The Valley Of Horses: Earth's Children, Book Two

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The Valley Of Horses: Earth's Children, Book Two

by Jean M. Auel

Random House Publishing Group | November 1, 1984 | Mass Market Paperbound

The Valley Of Horses: Earth's Children, Book Two is rated 4 out of 5 by 11.
This unforgettable odyssey into the distant past carries us back to the awesome mysteries of the exotic, primeval world of The Clan of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman.

Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. The short summer gives her little time to look, and when she finds a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she decides to stay and prepare for the long glacial winter ahead. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship.

One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don’t fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 592 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 1.53 in

Published: November 1, 1984

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553250531

ISBN - 13: 9780553250534

Found in: Historical

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow This is by far my favorite series of books, but this book in particular was incredibly slow. For certain chapters I found myself wanting to skip ahead. It is very detailed, the author clearly knows what she's talking about and did her research, but I felt there was often too much information. Near the end of the book the pace picked back up a lot, but it wasn't enough to make this book exciting. I would still recommend reading it, as it contains an important part of the main characters life, but I warn you, it will be a slow read.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Detailed, Painfully Detailed "Yes - you did your research we believe you!" This one was painful. I found myself skipping parts of it. I'm glad to be rid of it for now - but I am going to finish the series - though not anytime soon.
Date published: 2010-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Earth's Children Series Book #2: I am in love with these books! They are a long read but well worth it. You'll never find any other books like Jean Auel's Eath Children series. The second is just as good as the first.
Date published: 2009-06-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book of the series. Yes, read Clan of the Cave Bear first... By far my favourite book of the series. It showcases Ayla's ingenuity and Jondalar's complex emotional "system." The book is propelled by waiting for them to meet and then propelled by the problems they have communicating. Spellbinding and wonderful!
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ayla's journey continues... Like historical fiction? I highly recommend this series - but read Clan of the Cave Bear first! Ayla has left the Clan....now what? :) This is a great continuation of Ayla's life, after she is cursed by the Clan. She thinks herself 'dead', and struggles to survive alone in a world she does not understand. Eventually she sees one of the "Others" - someone that looks like she does. Jondalar is gravely wounded, and only Ayla's healing skills can save him. The book begins the wonderful story of Ayla and Jondalar - one that continues in The Mammoth Hunters, probably the best book after The Clan of the Cave Bear.
Date published: 2008-06-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great continuation of Ayla's life This book picks up where we left off in The Clan of the Cave Bear, and discusses how Ayla copes after being cruely cast out by the Clan, her only family she has ever truly known. Guided by the Spirit of the Cave Lion, Ayla finds the "Valley", where she decides to spend the harsh winter. She struggles to survive alone, using her hunting skills and her new friends, Whinney and Baby. When Ayla hears a man screaming in pain, she rushes to save him and meets Jondalar, one of the Others. As Ayla struggles to understand him, and he her, she awakens to a new understanding of who she is, and is determined to learn ways to communicate with him. The second in the series, The Valley of the Horses is another amazing novel that will leave any reader astounded by Ayla's courage, struggle to survive and ultimate determination to overcome the boundaries placed on her by her upbringing.
Date published: 2006-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Auel! Jean Auel has a gift of being able to bring the prehistoric world into a readable format. I've tried reading other novels set in prehistoric time which were bogged down in so many details it became more of a history lesson than a novel. Valley of the Horses is an amazing second novel in this series. The character of Ayla come alive and eveyone woman, from every generation can feel her pains and joys as she creates an amzaing life for herself.
Date published: 2006-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!!! I think that this book was amazing. I'm only 15 but I've already read the first four books of this series. They were all great but I think that this was the best of all. However, I wish she wouldn't have gone into such detail about the landscape, animals, and sex. It gets really boring after a while. I don't mind a little detail, it makes it more realistic and makes you feel like you're actually there, but she over did it a little. I still think that it is an amazing book though, and I would recommend it to everyone. I guess I probably liked it so much because of the animals. I REALLY love horses, but even though that was really kool, the book in general was really good. But I like the part with Ayla better than the part with Jondalar. I hav a question though, how do you pronounce Ayla?
Date published: 2003-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Valley of The Horses I am only twelwe years old. I think that it is an excellent book. I skipped to the part where they meet. The book is very good, but do we really need to hear about the sleeping around of Jondalar? Her mind was trained in the way of the clan, so it was a natural instinct for her to modify the 'others' items. I can see a flaw in both of them. Ayla's trusting nature will be the end of her. Jondalar has a weekness for women. Although he believes that he has complete control over himself, that isn't apparent because he is easily distracted by Ayla's good looks. The story is interesting because you can easily see the pain and the anguish between the characters. First it is Ayla's desire to find her true race. Then we learn of Jondalar's desire to find what he is seeking. As for the first rites. I think that it was a little bit too graphic. Ofcourse the entire story is about Ayla's encounter with her future mate. It wasn't that bad though. I don't quite appreciate the escapades of Jondalar. In the Clan Of The Cave Bear, the 'others' were portrayed as unfeeling beast by the account of Oda. In this story they are portrayed with depth and character. I am looking forward to discovering how the Zelandonii live. I am left in mystery of how Jondalar's mother will perceive Ayla. There is always wonder on how Jondalar's old flame will see Ayla.
Date published: 2000-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very close but not quite I enjoyed this book almost as much as the origional but i don't think that anyone could write a book that matched up to "The clan of the Cave Bear". I think that it showed that people can live on their own and human companionship is not a necessity but merely a desire.
Date published: 2000-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from sequel pales to original Valley of Horses is nowhere near as good as Clan of the Cavebear. Ayla is alone, in exile so for a large part of the book, she interacts with nobody. That does not make for a very interesting plot to say the least. In comes Jondular, the handsome, blond, Cro-Magnon man who becomes Ayla's lover. Ugh, way too much sex. I was so disappointed that the author sunk down to the lowest common denominator after the incredible writing of her first book, in which there was no gratuitious sex. When you're not reading overly long descriptions of plant life and Ayla's search for food, you're reading repetitious sex scenes that leave you more bored than anything else. Don't bother.
Date published: 1999-08-30

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The Valley Of Horses: Earth's Children, Book Two

by Jean M. Auel

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 592 pages, 6.88 × 4.19 × 1.53 in

Published: November 1, 1984

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0553250531

ISBN - 13: 9780553250534

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Chapter 1 She was dead. What did it matter if icy needles of freezing rain flayed her skin raw. The young woman squinted into the wind, pulling her wolverine hood closer. Violent gusts whipped her bearskin wrap against her legs. Were those trees ahead? She thought she remembered seeing a scraggly row of woody vegetation on the horizon earlier, and wished she had paid more attention, or that her memory was as good as that of the rest of the Clan. She still thought of herself as Clan, though she never had been, and now she was dead. She bowed her head and leaned into the wind. The storm had come upon her suddenly, hurtling down from the north, and she was desperate for shelter. But she was a long way from the cave, and unfamiliar with the territory. The moon had gone through a full cycle of phases since she left, but she still had no idea where she was going. North, to the mainland beyond the peninsula, that was all she knew. The night Iza died, she had told her to leave, told her Broud would find a way to hurt her when he became leader. Iza had been right. Broud had hurt her, worse than she ever imagined. He had no good reason to take Durc away from me, Ayla thought. He''s my son. Broud had no good reason to curse me, either. He''s the one who made the spirits angry. He''s the one who brought on the earthquake. At least she knew what to expect this time. But it happened so fast that even the clan had taken a while to accept it, to close her out of their sight. But they couldn'
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From the Publisher

This unforgettable odyssey into the distant past carries us back to the awesome mysteries of the exotic, primeval world of The Clan of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman.

Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. The short summer gives her little time to look, and when she finds a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she decides to stay and prepare for the long glacial winter ahead. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship.

One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don’t fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.

From the Jacket

This unforgettable odyssey into the distant past carries us back to the awesome mysteries of the exotic, primeval world of The Clan of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman.
Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. The short summer gives her little time to look, and when she finds a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she decides to stay and prepare for the long glacial winter ahead. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship.
One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don''t fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.

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

"Shiningly intense... Sheer storytelling skill holds the reader in a powerful spell." -- Publishers Weekly
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