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'''The Book of the Named''' are a series of YoungAdult novels by Clare Bell, told from the point of view of a sentient species of prehistoric cat-like mammal called a nimravid. The story primarily focuses on on nimravid named Ratha and her people, who call themselves the Named. They practice a simple version of herding with prey beasts.

Ratha defies tradition and becomes a herder, nearly unheard of for female Named. Herders not only keep the animals safe from predators and slaughter them for the tribe, they also defend them from the Un-Named, nimravids who look like the Named who are non-sentient. It is in this role that she discovers her "creature," fire, which she names the Red Tongue. She also discovers that some of the Un-Named are capable of speech, just like the Named. Her discoveries will change the dynamics of the Clan forever.

The series deals with the social and political conflicts between Ratha, her people, her daughter and mate, and the Un-Named.

!!!The books in the series are:

* ''Ratha's Creature''
* ''Clan Ground''
* ''Ratha and Thistle-Chaser''
* ''Ratha's Challenge''
* ''Ratha's Island'' (a Twitter novelette)
* ''Ratha's Courage''

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AbductionIsLove: Played up to a very creepy eleven in ''Ratha's Courage''.
* AllThereInTheManual: The author's website. See ShownTheirWork.
* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler: Ratha herself, unfortunately. This comes back to haunt her, big time]].
* AnimatedAdaptation: The first book was adapted for an episode of CBS Storybreak. According to her website, Clare Bell was pleased with it, especially the scene where Ratha tames her "creature," taken almost verbatim from the book.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Justified, the leader of the Named can be challenged for his position.
* BeastFable: Abusive parents, racism, superstition, and a few other issues all get targeted, some in a more realistic manner than others.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Ratha and Bonechewer. Although the "will they or won't they" portion of the relationship was cut short by Ratha going into heat.
** To be fair, BelligerentSexualTension is par for the course in feline relationships.
* CantHaveSexEver: Thakur. Every breeding season, he hides himself away for fear of creating wild cubs due to his Unnamed genes.
* CatsAreMean: Considering the way the Named treat everything, including each other, this is kind of played straight. It gets better as the books progress.
* ComicBookAdaptation: Has one [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sheilaruth/rekindling-the-fire-rathas-creature-graphic-novel in the planning stages]].
* DespairEventHorizon: For Shongshar, anyway.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Ratha faces this more and more often as each story progresses.
* HeadPet: The treelings' favorite places to hang out are the backs and heads of the Named. {{Justified|Trope}} since they've formed a symbiotic relationship with the Named: they provide grooming and perform simple tasks for the Named, while the Named protect them from predators. Riding on their partner gives them maximum protection as well as making them available to their partner whenever needed.
* [[HiveQueen Hive King]]: True-of-Voice
* HiveMind: The face-tail Hunters. As you can imagine, this freaks out Ratha's clan.
* IntellectualAnimal: The Named and some of the Un-Named.
* KillItWithFire: The appeal of the red-tongue, [[spoiler: and what Ratha uses it for in the climax of the first book]]
* MoralityPet: Ratha becomes a lot less self-righteous and narrow-minded after Thistle shows up.
* NearRapeExperience: [[spoiler:Every female in Ratha's clan]] at the end of ''Ratha's Courage''. [[spoiler:Weirdly enough, Ratha forgives and allies with the attackers almost immediately, because...[[BrokenAesop wisdom means befriending those who brutally attacked you, caused you severe trauma, and show no regret for doing so]]?]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished : Ratha saves the leader of the face-tail hunters only to have the other clan attack the Named again.
* NotSoDifferent: Ratha to Thistle-chaser when she attacks a cub to get at Ratha.
* TheOphelia: Thistle-chaser, at first. [[spoiler:She is healed in the fourth book.]]
* PantheraAwesome
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Ratha doesn't like it when Thakur advises an alternative to burning and killing. At least at first.
* ShownTheirWork: The author's website goes into detail about nimravids like ''Dinaelurus crassus'' , which inspired Ratha's species. She also clarifies what the sea mares, belly-biters, and treelings are.
* TurnTheOtherCheek: Ratha understands and forgives the face-tail hunters, refusing to attack them with fire. Thakur tells her that being able to forgive after being betrayed twice is true courage.
* TeamPet: The treelings, who form such close bonds with the Named that the Named admit to feeling lonely without them.
* TrueCompanions: The clan, especially after [[spoiler: Ratha takes over]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Ratha gets this from Thakur a lot. Although when he's invariably proved right, he's nicer about it than she is.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Shongshar, after [[spoiler: Ratha forces him to abandon his un-Named cubs and he starts a cult of fire worship]].
* {{Xenofiction}}: The stories are told from a uniquely feline...er...nimravid point of view.

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