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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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This is the fourth book in the series, which starts with Ratha's Creature, Clan Ground, and Ratha and Thistle-Chaser. In terms of plot it's far more similar to Ratha and Thistle-Chaser, since it's mainly about the internal struggle both Ratha and Thistle-chaser have with accepting each other. Very psychological, and the external events were almost beside the point, but still a powerful read. I would strongly encourage reading the other books in the series first, since it'll give even more perspe ...more
When a tribe of prehistoric sentient cats face challenges to survival, their leader, the female Ratha, hopes to domesticate the tusked and shaggy face-tails, mammothlike creatures, to insure a steady food supply. However, another tribe of cats stands in the way. What baffles Ratha is that these felines are like none she has ever encountered. They appear to be intelligent, like her own clan, and yet they do not think for themselves; instead, they act as a group, wordlessly connected to some centr ...more
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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
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
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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
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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
I think one was okay(don't think I like the beginning of the book?). Not my favorite out of the five books but I stilled enjoyed it.However,I do think the fourth book not only had one of the most important moments for character development but for sure of the most emotional moments. The author Clare Bell, I feel did amazing job of giving the characters such depth and conveyed their emotions that I truly felt it. Reading Ratha's feelings of being upset that she could not protect her daughter just ...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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The Named (5 books)
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