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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (3 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340824271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340824276
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 5.1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (594 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jean M. Auel is one of the world's most esteemed and beloved authors. Her extensive factual research has earned her the respect of renowned scientists, archaeologists and anthropologists around the globe, culminating in her being made an Officer of the Order of Arts & Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communication in 2008.

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Jean Auel's amazing, ground-breaking series reaches a stunning conclusion. . . . . If you ever wondered what it was like for the first reasoning humans, this is the perfect way to learn. It's as though Auel has opened up a time portal, travelled with and lived with actual human beings as they begin their journey towards the people we are today. Moving and majestic, this story sweeps all before it and encompasses everything we know about our ancestors as they trek through central Europe and set up home in the caves there. All life is here in all its glory, the loves, the jealousy, the rivalry, the medicines . . . A compelling historical drama with every modern trait of the human being, but set in the days when the world was young. Magnificent, and a privilege to be able to read it. You must read this. (Books Monthly)

She deftly creates a whole world, giving a sense of the origins of class, ethnic and cultural differences that alternately divide and fascinate us today. Among modern epic spinners, Auel has few peers. (Kirkus Reviews)

Incredibly poignant and relevant to today (Sun 4 stars)

She does have a most extraordinary talent for recreating lost worlds (Kate Saunders, Books Quarterly)

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The triumphant finale of the hugely successful Earth's Childrens® series

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174 of 175 people found the following review helpful By Linconclusive on 18 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Like most other fans I discovered this series many years ago, and it has been a constant companion and well-loved read ever since. When it was finally announced that she would be releasing the sixth book, I immediately began rereading them from the beginning to refresh the story in my mind and re-familiarise myself with the characters. Perhaps that was a bad idea.

Throughout the books she builds up a steady stream of foreshadowing and allusions to future, pivotal plot points, for instance: the vision of the falling stone above the Ninth Cave, the vision of Ayla's two sons fighting, and better relations with the Clan. But none - absolutely none - of the build up is completely satisfied. Allusions are made to some points, but others are ignored entirely. Despite her intimate relations with the Clan throughout Ayla's life, including her meeting with the the pair of Clan members being attacked by a band of men in Plains of Passage, nothing is extended down this avenue. All the talk of overcoming the prejudice of Jondalar's people, assuaging the mounting difficulties with them over the caves in the region and perhaps even establishing trade with the Clan amounts to nothing - there isn't even contact made. To top that off with Ayla abandoning her heritage, along with her amulet, was just distressing.

Another disappointment was her daughter. Jonayla receives little to no mention or development in the book further than a few brief descriptions of her beauty. Given Ayla's large focus and almost desperation throughout most of the fore-running books, when she finally has the child it's mentioned even less than the Wolf. For an unaccountably long time Jonayla isn't even given a description, and could quite as easily have been substituted for a small bag that Ayla carried around.
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350 of 356 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on 4 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Oh I am so disappointed - this wasn't worth waiting all those years for. Die hard fans of Earth's Children will have no doubt already got and read their copy by now, but if you're someone thinking about it and aren't a die hard fan, you might want to get it from the library or wait a bit longer for the paperback.

This book is intended as the final part in Ayla and Jondalar's story. They travel around to summer meetings and on a Zelanadoni tour for Ayla to complete her Zelandoni training. But while doing so we hear the same story of meeting people we've already meet, eating and drinking things we already know about and having the conversations we've had for at least two books now. Part of Ayla's tour is to see lots of cave paintings and this is obviously where the author has spent lots of time on research as we hear a lot about various caves with paintings and then another cave with other paintings and then another cave and quite frankly, seen one cave, seen them all. I didn't need to hear so much. There is such a lot of repetition from the previous books that is unnecessary, seems like the author trying to dump loads of information on us and perhaps dare I say it, is there just to pad out the length as we've come to expect quite lengthy books in this series. Some examples apart from the endless cave paintings; there must be at least 20 mentions of Ayla being foreign to the Zelandoniis because of her accent and her way with animals, endless repetitions of titles of Ayla and those she meets - I get it, I was here from the start, I don't need it rammed down my throat every 30 pages. Nor do I care what Ayla and the First are making tea with for the thirtieth time in this book. And that is pretty much it for two thirds of the book.
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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By bex on 7 April 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ok before I start this review contains SPOILERS!
I love the Earth's Children series! I first read The Valley of Horses when I was 17 or 18 yrs old (I am nearly 40 now), I then immediately purchased all the others which had been published and read them from Clan of the Cave Bear through to Plains of Passage. I fell even more in love with these books and re read them countless times. I replaced all my books with second hand Hardback versions, I trawled boot sales and Hay on Wye! That is why I am SO disappointed with this and somewhat with the book before. I enjoyed Shelters however I found myself agreeing with those that wrote reviews, that it was repetitive, especially the endless Mother's song (yawn). I eagerly awaited this last book and as soon as I received the email about it's release I pre-ordered it. It arrived! I got down to some serious reading and found yet more Mother's song(yawn), but NO, wait, what is this, something new? Oh my goodness Jean Auel has accidentally incorporated her diary of "What I did on my vacation in France, featuring endless pointless descriptions of cave paintings", surely she must have realized? perhaps the real story is lost somewhere in the black void of Clan roots. Seriously I was so looking forward to her developing Jonayla's character, perhaps more babies for Ayla and Jondalar. I also thought it would be nice perhaps if someone from Ayla's original family turned up. I always fantasized that perhaps Ayla's Mother's family may have searched for them when they didn't return, perhaps asked caves along the river if they had met the young couple with a young pretty blond daughter. Perhaps an Uncle or Cousin on a journey searching in vain until he hears tales of an extraordinary young woman with a name not dissimilar to his niece.
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