Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Daughter of the Centaurs by Kate Klimo

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 Rating:

My Review:

This story is both sad and happy.  Malora lives a simple happy life with her mother and father and the other settlement residents until a leather winged beast attacks their settlement and first takes all the men and horses but one.  The beasts come back and attack the women and children and as a last ditched effort to save her daughter, Malora's mother send her out into the bush away from danger.  While Malora is out in the bush she rescues and cares for a flock of horses.  She returns to her settlement years later and everyone is dead.  While there she and her herd of horses are captured by Centaurs.  Orrin is looking for Fury's (wild horses) for his dad to use to win the most coveted horse racing trophy.  He got more then just horses when they find Malora.  She is adaptable to this new life style the Centaurs show her but she can't seem to give up some of her 'wild' ways.

This story is about loss and finding ones self in a strange new situation.  It's a good read but the writing is somewhat awkward.  I found the tensing of the dialogue somewhat unusual at points.  It helps give Malora's words a certain wild aspect in some ways but I just felt it could have been worked over a little more an made cleaner.  I am still glad I read it and I hope there are more from this enchanting world, Kate Klimo created.  This is a very unique world based in the future where Centaurs and other mythical beasts rule the land and humans are all thought to be extinct until Malora shows up.  Kate Klimoa spins an very cleaver unique story that I'm glad I got to read!

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