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on 26 November 2011
Previous press releases had stated that the last book would tie-up many of the unanswered questions and loose threads. I waited with great anticipation to see what happened to Ayla's son - would she ever find out who her parents were, and who her own people were from - would she be able to bring closer understanding between the 'the Clan' and her adopted people. Those questions and many more had been left open from previous books, but not a single question was answered. Absolutely nothing was tied up at all.

I found myself skipping pages upon pages of completely boring background information, and the endless and tedious descriptions of various caves. All in all, a great disappointment from an author who I used to respect and admire. I can't help thinking that Ms Auel has just 'lost interest' in the series of books and cobbled any old thing together to appease an irate publisher who must have been hounding her for years to get something finished and on paper.

The book is certainly lacking in both imagination and any kind of storyline worthy of note. In short, if you must read this - go to your library and get it from there.
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on 3 March 2017
Not sure about this special edition but have the book and kindle copies of the stars are edition.
Hooked - first time round and rereading the whole series again for the fourth or fifth time.

History, romance, drama, cooking, herbs and medicine, animals, nature, family dynamics, spirituality - and so much more.

I'm an avid reader - and was living in the Australian Bush 2000 with a bookcase full - and this was one of the last books I picked up - the title didn't appeal - but I was desperate for something to read.

Once I picked up the first one I couldn't put it down and had to read all 5. I remember putting down the fifth book and feeling disappointed as if the story was cut short and was devastated to hear there were no further books.

Imagine my surprise years later and back in the UK to see the final book - happy at last.

If you don't read these books the you're missing out on something really really special.
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on 2 June 2017
I deducted two stars for the number of times The Mother's Song was repeated in its entirety and the pure boredom of the number of mind numbing caves that were described in excruciating detail. Otherwise a quite enjoyable ending to a spectacular series, despite the couple of cliff-hanger endings to a couple of characters.
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on 13 July 2017
Really disappointed in this book, especially waiting so long for it. It feels like a mish mash of all the other books. And Ayla this strong amazing woman becomes weak right at the end.
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on 6 May 2015
Very disappointing. Reads as though it were put together by a ghost writer who was unfamiliar with the earlier books but drawing on Jean Auel's research notes. (There were glimpses of this in the previous two novels but nothing quite so blatant as in "Painted Caves".) Characterisation, dialogue and story continuity all shoddy. Would have been better not to publish anything at all than finish the series with this.
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on 23 November 2015
Beautifully crafted final book in the series of Jean M Auel's 'Earth's Children'. This 6 book tale has covered the life of Ayla, an orphan, through a remarkable life, upheaval and change, bringing her to her destiny.
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on 22 October 2015
I love these books so much I bought the kindle and paperback editions. All 6 of them. Borrowed the first 5 books from my local library a few years ago. Looking forward to reading them all again and the new one too. All on my new Kindle Fire HDX.
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on 9 March 2017
tidy
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on 12 April 2017
at last
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on 22 July 2017
The first books in the series were fabulous but this was very disappointing. I felt if should have drawn some missing conclusions to the story but it failed to do so. Would recommend not buying this.
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