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A `mammoth' read- but well worth it.
on 20 April 2011
I like a good `will they, won't they' scenario as much as the next person, but when this scenario stretches on for a good 600+ pages it starts to get just a little bit irritating!
Yes, it's on to the third book of the Earth's Children saga- and thankfully it's another mesmerising, unforgettable tale of primeval man. Ayla and Jondalar, the mysterious man whose life she saved in book two, have now embarked on a journey away from the Valley of Horses to find more people and have encountered them, much to Ayla's excitement and consternation. They eventually settle into the Mamutoi tribe and whilst Ayla finds it strange to be with other people, and more to the point people who look like her for a change, instead of the `Flatheads' of her former adopted clan, her differences to the Mamutoi actually make her all the more appealing, especially to the charming carver, Ranec...
Another fabulous story written in such an imaginative, skilful way- Jean M Auel has really done her research into the time of primeval man, tribes, their tools and the continents at that time and it really gets your mind ticking to try and understand a time so different from ours. I just love these books and the depth of explanation in them, but as I've suggested- the love triangle depicted here between Jondalar, Ranec and Ayla got just a little bit annoying and diverted some attention away from other more exciting goings on in the story. That aside, this was such a wonderful book anyway, that if you can see past that aspect then you're in for a treat of a read.
This is ultimately a story of acceptance, love and overcoming differences and I never thought that I would enjoy these novels as much as I have. The characters are all incredibly well developed- though be warned, there are a lot of them and their names sound a bit similar, so pay attention! I even found myself shedding a little tear here at one point- one character in particular is so well depicted that at certain events I found myself with a lump in my throat- and Ayla's understanding and acceptance of him was heart-warming.
I honestly wouldn't hesitate to recommend this series to anyone who really enjoys stories with well-written characters and a plot-line with great depth- and is looking for a read that is just a little bit different from the norm. I would however recommend reading them in their intended order- you need to understand how Ayla has got to where she is now and her past, which may be a bit confusing if you haven't at least read book one.
I am now eagerly anticipating reading book four and plan on starting this very soon.