The Land Of Painted Caves: A Novel by Jean M. AuelThe Land Of Painted Caves: A Novel by Jean M. Auel

The Land Of Painted Caves: A Novel

byJean M. Auel

Hardcover | March 29, 2011

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The highly anticipated sixth book of Jean Auel's Earth's Children® series, The Land of Painted Caves, is the culmination fans have been waiting for. Continuing the story of Ayla and Jondalar, Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived more than 25,000 years ago. The Land of Painted Caves is an exquisite achievement by one of the world's most beloved authors.
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 arc...
Title:The Land Of Painted Caves: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:768 pages, 9.59 × 6.54 × 2.27 inPublished:March 29, 2011Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Half the book could have told the whole story. The story line of this book was just as good as the others in the series but it could have been written with half of what I call "filler". A lot of describing various painting in caves, journeys from here to there and non- stuff to fill the pages. Looking beyond that, it was a good book but had I known,I'd have waited til it was on clearance sale.
Date published: 2012-05-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Crap Jean Auel should to be ashamed of the lousy writing and a huge disappointment to her fans experience with this book. How many times do you want to visit a painted cave and visit a painted cave and then visit a painted cave, I think you can grasp whereI am coming from. A major disappointment I think you will agree. I am not looking forward to her next book that I will probably not buy if it's anything like this one. Shame on you Jean Auel!
Date published: 2011-10-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Where was the editing? I wish I knew Jean personally so that I could give her a hug. I feel so sick for her. I have loved the Earth's Children Series up until Shelters of Stone and hoped The Land of Painted Caves might be the come back. I am wondering if the editor of this one even read the others. Perhaps the repitition was for the editor? I hoped to hear more of Ayla's first born and was sure we were headed there with the extent of travelling in this book. There were 3 interesting parts for me but they all fell flat. The lion hunt, the pregnancy, the affair. I am an artist and thought the painted caves would be very interesting. I was seriously bored to tears. I will continue to recomend the first 3 books.
Date published: 2011-09-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needs editing I blame the editors for this rambling boring account of Ayla's adventures. At least one hundred pageswere repeating prior events in Ayla's life'( one event was recounted three times); at least one hundred pages of repetitive and unnecessary dialogue; and one hundred pages of boring repetitive descriptions of caves. There is a good story underneath all this but the book was tiring and disappointing to read.
Date published: 2011-07-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sadly disappointing end to a great series I gotta say that I fell in love with this series when I found the mammoth hunters in my grandmas books and proceeded to buy all the others and was so excited when I found out she had written another till I started reading it anyway. I think Ayla and jondalar definitally deserved a better ending to their journey then this. It is so repetitive I think I skipped through half of it and didn't miss a darn thing. Plus nothing really happens. I got to the end and just shook my head asking aloud, that's it, that can't be the end?!?! I was so darn disappointed, like opening up a big Christmas present as a kid to find out there are socks in side. *sigh* definitally not the book I had been dreaming about and I still find it leaves so many things unanswered...
Date published: 2011-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this book After some of the poor reviews I thought I would put my positive plug in for this book. Agree with some of the posts that the Mother's Song is perhaps overused but IMO its stressing a point. Descriptions of the caves are somewhat repetitive but the characters are on a journey. I would absolutely recommend this book for Earth Childrens' followers.
Date published: 2011-07-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from One of worst books I have ever read This is, I believe, my very first negative review on a book. Having a really hard time thinking of something kind to say about it. I loved the first two books in the series, but the series has gotten progressively worse & this one-- well it was painful to finish it. But I promised to review it and I ALWAYS keep my promises! The Good Stuff * Seems to be well researched * Love the sense of community between the women and the raising of the children * Had no problem falling asleep at night -- just read a couple of chapters of this and fell asleep The Not so Good Stuff * The repetition in this book is unlike any book I have ever read before. On many occasions I actually felt like throwing the book across the room in frustration -- but I could have hurt something since the book is so feckin thick (I received the large print edition -- hmm think someone is trying to tell me something) You could have cut almost 400 pages out of the book and there still would be way to much repetition * I never want to hear about someone describing a cave again, and at the beginning I thought that bit was interesting -- but after the 15th cave -- I'm set for life * That mother song written in its entirety over 5 times -- hello I get it - once would have been fine. I will be singing the song in my sleep tonight & which might be a change from the Go Diego Go theme song * Laughable dialogue and plot points. So Jondalar is the first modern daddy who likes to take care of his daughter while mommy goes to work and does drugs. Ayla suffers from a sort of post postpartum depression after losing her baby and tries to kill herself, but gets over it way too quickly -- which is an insult to anyone who has ever suffered from it -- trust me on this point. Ayla can solve every problem, she is little miss perfect and guess what she can talk to animals too. * Ayla has an accent -- yup got that - you didn't have to mention that so many times (hmm get the repetition comment now) * The constant long winded introductions that they go through every time they meet someone new * Hmm, now I am repeating myself. The constant repetition of stories from the previous books * Ok I know this is getting picky but expected Ayla to somehow connect with her first born again * The book honestly really didn't tell us anything new or give us any closer about anything * I liken my experience of reading this to the dismay of seeing the travesty that was The Phantom Menace after loving the original Star Wars series so much - A total disappointment * All of a sudden the story jumps into an explanation of the ice age & it just comes across as a lecture and distracts from the story * Enough with the bodily functions -- NO ONE wants to read about bodily functions (and by the way -- it is written about on many occasions -- yup repetitive again) Favorite Quotes/Passages "She knew that Jondalar was only appreciating; he had no desire to do more than look" (yup that is exactly how I feel about all the attractive men in this world) What I Learned * Some interesting THEORIES about the origin of the species * Might have to change my thought that I will never give a book a DNF rating - and I am a stubborn one, unless there is abuse to a child or an animal, I usually can finish a book no matter how bad it is Who should/shouldn't read * Die hard fans who loved ALL of the books in the series might find something to like * Fans of Painted Caves -- this is your book! * Also highly recommended for insomnia 1 Dewey's Notes from Joan and Ted * The most boring and awful ending to a book I have ever read * I understand that the Zeladoni is a fat old chick there is no need to repeat it so often * I loved the rest of the series and have bought this book to complete my collection, but I will probably never read it again * This was like the ramblings of an old women who is prone to repeating herself * Feckin (yup Joan is the reason I use Feckin all the time, but she says it so much better with her wonderful Irish accent) painted caves * Ted Hated it and kept falling asleep while reading it and he loved the series too I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review -- sorry guys I feel like I should apologize for my review, but had to be honest.
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from sadly disappointed Jean Auel should have quit writing this series a couple of books ago. Her last book and this one are so much repetition from the first 3 books that I was able to skip quit a bit of the book and therefore did not have a good read. This book took her into the Harlequin romance genre, and is certainly not worth the money. It's too bad, she started out so well. My other complaint about this last book, is the modern day attitudes and feelings that she has attributed to the characters. I am sure that the people of the day were too intent about survival, to have time to sit and worry about someone else's problems.
Date published: 2011-05-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from negatively compelled to write a review Frustration prompts me to write this review. As I understand this series has 30 years between creation and conclusion; and also that readers (including myself) yearned for closure.... I feel if the author did not have anywhere left to go with this series she should have finished it with the last book. This frustrating journey of repetitive jibber jabber and factual content reminds me of trying to write a high school paper and doing everything conceivable to achieve the required word count. I agree with previous reviews regarding the monotony of discussing Ayla's unique voice and mannerisms. I also discovered I could read a paragraph and skip 6 or 7 pages, as the author would continue to document the same incident from the perspective of three or four non significant characters. The feeling I am left with as i read this book is the authors passion for the series has been exhausted and she was driven by money to create this conclusion; or .. she simply did not have the means or passion to come up with a suitable conclusion. Perhaps utilizing her energy on a research paper would have been more appropriate.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't Waste Your Money!! How absolutely disappointing!! The author is so repetitious. Here we are at another painted cave...again. Lets introduce Ayla and use all her ties...again. Lets sing the "mother song"....again (and what the hell is with that??). Absolutely nothing happens in this book that's new. I can't believe the publisher didn't pitch this back at Ms. Auel and say "you can do WAY better than this". Save yourself the money and pretend this book was never released.
Date published: 2011-05-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I was so disappointed! From what I've heard this is the last book in the series, and while it was good, it wasn't great. I was expecting this to be a brilliant book to finish off the series but I found I had to force myself to read a lot of it, which is unusual for me with Ms. Auel's books. When I got to the end of the book(on an e-reader) I was shocked that it was done because I just felt like it was tied up too quickly and the story didn't really "end" for me, it felt like it was just left hanging. Perhaps there will be another book? I really wanted to love this book because I love the rest of the series, but it definitely wasn't up to my expectations :(
Date published: 2011-05-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Land of Painted Caves I have enjoyed reading all of Jean Auels books. I do find that this one tends to back track a lot, to her previous books. Think this book lost a bit of her enthusiasm.
Date published: 2011-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing This last book had so much potential but is a huge disappointment. It got interesting about 3/4 of the way in but too many things happened in a short period of time. It's as if she wrote the ending first, didn't know where to go from there and filled out the rest to get to x number of pages required by the publisher. Lots of re-write of what happened in the previous books (but not as much as in the fifth one) and too many description of caves, songs and people which didn't bring anything to the story. Sad ending for a series that had so much potential.
Date published: 2011-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Blech I have nothing good to say about this book, so if you're hoping for positive comments, you'll have to read someone else's review. I used to love this series, but now that I know how it ends, I'm donating all my copies of the books to my local library. I don't want them in my collection anymore. That's how disappointed I am. This book is not only garbage, it's boring, predictable, unbelievable garbage. It's back-to-front, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, end-to-end crap. Ayla and Jondalar have become one-dimensional and uninteresting, and the way they behave at the end of the book is not only completely out of character, it's despicable and almost makes me hate them. If this book had been cut by half its length, it would still have been too long. There's a lot of repetition, and note to Ms Auel: read about one cave, read about 'em all. Do we REALLY need minute descriptions of every single painted cave the bunch of them visit? Yeah, we get it: you're good at research. Do you really still need to prove that after all this time? And do we REALLY need to hear everyone's names and ties every single time every single character gets introduced to someone? They spend the whole damn book travelling! They're constantly meeting new people! WE DON'T NEED TO HEAR IT 600 TIMES. Then there's that Mother Song thing, over and over and over. Please, somebody, make it stop! For an experienced author, Auel does far more telling than showing. I confess I skipped page after page of this book, waiting for something interesting to happen. Something finally does around page 430, but sadly, that's where the book begins to jump the shark. The story moves from boring repetition into soap opera-worthy melodrama complete with overblown marital strife, jealous rages, violent vengeance, inappropriate sexual encounters, and general douchebaggery. The main characters have apparently lost their minds, and by the time they patch things up and get back on an even keel, the exasperation and repulsion you feel make it hard for you to care. I've been an avid reader for over three decades now. I've read a lot of books, but I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in one. This book left a bad taste in my mouth. Somebody pass the mouthwash.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from disappointing how sad to end this series with this boring poorly written book. Would of been better to leave it after the shelters of stone and write a book on cave art if she finds it so interesting.
Date published: 2011-04-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A huge disappointment! After waiting so long for this last book, it was such a disappointment. I've read the first 5 books several times and enjoyed them more every time I read them. This book did no justice to the characters and was frankly, quite boring. I skim read most of it. Too much was regurgitated from previous books. I bought this book in a ebook version, I will not be buying it in hard copy. Very, very disappointing.
Date published: 2011-04-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor ending to such a strong story For all serious fans of the Clan of the Cave Bear series (Earth's Children), I would urge you to only buy this book if you need a decorative bookend for the rest of them. Not only is this book lacking in story depth, and a seemingly endless description of every blot of paint on every cave wall in Europe, but the author has also seemed fit to either demote main characters to mere shadows of themselves, or even worse, change their base structure entirely. ** SPOILER ALERT** Having Ayla vouch for the wholesale slaughter of a pride of cave lions in the very first chapter-her totem spirit?! Ayla barely pays attention to the child she dreamed of and loved before it was even born, and would have done anything for, like she did for Durc- really? Jondalar's screwing around on Ayla is beyond belief, and then Ayla's drug induced virtual rape is too much... HOW COULD YOU DO THIS?!?! I spent the last $30 to my name to have this book...almost wish I never heard of it...
Date published: 2011-04-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A big let down After waiting 20 years for this final book in Jean M. Auel's fantastic series, I was SERIOUSLY dissapointed. The book was tedious and repetitious, wasn't plot driven at all, and though several issues were raised during the story, nothing was resolved at the end of the book. The Plains of Passage would have been a better stopping point for the series rather than having the next two books. You read more about Ayla's loooong list of proper names and ties, how she's making her latest tea, or what's happened in previous books than could possibly be necessary, which left me skimming (or skipping) through large portions of the book. If you want meticulous detail, it's there, if you want more story, it's lacking...
Date published: 2011-04-01

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1The band of travelers walked along the path between the clear sparkling water of Grass River and the black-streaked white limestone cliff, following the trail that paralleled the right bank. They went single file around the bend where the stone wall jutted out closer to the water's edge. Ahead a smaller path split off at an angle toward the crossing place, where the flowing water spread out and became shallower, bubbling around exposed rocks.Before they reached the fork in the trail a young woman near the front suddenly stopped, her eyes opening wide as she stood perfectly still, staring ahead. She pointed with her chin, not wanting to move. "Look! Over there!" she said in a hissing whisper of fear. "Lions!"Joharran, the leader, lifted his arm, signaling the band to a halt. Just beyond the place where the trail diverged, they now saw pale- tawny cave lions moving around in the grass. The grass was such effective camouflage, however, that they might not have noticed them until they were much closer, if it hadn't been for the sharp eyes of Thefona. The young woman from the Third Cave had exceptionally good vision, and though she was quite young, she was noted for her ability to see far and well. Her innate talent had been recognized early and they had begun training her when she was a small girl; she was their best lookout.Near the back of the group, walking in front of three horses, Ayla and Jondalar looked up to see what was causing the delay. "I wonder why we've stopped," Jondalar said, a familiar frown of worry wrinkling his forehead.Ayla observed the leader and the people around him closely, and instinctively moved her hand to shield the warm bundle that she carried in the soft leather blanket tied to her chest. Jonayla had recently nursed and was sleeping, but moved slightly at her mother's touch. Ayla had an uncanny ability to interpret meaning from body language, learned young when she lived with the Clan. She knew Joharran was alarmed and Thefona was frightened.Ayla, too, had extraordinarily sharp vision. She could also pick up sounds above the range of normal hearing and feel the deep tones of those that were below. Her sense of smell and taste were also keen, but she had never compared herself with anyone, and didn't realize how extraordinary her perceptions were. She was born with heightened acuity in all her senses, which no doubt contributed to her survival after losing her parents and everything she knew at five years. Her only training had come from herself. She had developed her natural abilities during the years she studied animals, chiefly carnivores, when she was teaching herself to hunt.In the stillness, she discerned the faint but familiar rumblings of lions, detected their distinctive scent on a slight breeze, and noticed that several people in front of the group were gazing ahead. When she looked, she saw something move. Suddenly the cats hidden by the grass seemed to jump into clear focus. She could make out two young and three or four adult cave lions. As she started moving forward, she reached with one hand for her spear-thrower, fastened to a carrying loop on her belt, and with the other for a spear from the holder hanging on her back."Where are you going?" Jondalar asked.She stopped. "There are lions up ahead just beyond the split in the trail," she said under her breath.Jondalar turned to look, and noticed movement that he interpreted as lions now that he knew what to look for. He reached for his weapons as well. "You should stay here with Jonayla. I'll go."Ayla glanced down at her sleeping baby, then looked up at him. "You're good with the spear-thrower, Jondalar, but there are at least two cubs and three grown lions, probably more. If the lions think the cubs are in danger and decide to attack, you'll need help, someone to back you up, and you know I'm better than anyone, except you."His brow furrowed again as he paused to think, looking at her. Then he nodded. "All right_._._._but stay behind me." He detected movement out of the corner of his eye and glanced back. "What about the horses?""They know lions are near. Look at them," Ayla said.Jondalar looked. All three horses, including the new young filly, were staring ahead, obviously aware of the huge felines. Jondalar frowned again. "Will they be all right? Especially little Gray?""They know to stay out of the way of those lions, but I don't see Wolf," Ayla said. "I'd better whistle for him.""You don't have to," Jondalar said, pointing in a different direction. "He must sense something, too. Look at him coming."Ayla turned and saw a wolf racing toward her. The canine was a magnificent animal, larger than most, but an injury from a fight with other wolves that left him with a bent ear gave him a rakish look. She made the special signal that she used when they hunted together. He knew it meant to stay near and pay close attention to her. They ducked around people as they hurried toward the front, trying not to cause any undo commotion, and to remain as inconspicuous as possible."I'm glad you're here," Joharran said softly when he saw his brother and Ayla with the wolf quietly appear with their spear-throwers in hand."Do you know how many there are?" Ayla asked."More than I thought," Thefona said, trying to seem calm and not let her fear show. "When I first saw them, I thought there were maybe three or four, but they are moving around in the grass, and now I think there may be ten or more. It's a big pride.""And they are feeling confident," Joharran said."How do you know that?" Thefona asked."They're ignoring us."Jondalar knew his mate was very familiar with the huge felines. "Ayla knows cave lions," he said. "Perhaps we should ask her what she thinks." Joharran nodded in her direction, asking the question silently."Joharran is right. They know we're here. And they know how many they are and how many we are," Ayla said, then added, "They may see us as something like a herd of horses or aurochs and think they may be able to single out a weak one. I think they are new to this region.""What makes you think so?" Joharran said. He was always surprised at Ayla's wealth of knowledge of four-legged hunters, but for some reason it was also at times like this that he noticed her unusual accent more."They don't know us, that's why they're so confident," Ayla continued. "If they were a resident pride that lived around people and had been chased or hunted a few times, I don't think they would be so unconcerned.""Well, maybe we should give them something to be concerned about," Jondalar said.Joharran's brow wrinkled in a way that was so much like his taller though younger brother's, it made Ayla want to smile, but it usually showed at a time when smiling would be inappropriate. "Perhaps it would be wiser just to avoid them," the dark-haired leader said."I don't think so," Ayla said, bowing her head and looking down. It was still difficult for her to disagree with a man in public, especially a leader. Though she knew it was perfectly acceptable among theZelandonii-after all, some leaders were women, including, at one time, Joharran and Jondalar's mother-such behavior from a woman would not have been tolerated in the Clan, the ones who raised her."Why not?" Joharran asked, his frown turning into a scowl."Those lions are resting too close to the home of the Third Cave," Ayla said quietly. "There will always be lions around, but if they are comfortable here, they might think of it as a place to return when they want to rest, and would see any people who come near as prey, especially children or elders. They could be a danger to the people who live at Two Rivers Rock, and the other nearby Caves, including the Ninth."Joharran took a deep breath, then looked at his fair-haired brother. "Your mate is right, and you as well, Jondalar. Perhaps now is the time to let those lions know they are not welcome to settle down so close to our homes.""This would be a good time to use spear-throwers so we can hunt from a safer distance. Several hunters here have been practicing," Jondalar said. It was for just this sort of thing that he had wanted to come home and show everyone the weapon he had developed. "We may not even have to kill one, just injure a couple to teach them to stay away.""Jondalar," Ayla said, softly. Now she was getting ready to differ with him, or at least to make a point that he should consider. She looked down again, then raised her eyes and looked directly at him. She wasn't afraid to speak her mind to him, but she wanted to be respectful. "It's true that a spear-thrower is a very good weapon. With it, a spear can be thrown from a much greater distance than one thrown by hand, and that makes it safer. But safer is not safe. A wounded animal is unpredictable. And one with the strength and speed of a cave lion, hurt and wild with pain, could do anything. If you decide to use these weapons against those lions, they should not be used to injure, but to kill.""She's right, Jondalar," Joharran said.Jondalar frowned at his brother, then grinned sheepishly. "Yes she is, but, as dangerous as they are, I always hate to kill a cave lion if I don't have to. They are so beautiful, so lithe and graceful in the way they move. Cave lions don't have much to be afraid of. Their strength gives them confidence." He glanced at Ayla with a glint of pride and love. "I always thought Ayla's Cave Lion totem was right for her." Discomfited by showing his strong inner feelings for her, a hint of a flush colored his cheeks. "But I do think this is a time when spear-throwers could be very useful."Joharran noticed that most of the travelers had crowded closer. "How many are with us that can use one?" he asked his brother."Well, there's you, and me, and Ayla, of course," Jondalar said, looking at the group. "Rushemar has been practicing a lot and is getting pretty good. Solaban's been busy making some ivory handles for tools for some of us and hasn't been working at it as much, but he's got the basics.""I've tried a spear-thrower a few times, Joharran. I don't have one of my own, and I'm not very good at it," Thefona said, "but I can throw a spear without one.""Thank you, Thefona, for reminding me," Joharran said. "Nearly everyone can handle a spear without a spear-thrower, including women. We shouldn't forget that." Then he directed his comments to the group at large. "We need to let those lions know that this is not a good place for them. Whoever wants to go after them, using a spear by hand or with the thrower, come over here."Ayla started to loosen her baby's carrying blanket. "Folara, would you watch Jonayla for me?" she said, approaching Jondalar's younger sister, "unless you'd rather stay and hunt cave lions.""I've gone out on drives, but I never was very good with a spear, and I don't seem to be much better with the thrower," Folara said. "I'll take Jonayla." The infant was now thoroughly awake, and when the young woman held out her arms for the baby, she willingly went to her aunt."I'll help her," Proleva said to Ayla. Joharran's mate also had a baby girl in a carrying blanket, just a few days older than Jonayla, and an active boy who could count six years to watch out for as well. "I think we should take all the children away from here, perhaps back behind the jutting rock, or up to the Third Cave.""That's a very good idea," Joharran said. "Hunters stay here. The rest of you go back, but go slowly. No sudden moves. We want those cave lions to think we are just milling around, like a herd of aurochs. And when we pair off, each group keep together. They will probably go after anyone alone."Ayla turned back toward the four-legged hunters and saw many lion faces looking in their direction, very alert. She watched the animals move around, and began to see some distinguishing characteristics, helping her to count them. She watched a big female casually turn around-no, a male, she realized when she saw his male parts from the backside. She'd forgotten for a moment that the males here didn't have manes. The male cave lions near her valley to the east, including one that she knew quite well, did have some hair around the head and neck, but it was sparse. This is a big pride, she thought, more than two handsful of counting words, possibly as many as three, including the young ones.While she watched, the big lion took a few more steps into the field, then disappeared into the grass. It was surprising how well the tall thin stalks could hide animals that were so huge.Though the bones and teeth of cave lions-felines that liked to den in caves, which preserved the bones they left behind-were the same shape as their descendants that would someday roam the distant lands of the continent far to the south, they were more than half again, some nearly twice as large. In winter they grew a thick winter fur that was so pale, it was almost white, practical concealment in snow for predators who hunted all year long. Their summer coat, though still pale, was more tawny, and some of the cats were still shedding, giving them a rather tattered, mottled look.Ayla watched the group of mostly women and children break off from the hunters and head back to the cliff they had passed, along with a few young men and women with spears held in readiness whom Joharran had assigned to guard them. Then she noticed that the horses seemed particularly nervous, and thought she should try to calm them. She signaled Wolf to come with her as she walked toward the horses.Whinney seemed glad to see both her and Wolf when they approached. The horse had no fear of the big canine predator. She had watched Wolf grow up from a tiny little ball of fuzzy fur, had helped to raise him. Ayla had a concern, though. She wanted the horses to go back behind the stone wall with the women and children. She could give Whinney many commands with words and signals, but she wasn't sure how to tell the mare to go with the others and not follow her.Racer whinnied when she neared; he seemed especially agitated. She greeted the brown stallion affectionately and patted and scratched the young gray filly; then she hugged the sturdy neck of the dun- yellow mare that had been her only friend during the first lonely years after she left the Clan.

From Our Editors

INDIGO RECOMMENDS: She learned how to build an ice house, how to tan leather and how prehistoric people lived. She became well known for diligent research and bringing history to life. Thirty years ago, between jobs, Jean Auel wanted to write a short story which she as an avid reader would enjoy, and it morphed into a hugely successful series, Earth's Children. The sixth and final book, The Land of Painted Caves has now been released to thousands of fans worldwide anxious to see where this book will take Ayla and her family.Ayla, the main character is a Cro-Magnon woman who is orphaned and is taken to live with a Neanderthal clan. She looks different, being very tall and blonde, and is above all a survivor, and her adventures have captured the imagination of thousands.For those who've read the series, it's time to wrap up the story, for those who haven't started, now is the time to take a summer like no other and go back in time.

Editorial Reviews

“[T]here is real sweetness in the saga’s finale, when Ayla’s legacy to the world — both hers and ours — is made clear. Myriad things have changed in the last 30,000 years, but the endurance of human love is not one of them.”--Washington Post“[Auel] does paint a convincing portrait of ancient life. And readers who fell in love with little Ayla will no doubt revel in her prehistoric womanhood.”--People “As with her other books, Auel spins her tale with credible dialogue, believable situations and considerable drama. More than that, she deftly creates a whole world, giving a sense of the origins of class, ethnic and cultural differences that alternately divide and fascinate us today. Among modern epic spinners, Auel has few peers.”--Kirkus Reviews (starred)“[T]he millions of readers who have been with Ayla from the start will want to once again lose themselves in the rich prehistoric world Auel conjures and see how this internationally beloved series concludes.”--Booklist“[R]eaders who enjoyed the previous volumes will relish the opportunity to re-enter pre-history one last time.”--Publishers Weekly"[T]he book is compelling and will be in high demand by Auel’s fans."--Library Journal