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By Jean M. Auel

The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, besides their animal neighbors, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, entire their epic trip throughout Europe and are greeted by way of 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 girl Zelandoni, the non secular chief of the 9th Cave (and the one that 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 time assembly, there are problems. now not all of the Zelandonii are welcoming. a few worry Ayla’s unexpected 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 abilities, intelligence, wisdom, and instincts to discover her means during this complex society, to organize for the delivery of her baby, and to determine no matter if she's going to settle for new demanding situations and play an important position within the future of the Zelandonii.

Jean Auel is at her best possible during this fantastically textured construction of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping tale of affection and risk, with all of the exceptional detail—based on meticulous examine— that makes her novels targeted. it's a effective continuation of the Earth’s youngsters® saga that all started with The extended family of the Cave Bear. And it comprises an awesome rhythmic poem that describes the delivery of Earth’s little ones and performs its personal position within the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.

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It was once made from chamois the teeth, the right white canine of younger animals, pierced during the root, graduated in dimension and symmetrically matched, every one separated through graduated segments of the backbones of small sturgeons, with a shimmering, iridescent mother-of-pearl pendant that resembled a ship striking from the center. “It represents the folks that Thonolan selected to hitch, the Sharamudoi, either side of them. The chamois of the land for the Shamudoi, and the sturgeon of the river for the Ramudoi, and the shell boat for either one of them. Roshario sought after you to have whatever that belonged to Thonolan’s selected woman,” Jondalar acknowledged. Tears traced their means down Marthona’s face as she checked out the gorgeous reward. “Jondalar, what made him imagine I knew he wasn’t coming again? ” she requested. “He stated you informed him ‘Good trip’ whilst he left, no longer ‘Until you return,’ ” he stated. a brand new freshet of tears welled up and overflowed. “He was once correct. I didn’t imagine he’d be again. up to I denied it to myself, i used to be certain whilst he left that i might by no means see him back. And whilst I discovered that you simply had long past with him, i assumed I had misplaced sons. Jondalar, I want Thonolan had come domestic with you, yet I’m so satisfied that no less than you're back,” she stated, achieving for him. Ayla couldn’t aid laying off her personal tears gazing Jondalar and his mom include. She started to comprehend now why Jondalar couldn’t stick with the Sharamudoi while Tholie and Markeno had sought after them to. She knew the way it felt to lose a son. She knew that she could by no means see her son back, yet she wanted she knew how he was once, what occurred to him, what sort of lifestyles he lived. The drape on the front moved apart back. “Guess who’s domestic? ” Folara cried, dashing in. She was once extra evenly via Willamar. three Marthona moved quickly to greet the guy who had simply lower back, and so they embraced warmly. “Well! I see that tall son of yours is again, Marthona! I by no means concept he may become a tourist. possibly he must have turn into a dealer rather than a knapper,” Willamar acknowledged, slipping out of his backpack. Then he gave Jondalar a hearty hug. “You haven’t gotten smaller any, I notice,” the older guy acknowledged with a tremendous grin, having a look up on the complete six-foot-six-inch peak of the yellow-haired guy. Jondalar grinned again. It used to be the best way the fellow had constantly greeted him, with jokes approximately his peak. At good over six ft, Willamar, who have been as a lot the fellow of his fire as Dalanar, was once no longer precisely brief himself, yet Jondalar matched the dimensions of the fellow to whom Marthona have been mated whilst he used to be born, ahead of they severed the tie. “Where’s your different son, Marthona? ” Willamar requested, nonetheless grinning. Then he spotted her tearstained face and learned how distraught she used to be. whilst he observed her ache mirrored in Jondalar, his grin pale. “Thonolan travels the following global now,” Jondalar acknowledged. “I used to be simply telling mom …” He observed the fellow blanch, then stagger as if struck a actual blow. “But … yet he can’t be within the subsequent world,” Willamar stated with surprised disbelief. “He’s too younger.

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