The Land of Painted Caves

Author(s): Jean M Auel

Historical Fiction

#1 "NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER In this, the extraordinary conclusion of the ice-age epic series, Earth's Children(R), Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte to a spiritual leader and begins arduous training tasks. Whatever obstacles she faces, Ayla finds inventive ways to lessen the difficulties of daily life, searching for wild edibles to make meals and experimenting with techniques to ease the long journeys the Zelandonii must take while honing her skills as a healer and a leader. And there are the Sacred Caves that Ayla's mentor takes her to see. They are filled with remarkable paintings of mammoths, lions, and bears, and their mystical aura at times overwhelms Ayla. But all the time Ayla has spent in training rituals has caused Jondalar to drift away from her. The rituals themselves bring her close to death, but through them Ayla gains A Gift of Knowledge so important that it will change her world. Sixth in the acclaimed Earth's Children(R) series


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"Among modern epic spinners, [Jean M.] Auel has few peers. . . . She deftly creates a whole world, giving a sense of the origins of class, ethnic, and cultural differences that alternately divide and fascinate us today.""--Kirkus Reviews" (starred review)

"[Ayla] remains plucky, inquisitive, inventive, brave, loyal. . . . There is real sweetness in the saga's finale, when Ayla's legacy to the world--both hers and ours--is made clear.""--The Washington Post"

"[Auel builds] her characters up to legendary proportions throughout "The Land of Painted Caves". . . . [Ayla's] journey has engrossed fans and turned the series into a bestselling phenomenon."--"Los Angeles Times"
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"Prehistory comes to astounding life. . . . [Jean M.] Auel's descriptive powers are top-notch.""--USA Today"

General Fields

  • : 9780553289435
  • : Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • : Bantam USA
  • : 0.399
  • : October 2011
  • : 177mm X 189mm X 36mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jean M Auel
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : 813.54
  • : 828
  • : illustrations