Ratha's Courage

Ratha s Courage Ratha the fiery and determined female leader of the sentient prehistoric cat clan called the Named continues her story in this new novel In Ratha s Courage the Named attempt an alliance with the ot

Ratha, the fiery and determined female leader of the sentient prehistoric cat clan called the Named, continues her story in this new novel In Ratha s Courage, the Named attempt an alliance with the other clan of face tail mammoth and mastodon hunting cats introduced in Ratha s Challenge.The hunter clan s group mind, and strange, frighteningly effective unity fascinateRatha, the fiery and determined female leader of the sentient prehistoric cat clan called the Named, continues her story in this new novel In Ratha s Courage, the Named attempt an alliance with the other clan of face tail mammoth and mastodon hunting cats introduced in Ratha s Challenge.The hunter clan s group mind, and strange, frighteningly effective unity fascinates yet repels the independent minded Named, creating a dangerous potential for conflict The contrasting values of two very different cultures lead to misunderstanding, tragedy, and war Ratha learns that reaching out to others, especially when the chasm is so wide, takes true courage.

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  1. I ve been really busy with the Ratha s Creature Graphic Novel project The idea of adapting Ratha s Creature as a graphic novel is now moving much closer to reality Our Kickstarter is 75% funded, with 5 days leftt rathakickTod, Dani, Ian, and Sheila have put together a real treat for Ratha fans a music video about how the artists are developing and visualizing Bonechewer for the Ratha graphic novel.See it here at youtu CTJ_UilUX2ATo promote it, project artist Tod Willsis doing a Livestreaming art marathon ustream channel icon dayHis info headquarters for the livestream is djinnivejournal 475140.Here is a graphic you are free to use to link to the kickstarter todwillsviantart art RaQuick Kickstarter linkbit rathakick If you like what you see, please pledge on Kickstarter.A sample page from the Graphic Novel and the promo image are in my photos, so take a peek.I ve put info in the blog below If this graphic novel takes off, I will also be further inspired to write Ratha books Another good thing is happening Imaginator Press and I are exploring the possibility of doing a Ratha s Creature graphic novel To measure reader interest, we have a survey here, so please participateaginatorpress.wufoo formBy filling out the survey, you ll be entered to win a 25 gift certificate from the offline or online bookstore of your choice Help us out and perhaps win something nice to read Many good things have happened since my last update The first, and best is that Sheila Ruth of Imaginator Press worked with me to get all of the Ratha books back into print You have probably seen them on this site, in trade format, and gorgeous new covers by artist Lew Lashmit, re copyedited though not word of the story changed and lovely new interior and graphic design by 1106 Design.The books are also available in many formats from E Reads and other sites I ve set up an online bookstore on my webpage so that people can by autographed editions.I ve been publicizing the series by attending many conventions and events Sheila and I also ran a Ratha fan art contest on the Facebook series fan page facebook rathaseries and Wildfire, which was great fun and the artists enjoyed it We also showcased about 10 artists by posting interviews and images on my upgraded webpage, wrathascourage Even though many of these activities took me away from , I m glad to be back and to support Imaginator Press s Ratha s Creature giveaway.I ve also been reading lots of good books and I will be cataloging and commenting on those as well.Clare Bell11 7 2011Wow, it has been a great Spring 2009 From March 14 to May 9, I posted an experimental Ratha novelette on Twitter, entitled Ratha s Island , which kept me very busy You can find the entire story archived here First archive for Ratha s Island on the Forum forum.rathascourage index.While visiting the Forum, check out the Named role play at forum.rathascourage index.Ratha s Courage was a finalist for the Ursa Major Awards, and is still in the running for the ForeWord Magazine s Book of the Year Award In January, I attended Further Confusion 09 in San Jose as a Guest of Honor and had a great time I plan to go again to FurCon 2010.Ratha s Courage is on the Ursa Major Awards Recommended Reading List for Novels The Ursa Major Awards are the furry anthropomorphic community s equivalent of the SF world s Hugo Awards ursamajorawards ReadLiRatha and the Named on Twitter See the ClanChirps, twitter rat

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  1. Mwahaha I got a signed advance uncorrected proof copy directly from Clare Bell herself She even drew a little kitty face I love you, Ratha Also thanks to Sheila for the final version and for all her work hugs both My favorite of this series was probably Ratha and Thistle chaser , because Thistle is amazing and like the perfect antithesis of Mary Sueness, but this one is close Well, they re all close, so I guess it doesn t really matter All of these books are very original, taking place in the mi [...]


  2. Ratha s Courage was the fifth installment of The Named series I absolutely loved this book It starts off with Ratha trying her best to understand the strange ways of the Hunter Clan s dreamlike communication Misunderstandings arise, and a disastrous accident splinters the Hunter Clan and causes chaos between the two original clans and the new clan In the end Ratha s willingness to learn even through her occasional stubborn blindness manages to bring tears to my eyes again The Named continue to g [...]


  3. I love this world and a lot of the characters The what if scenario of big cats gaining sentience is a really nice one I love the setting, though I wasn t sure that all of the animals belonged in the Miocene in that region My biggest criticism is that Ratha was initially a hard character to relate to for me, but she really grows through the series and gets easier to relate to Overall, I would love to read about the named if the author extends the series.


  4. honestly same complaint as the last bookI still don t really like the hunter tribe, since their weird song thing is just WeirdLike I know it s a book about talking cats that herd animals but that s tOo weird for meWhat kept me going with this one was the character development rather than the plotSince I didn t rlly enjoy the plotLike the mating circle thing at the end EhBut seeing how much Ratha has matured is so nice and believable And her and Thakur s relationship is So GoodAll the characters [...]


  5. This book was great and there is just no other way to say it It picks up a bit after the fourth one ended with the Named trying to make a connection The mammoth hunters The story goes in a way that I simply didn t expect and I love it This book has three main parts to it in my opinion The first part is the slow start with small summaries of the other books, the second is the uneasy calm before the storm, and the third part is the stunning conclusion with this part being the best The best part of [...]


  6. I can not believe this is the last book It was so gosh darn good, and I really have come to love the characters in this book The description of the characters and other creatures never get old I picked up this book and struggled to put it down I just kept truing the pages trying to see where this one was going The ending was pretty satisfying but I suppose I wanted Could I please have another one, just one volume in the Ratha series I should not be so greedy but seriously I loved the different [...]


  7. When I started this series I never would have guessed it d end with the Named meeting the feline version of the Borg It was refreshing to see Thistle and Quiet Hunter s romance handled without the Romeo and Juliet drama I ve come to expect from these types of stories The scenes where they serve as translators were some of my favorite.There were plot holes than I remember in the other books They didn t ruin the story, but they were a bit distracting view spoiler How can True of Voice have a grow [...]


  8. Ratha s Courage The Named Book 5 Summary Ratha, the fiery and determined female leader of the sentient pre historic cat clan called the Named, continues her story in this novel In Ratha s Courage, the Named attempt an alliance wit the other clan of face tail Mammoth and mastodon hunting cats first introduced in Ratha s Challenge The hunter clan s group mind, and strange, frighteningly effective unity fascinates yet repels the independent minded Named, creating a dangerous potential for conflict [...]


  9. Reviewed by Steph for TeensReadTooAfter a thirteen year hiatus, Clare Bell returns with RATHA S COURAGE, the fifth book in THE NAMED series.The story is about a clan of prehistoric cats that are working toward making a civilization Ratha, the clan leader, knows the gift of fire and decides to share it with another, different civilization of the face tails , which is a clan of mammoth and mastodon hunting cats.But her courage to reach out to another group might bring the downfall of her own clan. [...]


  10. This was the best book in the series since Clan Ground It also underscored some great lessons about society and the danger of outsiders that you don t understand Ratha s tribe is nearly conquered by outsiders that they were just a little too friendly to At the end, she realizes that it is good to have relations with the other cat tribe, but there must be distance between them And finally, she and Thakur get together I want to see what happens next, so hopefully there will be to come.cially conc [...]







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