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Ratha's Courage (The Named #5)

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Ratha, the female leader of the sentient prehistoric cat clan called the Named, continues her story in this new novel. In Ratha's Courage, the Named attempt to share the gift of fire with the mammoth-hunting clan introduced in Ratha's Challenge. The contrasting values of two very different cultures lead to misunderstanding, tragedy, and war. Ratha learns that reaching out ...more
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Mwahaha. I got a signed "advance uncorrected proof" copy directly from Clare Bell herself. She even drew a little kitty face. I love you, Ratha! ^^
Also thanks to Sheila for the final version and for all her work. :) *hugs both*

My favorite of this series was probably "Ratha and Thistle-chaser", because Thistle is amazing and like the perfect antithesis of Mary-Sueness, but this one is close. Well, they're all close, so I guess it doesn't really matter. ^^; All of these books are very original, ta
Ratha's Courage was the fifth installment of The Named series. I absolutely loved this book. It starts off with Ratha trying her best to understand the strange ways of the Hunter Clan's dreamlike communication. Misunderstandings arise, and a disastrous accident splinters the Hunter Clan and causes chaos between the two original clans and the new clan. In the end Ratha's willingness to learn even through her occasional stubborn blindness manages to bring tears to my eyes again. The Named continue ...more
I can not believe this is the last book! It was so gosh darn good, and I really have come to love the characters in this book. The description of the characters and other creatures never get old. I picked up this book and struggled to put it down. I just kept truing the pages trying to see where this one was going. The ending was pretty satisfying but I suppose I wanted more. Could I please have another one, just one more volume in the Ratha series? I should not be so greedy but seriously I lov ...more
When I started this series I never would have guessed it’d end with the Named meeting the feline version of the Borg. It was refreshing to see Thistle and Quiet Hunter’s romance handled without the “Romeo and Juliet” drama I’ve come to expect from these types of stories. The scenes where they serve as translators were some of my favorite.

There were more plot holes than I remember in the other books. They didn’t ruin the story, but they were a bit distracting. (view spoiler)
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After a thirteen-year hiatus, Clare Bell returns with RATHA'S COURAGE, the fifth book in THE NAMED series.

The story is about a clan of prehistoric cats that are working toward making a civilization. Ratha, the clan leader, knows the gift of fire and decides to share it with another, different civilization of the "face-tails", which is a clan of mammoth and mastodon hunting cats.

But her courage to reach out to another group might bring the downfall of her own
This was the best book in the series since Clan Ground. It also underscored some great lessons about society and the danger of outsiders that you don't understand. Ratha's tribe is nearly conquered by outsiders that they were just a little too friendly to. At the end, she realizes that it is good to have relations with the other cat tribe, but there must be distance between them. And finally, she and Thakur get together! I want to see what happens next, so hopefully there will be more to come... ...more
Finally, the main characters gt together! That was what made me so happy after reading this whole series.
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does anyone know where i can find this book. Book stores say that it is OUT OF PRINT. And no library has it?
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Other Books in the Series

The Named (5 books)
  • Ratha's Creature (The Named, #1)
  • Clan Ground (The Named, #2)
  • Ratha and Thistle-Chaser (The Named, #3)
  • Ratha's Challenge (The Named, #4)
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