Leaving the valley of horses with Jondalar, the handsome man she has nursed back to health and come to love, Ayla embarks on a journey that will lead her to the Mamutoi; the Mammoth Hunters. But as she settles into this new life among a people at first strange and disturbingly different, Ayla finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ranec, their master-carver. Ultimately, she is compelled to make a fateful choice between the two men.
Jean Auel's imaginative reconstruction of pre-historic life, rich in detail of language, culture, myth and ritual, has become a set text in schools and colleges around the world.
©1985 Jean M. Auel (P)2004 AudioGO Ltd
"The authenticity of background detail, the lilting prose rhythms and the appealing conceptual audacity continue to work their spell." (Publishers Weekly)
"Clearly falls into the "unputdownable" category... once again Jean Auel presents a compelling, vivid and authentic picture of man's existence at the dawn of history, an epic tale the fluency of which is a tribute to the depth of her research." (Citizen, Gloucester)
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"Half way through the series"
Not my favourite of the series because Jondalar is such an idiot in it. Comes to his senses in the end though :)
"stone age soap opera"
I LOVED the preceding book, Valley of the Horses, but this was a slog. Not much of a story apart from a misunderstanding over marriage (really? a bit hard to believe) which went on and on and on. And found the preachy description teaching me about clothes, baskets, spears, food, etc etc a bit tedious. So a bit of a yawn really.
"not as good as first or second but still very good"
There were moments when I was thinking "how much more sophisticated will this cavemen get?" Story is definitely less interesting than first two parts or perhaps just different and less to my liking. Performance still very good.
Very moving in places. Loved the 'ménage a trois' storyline and found myself shouting at Ayla and Jondolar in places!!
"Emotional roller coaster!"
Yes another beautifully written sequel but for me too emotionally frustrating between Ayla and Jondala :-s..............still, another must read !
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