“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...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“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...”see full review » see other reviews »
“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-type creatures) and eventually set off into the wilderness alone. 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 book felt like set up, with Malora’s visions foreshadowing the future (of the series, apparently). 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 did not like this book. It was slow and I had to force myself to finish it, hoping it would get better. It had very little action and next to no character growth. I do not think I will continue this series.”Lyddz wrote this review Wednesday, April 4, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 when they are captured by her enemy the centaurs. But time has change and when she lives by the rules, she can have a normal live among the centaurs instead of living alone in the bush.
It was fascinated to see how twelve year old Malora survive three years alone in the bush with only the horses and her reaction as a fifteen year old to civilization in the town where the centaurs live along with some other creatures.
I loved Zephele, the female centaur and the sister of Malora new friend; she is fun to be around and definitely has a sense of humour. Wes was definitely someone I would love to see more off, he is loyal and friendly, someone Malora could depend on in the big city.
Overall this book was good and enjoyable to read, but I’m not quite sure if I want to read the next one in this series, it didn’t have the “hold the attention” vibe for me.
“ 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 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. Like I said, this image of centaurs is very different from a lot of other myths about them but as long as you go into this book with an open mind it’s very enjoyable.