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Product Details

  • Series: Watersmeet series (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (September 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761459782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761459781
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7–10—Seventeen-year-old Abisina knows that the people in her adopted village, Watersmeet, are starving and that the danger from überwolves and minotaurs is high. As a result, the Keeper refuses entry to refugees from the restrictive south, where people believe beings other than humans with unblemished light skin and hair are demons. After Abisina is declared a traitor, she embarks on a quest to the south with her loyal friends: a centaur, a faun, a human girl, two dwarves, and the human boy she loves. The trek is only the beginning of hardship since Abisina, herself an outcast from the south, must convince the people there to accept her friends even as she tries to hide her ability to shift into a centaur. An unexpected gift at the end means a change in how the south and north will work together, leaving the teen to find the strength to become the leader she needs to be. The plot is fast paced and full of romance, suspense, and adventure and handles prejudice and acceptance in thought-provoking ways. Fans of Watersmeet (Amazon Children's Publishing, 2009) will enjoy this sequel, but it stands on its own.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA

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"I found Abisina's inner struggle very compelling....Fantasy fans will find a lot to like in The Centaur's Daughter - mythical beings, romance, drama, and a strong, relatable female lead." --Manga Maniac Cafe

An action-packed adventure filled with peril and suspense. The characters are well-developed. The story is a page-turner and hard to put down. Readers who like mythology, Percy Jackson, fantasy, and adventure will enjoy reading this book. MS, HS. ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

Abbott's storytelling is direct and to the point...this makes The Centaur's Daughter an excellent [choice] for the upper middle-school reader--in particular the eleven or twelve year old adventure-loving girls, for whom galloping in centaur form while firing arrows at uberwolves will seem wonderful!-- Charlotte's Library

"If you're a fantasy lover, then you'll enjoy these [books]. I can't wait for book three!"--Aine's Realm

Customer Reviews

I plan to get that one and read The Centaur's Daughter again so I can read the third book as well.
Jessica Jett
This was a wonderful book, creative, engaging, with terrific character development, and rich with description of the landscape and environment.
susan smith
I loved the series I hope the author writes more I couldn't wait to read the 2nd book after finishing the first.
Gaylene

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 27, 2012
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I have not read the first book, but found the Centaur's Daughter easy to read on itsown. I enjoy fantasy genre and I liked the world created in this book, however, the writing did not engage me as I would have liked it too. I felt nothing when various characters, who were supposed to be important to Abisina died. I did not feel any excitement over the first kiss with Findlay (or any one that followed). The book felt like a black and white documentary - interesting subject, but lacking the liveliness. Having said that - I will buy more books from these series given that price is right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Steven Thomas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 6, 2015
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I enjoyed the first book in this fantasy/adventure trilogy (Watersmeet) ... reviewing and rating the first book here on Amazon as 4-STAR. I was disappointed by this, the second book in the trilogy. Too much repetition, introspection and not enough action. The only primary activity in this book is a battle which all takes place on a few pages near the end of the book. Too many primary characters were unnecessarily killed off at this books conclusion. Also, in my opinion, the "leviathon-birds" introduced in the final chapter added nothing to the story and in fact gave the book kind of a cheesy (seen-it-all-before) feel at its conclusion. Hopefully the author will pick the pace back up in the final (third) book which I just now began reading.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Me on April 1, 2012
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I picked up Watersmeet on a whim. I like the fantasy genre, but the description of the first book didn't really excite me. The writing and storyline sucked me in though, and I was so enthralled with this world and all the creatures within it.

The second addition, 'The Centaur's Daughter' was every bit as exciting and riveting as the first book, though the story moves at a much faster pace. With their world in chaos and new creatures threatening everyone's existence, there isn't much time for Abisina and her friends to just sit and exist as they did in Watersmeet. Through cut ties and new, shaky alliances, the group must lose everything they've ever known to save their loved ones and secure their futures.

The thing I love about Ms. Abbott's writing is that it always seems as truth, even when she's writing about unimaginable things. The storyline for these books has so much depth and her characters are strong and believable; the dialogue is extremely strong. I adored the sweet romance that played out in this book, and I was very excited to see Jorno reappear as a main character since he was such a fleeting and seemingly important one in the first book. I was slightly disappointed at his reactions in this book, but I was also grateful that the story didn't become a romantic love triangle, as is popular these days in young adult fiction.

I wish that I could have the third edition right now! And, at the risk of sounding like a 'Reading Rainbow' kid: Even if the fantasy genre isn't your "cup of tea" I highly recommend this series. I couldn't put it down! Please go to your local book store or library and pick it up today! *insert RR music* Da dum dum!
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By Amazon Customer on July 30, 2013
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I thought it was a great book. Well written and discriptive enough to keep my interest through the whole book
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The story ends abruptly, didin't like that. Maybe the author intends to write a third book (Watersmeet is the first) and wanted to leave her audience wanting more...? The way it ended was a disapointment. And the blase way they mention how her close friends died was too vauge and uneventful. I guess I expected more since they were supposed to be so close to the main character.
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By Garland Snyder on January 22, 2013
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A good read. A little different from my typical reads but would like to read more about this storey or by this auther. Glad I gave it a try.
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By Linda on December 16, 2012
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I enjoyed this book a lot. It had a great plot and story line... just enough mystery and romance without being objectional.
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By Monica L D'Accio on December 10, 2012
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This second book was just as good as the first one. I hope the author is working on the next book, because I can't wait to find out what happens.
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More About the Author

Ellen Jensen Abbott thinks that life would be perfect if she could move to the White Mountains of New Hampshire where she grew up. Until she can convince her friends and family to join her, she's content to be writing, teaching English at the Westtown School, and living in West Chester, PA. Her debut novel, Watersmeet, was an IRA Young Adult Award Notable Book, and was nominated for YALSA's Teen Top Ten. The sequel, The Centaur's Daughter, is "fast paced and full of romance, suspense, and adventure and handles prejudice and acceptance in thought-provoking ways," according to The School Library Journal.

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