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*Centauriad #1: Daughter of the Centaurs* by Kate Klimo- young adult book review
Also by Kate Klimo:

Centauriad #2: A Gathering of Wings

Dragon Keepers #6: The Dragon at the North Pole

Dragon Keepers #1: The Dragon in the Sock Drawer
Centauriad #1: Daughter of the Centaurs
by Kate Klimo
Ages 12+ 400 pages Bluefire January 2013 Paperback    

Malora, an adventurer at heart. Raised in a world of hunters and horses, where the wilds are a daily calling for the predatorial attacks of bows, arrows, and sharp hunting skills as well as the animalistic governing of great beasts in the war of surivival and alpha dominance.

She craves the passion of freedom and daring that is the daily calling of the men in her community, but she is directed deliberately to the safer, more homey personification bred into women from birth. The symbiotic nature of the people and horses of her world is a finite teacher in preparation for the path she is unexpectedly thrust upon.

It comes about unexpectedly, the attack of the Leatherwings, raptor-like creatures that demolish the only world she has ever known in a devastatingly final strike upon people. Fleeing with her life, Malora's lifelong wish for the dangerous life of a horsewoman becomes the only form existence open to her. With all the courage she can muster, Malora becomes a wanderer into the unknown, embarking on a journey that will poignantly ring her heart's yearnings for what is lost and fire her soul for the adventures and challenges she will face.

Alone, she has only the strength of her heart and soul and the knowledge gained in her life with her people to form the foundation of what is to come into being within her as she battles much in the game of survival. Her heart does crave the companionship of others ultimately leading her down a path of discovery and vulnerability into worlds with cultures, creatures, knowledge, growth, and experiences she would never have known otherwise.

Centauriad #1: Daughter of the Centaurs is a sci-fi/fantasy novel for young adult readers. Creativity abounds, though the writing style is a little choppy and at times more applicable for a targeted younger aged reading level. It is difficult at the best of times to verbally create new fictional worlds with all the proverbially layered bells and whistles while simultaneously maintaining a sense of connection with the audience, drawing them in.

Kate Klimo has done a fair job incorporating her passion for horses and the human perspective into the more complicated realms of Centaurs, Leatherwings, and fictional cultures. She follows up Daughter of the Centaurs with the continuation of this series in A Gathering of Wings. Those who have enjoyed Wyvernhail by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes will find something to their liking in this new series by Klimo.
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