- Alternate Character Interpretation: One of the things that makes Ratha so compelling is that she could just as easily be a villain as a heroine.
- Ensemble Dark Horse : Thistle-Chaser.
- Friendly Fandoms: The Book of the Named shares many fans with the Warrior Cats series. Specifically, many former WC fans who outgrow that series but still are interested in talking felines move on to these books.
- Popular with Furries: Has a small following amongst cat furries.
- Relationship Writing Fumble: Some of the scenes between Thistle-chaser and Thakur come off like Ship Tease, such as the latter thinking how unconventionally beautiful the former is in the third book, when Thakur is Thistle's uncle.
- Sequelitis: Ratha's Courage, the fifth and final book, is not as well-written as the previous installments and contains Lighter and Softer traits such as Toilet Humor and the Named being monogamous and behaving romantically with one another that would have been unthinkable in earlier books, up until the very controversial ending mentioned under Near-Rape Experience on the main page. The fourth book was already pushing it, with its almost supernatural Hive Mind and Journey to the Center of the Mind elements being Something Completely Different from the more realistic (well, as realistic as sapient nimravids can be) first three.
YMMV / The Book of the Named