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The Shelters of Stone (Earth's…

The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children, Book 5) (original 2002; edition 2003)

by Jean M. Auel (Author)

Series: Earth's Children (5)

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After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.… (more)
Title:The Shelters of Stone (Earth's Children, Book 5)
Authors:Jean M. Auel (Author)
Info:Bantam (2003), Edition: Reissue, 928 pages
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Fifth in the Earth's Children series, this book was the first one that was hard to get through, but I still give The Shelters of Stone four stars because of the insane amount of research it must have taken to write it. I have read the first four books, The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, and The Plains of Passage, and they were all five-star books. This one seems to get bogged down in the repetitious details of the cave people's everyday lives without propelling the storyline forward. I think it could have been two hundred pages shorter if the repeated details had been edited out, but if you can get past all that, the amazing story of Ayla, one of the "others" raised by The Clan, also called Flathead, continues. This book tells the story of Ayla and Jondalar's arrival at his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelondonni, after their long journey across Europe and the glaciers. When they arrive with Wolf and their two horses, Whinney and Racer, the Zelondonni quickly realize Ayla is unique, but that is only the beginning of the revelations she brings to the Ninth Cave. She also introduces the controversial notion that the Flatheads are human, not animals, to Jondalar's people. Also, the concept that men's sperm—or their essence, as the book calls it—is responsible for starting a new life in a woman. It's hard to imagine that these things were not apparent from the beginning in our day and age. Still, Jean Auel makes us realize how primitive the first people who lived off the land with only basic concepts of how to survive were, although some of their methods for creating tools, clothing, and structures were very creative. Ayla and Jondalar are finally mated at the summer meeting, and Ayla gives birth to their daughter, Jonayla. But, just as Ayla is hoping to settle into everyday life, The Doni of the Ninth Cave, who realizes her unique healing ability and insights into the spirit world, insists she become her Alcolyte to train as her replacement as The First of the Ninth Cave. And so, the next phase of Ayla's life begi ( )
  PaulaGalvan | May 31, 2021 |
5e volum dela fills de la terra
  stJosep | Mar 25, 2020 |
For the most part, I enjoyed it. The only reason I couldn't give it five stars is because there too many parts I skipped reading. Too much detail was given about the plants, animals, the tools, the caves, and the two main characters having sex. ( )
  ZelmerWilson | Oct 31, 2019 |
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 |
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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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After their epic journey across Europe, Ayla and Jondalar have reached his home, the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone age settlement in the region known today as southwest France. Jondalar's family greet him warmly, but they are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses.

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