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A story of survival and determination,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children) (Paperback)
The heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear, Ayla, sets out alone and discovers a lush valley surrounded by bleak steppes. Feeling the loneliness of her situation, she adopts an orphaned foal and rescues an injured lion cub from a certain death. While she lives in the valley for three years without human contact, a young man, Jondalar, sets out with his restless younger brother who is eager to see the world.
When the two finally meet, it is the first time Ayla meets one of her own since losing her parents who she doesn't remember. At the same time Jondalar is drawn to this strange and beautiful woman who lacks social skills but has a talent for healing.
This second instalment should not only appeal to those who want to know what happens next to Ayla after she leaves the Clan but can also be enjoyed as a great read on its own. This book is well written and shows up the author's imaginative talent as well as her well-researched knowledge of wildlife and landscape of Ice Age Europe.