2.5 out of 5 Robots!
Daughter of the Centaurs
Author: Kate Klimo
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Paperback: 400 pages
Release: January 22, 2013
Buy this Book: Amazon
About the Book:
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 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.
So, Daughter of the Centaurs takes place in a world where Centaurs rule all and humans are nearly extinct. It is very slow to start, but started picking up for me around page 75 or so. What frustrates me is the lack of back story, I expect a novel with a setting such as this to be slow in the beginning- but only because I'm learning about their world. I needed that set up.
I really liked Malora- she wants to train horses like her father until a tragic turn forces her to survive outside of her settlement. Kudos to the author for creating a satisfying character. For that reason, I may pick up the second installment.
I was really excited to read Daughter of the Centaurs because it seemed like a really fresh new take on dystopia/fantasy- but it just didn't pull through for me. I guess that is why I really don't have much to say. Though I do think that if this sounds just as interesting to you as it did to me, it is worth a shot. Maybe get it from the library instead of spending any money on it. Here's to hoping the second one is better!