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Ratha and the Threehorn by deathmango Ratha and the Threehorn by deathmango
"Each time the horns came near her, Ratha jumped sideways, forcing the stag to turn in a tight circle, unable to build up any speed or momentum. After several such circles, the beast's knees were trembling and Ratha smelled the sweat that was darkening the coarse, gray-tipped coat." This Miocene mixup is an illustration from Clare Bell's enthralling fantasy "Ratha's Creature." The intelligent nimravids (cousins of the cats) manage herds of beasts in the changing environment of prehistoric California. The "threehorn" is a synthetoceras buck. Bell's page can found at: [link]
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meloveart24tigerclaw Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just ordered books 1,2,3 of the named series and im so excited to red it!!!!!!! what did you think of the book?
by the way this is amazing!
deathmango Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Hi, Tigerclaw.  Sorry I haven't been keeping up with my deviantart messages!  I LOVE these books, and have ever since I found them (I was maybe 11?).  Clan Ground was my first read (I think Ratha's Creature was checked out of the library), and it remains my favorite.  This is probably because I fell in love with Thakur -- such a calm, thoughtful character.  I still find Ratha's Creature just as amazing, but just as raw and painful every time I reread it.  I love books 3 - 5 because we get such a huge and fascinating cast of characters.  And across the series the original characters grow older and wiser, passing the some of the struggles of innovation and identity to the young.  Now that I'm a bit older and more settled as I read them, I recognize some of these generational developments.  I still love to daydream about what the clan was like in the generations before Ratha, Thakur, and Fessran.
DindellaTheDefender Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH MY GOD YOU READ THE NAMED TOO!!!! AHHHHHH!!!!!!!! <33333333333
deathmango Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Heeheehee, they are awesome books! Like the best literature, I never outgrew them. There's a neat group #clan-ground where a lot of great fan art lives. And Clare Bell is a deviant: ~rathacat

It's sooo cool to meet other people who have read the series (thank you, internets!). :dance:
Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
California? So that's where they are! Huh...

I love how dynamic the picture is. I've seen the test pages too and I'm excited to see how the graphic novel turns out!
deathmango Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Hmmm... so I happened to be living in California when I was introduced to the books; would I have imagined them taking place anywhere I found myself when I first read them? I confess, it's easier for me to imagine them amidst scrub oak, pines, and cottonwoods now that I live in Colorado. And I love the cedar and doug fir forests that Tod Wills will show, as he lives in my beloved Pacific Northwest.

Thank you very much for all your help, support, art, and enthusiasm!
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome work! :)
deathmango Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Thank you. :D
SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
MessiMutt Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Great job. ^-^
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