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Ratha's Creature

por Clare Bell

Séries: The Named (1)

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Twenty-five million years in the past, a society of intelligent cats pushed close to extinction meets an enemy band of raiding predatory cats in a decisive battle which will determine the future for both.
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There's an art in the Ratha's series that is hard for me to find in other books. What they don't know we(the reader) might know, but what they do know we(the reader) might not know. It becomes immersing to have to figure out what some words mean, how they came to call something a "creature" even if it's not living, and how they function as a 'family'. Each character has a personality that isn't shoved into your face, they aren't cardboard either, you learn as you go instead of being given everything in the first meeting with the characters.

All of my Ratha's books were lost in moving, I will be buying them each one by one again. When I have this review will be updated/retouched upon. ( )
  Yolken | Nov 6, 2019 |
I missed this series when it first came out, but the author was kind enough to give me a copy of the first book when we met at a convention in San Jose, where we'd been discussing alien-building. Ratha is based on large terrestrial felines, being largely leopard-like, and the author has done a good job of portraying feline societies of two types. In this case, the divide is one intelligence, language capability, and social behavior among felines whose troops resemble the pack structures of wolves and related canine species. The main character is a cub at the story's start and I found her fascinating, not least because I am the creature of several cats (and usually at least one dog). The description of herding behavior, and the legal system wrapped around it were convincing to me, though anthropomorphized to some degree. The central event, however, is the discovery of fire as a phenomenon that can be controlled by Ratha and those of her people who are willing to face their fear of the Red Tongue. There are a series of conflict involved in all this, including romantic liaisons, clashes between the two societies, and the establishment of heirarchy in each. It was a fast, easy read for all of this, and now I will go looking for the rest of the series. ( )
  pat_macewen | Jul 27, 2018 |


Ratha’s Creature was a great read, and truly different. I don’t find many books where the main character is full-blown animal (aka, no shape-shifting abilities), and it brought me back to the time when I used to roleplay as a wolf. Upon first getting this book, I wondered what the “creature” part of the title meant, and during the part it was revealed, I had to remind myself that we’re in the mind of an animal who has never seen the likes of what Ratha encounters, which only makes sense! It was actually very refreshing to step outside my boundary and read something so… “innocent.” It made me think about how animals might refer other things that we know of... (continued via website) ( )
  VesperDreams | May 20, 2018 |
Ratha is a young female in a tribe of intelligent, talking big cats who call themselves The Named. The book follows her growing up & negotiating the tumultuous power struggles of her world.

For some reason, from the brief description I'd read of this series, I expected the characters to feel like 'aliens' - but overall, I thought this felt more like an animal story. I'd recommend it more for fans of animal stories than pure sci-fi fans (think Tad Williams' 'Tailchaser's Song', for example).

The first issue Ratha encounters is a gender issue: she is picked by her mentor to be trained to be a scout, but female cubs are generally not given this training. I felt this aspect of the book was the weakest, as it echoes the many, many, many fantasy books where the young woman has to overcome sexism to follow her dreams. However, in nature, among big cats, female felines are certainly not at all prevented from hunting and scouting. Actually, they are often the main hunters. The author put quite a bit of effort into emphasizing that her characters think 'like cats', but I felt that portraying a research-based, inventive feline-influenced society fell by the wayside.

However, I did like the interesting dynamic that Bell sets up between the intelligent cats and the non-talking (non-sentient?) cats. The portrayal of the social confusion, rumors/stereotypes and emotional turmoil this rift causes is done quite nicely.

I also liked the idea of a group of predators discovering the benefits of herding and protecting prey, and enjoyed Ratha's innovative and fumbling attempts to harness fire for her species' benefit.

The book follows a plotline of conflict, exile, then return, and allows Ratha growth in maturity and experience along the way. There are 5 books in this series, so there's plenty to-come after this one for those who want to find out more about Ratha and the fate of her tribe - but this installment ends at a satisfying juncture.

A copy of this book was provided to me by Netgalley and Open Road Media. Many thanks for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinions are solely my own.

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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I read this back when it was new, over 30 years ago. I'd forgotten most of it, I found - I remembered who/what Ratha was (kind of obvious from the cover) and what her Creature was, but I'd forgotten all the consequences and events that followed from her catching the Red Tongue. It's hard to see Ratha as the cub (adolescent) she is at the beginning; being feline, she's not particularly awkward, and while she tends to let her tongue run away with her that doesn't change as she grows up, or not much. She does learn, rather painfully, about the consequences of impulsive choices, but she doesn't turn away from her choices either. So - it's a novel about social change, at several levels; it's about a change that has, apparently recently, come to a feline race, where some of them can think and speak, and have names (ok, only most of the speakers have names. See: social change/upset). But if the change is genetic it's pretty heavily recessive, and the speakers are a little thin on the ground. More so after the ones who follow the old ways (and include both speakers and non-speakers) attack the ones who are trying to herd instead of hunt. It's a very strange world, with fascinating characters. The choices and consequences don't change much, though. I loved it - I still love it now. I'm amazed that I remember it so well from so long ago (OK, not the story, but the character and world), and delighted that this book, unlike many of my favorites as a teen, holds up. It's, if anything, deeper and better to the adult me than it was to the teenager. Next, please! ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Aug 3, 2015 |
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