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The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel

The Valley of Horses (original 1982; edition 1982)

by Jean M. Auel

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Title:The Valley of Horses
Authors:Jean M. Auel
Info:Crown Pub (1982), Edition: Later Printing, Hardcover
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Tags:Stone age, fantasy

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The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel (1982)


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The Earth's Children series are my guilty pleasure and I haul them out to read them every couple of years or so.

A young girl is found after an earthquake and rescued by a pre-historic tribe. She is well-treated but considered an oddity because of her appearance. She learns the ways of the medicine woman, she learns to hunt, she has a child. Not everyone loves Ayla, however, and she is forced to leave the tribe and her child and make her own way.

A young man is journeying with his brother. They encounter several tribes along the way, settling down with them and learning skills from them until leaving to resume their journey. The brother dies along the way from a cave lion attack that leaves Jondolar severely injured. He is rescued and nursed back to health by Ayla, who has settled down in a nearby cave with only the animals she has managed to domesticate for company.

At this point, the series becomes a little like a Harlequin Romance against a pre-historic backdrop. Boy and girl meet and fall in love. Neither is able to articulate their feeling for eachother, leading to a series of misunderstandings. However, they are able to work together and between them manage to invent most of the significant developments of the Stone Age. Eventually, they realize that their feelings for eachother are mutual.

Ayla and Jondolar continue their journey together. They meet many other people along the way. There continue to be misunderstandings, breakups and reconciliations. The most interesting thing about these books are the descriptions of the lives and customs, the ceremonies and festivals of these stone age people.

I really like the whole series and will probably continue to re-read them every few years or so. ( )
  EvelynBernard | Apr 11, 2017 |
  TheIdleWoman | Jul 28, 2016 |
Review: The Valley of Horses by Jean M. Auel.

This is a re-read from many years ago. I enjoyed the series and thought a refreshing of the series was due. I read the first book a couple months ago of the Earth Children’s series and felt it was time to read the second book. This book continues from the time Ayla was cursed with death by Broud and had her son Durc taken from her and cast out from the Clan for breaking another rule. It’s a well written story, and follows the path of Ayla traveling alone to find her own people which the Clan calls “The Others”. At this time things are uncertain about her future and she has no idea how she will survive or even if she will find other people like her.

Alya’s journey is unsettled as she encounters no one for the vastness of land she has walked and winter is soon to transcend upon her. After many days of looking for some form of shelter to harbor her through the winter she came upon a valley below the flat terrain that she has been traveling. As Alya descends a steep climb down to the bottom of the valley she looks around for some type of shelter when she spots a cave on the steep east wall half way up the valley. As she stubbles her way up to the cave she fears that it might not be vacant. Alya slowly enters the cave and there was evidence that at one time it was a lions cave but seemed to be vacant for a very long time. Alya has found her home for the winter months. She has many chores to do as; hunting for food, finding certain plants to store for food and medicine, she needs to accumulate wood, stones for a hearth that could get her through the long days of cold weather and find materials to use for tools and food that she would make with what knowledge she had learned from watching the men of the Clan. Plus she wanted to investigate the valleys surrounding pros and cons.

The valley worked so well for Ayla that before she knew it she had been there three years while at times she venture out on the flat lands to see if she could find any of her people but her loneliness faded some as she became befriended by a young colt named Whinning and later on by a lion cub she called Baby. As these animals grew to maturity they left to mate with their species but Whinning decided to come back after her mate died and Ayla wound up helping to deliver a beautiful colt who later was named Racer.
Plus, Baby the lion appeared back every once in a while to get some soft loving hugs from Ayla as his mate stayed back in the shadows.

Then one day she hears screaming from what she considered a human in pain. This is when Jondalar came into her life. She saves him by taking him back to the cave to nurse him back to health. He had a brother with him but there was nothing she could do for him but bury him under rocks so predators would not scatter him for food. Having someone of her kind around taught her a language to speck while awakening the love and desires of the seventeen year old women she had become. Ayla’s journey has not ended here for she and Jondalar has decided to head back towards Jondalar’s people. Their travel was going to be long so this gave Ayla time to accept her fear and anxiety of leaving her valley to meet his people. So their journey will continue in the next book of the series. A great story to follow……
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |

Right after finishing The Clan of the Cage Bear I wanted to read this second book The Valley of Horses.

But for me it missed something. Ayla has left the people she grew up with and in search of The Others, but mainly she's just sitting in a cave, personally inventing all kinds of stuff. (It is almost as if she herself invents both the wheel and fire)

I thought it was a bit too much, I liked her better when she wasn't all this perfect.

As for Jondalar, I don't like him either. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
Another book pilfered from mom's book shelf. The best book of the group. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
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This unforgettable odyssey into the distant past carries us back to the awesome mysteries of the exotic, primeval world of The Clan of the Cave Bear, and to Ayla, now grown into a beautiful and courageous young woman.

Cruelly cast out by the new leader of the ancient Clan that adopted her as a child, Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark, open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself. The short summer gives her little time to look, and when she finds a sheltered valley with a herd of hardy steppe horses, she decides to stay and prepare for the long glacial winter ahead. Living with the Clan has taught Ayla many skills but not real hunting. She finally knows she can survive when she traps a horse, which gives her meat and a warm pelt for the winter, but fate has bestowed a greater gift, an orphaned foal with whom she develops a unique kinship. One winter extends to more; she discovers a way to make fire more quickly and a wounded cave lion cub joins her unusual family, but her beloved animals don’t fulfill her restless need for human companionship. Then she hears the sound of a man screaming in pain. She saves tall, handsome Jondalar, who brings her a language to speak and an awakening of love and desire, but Ayla is torn between her fear of leaving her valley and her hope of living with her own kind.

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Second in the acclaimed Earth's Children series. Ayla leaves those she loves behind and travels alone through a stark open land filled with dangerous animals but few people, searching for the Others, tall and fair like herself.

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