The Shelters of Stone by Jean M. Auel
(Earth's Children, Book Five)

63%

6 Critic Reviews

Not to give away the second half, but -- nothing much happens. Ayla's still gorgeous, her animals are still groovy, and she still tries to get along with everyone...For a good adventure, go back to the original.
-Entertainment Weekly

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This eBook includes the full text of the novel plus the following additional content:
• An exclusive preview chapter from Jean M. Auel’s The Land of Painted Caves, on sale in hardcover March 29, 2011
• An Earth’s Children® series sampler including free chapters from the other books in Jean M. Auel’s bestselling series
• A Q&A with the author about the Earth’s Children® series


The Shelters of Stone opens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar’s people: the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their clothes, customs, artifacts, even their homes—formed in great cliffs of vertical limestone—are a source of wonder to her. And in the woman Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the Ninth Cave (and the one who initiated Jondalar into the Gift of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to share her knowledge and skills.

But as Ayla and Jondalar prepare for the formal mating at the Summer Meeting, there are difficulties. Not all the Zelandonii are welcoming. Some fear Ayla’s unfamiliar ways and abhor her relationship with those they call flatheads and she calls Clan. Some even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure known. Ayla has to call on all her skills, intelligence, knowledge, and instincts to find her way in this complicated society, to prepare for the birth of her child, and to decide whether she will accept new challenges and play a significant role in the destiny of the Zelandonii.

Jean Auel is at her very best in this superbly textured creation of a prehistoric society. The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping story of love and danger, with all the wonderful detail—based on meticulous research— that makes her novels unique. It is a triumphant continuation of the Earth’s Children® saga that began with The Clan of the Cave Bear. And it includes an amazing rhythmic poem that describes the birth of Earth’s Children and plays its own role in the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.
 

About Jean M. Auel

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Jean M. Auel is an international phenomenon. Her Earth's Children® series has sold more than 45 million copies worldwide and includes The Clan of the Cave Bear, The Valley of Horses, The Mammoth Hunters, The Plains of Passage, The Shelters of Stone, and The Land of Painted Caves. Her extensive research has earned her the respect of archaeologists and anthropologists around the world. She has honorary degrees from four universities and was honored by the French government's Ministry of Culture with the medal of an "Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters". She lives with her husband, Ray, in Oregon.
 
Published October 6, 2010 by Bantam. 770 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Business & Economics, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Shelters of Stone
All: 6 | Positive: 4 | Negative: 2

Kirkus

Above average

Here, once again, Auel shows her riches of research, with suspenseless but readable passages of flora, fauna and landscape.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

Bursting with hard information about ancient days and awash in steamy sex (though lacking the high suspense that marked Ayla's debut), Auel's latest will not only please her legions of fans but will hit the top of the list, pronto.

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Book Reporter

Above average
on Jan 23 2011

Auel's protagonists are sharp and true and, most importantly, believable. The people and events depicted in THE SHELTERS OF STONE resonate long after each passage is read.

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RT Book Reviews

Above average

The mystery, excitement and energy of the natural world is perhaps most fully expressed in SHELTERS, from the pulse-pounding hunt scenes, to the magical white cave Ayla discovers...

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
on May 17 2002

Not to give away the second half, but -- nothing much happens. Ayla's still gorgeous, her animals are still groovy, and she still tries to get along with everyone...For a good adventure, go back to the original.

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People

Below average
on May 06 2002

The story is thin and the cast so distended—there are 86 characters—that few will make it to the end. Ayla and Jondalar's saga would have been a breeze at 300 pages, but unfortunately for readers...Auel allows it to bloat to more than 700.

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