The Shelters of Stone
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,... show more
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.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: April 27th 2004
Pages no: 800
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Romance
Series: Earth's Children part 1/2 (#5)
Ohhh Miss Auel. I love this series, I really do, but unfortunately this is the book that has always held me back from the final book. I struggle to get through it.This book is 100% filler. Enjoyable filler, but filler nonetheless. Nothing. Happens. Whatsoever. Throughout. 800. Pages.On this read thr...
This is one of my favourite series of books and I frequently find myself rereading them. The details and descriptions and the contrast between the Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon way of life brings the past to life and you can almost hear the fires crackling and the meat roasting over the flames.
Reprinted from Goodreads. NOTE: I’m going to spoil the hell out of each book and the series as a whole. So if you don't want to be spoiled, do not continue.In 1980, Jean M. Auel released Clan of the Cave Bear, a one-of-a-kind look at the life of Neanderthals (the Clan aka “Flatheads”) and Cro-Magn...
Biggest waste of time. I think I'm giving up the series, even if it is just one more book left. I just can't go through more pointless introductions and repetitive descriptions about Ayla's 'inventions' and "Pleasures" shared with Jondolar. I just can't.
there was a big gap in when the first 4 books were published and when the 5th and then the 6th came out. i was hoping that with the break, that auel would be able to tend to some of the things that made the first 4 books less than perfect. to her credit, to some extent she did. the writing was a ...