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By Jean M. Auel

The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, besides their animal neighbors, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, entire their epic trip throughout Europe and are greeted via Jondalar’s humans: the Zelandonii. the folk of the 9th Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their outfits, customs, artifacts, even their homes—formed in nice cliffs of vertical limestone—are a resource of ask yourself to her. And within the lady Zelandoni, the religious chief of the 9th Cave (and the person who initiated Jondalar into the present of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to percentage her wisdom and skills.

But as Ayla and Jondalar organize for the formal mating on the summer season assembly, there are problems. now not all of the Zelandonii are welcoming. a few worry Ayla’s surprising methods and abhor her courting with these they name flatheads and he or she calls extended family. a few even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure recognized. Ayla has to name on all her abilities, intelligence, wisdom, and instincts to discover her method during this complex society, to arrange for the beginning of her baby, and to come to a decision no matter if she's going to settle for new demanding situations and play an important position within the future of the Zelandonii.

Jean Auel is at her best possible during this fantastically textured production of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping tale of affection and threat, with the entire superb detail—based on meticulous learn— that makes her novels exact. it's a successful continuation of the Earth’s young ones® saga that begun with The extended family of the Cave Bear. And it comprises an grand rhythmic poem that describes the beginning of Earth’s young children and performs its personal position within the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.

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There has been that reference back, Ayla notion. It was once now not inevitably thought of fortunate to have too many skills, too many presents, to be enjoyed a lot that one was once thought of favorite of the mum. She occasionally overlooked Her favorites and known as them again to Her early, once they have been nonetheless younger. “But Jondalar didn't go back alone,” Joharran persevered, then he smiled at Ayla. “I don’t imagine many of us will be shocked to benefit that my brother met a girl on his trip. ” there has been a titter of laughter and lots of figuring out smiles from the group. “But i need to admit that I didn’t anticipate even Jondalar to discover a person relatively so impressive. ” Ayla felt her face redden whilst Joharran’s phrases grew to become transparent. This time her embarrassment was once no longer due to ridiculing laughter, however the results of his compliment. “Proper introductions to every person right here may well take days, specifically if everybody made up our minds to incorporate all their names and ties. ” Joharran smiled back and lots of humans spoke back with nods and figuring out seems. “And our visitor might by no means bear in mind all people, so we made up our minds to introduce our customer to all of you, and allow each one of you introduce yourselves as you could have the chance. ” Joharran became and smiled on the lady status at the raised stone with him, yet then he checked out the tall blond guy and his expression turned extra critical. “Jondalar of the 9th Cave of the Zelandonii, grasp Flint-Knapper; Son of Marthona, former chief of the 9th Cave; born to the fireplace of Dalanar, chief and founding father of the Lanzadonii; Brother of Joharran, chief of the 9th Cave, has again after 5 years from an extended and hard trip. He has introduced with him a girl from a land so far away, it took a whole 12 months simply to make the adventure again. ” The chief of the 9th Cave took either one of Ayla’s arms in his. “In the identify of Doni, the nice Earth mom, I current to all of the Zelandonii, Ayla of the Mamutoi, Member of the Lion Camp, Daughter of the massive fire, selected via the Spirit of the Cave Lion, and guarded through the Spirit of the Cave Bear,” then he smiled, “and as we've seen, good friend of horses and this wolf. ” Jondalar used to be confident the wolf smiled, as if he knew he were brought. Ayla of the Mamutoi, she concept, remembering while she used to be Ayla of No humans and feeling a very good swelling of gratitude towards Talut and Nezzie and the remainder of the Lion Camp for giving her a spot to say. She struggled to carry again the tears that threatened. She ignored all of them. Joharran dropped one among Ayla’s palms, yet, preserving up the opposite, confronted out towards the assembled Caves. “Please welcome this girl who traveled to this point with Jondalar, welcome her to this land of the Zelandonii, the good mom Earth’s young children. exhibit this lady the hospitality and recognize with which the Zelandonii honor all their visitors, particularly one of many Blessed of Doni. permit her understand we price our viewers. ” there have been sidelong glances towards Marona and her buddies. The shaggy dog story wasn’t in any respect humorous anymore. It used to be their flip to believe embarrassed, and Portula, no less than, grew to become pink while she appeared up on the overseas lady status at the conversing Stone donning a Zelandonii boy’s undies and puberty belt.

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