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The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children) (original 1982; edition 2001)

by Jean M. Auel

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Title:The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children)
Authors:Jean M. Auel
Info:Crown (2001), Hardcover, 512 pages
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Tags:historical fiction, ancient

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


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I thoroughly enjoyed this. Although the story primarily focuses on Ayla's isolation, I loved how we (and she) learned so much about her and how Jean Auel brought her surroundings to life. Once I got about a third or so into it, I could not put it down and finished it quickly! ( )
  christianeyoungberg | Aug 30, 2018 |
I enjoyed this one very much, although it dragged a little in the middle. I've grown very fond of Ayla and this series and I plan to continue it right until the end! 3.5🌟 ( )
  ChelleBearss | Aug 15, 2018 |
There are parts to this book that are atrocious, and parts that are wonderful. Similar to Clan of the Cave Bear, I particularly enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the landscape, flora and fauna of Upper Paleolithic Europe. Ayla is an intriguing character; her struggles and obstacles were riveting. Jondalar's struggles....not so much. Certain aspects of the story are so unbelievable it is almost laughable. Ayla accumulated quite a miraculous number of inventions and cultural innovations, well ahead of what is historically accurate, such as horse domestication. ( )
  abergsman | Mar 20, 2018 |
This is my favorite of the series. Ayla is resourceful, intelligent, and aware of herself, and I like her character best in this setting. ( )
  SMBrick | Feb 25, 2018 |
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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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