifts. Though it's not the worst thing I've read, it was very disappointing. I'm curious to see whether the sequel will make better use of the promising bits, but I am definitely not in love with this one. Jul 28, Jasmine rated it it was ok. I mean I read and read and read and hoped that it will get more interesting, something will finally happen but nothing happen!
The story is about a verrry young girl w oh my god! The story is about a verrry young girl who witness some mysterious birds catch and eat his dad and all the village men. Some time later some centaurs who are looking for fine running horse find her and her horses and she decide to go along with them to their city even knowing that they were the ones that killed all humans long time ago. I mean come onnn how can you be so attached to something and so careless at the same time?? The other problem that I had with this book was that the writer kept creating new character and just when you were about to getting to know the character she moved to another one.
That's not the way characters are. I call that cruelty, that's not how we really think and act in real life! The girl had lived in wild for about years and surely it would effect her knowledge of words and this is well shown in the book. I really want to read the second book because I have absolutely no idea how in the world she is going to write a second volume for this because there is no question left unanswered, no uncompleted quest or anything that reader wants to know what would happen!
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. 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. Malora's mother tells her to run and stay to the south because of an ancient enemy to the north. So naturally, Malora runs and goes to the north. She inevitably runs into the centaurs, the ancient enemy, who proceed to drown half her horses in a canyon and then capture her. I liked that this intro happened quickly. Ross doesn't drag out the introductions to Malora's parents or her people, and the story of the Leatherwings begins and ends in about 40 pages.
It was much more fast-paced than the first in a series usually is. The only downside to this quick intro is that Malora seems unnervingly willing to join with these centaurs, who just killed half the herd she spend three years building. I feel like Malora's loneliness outweighs how she feels about her herd.
And I'm nervous about where this is going to go, as the herd was captured to be used in a race. I am more wary of these silly-seeming centaurs than Malora. What happens after this is a whole lot of telling instead of showing. Orion, a centaur noble, basically gives Malora an oral history of his people and their land thereby landing the reader in Exposition Junction something I usually use to refer to TV. Pages and pages of descriptions of centaurs and their city, but what I would have liked to have seen was Malora discovering these things on her own.
Couldn't she have been dazzled by the female centaurs upon entrance to the city? Couldn't she have asked questions instead of getting it all fed to her by Orion a measly 24 hours after her capture? And why isn't she more upset? It all sat very strangely with me. Malora doesn't have much of a personality outside of being a "wild child. I never even got the feeling that she cared for her horses when Ross goes to great lengths to present her as the Horse Whisperer.
I hated how she called the horses "the boys and girls. It just grated on me. It felt like a replay of the house elves from Harry Potter. I wanted a whole book on the Twani instead of the centaurs, who were silly and shallow. As the book progressed, I also felt more and more like this is a middle-grade novel, not YA.
This is fine for me, as I read middle-grade fiction a lot, but most people like to know what they're getting themselves into, you know? I'm not sure how this one would be marketed. Malora does seem to have her own sense of self, at least. Or she will until she's absorbed into centaur society. At the end of chapter eleven, when she learns she "belongs" to Orion, she says, "I'm nobody's but my own.
And I did find myself wondering what kind of inter-species romance would spring from this unholy human-centaur alliance, but this book is romance free. Orion's father, the leader of the centaurs, basically confiscates her horses and lets Malora stay on probation. He says a lot of true things about Malora being a "living symbol" that people will rally around if given the chance.
There's a lot of talk of "civilizing" her. This is the beginning of the loss of Malora's sense of self, and she's realizing it. She wonders, at the end of chapter thirteen, "Is all of this really worth the price of a soft bed, good food, fine clothes, and lively talk? Zephele is another source of constant exposition. She and Malora talk, but really, it's about giving the reader information about the centaurs and their city.
Lots of info-bombs are dropped by the Silvermane siblings. It's a crying shame that Neal Featherhoof isn't introduced until the end because he is fantastic. He makes all the exposition of the Silvermanes worth it, though he does a fair amount of explaining himself. We learn that the Highlanders we've seen for three quarters of the novel are living privileged, frivolous lives while the Lowlanders are living in poverty and squalor.
The plot has appeared! I thought we were going to be stuck reading lessons about TS Eliot poems forever! Something that bothered me, though, is that it takes Malora way too long to visit her horses, and when she finally does, she finds they're being abused. This is what I meant by not feeling like Malora had any emotional attachment to her horses.
I understand that she's wrapped up in luxury for the first time, but she's really not living up to this Daughter of the Plains ideal she or Ross has of herself. The ending wraps things up nicely, with some twists. I assume or hope the next novel will explore the differences between the High and Lowlanders, Malora's new Hand, and the future of her Furies. There are hints of a romance to come in the next novel s as well. I think the story got better the further along it went, but it didn't pull off quite what it wanted. Oct 26, Natalia Kuprewicz rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.
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. I enjoyed reading about centaurs in this aspect. A fun read and recommended for horse lovers and lovers of mythology! Both a good horse book AND a good fantasy novel - no mean feat!
I plan to dive right into Book 2. Mar 19, Mara rated it liked it Shelves: 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. 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 Cover Blurb: Malora is tough; she knows the survival and hunting skills required to survive in the Plains, and she takes a very practical view on life.
She's unassuming and curious, but cautious and intelligent. She genuinely knows how to take care of herself and doesn't at all have the Attitude. I liked her a lot, which I wasn't expecting. Orion was amusing with his enthusiastic and scholarly personality, and Honas was very down-to-earth and serious. I did not become attached to Zephele, like I thought I would. Normally I actually do like over-excited, slightly silly side characters, but Zephele was too bubbly and frivolous.
I grew tired of her very quickly. Sometime in our far future, the world will have regressed into a stone age culture. People will carve out a simple existence in the Plains and Mountains, while centaurs live in luxury and frivolity. People will have sunk into nothing more than myth. Malora's people are the last living humans, but they're wiped out by terrifying leather-winged creatures, and Malora is the only one who survives, along with her father's prize stallion Sky. Together, they set out into the wild Plains, building up a herd of horses, until they run into an expedition of centaurs who are rounding up said horses for their ruler's stables.
Before the other centaurs can kill Malora, Orion, the ruler's son, takes her under his protection.
Humans are practically nonexistent and Malora displays a surprising amount of intelligence for a two-legged creature. She's taken to the centaurs' city, where she introduced into a world of luxury and beauty and relaxation. The centaurs have cat-like people - the Twani - do everything for them and according to the centaurs, the Twani are happy to be servants , while lesser-born centaurs till the land so the nobles can live in peace.
It is a world entirely different from Malora's, and she must adhere to their rules or be banished. So Daughter of the Centaurs doesn't have a great deal of a plotline; it's mostly world building. And the world is very interesting. Here is a futuristic world that has no spaceships or anything like that, but instead feels like an older century. Humans are practically nonexistent and mythical beings such as centaurs and fauns are the predominant species.
But the centaurs hate their horse halves, and try everything possible to emulate human behavior. A great read also for anyone who loves horses and the Greek myths. Malora knows what she was born to be: 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 is captured by a group of centaurs and taken to their city, Malora must decide whether the comforts of her new home and family are worth the parts of herself she must sacrifice to keep them. Kate Klimo has masterfully created a new world, which at first seems to be an ancient one or perhaps another world altogether, but is in fact set on earth sometime far in the future. From the Hardcover edition. More about Kate Klimo.
VOYA , February Also by Kate Klimo. Inspired by Your Browsing History. The Truth Beneath the Lies. Jen Bartel and Tyler Bartel. The Book of Dust: The Knife of Never Letting Go. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. Confessions of a Teenage Leper. Kingdom of Ash and Briars. The Letter For The King.