Ratha series (Books of the Named): Ratha's Creature ( Book 1)
Rathas Creature, by Clare Bell
3 out of 5 stars
The Named, a group of prehistoric cats, herd packs of various animals including dapplebacks and three-horns. Ratha, a yearling, was getting trained to be a herder by Thakur. But he is hiding something about the mysterious Unnamed pack. Ratha can smell it. All of the Named have been taught that the Unnamed are stupid; they dont know how to talk. Ratha swears she heard one speak. Then the forest is devoured by the Red Tongue-fire. Ratha discovers that fire can be used to their advantage and not be an enemy. Thakur is not convinced and why would Meoran, the pack leader, listen to only a yearling?
Rathas Creature was a bit odd at first, considering that they are talking cats. Once I got into the story, though, their speech fascinated me; they had manners. The idea for the Named series is unique and the characters that are used in the story each have their own personality. The descriptions were vivid and brought a lot of detail to the book. Yes, it was unique indeed but it just wasnt my kind of book. I know a few friends that would take a great interest in this book so I will definitely recommend it to them.