Saturday, January 3, 2009

Ratha's Creature (The Named Series #1)

Ratha’s Creature
by Clare Bell
3 out of 5 stars

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.

*book copy provided by BookDivas


  1. Would I (cerealgirl) be one of those friends that you would recomend this book to?

  2. Actually, you were the exact person I was thinking of, Cerealgirl. Unfortunately, I don't know what the last half of the book is like. As everyone should know, I accidentally lost my copy of the book. I brought it on a car trip... and well, you know how that goes.

    Hopefully it shows up soon!

  3. I just wanted to thank you for the Ratha's Creature review, and for recommending it to your friend. If you can't find your copy, let me know and I'll send you signed one. By the way, there are now 5 books in the series. The latest, Ratha's Courage, was released on Nov. 5 as a trade paperback.

  4. I'm Clare Bell, the author of the series.

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by! :)

    I was running all over yesterday trying to find my copy, and I found it. It was in the bottom of my reading bag. Who woulda thunk? Thank you for the offer, though. It was very tempting.

    Good luck on any future books!

  6. Did you find out what the rest of the book was about?


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