Books

  • Book number: 
    5

    The narrative oscillates between deep description, world building - an amazing array of visuals, smells, and kinesthetic responses - and action, with some ruminative passages providing background. The characterization is successfully realized, rich in nuance, and alive with individual quirks and humor.

    VOYA

  • Book number: 
    9

    This is a special gift from Thakur for the holidays. Buy a complete set of all five Books of the Named, and get a Ratha coffee mug for free! This offer is good through December 31 only.

    Please note: choosing autographing will add 1-2 weeks to the time to process this order.

  • Book number: 
    0

    This is a complete set of all five Imaginator Press editions of the Books of the Named. The following books are included in this set:

  • Book number: 
    1

    ... the setting is richly realized, characters have vitality and credibility both as felines and as intelligent beings, and the theme of rebellion cum advancement is brilliantly developed, making this a powerful, moving, and memorable story that will draw readers right in and hold them to the final page.

    —Booklist, March 15, 1983, Starred Review

    Young she-cat Ratha rebels against the clan leader and dares to bring change to a developing civilization of sentient prehistoric cats.

  • Book number: 
    1

    "...the setting is richly realized, characters have vitality and credibility both as felines and as intelligent beings, and the theme of rebellion cum advancement is brilliantly developed, making this a powerful, moving, and memorable story that will draw readers right in and hold them to the final page."

    —Booklist, Starred Review

  • Book number: 
    2

    This is a page-turner—full of suspense and action—that will be enthusiastically welcomed by Ratha’s admirers.

    —Booklist

    When Ratha admits an Un-Named stranger to the clan, he brings a change as great as Ratha’s taming of fire. Does the orange-eyed newcomer understand the power of Ratha's fire-creature—and the hearts of her people—better than she does? Worship and control of fire may strengthen the Named and expand their domain, yet subjugation to the Red Tongue's tyranny threatens to diminish them. The herding teacher, Thakur, offers a gentler alternative, but dare Ratha try it? Her choice determines the future of her leadership and the clan's survival.

  • Book number: 
    2

    This is a page-turner—full of suspense and action—that will be enthusiastically welcomed by Ratha’s admirers.

    —Booklist

    When Ratha admits an Un-Named stranger to the clan, he brings a change as great as Ratha’s taming of fire. Does the orange-eyed newcomer understand the power of Ratha’s fire-creature—and the hearts of her people—better than she does? Worship and control of fire may strengthen the Named and expand their domain, yet subjugation to the Red Tongue’s tyranny threatens to diminish them. The herding teacher, Thakur, offers a gentler alternative, but dare Ratha try it? Her choice will determine the future of the clan—and her own place in it.

  • Book number: 
    3

    Among the joys of this series are the well-observed feline protagonists who chew at fleas and sense first with their noses, all the while observing their primitive world with acuity and catlike humor. Skilled readers of fantasy who demand excellent craftsmanship, complex characters, a compelling plot, and fresh insights into family and society will be more than satisfied with this powerful novel.

    —School Library Journal

  • Book number: 
    4

    In this fourth volume of the series, Bell continues to explore themes of culture, politics, individuation, and family relations, all through the eyes of a riveting set of characters. Readers who have already come to care for Ratha and Thistle will be swept into this new confrontation that brings the strained relations between the commanding Ratha and her outsider daughter to a dramatic climax.... But those who like fantasy or cats will fall under the spell of the vivid descriptions of their society, life on the veldt, and the struggle of a daughter to grow up, despite the damage done to her in early childhood.

    —School Library Journal

  • Book number: 
    5

    The narrative oscillates between deep description, world building - an amazing array of visuals, smells, and kinesthetic responses - and action, with some ruminative passages providing background. The characterization is successfully realized, rich in nuance, and alive with individual quirks and humor.

    VOYA