Thirty thousand years in the making and 31 years in the writing, Auel’s overlong and underplotted sixth and final volume in the Earth’s Children. Sometimes it feels as though entire hominid species have evolved in less time than it takes to read “The Land of Painted Caves,” the sixth and. 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER In The Land of Painted Caves, Jean M. Auel brings her ice-age epic series, Earth’s Children®, to an extraordinary.

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Happy to see what Ayla and her family are up to but sad because at the end, I want more. Ayla’s final preparations for her initiation as a Zelandoni bring The Land of Painted Caves to a riveting climax.

The Land of Painted Caves

She gave herself up to him, rejoiced in the sensations he made her feel. The lahd two sections were fairly uninteresting. Read it Forward Read it first. But you can’t start a meal with filet mignon and end it with green jello.

The powerful, mystical aura within these caves sometimes overwhelms Ayla and the rituals of initiation bring her close to death.

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I know Auel stated publicly that this would never happen in the series, but what if Ayla had decided to go back in search of Durc, or he had come looking for her?

We get to see some old friends and find out what happened to others.


Number of times Wolf is “introduced” to someone: There are only so many descriptions of painted caves that one can read before skimming over the rest. I found typos and strange grammatical errors throughout but they got more frequent and worse towards the end of the book, really giving the impression that the actual plot really was just hastily tacked onto the end. I even liked Shelters of Stone as it defined relationships in a community and the effect of an “outsider” on the dynamics of said community.

The Land of Painted Caves (Earth’s Children, #6) by Jean M. Auel

Just when things might get interesting, Auel hastily wraps up the journey in two paragraphs and stumbles into Off Three. Very disappointing and anticlimactic!! I certainly hope that I would be able to put out a tome of this size at that age. But this was one of my least favourite in the series.

I think that perhaps one of my biggest disappointments was that there wasn’t an epilogue of some sort showing that Ayla had truly turned into an enigmatic zelandoni, giving up her name, becoming First, perhaps in extreme age looking back on her life and what happened to her mate and children yes, she had one child in the book but wanted more.

As with the previous books, I enjoyed reading about how people might have lived in that time: If this had been my book, I’d have cut out all the middle bit about the caves endless descriptions of cave paintings and lots of repetition of That Song and finished the series off with a bit more brio rather than repeating a prior plotline.


This is a complete dart from the blue. Zelandoni can read people’s minds because Views Read Edit View history.

Why have you chosen to show such a high percentage of your action through dialogue? This w After waiting so long to read the “final” episode in Ayla’s story, I can only say: She was equally hungry, equally ardent, and reached for his body in almost desperate need.

This really wasnt the best way to end the series. But, the worst is one thing I hate in books along with love triangles happens: She was no longer conscious of anything except Jondalar and the mounting surge of exquisite Pleasure he made her feel.

There were many instances, but here is one sentence that stood out to me as particularly horrible: Without proper development, this particular plot strand just makes Ayla and Jondalar seem strangely out-of-character. In the third part of the book, Ayla is marking the passage of the sun and moon’s phases as part of her training as an acolyte.

And that means there are no more books. I don’t actually know why I finished — it’s really that awful. They look at more paintings. This edition contains a reading guide and an interview with Jean M. I don’t know what lf to Jean Auel’s writing skills in the hiatus, but this book is purely awful!