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Ratha's Creature (The Named Series #1)

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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 ...

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Overview

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?

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936917013
  • Publisher: Imaginator Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2011
  • Series: The Books of the Named Series
  • Pages: 289
  • Sales rank: 307,970
  • Age range: 13 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Horseclan's Description

    The light gray tabby shecat purrs. "So you want to know more about Horseclan? Well you've come to the right cat! I was the deputy of Sunnystar, who created this clan, and it has been alive now for three years! Our territory is a vast prairie where bison thunder across the land and wild horses roam free. Prey is usually plentiful amoung the heather and gorse landscape, dotted with the occasional clump of boulders. There is a wide variety to catch in these lush plains. Horseclan's camp lies in a sheltered dip ringed with gorse that protects the clan from both swift winds and potential enemies. Horseclan is a proud clan. We are as swift and wild as the horses who traval across our land. Freedom is a treasured virtue for this clan. Neither cat nor beast will ever take what is ours. Horseclan's cats fight fiercly with tooth and claw and follow the Warrior Code. They never back down from a challenge and fight loyally for what is right. Although sometimes suspicious of newcomers, clanmates are close and friendly towards one another. Together, Horseclan has perserveered for countless seasons and will continue to do so for moons to come. We are the brave. The strong. The free. We are Horseclan!" ~ Lilywolf, Former Leader Of Horseclan

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    A read a diferent book challenge find that turned out great!

    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.

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

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    I Also Recommend:

    Recommend it to Unique readers. ;)

    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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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    love it

    Read the whole series and love the characters and setting, good plot and very original.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    This Book Rules!

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    Great Book, Great Story

    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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    I will NEVER forget it!

    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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2003

    Amazing!

    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!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Awesome

    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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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    I read this series at a rather young age ,since I was an avid re

    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. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2012

    Do you guys think i will like the book?

    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?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Midnight

    I gtg now. I got to get stuff ready for a fieldtrip tomorrow. I have to be at school by 5:30-5:45. Uggggg, it's a 4 hr drive from my school to where we're going. I'm going to St Louis! I will try to be on later tonight.~Midnight

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Garret

    "Everything breathes. And i know each breath. For me it means life. For thers its death. Its perfectly balanced, perfectly planed. More than enough for ths man." He goes to a river and jumps on the stones to the other side safely even though hes blind.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2009

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    Odd at first, but gets better

    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?<BR/><BR/>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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2007

    Captivating

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    A reviewer

    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    Amazing, Outstanding, Horrific

    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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2002

    A Fantasy that can never be forgot...

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2000

    This book was one of the first I've ever read.

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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