The Land of Painted Caves

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Bantam Books Trade Paperbacks, 2011 - Fiction - 764 pages
1032 Reviews
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

BONUS: This edition contains a reading guide and an interview with Jean M. Auel.
 
In this, the extraordinary conclusion of the ice-age epic series, Earth's Children®, 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® series.
  

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Rambling, duplicative, clunky, not much plot. - Goodreads
What a sad ending to this wonderful series. - Goodreads
The writing is repetitive to the point of annoying. - Goodreads
It had zero plot direction or character development. - Goodreads
Terrible ending to the series! - Goodreads
Admire her research immensely. - Goodreads

Review: The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children #6)

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I can tell that the author has actually visited these caves. As each cave is described in detail, I feel I know just what that cave looks like and feel as if I am there. There is a great blog with ... Read full review

Review: The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children #6)

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Nice ending to the saga. I wish there could be more to continue with the family. The descriptions do get to be a bit much, so I read those quickly, some can go on for a couple pages. At some point I will read the series again from start to finish. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 20
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About the author (2011)

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.




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