THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES concludes the story of Ayla, her mate Jondalar, and their little daughter, Jonayla, taking readers on a journey of discovery and adventure as Ayla struggles to find a balance between her duties as a new mother and her training to become a Zelandoni - one of the Ninth Cave community's spiritual leaders and healers. Once ...
THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES concludes the story of Ayla, her mate Jondalar, and their little daughter, Jonayla, taking readers on a journey of discovery and adventure as Ayla struggles to find a balance between her duties as a new mother and her training to become a Zelandoni - one of the Ninth Cave community's spiritual leaders and healers. Once again, Jean Auel combines her brilliant narrative skills and appealing characters with a remarkable re-creation of the way life was lived thousands of years ago, rendering the terrain, dwelling places, longings, beliefs, creativity and daily lives of Ice Age Europeans as real to the reader as today's news.
The final book in The Earth's Children series by Ms. Auel is very well written and magnificently researched. My only down side is that it ended without Ayla, eventually, becoming the First Who Serves. I really wanted to read about that happening.
Mar 10, 2012
It has been a long and wonderful , though often dangerous journey for Ayla and in this beautifully written book her destiny is fulfilled.
Mar 1, 2012
The story is great and the book was in fabulous condition.
Jul 23, 2011
Great end to the series
I am so glad that Auel did a good job ending the Earth's children series. Loved every book, and this one was no exception. She leaves the storyline open so she could add to it, but the reader is not left hanging and wondering what happened to the central characters. Defintely a must read book!
Jun 8, 2011
Earth's Children's Series.
Not sure why the author is taking so long to write these terrible books. I would not recommend reading this series past the Plains of Passage. I think she is suffering from dementia. She just repeats and repeats the same thing over and over. The Editor could've removed 300 pages in each of the last 2 books to at least make them a quicker less boring read. Nothing happens in this book it goes no where and nothing is revealed. I would not recommend this book to anyone. In fact just read the first ones and pretend they walked off happily into the sunset.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-01-24 Thirty thousand years in the making and 31 years in the writing, Auel's overlong and underplotted sixth and final volume in the Earth's Children series (The Clan of the Cave Bear; etc.) finds Cro-Magnon Ayla; her mate, Jondalar; and their infant daughter, Jonayla, settling in with the clan of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonaii. Animal whisperer and medicine woman Ayla is an acolyte in training to become a full-fledged Zelandoni (shaman) of the clan, but all is not rosy in this Ice Age setting; there are wild animals to face and earthquakes to survive, as well as a hunter named Balderan, who has targeted Ayla for death, and a potential cave-wrecker named Marona. While gazing on an elaborate cave painting (presumably, the Lascaux caverns in France), Ayla has an epiphany and invents the concept of art appreciation, and after she overdoses on a hallucinogenic root, Ayla and Jondalar come to understand how much they mean to one another, thus giving birth to another concept-monogamy. Otherwise, not much of dramatic interest happens, and Ayla, for all her superwomanish ways, remains unfortunately flat. Nevertheless, readers who enjoyed the previous volumes will relish the opportunity to re-enter pre-history one last time. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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