By Jean M. Auel
The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, besides their animal acquaintances, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, whole their epic trip throughout Europe and are greeted through Jondalar’s humans: the Zelandonii. the folk of the 9th Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their outfits, customs, artifacts, even their homes—formed in nice cliffs of vertical limestone—are a resource of ask yourself to her. And within the lady Zelandoni, the religious chief of the 9th Cave (and the person who initiated Jondalar into the present of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to percentage her wisdom and skills.
But as Ayla and Jondalar arrange for the formal mating on the summer season assembly, there are problems. now not the entire Zelandonii are welcoming. a few worry Ayla’s surprising methods and abhor her courting with these they name flatheads and he or she calls extended family. a few even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure identified. Ayla has to name on all her talents, intelligence, wisdom, and instincts to discover her approach during this advanced society, to organize for the start of her baby, and to come to a decision no matter if she is going to settle for new demanding situations and play an important position within the future of the Zelandonii.
Jean Auel is at her absolute best during this beautifully textured construction of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping tale of affection and chance, with all of the significant detail—based on meticulous study— that makes her novels distinctive. it's a victorious continuation of the Earth’s little ones® saga that begun with The extended family of the Cave Bear. And it contains an grand rhythmic poem that describes the delivery of Earth’s childrens and performs its personal position within the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.
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This introduced out a brand new point. She was once going to need to positioned a few suggestion into this startling notion Jondalar and the overseas girl had awarded. “Let me imagine. the 1st time i started to doubt they have been animals was once decades ago,” Willamar begun. “I was once south and west of right here, touring on my own. the elements had replaced fast, a unexpected chilly snap, and that i was once in a rush to get domestic. I stored going until eventually it was once virtually darkish, and camped beside a small flow. I deliberate to go within the morning. while I awakened, i found I had stopped correct throughout from a celebration of flatheads. i used to be really frightened of them—you recognize what you hear—so I watched them heavily, to be ready in case they made up our minds to come back after me. ” “What did they do? ” Joharran requested. “Nothing, other than holiday camp similar to a person would,” Willamar acknowledged. “They knew i used to be there, after all, yet i used to be by myself, so I couldn’t supply them a lot hassle, they usually didn’t look in an enormous hurry. They boiled a few water and made whatever scorching to drink, rolled up their tents—different from ours, reduce to the floor and more durable to see—but they packed them on their backs, and left at a quick jog. ” “Could you inform if any have been girls? ” Ayla requested. “It was once lovely chilly, they have been all coated. They do put on outfits. You don’t observe it in summer season simply because they don’t put on a lot, and also you seldom see them in iciness. We don’t are likely to go back and forth a lot then, or very a ways, and so they most likely don’t, both. ” “You’re correct, they don’t wish to pass too faraway from domestic whilst it’s chilly or snowy,” Ayla commented. “Most had beards, I’m uncertain in the event that they all did,” Willamar stated. “Young males don’t have beards. Did you see if any of them carried a basket on her again? ” “I don’t imagine so,” he acknowledged. “Clan ladies don’t hunt, but when the boys move on an extended trek, girls usually cross alongside to dry the beef and hold it again, so it used to be most likely a short-range searching celebration, simply men,” Ayla acknowledged. “Did you do this? ” Folara requested. “Go alongside on lengthy searching journeys? ” “Yes, I even went alongside as soon as once they hunted a mammoth,” Ayla stated, “but to not hunt. ” Jondalar spotted that everybody appeared extra curious than closed-minded. notwithstanding he was once definite many folks will be extra illiberal, no less than his kinfolk appeared drawn to studying approximately flatheads … the extended family. “Joharran,” Jondalar stated, “I’m joyful this got here up now, simply because i used to be making plans to speak to you besides. There’s anything you must be aware of. We met a extended family couple on our manner the following, prior to we begun over that plateau glacier to the east. They advised us that a number of clans are making plans to celebration to speak about us, and the issues they’ve been having with us. They name us the Others. ” “I’m having hassle believing they could name us anything,” the fellow acknowledged, “much much less have conferences to speak about us. ” “Well, think it, simply because in case you don’t, shall we be in a few difficulty. ” a number of voices spoke right now. “What do you suggest? ” “What type of hassle? ” “I comprehend of 1 state of affairs within the Losadunai quarter. A gang of younger ruffians from a number of Caves all started baiting flatheads—Clan males.