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The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Jean M. Auel
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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It has magic (Daily Telegraph)

Hold the reader in a powerful spell (Publishers Weekly)

A panorama of human culture in its infancy . . . THE VALLEY OF HORSES is great fun. (New York Times Book Review)

Publishers Weekly

'Holds the reader in a powerful spell.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 913 KB
  • Print Length: 522 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0609610988
  • Publisher: Hodder (21 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKMU76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving book about survival 2 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A sequel to CLAN OF THE CAVE BEAR but this time concentrating on the way of life of the 'Others'. In relation to their extreme prejudice towards 'Flatheads', the author suggests that racism is as old as humankind itself. That what makes the book so interesting. In writing it, Jean Auel almost talks about today.
How Ayla survives in that hostile environment on her own is amazing. She would have been an unusual woman, even for those times. And her taming of a horse suggests that human relationships with those animals which eventually were to become domesticated didn't just happen overnight.
There's not much fiction around about prehistoric times so Jean Auel's books situated around that time more than makes up for it. She is a talented and imaginative writer. She shares her talent with Wilbur Smith, another writer who is also good at describing the landscape and animals in vivid detail.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New characters, new settings and a new adventure 18 Jan 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Ayla has been exiled from the Clan of Neanderthals that raised her since she was five years old. Iza and Creb have died and now that she is in exile Ayla has had to leave her son Durc behind with her sister Uba. Alone and with very little possessions for her survival Ayla travels across the country in search of "the others", Cro-Magnon people to whom she was born. However eager to find a home for the winter Ayla stays in a Valley in which she finds a foal which she raises and cares for to ease her loneliness. Aylas caring nature also causes her to adopt a lion cub, however the lion cub had a greater impact on her fate than even Ayla could image. At the same time as Ayla is finding her independence two Cro-Magnon brothers Jondalar and Thonolan are travelling across the continent from their home in Southern France in search of the end of the Great Mother River and adventure. Jean M Auel has surpassed herself this book is even greater than the one before. The circumstances which unite Ayla and Jondalar are well thought out and just like the Clan of the Cave Bear the world in which Ayla lives in is thoroughly researched and detailed. Jondalar and Thonolans adventure gives the reader knowledge of "the others" and the many different cultures present in this one race of people. Through this writing technique the reader is fully informed not only about the customs and culture of the Neanderthal people but the Cro-Magnon people aswell. Auel has provided this book with a great collection of new characters and settings to move the story along whet ever happens in future books this one is the best yet. I challenge anyone to read this book and criticise it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in the series 2 Sep 2003
Format:Paperback
The Valley of Horses is the second book in Jean M Auel's magnificent Earth's Children series. Having been exiled from the clan of neanderthal's that had raised her, Ayla now has to journey alone and find ' the others', cro-magnons like her.
This is an epic and moving story of a young girl's struggle to survive and adapt to the fear of being totally alone in a strange and hostile environment.
Whilst travelling, Ayla discovers a valley that becomes her haven and her home and here she finds longed for companionship with a horse she raises from a foal.
Parallel to the story of Ayla is the tale of cro-magnon brothers who are 'journeying' in search of adventure. Ms Auel manages to handle these two seperate story strands with ease and switching between them never 'jars'. eventually the stories intertwine and become one as Ayla finally comes face to face with one of her own kind.
As rich in detail as the first book in the series this book is an absorbing read and one that is difficult to put down. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book! 2 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio Cassette
Jean Auel takes us back to the frozen lands of pre-history, in this fantastically written saga of Ayla's struggle to survive in the harsh climate of the Ice-Age. Ayla befriends a motherless foal, and also becomes the very first cat lover! This is a tale of how Ayla meets one of the "Others" and how she learns their very strange ways, so very different from her Neanderthal upbringing. This book, and the others in the "Earth's Children" series are so addictive, I read them constantly in rotation. All I can finish with is Absolutely Wonderful. Roll on the next instalment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic story and the best in the series. 2 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is the second instalment in the Earth's Children series and follows the beautiful Ayla after she is expelled from the clan that raised her and is forced to fight for survival in a harsh and unfamiliar land. Heading north she searches for her own people but eventually settles alone in a small valley to wait out the oncoming winter. The story also introduces Jondalar, a charismatic young man who follows his brother on a journey to find the end of the Great Mother river.
This book is probably the best in the Earth's Children saga. Auel deftly blends a compelling tale discovery with authentic detail to paint a captivating view of life in the ice age. Above all, she imbues with book with a rare sense of passion that truly involves the reader in the story. We feel for the characters' triumphs and sorrows and experience a building sense of anticipation as their journeys lead them towards one another.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A game of two halves... 11 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
The problem with sequels is that they face the difficult task of preserving the spirit of their predecessor, while introducing enough new elements that they don't feel like a retread of previous ground. For the most part I'm pleased to say that Valley of Horses manages to walk this tightrope. It wobbles on a few occasions and doesn't always proceed gracefully, but it makes it to the end without taking a tumble, and that's impressive.

Valley of Horses picks up more or less where Clan of the Cave Bear left off. Ayla, freshly banished from the Clan, is left to wander the world alone with the vague goal of finding her own people and living happily ever after. After some tedious wandering, and with winter fast approaching, she happens upon a sheltered valley where she decides to hole up and plan her next move. Time passes however and she becomes increasingly reluctant to leave her refuge.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, Jondalar is setting out on a Journey with his younger (and more interesting) brother Thonolan. Basically it's the ice age equivalent of a road trip; a chance to spread their wings and have a few adventures before settling down. One doesn't have to be psychic to realise that all doesn't go according to plan for them, and that an encounter with Ayla is as inevitable as a rain-washed British summer.

Let's get the bad stuff out of the way first. The problem with this book is that for about two thirds of its length, it's essentially two completely different and unrelated stories, and sometimes the switch can be a little jarring. Just when you're really getting into a particular character's story, the book abruptly switches to the other character thousands of miles away.

Also, the two plot arcs are oddly unbalanced.
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