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  • Hardcover: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; 1 edition (March 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517580519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517580516
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.1 x 5.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Stang on April 6 2011
Format: Hardcover
I (along with everyone else) waited nearly a decade for this book?!? Let me preface this review by stating I love this series. I am aware that many people found "Shelters of Stone" disappointing, I am sorry to say that it is a work of literary genius when compared to "The Land of Painted Caves". I will be succinct in my reasons why you should forgo spending your time and money on this book.

**Possible spoilers**

1.You've already read it. Read the last five books? Then you have already read 90% of this one.(Spoilers??!??)
2.A large portion of the "new" material is about dots on cave walls. Really.
3.The characters that we have grown to know and love have become flat, one dimensional and have changed in their underlying natures.
4.The climax was pulled almost entirely from a previous book.(see point number one)

I actually threw the book down in disgust when I finished it and am seriously contemplating sending it back to the author. Don't buy this book. Make up your own ending to the series; you will be much happier with it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By phantom fox on April 10 2011
Format: Hardcover
For all serious fans of the Clan of the Cave Bear series (Earth's Children), I would urge you to only buy this book if you need a decorative bookend for the rest of them. Not only is this book lacking in story depth, and a seemingly endless description of every blot of paint on every cave wall in Europe, but the author has also seemed fit to either demote main characters to mere shadows of themselves, or even worse, change their base structure entirely. ** SPOILER ALERT** Having Ayla vouch for the wholesale slaughter of a pride of cave lions in the very first chapter-her totem spirit?! Ayla barely pays attention to the child she dreamed of and loved before it was even born, and would have done anything for, like she did for Durc- really? Jondalar's screwing around on Ayla is beyond belief, and then Ayla's drug induced virtual rape is too much... HOW COULD YOU DO THIS?!?!
I spent the last $30 to my name to have this book...almost wish I never heard of it...
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Maryann Mullin on April 13 2011
Format: Hardcover
I have nothing good to say about this book, so if you're hoping for positive comments, you'll have to read someone else's review.

I used to love this series, but now that I know how it ends, I'm donating all my copies of the books to my local library. I don't want them in my collection anymore. That's how disappointed I am.

This book is not only garbage, it's boring, predictable, unbelievable garbage. It's back-to-front, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, end-to-end crap.

Ayla and Jondalar have become one-dimensional and uninteresting, and the way they behave at the end of the book is not only completely out of character, it's despicable and almost makes me hate them.

If this book had been cut by half its length, it would still have been too long. There's a lot of repetition, and note to Ms Auel: read about one cave, read about 'em all. Do we REALLY need minute descriptions of every single painted cave the bunch of them visit? Yeah, we get it: you're good at research. Do you really still need to prove that after all this time? And do we REALLY need to hear everyone's names and ties every single time every single character gets introduced to someone? They spend the whole damn book travelling! They're constantly meeting new people! WE DON'T NEED TO HEAR IT 600 TIMES. Then there's that Mother Song thing, over and over and over. Please, somebody, make it stop!

For an experienced author, Auel does far more telling than showing. I confess I skipped page after page of this book, waiting for something interesting to happen. Something finally does around page 430, but sadly, that's where the book begins to jump the shark.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Misfit TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 2 2011
Format: Hardcover
This review is based upon an advance copy I received from Amazon Vine (US). There is always the hope that an editor will be allowed free rein and the final edition may vary from the copy I read, but I'm not holding my breath waiting for it to happen.

The first part of this book picks up the story of Ayla and Jondalar left off in the last book, The Shelters of Stone. Still living with Jondalar's family, Ayla is training as an acolyte to the First Among Those Who Serve and hopes to receive a calling to become a Zelandoni (a wise woman/healer of sorts). Ayla and Jondalar join the rest of the members of the Ninth Cave for the Summer Meeting, and spend lots and lots of time visiting with new and old friends. Each time Ayla is introduced to someone new we get to hear the looooooooooooong list of her proper titles all over again. We also get plenty of back history on returning characters, both major and minor ones, as well as lengthy refreshers on Ayla and Jondalar's adventures from the previous five books. The Summer Meeting ends and the members of the Ninth Cave return home.

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

Part II begins several years later as Ayla, Jondalar and The One Who Serves First (the leader of the Zelandoni and Ayla's mentor) prepare for a long journey so that Ayla can see the painted caves. Many many pages are spent telling the reader about the minute details of preparing for a journey. The reader is also treated to a prehistoric version of Map Questing the proposed trail - over hill and dale, north along this river, cross here and south along the other one. The great journey begins and our merry band travels from one cave to the next, with lots of introductions and more rounds of hearing every one's proper titles.
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