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Ratha's Challenge

(The Named #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  404 ratings  ·  16 reviews
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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Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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
Dec 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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maybe like a 3.5?

like it wasn't awful but
idk the whole telepathic hunter tribe was a little too weird for me
like the Named maintained this sense of realism even tho it was clearly made up
but stepping into the sci-fi realm was kinda a shock
and it didn't rlly work for me in the setting that the books had set up
like there was never a real explanation as to the song and where it came from and like ??? what it really was??? like idk it was too abstract compared to what the other books had establis
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
At this point in the series, I just about know that the books WILL be good no matter what. I was right! Not my favorite, but pretty great.
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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
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A little hard to get into, as I found the rhythm of the book more difficult than the previous one, which I loved. I was not feeling particularly attached to the new tribe or its leader or the song. It struck me as hokey. But as the book reached its conclusion, I felt more involved with wanting the outcome to be favourable, and I fell even more in love with Thistle. She is a neat little cat. Meow.
Jan 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the characters' progression in this book!
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like the series, but it gets boring in some parts of the story
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