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The Valley of Horses (Earth's Children Book 2) by [Auel, Jean M.]
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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)

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'Holds the reader in a powerful spell.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2007 KB
  • Print Length: 522 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (21 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GKMU76
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 244 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,949 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Ayla and Jondalar have left the security of Aylas valley and have decided to stay with the Mamutoi for the winter who decide to adopt Ayla into their Clan. This is the first time we see Ayla interact with her own race of people and as expected there are some severe confrontations especially with Frebec who dislikes Ayla because she was brought up by the Neanderthal Clan (Flatheads). This book shows the reader the type of prejustice Ayla will have to deal with for the rest of her life and gives us a taste of how her life will change. Ayla meets Ranec a charming carver of the Mamutoi and has to make a life changing decision - Jondalar or Ranec - to journey to Southern France in search of Jondalars people or to stay and mate Ranec and live with the Mamutoi. This book is a little slower than the other two and the extensive detail of the world around Ayla though detailed is a little tedious after a while however the plot and story line make up for the amounts of description. Even though the first two books surpass this one reading this book will be no disappointment. Aylas adventure and life story continue and it's a sheer delight to see her evolve and grow as a person both in herself and among other people of her race. No doubt this book is the bridge between Aylas earlier life of pain and loss and her future with the man she chooses and the people with whom she will live. Anyone who has read the first two books must read this one even if it is just out of sheer curiosity about what happens next. This book is part of a great series and even though it may not be the best is essential to Aylas story and life. A must read for any fan of Earth Children
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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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