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The Shelters Of Stone: Earth's Children, Book Five

by Jean M. Auel

Random House Publishing Group | April 27, 2004 | Trade Paperback

The Shelters Of Stone: Earth's Children, Book Five is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.
The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar’s people: the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their clothes, customs, artifacts, even their homes—formed in great cliffs of vertical limestone—are a source of wonder to her. And in the woman Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the Ninth Cave (and the one who initiated Jondalar into the Gift of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to share her knowledge and skills.

But as Ayla and Jondalar prepare for the formal mating at the Summer Meeting, there are difficulties. Not all the Zelandonii are welcoming. Some fear Ayla’s unfamiliar ways and abhor her relationship with those they call flatheads and she calls Clan. Some even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure known. Ayla has to call on all her skills, intelligence, knowledge, and instincts to find her way in this complicated society, to prepare for the birth of her child, and to decide whether she will accept new challenges and play a significant role in the destiny of the Zelandonii.

Jean Auel is at her very best in this superbly textured creation of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping story of love and danger, with all the wonderful detail—based on meticulous research— that makes her novels unique. It is a triumphant continuation of the Earth’s Children® saga that began with The Clan of the Cave Bear. And it includes an amazing rhythmic poem that describes the birth of Earth’s Children and plays its own role in the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 800 pages, 9.18 × 6.11 × 1.32 in

Published: April 27, 2004

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553382616

ISBN - 13: 9780553382617

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from A disappointment after soooo long a wait... This book took so long to be written that I forgot most of the previous book. Than realized that most of this book was ghost written as Jean Auel is obviously too ill with the Alzheimers she was reported to be suffering from. The story line proceeded with the characters from the previous book but the big cliff hanger from the last book, was not addressed and the style of writing was obviously different...so it would be safe to say that ghost writers did most of the story for her. Will read the new one just to get closure of the story but doubt that any was actually written by Jean Auel, most likely her long time fans who have been writing chapters for her on the website for years, still it lacks the true touch of the artist Jean Auel.
Date published: 2010-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still waiting for the next one! After the ending in this novel, I was eagerly awaiting the next novel. I've been waiting for several years!! This book is the 5th in the series, and is about Ayla and Jondalar finally making it home. Ayla again struggles to fit in with a new group of people, who tease her for her accent and strange ways. They also think the Clan are enemies - but Ayla still thinks of them as her first family. Will Ayla ever fit in? Will Jondalar and Ayla finally be 'married'? This book is as good as the first, and the ending will blow you away...or just leave you bitterly awaiting the next novel, like myself :)
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't wait for the next book It is a great story. I've always love Jean's books. How she weaved the story so seamlessly around all the actually artefacts, geology and environment is unreal. Everything in this fictional story is so plausible that I am constantly thinking that it is entirely possible that they have lived the way Jean described. I especially love the way their relationship matured and Ayla finally realized her special abilities, but ther is something more, much more that's in store (n the next book). I myself is not a fan or erotica, so I cannot say that I like the "sex scenes" weaving through the story, but it could be looked at this as added bonus!
Date published: 2006-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Home finally, a great tale emerges Ayla and Jondalar have finally returned home, to the Zelandoni. However, Ayla's challenges are not over. Still feared by many for her control over Whinney, Racer and Wolf, she must again struggle to gain acceptance from the Zelandoni after leaving the Mamutoi far behind. As they plan to mate, Ayla and Jondalar continue their wonderous story together. Probably one of my favourite, this novel leaves many questions to be answered and yet solves many more mysteries. If you've enjoyed Ayla's other adventures, I strongly reccomend this novel. While Ayla still grieves for Durc, her longlost child of mixed spirits she had to leave when she was cast out by the Clan, she now has a new joy to celebrate - her mating with Jondalar, and new life.
Date published: 2006-07-21

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The Shelters Of Stone: Earth's Children, Book Five

by Jean M. Auel

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 800 pages, 9.18 × 6.11 × 1.32 in

Published: April 27, 2004

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553382616

ISBN - 13: 9780553382617

About the Book

Originally published: New York: Crown, 2002.

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People were gathering on the limestone ledge, looking down at them warily. No one made a gesture of welcome, and some held spears in positions of readiness if not actual threat. The young woman could almost feel their edgy fear. She watched from the bottom of the path as more people crowded together on the ledge, staring down, many more than she thought there would be. She had seen that reluctance to greet them from other people they had met on their Journey. It’s not just them, she told herself, it’s always that way in the beginning. But she felt uneasy. The tall man jumped down from the back of the young stallion. He was neither reluctant nor uneasy, but he hesitated for a moment, holding the stallion’s halter rope. He turned around and noticed that she was hanging back. “Ayla, will you hold Racer’s rope? He seems nervous,” he said, then looked up at the ledge. “I guess they do, too.” She nodded, lifted her leg over, slid down from the mare’s back, and took the rope. In addition to the tension of seeing strange people, the young brown horse was still agitated around his dam. She was no longer in heat, but residual odors still clung from her encounter with the herd stallion. Ayla held the halter rope of the brown male close, but gave the dun-yellow mare a long lead, and stood between them. She considered giving Whinney her head; her horse was more accustomed to large groups of strangers now, and was not usually high-strun
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The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar’s people: the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their clothes, customs, artifacts, even their homes—formed in great cliffs of vertical limestone—are a source of wonder to her. And in the woman Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the Ninth Cave (and the one who initiated Jondalar into the Gift of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to share her knowledge and skills.

But as Ayla and Jondalar prepare for the formal mating at the Summer Meeting, there are difficulties. Not all the Zelandonii are welcoming. Some fear Ayla’s unfamiliar ways and abhor her relationship with those they call flatheads and she calls Clan. Some even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure known. Ayla has to call on all her skills, intelligence, knowledge, and instincts to find her way in this complicated society, to prepare for the birth of her child, and to decide whether she will accept new challenges and play a significant role in the destiny of the Zelandonii.

Jean Auel is at her very best in this superbly textured creation of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping story of love and danger, with all the wonderful detail—based on meticulous research— that makes her novels unique. It is a triumphant continuation of the Earth’s Children® saga that began with The Clan of the Cave Bear. And it includes an amazing rhythmic poem that describes the birth of Earth’s Children and plays its own role in the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.

About the Author

Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her Earth''s Children® series has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and includes The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, and The Land of Painted Caves. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She has honorary degrees from four universities and was honored by the French government''s Ministry of Culture with the medal of an "Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters". She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon.

Editorial Reviews

"A powerful story . . . Auel is a highly imaginative writer." —The New York Times Book Review

"Pure entertainment at its sublime, wholly exhilarating best."—Los Angeles Times

"Auel may be creating one of the most believable characters in English fiction—one to rank with Sherlock Holmes, Scarlett O''Hara and a handful of others." —UPI
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