The Shelters of Stone (with Bonus Content): Earth's Children, Book Five by Jean M. Auel

The Shelters of Stone (with Bonus Content): Earth's Children, Book Five

byJean M. Auel

Kobo ebook | October 6, 2010

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This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An exclusive preview chapter from Jean M. Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves, on sale in hardcover March 29, 2011
• An Earth’s Children® series sampler including free chapters from the other books in Jean M. Auel’s bestselling series
• A Q&A with the author about the Earth’s Children® series

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.

Jean Auel was born on February 18, 1936. For many years Auel considered herself a closet poet, writing in her spare time. She came up with an idea for a short story about a girl who lives with people who are unlike her. This short-story idea became the successful novel, "The Clan of the Cave Bear." Auel's considerable research for the ...
Title:The Shelters of Stone (with Bonus Content): Earth's Children, Book FiveFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 6, 2010Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307767647

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from The series keeps going... Despite being an improvement over Plains of Passage, this isn't nearly as good as Clan of the Cave Bear. Jondalar has brought Ayla home, and now she has to try to fit in (yet again) with a new tribe. Jondalar is still awful, Ayla is still beyond perfect, and I think I'm just really getting bored with the series.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Shelters of Stone Honestly.. I am so tired of this series. I have to say, this is really the only series I have read in recent years that I don't particularly care for. As big as these books seems, they are all quite simply written.. no problems actually occur very often and there are problems, they resolve themselves very quickly. I have one more book to go though and I will finish it :)
Date published: 2017-11-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Better than the last ***Very Minor Spoilers*** These are very slow books and I'm normally not a fan of excruciatingly slow narrative, but with my adept skills at skipping long useless paragraphs, I was able to get through this one. This book was slightly better than the last book though because they finally reach where they were going and I was enthralled by Jondalar's people and their interactions with Ayla.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Extremely solid book This book is great. While it is not as great, to me, as the first few, it is an extremely solid and necessary book in the series.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the wait Took a while to get this book out but well worth the wait. It is like growing with the characters as they develop and change!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The shelters of Stone Love the earth children collection
Date published: 2014-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Shelters of Stone Such an amazing book! Now on to the last book in the series.....
Date published: 2013-05-07
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 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