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Ratha's Creature (The Named Series #1)
     

Ratha's Creature (The Named Series #1)

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by Clare Bell
 

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Ratha is a young herder of the Named, a clan of intelligent prehistoric wild cats who keep deer and horses. The Named fight for survival against Un-Named cats, enemies who raid clan herds. Meoran, leader of the Named, claims that the Un-Named are no more intelligent than herd animals, and Ratha believes him, until a clash with an Un-Named raider who taunts her in

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Ratha is a young herder of the Named, a clan of intelligent prehistoric wild cats who keep deer and horses. The Named fight for survival against Un-Named cats, enemies who raid clan herds. Meoran, leader of the Named, claims that the Un-Named are no more intelligent than herd animals, and Ratha believes him, until a clash with an Un-Named raider who taunts her in Named speech forces her to question everything.

Then Ratha tames a power that could upset everything. Threatened by her discovery, the tyrannical clan leader banishes her from the clan. Can a young clan herder who doesn't know hunting, use her new "creature" to survive in exile?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936917013
Publisher:
Imaginator Press
Publication date:
02/07/2011
Series:
The Books of the Named Series
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
210,083
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
13 - 12 Years

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"...the setting is richly realized, characters have vitality and credibility both as felines and as intelligent beings, and the theme of rebellion cum advancement is brilliantly developed, making this a powerful, moving, and memorable story that will draw readers right in and hold them to the final page." (Starred Review)
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"Powerfully written, the reader is immediately enveloped in a vividly recreated past world that could have easily be happening now or in the future.... Despite the turbulence of life around her, Ratha is portrayed with such sensitivity that her very fears, thoughts, frustrations and anxieties are humanly comprehensible." — Vol. 60 No.7

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Ratha's Creature (The Named Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great start to a great series,people who are looking for a series similar to Warriors but more mature will really enjoy it
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Dancingsnowflakes More than 1 year ago
I found Rahta's creature earlier this year in the 50% off clearance shelves of my local brand name nbookstore. The idea of fire being a wild cat's creature. (I think Ratha is based off a panther but am not sure) to be faascinating. So I grabbed this and started reading. I must admit Into the Wild by erin hunter was an easier read. But the topic and the challenges Ratha faces were more appealing to me as a grown up. The workings of a cat clan and the situation between the Named and Un Named remain s captiovating. A coming of age story that left me eager for Clan Grounds.
Coyotalia More than 1 year ago
I found this book in a Goodwill Bookstore, and was interested by the book cover. I tend to like books that are animals with human intelligence. In my opinion, if you're into that kind of book too, or are a Redwall Series fan, you'd really enjoy this read. I loved the plot, it was very unpredictable and engaging. I also loved the characters and the life and laws of the Named and Unnamed and the creatures they live with. This was one of those books I couldn't put down and now want desperately to read the next one.
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Meagan Browne More than 1 year ago
Read the whole series and love the characters and setting, good plot and very original.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. There was action, irony, and more! In the beginning, it was a bit slow, but once I got into to it, I couldn't put it down! It was exciting and I deeply enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone who is a Warriors fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am exciting these books came back into print! This 'Ratha series' are amazing stories. the books are well written and put together. Clare Bell did an awesome job storytelling,and if you like big cats then there's no way you won't like this book. It's fun to read and I finished the book on the second night! These books have pretty much the whole rainbow of emotions. Happiness, fear, sorrow are just a few you will feel right along with the characters in the stories. A must and at such a good price why not get a really good book? Good books are sometimes hard to find but looks like ya found one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I will never forget this fantastic book. My mum gave it to me when I was 11. I read it and could never put it down-I read it again and again. Tragically, when I was 12, my mum was going through my room and she threw it out! I cried and searched for it frantically, but it was gone. Im 14 now and I still wish that I had it. I will NEVER forget it. It was the best book I ever read. I truly recommend it! If anyone knows where I can find it again, please tell me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book I have ever read, and my new favorite! I love the series, and have read this, Clan Ground, and Ratha and Thistle-Chaser in the past 3 days. I'm hooked!
AxelMi More than 1 year ago
I read this series at a rather young age ,since I was an avid reader and well beyond the reading level for my age.  I lost count of how many times I did read this one.... it just keeps drawing you back into Ratha's world, and those kind of books are true gems!! Over all this book is excellent, and I hope those that have not read it yet, give it a chance! And for those who enjoy books with animals as the main characters I recommend The Sight ,written by David Clement-Davies  which may be a difficult read for some of the younger crowd. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im really excited to read this! I love books where animals are the main characters! I read the Erin Hunter books and loved them. I also like when there is a little romanced mixed in with action and adventure books. Do you guys think i will like it?
GirlwiththeBraids More than 1 year ago
The Named, a group of prehistoric cats, herd packs of various animals including dapplebacks and three-horns. Ratha, a yearling, was getting trained to be a herder by Thakur. But he is hiding something about the mysterious Unnamed pack. Ratha can smell it. All of the Named have been taught that the Unnamed are stupid; they don¿t know how to talk. Ratha swears she heard one speak. Then the forest is devoured by the ¿Red Tongue¿-fire. Ratha discovers that fire can be used to their advantage and not be an enemy. Thakur is not convinced and why would Meoran, the pack leader, listen to only a yearling?

Ratha¿s Creature was a bit odd at first, considering that they are talking cats. Once I got into the story, though, their speech fascinated me; they had manners. The idea for the Named series is unique and the characters that are used in the story each have their own personality. The descriptions were vivid and brought a lot of detail to the book. Yes, it was unique indeed but it just wasn¿t my kind of book. I know a few friends that would take a great interest in this book so I will definitely recommend it to them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a great one! It had brilliant language and a good story. At times it did become a little slow but overall it was great. I would definitely recomend it to people who are like me: big fans of animal adventure/fantasy novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would not recommend this to people who read with a revulsion every time there is blood. But for the others... This book is simply a hidden jewel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! it can be a tough read at some points, and a little wierd, but it REALLY tells you how tough life in the animal world can be! But this book is a Total 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good. It reminds me a lot Warriors execpt with cheetahs or wildcats like that. It is kind of confusing in some points and depressing but it turns out to be an okay book. It has some violent scenes. It has very cool names in it and it's very suspensful and exciting. There are plenty of unexpected twists and turns too. So this book over all is pretty well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ratha's Creature is one of the best fantasy books that I have ever read...I had to read it for my Writing Workshop class and write an essay on it. I normally do not like reading fantasy's but i do like this one. I would recommended this book to anyone who is in for a challenge in understanding a fantasy. It will make a person think if maybe this did happen back over twenty-five million years ago or maybe this happens in every day life. But it could be shown in a different way now-a-days. Read this book, you will never forget about it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was young when I read this book. 14 I think it was. And now I am married, with a child.. And still find it enjoyable. The writing was well placed, the story is true to life as the feline race goes. I recomend it for all mature and young adult readers.