The fifth novel in Jean M. Auel's magnificent epic of life 25,000 years ago when two kinds of human beings, Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon, shared the earth.
Ayla and Jondalar have reached home: the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii, the old stone age settlement in the region known today as south-west France. Ayla has much to learn from the Zelandonii as well as much to teach them. Jondalar's family are initially wary of the beautiful young woman he has brought back, with her strange accent and her tame wolf and horses. She is delighted when she meets Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of her people, a fellow healer with whom she can share her medicinal skills. After the rigours and dangers that have characterised her extraordinary life, Ayla yearns for peace and tranquillity; to be Jondalar's mate and to have children. But her unique spiritual gifts cannot be ignored, and even as she gives birth to their eagerly-awaited child, she is coming to accept that she has a greater role to play in the destiny of the Zelandonii.
Auel does not dissapoint in this latest installment of her series... delivering an exciting, interesting and meticulously researched insight in to the beginning of the human race. - Sunshine Coast Sunday
'Jean Auel has certainly left her mark in literary history with this series that continues to gather fans from all age groups.' - Armidale Express
Jean Auel's greatest achievement is to have created a plausible primeval community where men and women love and sometimes hate, and learn to survive in a harsh environment that demands rules and co-operation. - Daily Express
Meticulously researched . . . fascinating . . . course-by-course menus for Upper Paleolithic blow-outs . . . that Joanne Harris might envy. Jean Auel is as remarkable a figure as J R R Tolkien. - Independent Magazine
Jean M. Auel has meticulously researched her subject and this latest book should continue the huge success of the series. - Hello
As always, Auel has meticulously researched her prehistoric subject and this latest offering is a triumphant continuation of the saga. - Irish News (Belfast)
Massive in scope - Daily Mirror
Impeccable research makes this much more than a fantasy reconstruction of prehistoric life. - Daily Express
Jean M. Auel is one of the world's most esteemed and beloved authors. Her extensive factual research has earned her the respect of renowned scientists, archaeologists and anthropologists around the globe, culminating in her being made an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and Communication in 2008.