All right, so finally I can review Ratha's Courage. Sorry for the long wait!
This book follows a young prehistoric cat named Ratha, leader of The Named. The Named brandish a certain powerful tool they call Red Tongue (fire). It protects and warms them, and is also the reason for Ratha's exile in the previous books. Ratha knows the power of the Red Tongue; she knows how it can easily destroy and corrupt. So when another Clan needs help, Ratha is reluctant.
When she eventually does share the Red Tongue, things start happening that nobody saw coming.
After reading Ratha's Creature, it wasn't very hard for me to pick up Ratha's Courage. Author Clare Bell has opened the door on a glorious world of prehistoric animals. She describes them with rich and lovely detail. Through the twists of plot and struggles, she evokes surprisingly strong sympathy for the entire clan, not just Ratha.
This is a series that should be read by every fantasy lover, especially animal lovers. I cannot recommend them enough. Each character is painted with stunning reality and each conflict wretches your heart.
Now we just need to petition for more libraries to buy this series. Hopefully after all the amazing reviews of Ratha's Courage, the dimwits will take some notice. grr.
Or maybe I'll just buy them all...
(One note though... The books do contain some mild adult content. However, it is easily skipped over.)