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Daughter of the Centaurs Review

Title: Daughter of the Centaurs

Author: K.K. Ross

Published: (to be) January 2012, Random House

Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Description: 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.

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.

My Thoughts: Overall, this book was an enjoyable read. Except for the parts where her parents die and she finds out about the massacre of the People.

I enjoyed the story quite a bit, though there was one thing that bothered me; Malora seems to accept being among the centaurs almost immediately, even though she is technically a prisoner and a pet. She didn’t really seem that bothered by anything until the very end, when her “boys and girls” are in danger. Even then she is completely accepting of her life. I know she lost her home and family, but it seems strange that she so easily befriended a race that annihilated her ancestors. I’m not one to hold grudges, even, and I’d feel the need to be a bit more cautious. Nothing seemed to bother her except how her horses were treated.

I also feel as though something was lost from the story with the way it was written. I feel like it would have been better told in the past-tense, like there is more room for description that way. I really noticed it in the beginning, when she steps out into a burning village and almost nothing of the scene is described. I’d be terrified at the image and noise, and I’d think Malora would be, too. It makes her character seem unfazed by anything, completely uncaring about her village. I don’t think that was what the author was going for.

Those things didn’t take that much away from the story itself, they were just little things that bugged me. I did enjoy reading this book, and I would consider reading the next in the series.

Rating 3/5


September 2, 2011 - Posted by | Reading

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