The Mammoth Hunters

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The Mammoth Hunters

Earth's Children, Book Three

This is the 3rd in the installment of the Clan of the Cave Bear series and we see the heroine Ayla and her lover Jondalar meet up with the Mammoth Hunters. Here is where she meets with a group of the "Others" for the first time. She interacts and becomes one of the members of the Lion Camp and feels she belongs for the first time. But there is tension as the winter progresses between herself and Jondalar and another member of her tribe...

Does she stay and become a mate to this tribe or does she follow her one true love?

I love this series because it draws you in, you feel Ayla's trials, tribulations, her love and confusion and what she is to become. This is a great series and even though it's not "technically" historically correct within the homo erectus and homo sapiens timeline, it's still an amazing story that allows us to step into that world and become Ayla...

Book Blurb for The Mammoth Hunters

Once again Jean M. Auel opens the door of a time long past to reveal an age of wonder and danger at the dawn of the modern human race. With all the consummate storytelling artistry and vivid authenticity she brought to The Clan of the Cave Bear and its sequel, The Valley of Horses, Jean M. Auel continues the breathtaking epic journey of the woman called Ayla.

Riding Whinney with Jondalar, the man she loves, and followed by the mare's colt, Ayla ventures into the land of the Mamutoi--the Mammoth Hunters. She has finally found the Others she has been seeking. Though Ayla must learn their different customs and language, she is adopted because of her remarkable hunting ability, singular healing skills, and uncanny fire-making technique. Bringing back the single pup of a lone wolf she has killed, Ayla shows the way she tames animals. She finds women friends and painful memories of the Clan she left behind, and meets Ranec, the dark-skinned, magnetic master carver of ivory, whom she cannot refuse--inciting Jondalar to a fierce jealousy that he tries to control by avoiding her. Unfamiliar with the ways of the Others, Ayla misunderstands, and thinking Jondalar no longer loves her, she turns more to Ranec. Throughout the icy winter the tension mounts, but warming weather will bring the great mammoth hunt and the mating rituals of the Summer Meeting, when Ayla must choose to remain with Ranec and the Mamutoi, or to follow Jondalar on a long journey into an unknown future.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2011 5.00