The Valley of Horses

The Valley of Horses

A Novel

Book - 2001
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The second volume of the astonishing Earth's Children® series--over 34 million copies sold worldwide

In The Valley of Horses , Ayla, the unforgettable heroine of The Clan of the Cave Bear , sets out on her own odyssey of discovery away from the nurturing adoptive family and friends of the Clan. She is in search of others like herself and in search of love. Driven by her intelligence, her curiosity, and her destiny, she explores where the Clan never dared to travel and encounters a hostile world of awesome mystery, glacial cold, terrifying beasts, and intense loneliness in which survival itself is a constant battle.

Sharing a hidden valley with a herd of steppe horses, Ayla finds a unique friendship with animals as vulnerable as herself and ingeniously discovers the complex skills needed to survive--skills no Clan member was ever able to master. But none of her experiences prepares her for the emotional turmoil she feels when she rescues a young man--the first of the Others she has seen--from almost certain death. Torn between her desire for human companionship and her fear of the unknown Others, she struggles against her deep attraction to the handsome Jondalar. It is Jondalar who teaches her the meaning of true friendship and love.

Once again, Jean M. Auel uses her powerful storytelling talents and her thorough understanding of human nature to take us on an amazing journey into the primordial past, re-creating the prehistoric world as it truly might have been in this compelling and timeless new epic of the dawn of civilization.
Publisher: New York :, Crown,, 2001.
Edition: 2001 edition.
Copyright Date: ©1982
ISBN: 9780609610985
0609610988
Branch Call Number: FIC AUEL
Characteristics: 502 pages : map ; 25 cm.

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Anita_Dickey
Dec 17, 2019

Not suitable for teenagers, but still a really great book. i think i enjoyed this one even more than the first one.

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lleach1009
Oct 15, 2018

1982

SaraLovesBooks Jan 09, 2017

This was the first book of the series I ever read. I found this one and "The Plains of Passage" on the shelf of my high school library. This book is one of the best of the series, with the back and forth between Ayla and Jondalar. I loved the vividness of the Stone Age world. You can tell she heavily researched these novels before writing them. The writing can get a little repetitive at times, but this book is so rich and full that I didn't mind. I highly recommend the first four books in the series.

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SeadustC
Feb 17, 2013

It is a very books to read and hope to read the series.

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angelstr2188
Jul 14, 2012

This is one of my favorite books to the series. My heart aches for Ayla's need for company which she finds in Whinney and eventually in Jondalar. Ayla is painted as this very independent woman who overcomes so many obstacles.

RandyP Jun 06, 2012

This book is enjoyable and should be read by anyone who liked the first.

It starts the rest of the series in a different direction and reads more like a woman's romance novel at times. The author creates a "does she like me, does he like me" angst situation between the main characters that bored me.

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jimgriff
Jun 16, 2011

Valley of Horses was thoroughly entertaining.

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JenRena
Feb 16, 2010

A really good book. I love the whole series.

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feramorz99 Aug 27, 2012

feramorz99 thinks this title is suitable for 20 years and over

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SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

Exiled from the Neanderthal clan that raised her, Ayla struggles to survive alone and eventually meets and saves the life of a man of her own race.

Earth's Children Book #2

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