Mass market (rack) paperback. Glued binding. 723 p.
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Once again Jean M. Auel opens the door of a time long past to
reveal an age of wonder and danger at the dawn of the modern human
race. With all the consummate storytelling artistry and vivid
authenticity she brought to The Clan of the Cave
Bear and its sequel, The Valley of
Horses, Jean M. Auel continues the breathtaking epic
journey of the woman called Ayla.
Riding Whinney with Jondalar, the man she loves, and followed by
the mare's colt, Ayla ventures into the land of the
Mamutoi--The Mammoth Hunters. She has finally
found the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their
different customs and language, she is adopted because of her
remarkable hunting ability, singular healing skills, and uncanny
fire-making technique. Bringing back the single pup of a lone wolf
she has killed, Ayla shows the way she tames animals.
She finds women friends and painful memories of the Clan she left
behind, and meets Ranec, the dark-skinned, magnetic master carver
of ivory, whom she cannot refuse--inciting Jondalar to a fierce
jealousy that he tries to control by avoiding her. Unfamiliar with
the ways of the Others, Ayla misunderstands, and thinking Jondalar
no longer loves her, she turns more to Ranec. Throughout the icy
winter the tension mounts, but warming weather will bring the great
mammoth hunt and the mating rituals of the Summer Meeting, when
Ayla must choose to remain with Ranec and the Mamutoi, or to follow
Jondalar on a long journey into an unknown future.