Malora is the last living human being. All of the others-her mother and father, her friends and neighbors-everyone else is dead.
Malora is the last living human being. All of the others-her mother and father, her friends and neighbors-everyone else is dead. They were killed by ferocious bat-like creatures known as Leatherwings. Before the massacre of her village, Malora's mother sent her away with one horse, a knife, a bow, and the clothes on her back.
Daughter of the Centaurs , by Kate Klimo, is a survival story. Malora must survive, alone and unaided, in the great plains around her old village, when she is just twelve years old. She manages to find wild horses, and with her stallion to lead them, she forms a herd. It is this herd of horses who become Malora's family-and her life. They live together happily, eating grass and wild game, for three years.
One fateful day, however, that is bound to change. Centaurs looking for the fastest horses to race find and capture Malora and her herd. These are the only intelligent beings Malora has seen since her people, and she is enchanted. Half-horse, half-man, the centaurs are an elegant, refined race, ashamed of their horse halves and their dark past.
Malora must make the biggest decision of her life. Will she stay with the centaurs, following the many civilized rules she is unused to, and, even if she wants to, will she be allowed to? Can she handle the centaurs past actions towards her race? Or will she decide to leave the centaurs, living alone in the wild, but free?
Daughter of the Centaurs is set in a dystopian world, where centaurs rule, and only one human lives. The book has very long, beautiful descriptions, however sometimes these are unnecessary. Really, about one-third of the book could have been missing, and it would not have affected the plot line at all. There is not a lot of action or dialogue until you finish a good portion of the book, so you have to be willing to read a lot to get to the good part of the book. It was really more about the horses than the centaurs, and the book went very off-topic a lot. Sometimes I felt as if the author was just randomly writing, not really connecting it into a story. It was an original, interesting topic though, and the story turned out good, with a suprise ending, however I would only recommend it to people willing to spend a good amount of time reading it, or people who really love horses.