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The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel

The Shelters of Stone (2002)

by Jean M. Auel

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Series: Earth's Children (5)

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I am really enjoying these stories although the repetition of information from the previous books is a bit too much, as well as too much educational information about the land, time and animals. The story gets bogged down at times with just too much extras, but the story itself is still wonderful and captivating. If I didn't love the story and characters so much the extras would ruin it and possibly cause me not to continue, but thankfully I am addicted now and need to finish the series. ( )
  ChelleBearss | Sep 5, 2018 |
Review: The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel. 05/22/2018

This is the fifth book of the Earth’s Children Series and the author kept the story interesting and entertaining with plenty of action, adventure and creating some new characters as the story goes on from one book to the next. In this book Jean Auel opens with a scene of Alya and Jondala, along with their animal friends completing their long year’s journey through the prehistoric settings of the ice age. They are greeted by Jondalar’s people, the Zelandonii’s of the Ninth Cave who fascinates Ayla. She is also amazed by their clothes, customs, artifacts and especially their homes. One person stands out more for Ayla and that is the Zelandoni, the spiritual leader and feller healer with whom she hopes to share knowledge and skills.

As time goes by the Zelandonii prepares for the Summer Meeting and Ayla and Jondalar are excited to join in the mating ceremony but difficulties arise. Not all the people are welcoming to Ayla especially when they hear her story of being raised by flatheads which Ayla call the Clan. Some oppose the mating and make their displeasure known. Ayla wonders if her skills intelligence and knowledge will be enough to be accepted in this complicated society of Jondalar’s people. Plus, be able to prepare for the birth of her child while trying to be a significant role in her destiny of the Zelandonii people.

Ayla and Jondalar face various encounters to overcome to survive living among his people. Finally, this book relates a continuation of early man’s lives in a sometimes hostile and unforgiving environment. I can’t wait to read the last book of this ( )
  Juan-banjo | May 22, 2018 |
Book 5
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
I am still captivated by Ayla and Jondalar, Wolf, Whinney and Racer. In this book, they have reached the cave of Jondalar's home. It is spring and close to the time of the Summer Meeting, where Ayla and Jondalar will go through the official ceremony of being mated. All that they learned on their Journey greatly impresses Jondalar's relatives and friends. I also like Auel's interweaving of her research on the lives of prehistoric people, and imagining what it would have been like. ( )
  Lylee | Apr 3, 2016 |
I reread the entire set of books every year, and sometimes will pick up one of the books randomly and reread, thus causing me to complete the rest of the series. ( )
  twileteyes | Feb 4, 2016 |
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That's informative but not nearly as much fun as The Flintstones. The story is thin and the cast so distended—there are 86 characters—that few will make it to the end. Ayla and Jondalar's saga would have been a breeze at 300 pages, but unfortunately for readers and forests alike, Auel allows it to bloat to more than 700.
added by IslandDave | editPeople (May 6, 2002)
Bursting with hard information about ancient days and awash in steamy sex (though lacking the high suspense that marked Ayla's debut), Auel's latest will not only please her legions of fans but will hit the top of the list, pronto.
added by IslandDave | editPublishers Weekly (Apr 8, 2002)
The plot is slow to unfold, because Auel's first goal is to pack the tale with period Pleistocene detail, provocative speculation, and bits of romance, sex, tribal politics, soap opera, and homicidal wooly rhino-hunting adventure. It's an enveloping fact-based fantasy, a genre-crossing time trip to the Ice Age.

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For Kendal

who knows more about what's to come than almost anyone...
except his mother.

And for Christy

the mother of his boys

And for Forrest, Skylar and Slade

three of the best

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People were gathering on the limestone ledge, looking down at them warily.
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French language editions of The Shelters of Stone are published in two volumes: Les Refuges do Pierre Volume 1 and Les Refuges do Pierre Volume 2. Do not combine these.
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blurb: Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, have completed their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar’s people, the Zelandonii. These people of the Ninth Cave fascinate Ayla, and in their female spiritual leader - 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 their formal mating at the Summer Meering, there are difficulties. Not all the Zelandonii are welcoming. Some fear Ayla’s unfamiliar ways and her relationship with the Clan, openly opposing her mating with Jondalar. Now Ayla must call on her wisdom andf 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.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553382616, Paperback)

Jean Auel's fifth novel about Ayla, the Cro-Magnon cavewoman raised by Neanderthals, is the biggest comeback bestseller in Amazon.com history. In The Shelters of Stone, Ayla meets the Zelandonii tribe of Jondalar, the Cro-Magnon hunk she rescued from Baby, her pet lion. Ayla is pregnant. How will Jondalar's mom react? Or his bitchy jilted fiancée? Ayla wows her future in-laws by striking fire from flint and taming a wild wolf. But most regard her Neanderthal adoptive Clan as subhuman "flatheads." Clan larynxes can't quite manage language, and Ayla must convince the Zelandonii that Clan sign language isn't just arm-flapping. Zelandonii and Clan are skirmishing, and those who interbreed are deemed "abominations." What would Jondalar's tribe think if they knew Ayla had to abandon her half-breed son in Clan country? The plot is slow to unfold, because Auel's first goal is to pack the tale with period Pleistocene detail, provocative speculation, and bits of romance, sex, tribal politics, soap opera, and homicidal wooly rhino-hunting adventure. It's an enveloping fact-based fantasy, a genre-crossing time trip to the Ice Age. --Tim Appelo

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"Ayla and Jondalar have reached home: the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone age settlement in the region known today as south-west France. Ayla has much to learn from the Zelandonii as well as much to teach them. Jondalar's family are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses. She is delighted when she meets Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of her people, a fellow healer with whom she can share her medicinal skills. After the rigours and dangers that have characterised her extraordinary life, Ayla yearns for peace and tranquillity; to be Jondalar's mate and to have children. But her unique spiritual gifts cannot be ignored, and even as she gives birth to their eagerly-awaited child, she is coming to accept that she has a greater role to play in the destiny of the Zelandonii."--Www.jeanmauel.co.uk.… (more)

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