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Clare Bell
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Clan Ground (The Named #2)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  562 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
When Ratha admits an Un-Named stranger to the clan, he brings a change as great as Ratha's taming of fire. Does the orange-eyed newcomer understand the power of Ratha's fire-creature--and the hearts of her people--better than she does? Worship and control of fire may strengthen the Named and expand their domain, yet subjugation to the Red Tongue's tyranny threatens to dimi ...more
Published (first published January 1st 1984)
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Michael Harry
Jan 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Who thought a book about talking cats could be so cool?
Chantelle Larson
This is an easy-to-follow plot line littered with all kinds of mischief and struggle sure to please any reader with a love of animals and pack dynamics.
The plot offers some interesting twists and is riddled with deceit, betrayal and cunning. Travel with Ratha once again, as she learns true and hard lessons of life, to welcome change and respect others for their differences. Although this installment is missing some of the excitement and discovery of the first, it brings a new challenge to the p
Thomas Ray
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Second book of the Named series, sequel to Ratha's Creature (which I reviewed here).

In the first book, we learned about the Named (prehistoric, self-aware big cats) and the Un-Named (the same species, just supposedly not self-aware). The main character discovered that not all Un-Named were dumb animals, which lead to her taking one briefly as a mate. By the end of the book, she was back with the clan of the Named.

Clan Ground was about an Un-Named male who came to join the clan. He recognized the
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ratha rules her clan now with the power of the Red Tongue and her trusty companions, Thakur and Fessran.
On the night of the fire dance, a celebration in honor of the fight against the Un-Named, a weak but determined intruder trespasses on clan ground and begs to join their ranks.
After proving his worth by not running away from the Red Tongue, this orange eyed stranger is allowed to stay.
But larger forces are at work, and the orange eyed stranger wants more from the Red Tongue and Ratha. Even as
Apr 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i think this one is my favorite
the concept of religion without actually calling it religion
and sort of the need for these higher intelligent species to have something to worship
idk its very realistic
and shongshar? a conflicted boy
i think he really wanted to do good but rasha was too rash which turned him bitter
love it
so character driven
the the treelings were a super cute addition??
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Clan Ground was a great edition to The Named series. I really enjoyed watching how the clan reacted to the power of the Red Tongue. I liked Shongshar at first, but I knew he would turn evil. Poor thing had to give up his cubs. That would be hard no matter if they were witless. Poor little creatures all alone in the woods, so sad. I hated how the Firekeepers thought they were better and took over the clan. I was glad Fessran at the last minute saved Ratha. I was surprised t
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clan Ground continues with the story of prehistoric cat Ratha and her clan of the Named. A strange male, Shongshar, shows up at a Clan meeting, drawn by a mystical attraction to fire. Soon, he challanges Ratha for leadership, and the Clan is torn over who to follow, who to respect, and whose vision to believe for the future.

Unlike most sequels, this book was as well-written as its predecessor, perhaps even better. The suspense never let up, and the conclusion was satisfying enough for me. This b
Nov 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
This is the second time I've read this book; the first time was years ago. As with the first book Ratha's Creature, I found I didn't really remember it, though I do remember enjoying it. I still enjoyed this book the second go-around.

There were a couple of times I got frustrated (well, maybe not quite frustrated, more like exacerbated). Ratha would come across a problem, but it would seem to take forever for her to come up with a solution and, at times, it seemed that she couldn’t even reach a b
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sequels can become rather lackluster very quickly. But not Clare Bell's second story about Ratha's clan and their "creature." The clan allows an Un Named One with strange amber eyes into their midst. Orange-Eyes, as the call him, thrives, and recognizes that the "creature" can be utilized to manipulate the clan. Of course, Ratha is challenged and almost loses her dominion over the Clan and the Fire Keepers. There is great tragedy, nail-biting tension, and . . . well, I won't give away the resolu ...more
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second installment to 'Ratha and the Named' series is as thrilling and exciting as the first. Clare weaves a fantastic and original, captivating tale that hooked me by the first page. I love how Clare develops her protagonists and antagonists - I also love how Shongshar, the main antagonist of this book has a reason for being why he is! It makes the characters all the more believable and realistic. There is external and internal conflict in this novel, which makes it even more exciting, and ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clan Ground is a great sequel to The Named's first installment, Ratha's Creature. After mastering the red tongue, Ratha now faces a new challenge -- the change the red tongue has upon her clan. The moment an Unnamed steps foot looking to join the clan, I immediately sensed danger, especially when some of the clan think Ratha should except Orange-Eyes. The way he eyes the red tongue with a sense of knowing, you know something's up
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just loved it. Nothing really negative to say about it. 4.5 for stars.
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book, with a lot of character development! I liked it a lot! I can't wait to see what will happen in the next book! :D
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ratha is has to contend with whether Fire is a good thing or bad for her Clan. Things get complicated when a stranger comes to the Clan causing friction among the Clan. Incredible series.
Wow, the old covers on this series are even worse than I remember. How did I ever manage to pick these up?
Gorgo Mage
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just as good as the first but it made me exteeeeemmely angry. Just one of those frustrating plots where you just want everything to be happy. It was really good!
Kara Sasser
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