Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Review of Ratha's Creature by Claire Bell

Read for: NetGalley/ Requested Review
Synopsis: "Ratha and her clan are the Named, a band of intelligent wild cats whose society is based on herding deer. The Named have laws, language, traditions, and leaders. They also have enemies. The predatory raiders of the un-Named are driving them close to the edge of survival. Then Ratha, a mere yearling, discovers what she calls the red tongue: Fire. Her new weapon gives the Named a new defense, but it also rouses the ire of Meoran, the tyrannical clan leader. Soon Ratha finds herself in exile among the un-Named, but determined to survive."

My Review: I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book really appealed to me since I have been reading the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. It seemed like it was going to be a similar style book but for a more advanced audience. It was just as I expected, interesting characters in a wild and primitive world. For some reason I wasn't able to really come to connect or love any particular character but it was very interesting to follow Ratha's harsh but intriguing story. For the most part Bell was able to capture and maintain the animalistic natures of the world and characters but every once in a while it was hard to remember that these are cat like creatures and not humans. There were times I was instead of imagining cats, I would imagine early humans making these advancements, but then you would be returned to the animals with the brutality and harshness of their world and behaviors. This was a captivating and interesting book to read and I may in the future read more in the Named series.
My Rating: I really enjoyed this book even though I wasn't able to connect to any of the characters, it was still very intriguing.  I give it a rating of Four Paws.


  1. Sounds very interesting and unique. Sometimes I love books with animals as the characters and sometimes it's just weird.

    1. It is hit or miss for me too, I think for me if the author can really stick with the setting and the animal instincts and settings then it is great but the characters become to human like in thoughts and movements it throws me off.