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Ratha's Challenge (The Named #4)

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As Ratha struggles to reconcile with Thistle-chaser, the daughter she once tried to kill, the Named are locked in another struggle when they confront a strange clan of hunter cats who are driven by and completely dependent on the telepathic song of their leader, True-of-voice. When an accident leaves True-of-voice on the brink of death, Ratha must choose whether to destroy...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by Firebird (first published 1994)
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Ratha’s Challenge by Clare Bell

Ratha’s Challenge by Clare Bell tells a unreal story that most teens will enjoy. It focuses on two different clans the Named and the face tails. They have what you might call a dramatic and thrilling relationship with their land. Some people would call the book a “fantasy novel”, “but I would call it as an “epic novel”.

While Ratha struggles to reunite with Thistle-chaser, on the other hand, the Named are stuck in a problem they a...more
Magical. A literate story perfect for older-readers. A novel I just couldn't put down. It all starts with Thakurr; he leads a herding party to add Face-tails (mammoth-like beasts) to the Named's herds. It all goes wrong, however, when True-of-voice and his clan of wild cats interfere and claim the Face-tails as their own. Meanwhile, Ratha is trying to reconcile with her daughter she almost killed: Thistle-chaser. When Ratha hears the news about a clan just like them, she's excited - only for tha...more
I read Clan Ground - the second book in this series - many times as a young adult and loved it. I've never actually seen any of the other books in the series until I happened upon this one (book four) at the library book sale.

I didn't really get into this book; maybe I lost something by not reading book 3 first? I didn't know the history between Ratha and Thistle and so their conflict was difficult to understand.

As for the plot with the telepathic clan, I was not particularly impressed. I didn't...more
CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I really liked this book. I didn’t like the Hunter’s at first. I understood the thing with the “song”, but I just wouldn’t like to be kept like that. Not being able to do things on my own. I was surprised that Ratha decided to help save True-of-voice after they killed all the elephants. What a waste. It was a good decision though because both clans came together as friends. Thistle got a treeling and a mate! Quiet hunter is just like her. They are perfect for eac...more
I had originally read this series back in the 80's and was thrilled to see that two new books were written. In this installment Ratha and her daughter Thistle-Chaser mend their relationship after encounters with a different group of wildcats. Ratha was one of my favorite literary characters as a child and I love that her saga continues!
I remember picking this up back when there were no "young adult" sections in the library, only a sad little cove for "JH" books to be shelved away from the "Juvie" books.
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